Garden-inspired Lush Centerpiece

Spring is one of the best seasons to work with flowers, and luckily, a lot of weddings happen in the springtime. For this DIY I had a lush, organic, and feminine theme in mind. So, when I stepped into my garden, which has been blooming beautifully since late March, I had no problem finding all sorts of gems with which to implement my vision for this centerpiece. That said, while we didn't get much rain (at all) in Northern California, what we did get came late, and caused a bunch of fungus problems with my roses. I had to do a lot of pruning in the middle of their growth to get them healthy, so I am especially happy with what I was able to gather for this arrangement, and what continues to grow and (finally) flourish.

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

I usually choose my vase(s) after I have chosen the flowers. For this particular centerpiece, since I had some climbing roses and larger branches, I felt that this milk glass pedestal vase would look great and allow the florals to flow out of it.

Flowers: garden rose, climbing rose, tea rose, clematis, hydrangea, ornamental kale Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Begin with the kale and create a base within the vase from which you can then build the rest of the arrangement. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Create the asymmetry of the centerpiece by placing the taller hydrangea branch on the opposite side of the kale. From here on, you can build a free flowing and natural looking arrangement. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Begin adding the climbing roses - some underneath the hydrangea and some above. In between add a couple of stems of the kale. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Now you can begin to add the single roses to the arrangement. These roses are so beautiful and aromatic, and an absolute favorite of mine. As you add your flowers to the vase, be sure to take a step back and examine your arrangement to make sure that you are adding flowers and foliage just where you need them - not too many and not too little. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /

Finally, add the clematis. I only had one and it was perfect for added color, texture, and an overall beauty. Sometimes flowers placed in an arrangement singularly can make such a lovely statement. Kiana Underwood / | Photography: N.R. Underwood /


Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood

Milk Glass

I have to say, I have a thing for milk glass vases. A couple of weeks ago when we were taking the long way home from visiting the in-laws, we stopped in Cambria and hit a couple of antique shops. It is such a cute little town with really great antique shops. So, I bought these vases, and yesterday I decided to do an arrangement in one. I combined what I had left from a couple of earlier photo shoots with flowers from my garden and put together this garden-style arrangement.

The tree peony is in full bloom, and boy does it look amazing!

Flowers: foxglove, peony, plum, tulip, ranunculus Kiana Underwood /

Kiana Underwood /

To me, this is a great example of how you don't need many flowers at all to create a beautiful setting. Simple, yet beautiful. Kiana Underwood /


Styling and photography by Kiana Underwood