Autumn Wedding

Autumn weddings are some of my favorite, as I love the opportunity for some of the rust and gold-colored palettes that come with the season. This wedding in San Francisco was no exception, and I was able to take advantage of some lovely amaryllis and golden persimmons in conjunction with rose, tuberose, and eucalyptus. Not only were the colors out of this world, but the smell floating through the wedding reception was heavenly. And the icing on the cake was the kind and lovely "thank you" e-mail I received from a very happy bride the following Monday! Flowers: amaryllis, rose, tweedia, tuberose, privet, persimmon, pomegranate, ranunculus, eucalyptus, nigella, nerine lily, cyrtanthus Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Centerpieces Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flower girl basket and boutonnières Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Cocktail arrangements Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Autumn Wedding / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Joy

When we were in New Orleans a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of stopping by Joy Wilson's lovely home in the French Quarter for a little shoot. Oh, you don't know Joy Wilson? Sure you do...you just know her as Joy the Baker! If you are at all into cooking or baking, then you know that Joy has the most scrumptious blog about baking and cooking. Additionally, she has a certain way of captivating you by simply telling you what is going on around the Internet or elsewhere, what she did that day, or just downright pointing out something that you too just happened to be thinking of. So, in a way, Joy not only teaches you how to make amazingly delicious food in the easiest way, but when reading her blog, it is as though you are sitting down and having a cup of coffee with a friend. Her "Let it be Sunday" posts are a great example of this, and one of my fav blog series.

As a reader of Joy's blog, and someone who loves to make decadent food, I love the fact that she celebrates the usage of real ingredients such as butter, sugar, and chocolate. I mean, have you seen these black and white baked donuts? Her second book - Homemade Decadence - comes out in October. I am certainly looking forward to it!

As someone who loves to travel and isn't afraid of change, I loved hearing Joy's story on how and why she moved earlier this year to New Orleans and into her gorgeous home (built in the early 1800s). It's a gorgeous place, and filled with art and style (and a cat called Tron).

Thank you, Joy, for participating in my series. You are a breath of fresh air, and it was great spending time with you!

A little glimpse of the incredible natural light and art in Joy's home. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

This balcony is even more amazing in person!! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Joy's kitchen, where all the magic happens. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: peony, anemone, rose, nigella, blushing bride Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

We walked around the neighborhood, which is oozing with charm. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

And finally, these french doors + Joy + her bouquet - so much light and so much beauty in one image! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

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

Winter Styling: Holiday Passion and Peonies

When it comes to holiday arrangements, peonies and passion flower might not be the first flowers that come to mind, as traditionally they have not been used during the holidays due to the fact that they are not generally available at this time of year. But, when I was at the market, I saw an abundance of beautiful passion vines (locally grown) as well as peonies (both from Chile and New Zealand). So, I gladly seized the opportunity to use them in this holiday arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Flowers: passion vine, peony, nigella, viburnum, garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Begin by placing a couple of vines of the passion flowers in the vase. They will be used as the base of the arrangement. Save a vine or two for the final touches. As long as their stems are cut in an angle and in water the vines last a very long time and all of the buds will bloom into beautiful flowers. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the lovely nigella. I have used the nigella both as pods and flowers in arrangements. Both are beautiful, but when the flowers are fully opened they are so whimsical and delicate. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Now, add the viburnum. I love the hint of purple in these berries; the contrast really brings out the color of the peonies. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the garden roses to one side of the arrangement. These are from my garden, and in addition to being really ruffly, they smell heavenly. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Add the peonies. I only added three as they are so beautiful and big that there just aren't that many needed before they would overwhelm the arrangement! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Here I took that passion vine that I was saving and made a loop on the side of the arrangement for some added beauty and volume. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wanted to add a little more Nigella, so I did just that! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood