Fanciful Flower Girls

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of working with photographer Christina McNeill on this wonderful flower girl shoot at the lovely Kohl Mansion near my home. It was a ton of fun getting the girls dolled up (thanks to Lia!), and I put together an assortment of bouquets, garlands, pomanders, baskets, and crowns that show just how much can be done for the younger ladies in a wedding party. Some of the photos from this shoot were recently featured on Snippet & Ink, and I thought it would be fun to show a few more of my favorites.

Bouquet with ranunculus, garden rose, and astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Garland with garden rose, smoke, eucalyptus, and astilbe Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Crown with ranunculus and carnation Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Delicate carnation crown Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Baskets and crowns Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Peony, loquat, lamb's ear & lilac, geranium, ranunculus, garden rose, fig / Crown with oregano and snowberry Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Basket with peony, loquat, lamb's ear Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Basket with lilac, geranium, ranunculus, garden rose, fig Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Pomander with tulip and geranium leaf Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Bouquet with gardenia and poppy pod Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Gardenia waffle cone bouquet Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Bouquet with lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Loose bouquet with peony, lamb's ear, lilac Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Loose bouquet of oregano, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Goofing around...so cute! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com & Christina McNeill / christinamcneill.com

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Christina McNeill Hair by Lia Negrete

The Wonder of Cottonwood

Cottonwood (in this post Populus fremontii, the Fremont cottonwood) is a very interesting tree. It has seed pods that bloom into cottony structures that allow the seeds to be carried long distances by the wind. You will notice in this post that it blooms extraordinarily quickly, as over the course of a couple of hours the cottony bloom grows like crazy. I had fun experimenting with this lovely branch, and added some peony, garden rose, and loquat to brighten things up a bit. Note: Cottonwood is designed by nature to spread as far as possible. Once it is fully "cottony", it will try to do so at the lightest breeze or movement - in your house. Long story short - it's pretty, but messy.

These final shots are 2 hours after the initial DIY pics. Notice the difference in bloom size tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Close up of evolution over 1-2 hours tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Flowers:

peony / loquat / cottonwood / poppy pod / garden rose

Credits:

Styling, design, and photography by Kiana Underwood