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

Best of: August

Late summer in California brings about some of the best local garden rose selection at the Flower Mart, as well as in my garden. I have really been enjoying working with roses this past month. Here are some of my favorites from the single arrangement work that I did in August. Not really an arrangement, but just a photo of the roses because it was too gorgeous not to! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Bouquet of zinnia, dahlia, rose, sweet pea, ranunculus, rice flower, and begonia for a pink-loving bride. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

On a weekend with dinner guests, I decided to fill my mixer with flowers and garden trimmings. It was a hit! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Last minute garden-style arrangements for a party in someone's garden! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

One of my most favorite floral combinations: gardenia, hellebore, snowberry, rose (from my garden) and basil. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

This was for someone who likes yellow roses. As a garden-style designer, it's hard when someone wants 2 dozen yellow roses, and a traditional approach just wouldn't suit me! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

Garden-style happy boutonnières for a colorful wedding. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

Nruphoto takes the BART to work every day, and I give him a ride to and from the station. One day when I went to pick him up I saw him walking down the stairs with the raddest vintage suitcase - as if he was living sometime in the 50's going on a trip! He had purchased the camera on the right and it came in the suitcase. I'd say that's a major bonus! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

I wish you all a happy and flower-filled weekend!

Credits:

Styling, photography, and design by Kiana Underwood Select photography by Nathan Underwood

Irresistibly Lush

Those of you who regularly read my blog know that garden arrangements are my absolute favorite, and springtime is the best time for creating the most lush arrangements. There is just so much beauty blooming in every corner of my yard and neighborhood that it is hard not to be inspired. Shower tree and mock orange are in full bloom right now, so I had to do a couple of arrangements with them.

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

I really like the shape of these vases, but they can be tricky to do large and free flowing arrangements in due to the fact that their opening is not particularly wide. I knew that I needed tall branches and stems that would drape from the vases, and that is where the mock orange, snowberries, vibernum, and the shower tree came in.

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

Here I used only a few of each floral variety, but it worked perfectly because the stems were quite long and flexible, and made for a lovely free form arrangement. I added some color to my arrangement by adding just 3 roses from my garden.

Flowers: vibernum, snowberry, mock orange, garden rose Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I love, love, love shower tree, but you have to watch out for those thorns!!

I really like the combination of the shower tree and sweet peas. The sweet peas are sort of the extension of the shower tree blooms. The soft pastel color theme carried out by the sweet peas, poppies and ranunculi creates a very feminine, garden look for this arrangement.

Flowers: shower tree, sweet pea, rose, poppy, ranunculus Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Yours truly with her garden arrangement. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

One can never ever tire of poppies, roses, or ranunculi! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by N.R. Underwood Rondeur Vases available at Anthropologie