Garden Inspired Party

A couple of weeks ago Victoria of sfgirlbybay asked me to do the floral arrangements for her party with Women & Whiskies. We chatted about the colors and and the overall theme of her party and here is what I came up with. Victoria loved every single one of the arrangements and they looked beautiful in her lovely home; the party was so much fun and we learned a lot more about whiskey than thought possible! One of the benefits of having an "in-house" photographer extraordinare is that NRUPhoto takes amazing pictures of my work before they make it to the events!

The palette I chose - based on the party's theme - was colorful and vintage style.

Flowers: garden rose, ranunculus, nerrine lily, hellebore, tuberose, sweet pea, anemone, queen anne's lace, zinnia, pepper, lime, snowberry Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nothing like Sally Holmes to lend extra beauty and grace to an arrangement! Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Garden Inspired Party / Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood

Humans with Bouquets: Sam

I asked my friend Sam to stop by this past weekend for an hour or two as I really wanted her as my "human" for this week. Not only is she tall and beautiful, but she was a great sport and brought this lovely blue dress that you see in the shots - I couldn't have been happier with how it turned out! The cooler weather gives ornamental kale the most amazing color. I noticed their incredible beauty when I was at the flower mart the other day and I decided to make them the star of this bouquet. I mean, they might as well be roses!!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I have been wanting to use flowering maple in a bouquet for some time now, since it is blooming around the neighborhood, I took the opportunity. They are so delicate, and the bell shaped flowers add nicely to this bouquet.

Flowers: amaranthus, ornamental kale, lisianthus, carnation, queen anne's lace, flowering maple, lilac, ranunculus, hellebore, eucalyptus

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood

For the Love of Quince DIY

As you know, I love to incorporate fruit into my arrangements. Quince is a fruit that is not extraordinarily common in the United States, but was very common for me growing up in Iran, and I love using it today in some wonderful Persian dishes. This unripened quince is the star, but it is bolstered by the lovely colors of the ranunculus and garden roses. Some Queen Anne's lace adds texture and completes the piece. tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Choose a cylinder container (here I have used a marble utensil container) and begin by placing the quince branches inside, allowing them to rest naturally in the vase tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Add the Queen Anne's lace tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Continue with the garden roses tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Finally, add the ranunculus - which lends little bursts of color throughout the arrangement tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

tulipina.com / Kiana Underwood

Credits

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N. Underwood