Humans with Bouquets: Bill

Today's human is one of my husband's best friends - Bill. I've known Bill for many many years now, and he is always a delight to spend some time with, even if we don't get to do it very often. He happened to be coming to San Francisco for a couple of days of work, and I pestered him into shooting with us on busy Market Street. It was a lot of fun to shoot during the morning commuter rush hour with the hustle and bustle of the city all around us. Bill has a great and unique look - and I wanted to make something a little wild to match up with his eclectic style. We all had fun, and he was a gracious and patient participant. Thanks Bill!

Flowers: peony, ranunculus, fritillaria, maple (leaf), quince (branch), pieris

A taxi for my bouquet? Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Busy Market Street Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

At the market Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

Credits:

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

Early Spring Inspiration

I know I have said this before, but a walk in spring is so full of inspiration for me. Last week I gathered some branches and foliage from trees and bushes around my neighborhood and mixed them with some flowers from the flower mart and the results were just lovely. It is always amazing how different floral varieties can be paired with different leaves and foliage for unique results. Quince is one of my favorites this time of year, and much like everything else in California, it is in bloom early. For this arrangement I picked some geranium and jasmine from my garden, and arranged them with anemone, lisianthus, rose, ranunculus and parrot tulip. Wouldn't this make a beautiful spring wedding centerpiece?

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

Here I used some blooms from a bush in my neighborhood with sweet little white flowers. I also found these pretty double colored leaves, (the back side of these leaves are a metallic gold shade, as if they were sprayed with fairy dust). I mixed these leaves with hyacinth, tulip, lilac, freesia, and dates. This piece would make a prefect statement piece at a wedding.

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

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

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

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

And finally, this simple union of quince, spray rose, and loropetalum (fringe flower) foliage makes for an exquisite arrangement for any occasion.

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

Credits:

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