Colors of Colina: Burgundy

As I have been doing my Humans with Bouquets series this year, naturally, I have developed a relationship with some of the people who have participated. Colina is one of those people, and I am lucky enough that she is local, and graciously agreed to shoot with me a few more times. Aside from the unique beauty that she possesses, to me, Colina inspires color. She has an incredible wardrobe and a lovely color sense, as well as a beautiful style. What more could I ask for? I decided I wanted to create a human-focused color series. With the coming of autumn, the possibilities are almost infinite; so, as a prelude to the season I chose the color burgundy. I simply told Colina what the general color theme of the bouquet that I was making would be, and here are the results!

Flowers: pokeweed, ranunculus, zinnia, rice flower, dahlia, foxglove, anemone, geranium, smoke, dusty miller Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Nathan Underwood / nruphoto.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Credits:

Styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Nathan Underwood Colina's dress from Anthropologie and shoes from Swedish Hasbeens

Beautiful Begonia

I recently did a wedding where the bride wanted me to create lush garden arrangements with a unique element. I immediately knew that I wanted to use begonia once I set foot inside our local nursery and saw the variety of begonias oozing with beauty. I know that some of you on Instagram mentioned that begonias don't last in arrangements for you, but somehow I haven't had that problem. Perhaps, it's because I cut directly from the plant and into my arrangement. In any event, I really really love them in all shapes, sizes, and colors - and I would not hesitate to use them whenever I can. Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Flowers: begonia, magnolia, garden rose, peony, fuscia, snapdragon, bower vine, privet, birch, grapevine Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com

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

Weekly Inspiration: Lily of the Valley

I had a wedding last weekend and the bride wanted soft colors - specifically white peonies, silver succulents, and parrot tulips. In general, my style is such that I like to include a variety of different elements in each bouquet. So, I was not about to make a bouquet with only those three ingredients - it's just not me, and it wouldn't be very interesting as far as I'm concerned. So, here is what I came up with: Flowers: bellflower, ranunculus, parrot tulip, garden rose, climbing rose, peony, flowering onion, jasmine, lily of the valley Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

Lily of the valley is always such a treat - so delicate and beautiful, and with the sweetest aroma. While I couldn't mix these in the bridal bouquet (just too delicate and small next to the large peony - they would get lost) I wanted to still incorporate them somewhere, so I used them for the boutonnieres and and corsages. And I think it was the perfect unexpected touch! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: N.R. Underwood / nruphoto.com

I don't think I could ever get sick of peonies. Look at these - they look like the feathers of a swan! 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

Credits:

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