San Francisco Wedding Florals with Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Create ethereal arrangements by choosing flowers in a rich assortment of shades and shapes.
Kiana Underwood, the creative force behind San Francisco’s Tulipina floral design studio, draws inspiration from myriad sources, her own garden and the famed SF Flower Mart among them. In the scene at the right, she used flowering branches to create a “rustic, natural vibe. Spring is a floral designer’s dream season,” she says, “as so much is in bloom, especially in California
Underwood incorporated a rainbow of dogwood flowers, ranunculus, hellebores, sweet peas, narcissus, poppies, tulips, orchids, roses, and carnations to create the centerpiece (featured image, top of page). She took a cue from Dutch masters’ paintings, in which arrangements often look, she says, “as though someone went into the garden, picked what they could find, and placed them in a vase. There’s a lush complexity to this approach.”
“I wanted the headpiece (above) to be slightly wild and asymmetric,” Underwood says. “With dogwood, this is easy to do, as it’s both beautiful and has a lot of movement.” This lush, woodsy piece also uses ranunculus, anemones, sweet peas, carnations, narcissus, and hellebores.
Interested in learning the secrets behind Tulipina’s signature bouquet-making style? Underwood teaches flower-arranging workshops both domestically and internationally, usually six to eight times per year. These two-day comprehensive master classes cover wedding florals and end with a professional photo shoot.
If you can’t make it in person to one of her workshops, consider purchasing a monthly instructional video subscription on her website, tulipina.com/workshops. Says the renowned designer: “It’s been wonderful to connect with so many talented designers and flower lovers all over the world.”
For more great ideas for florals at your wedding, visit our Wedding Florists Guide at Love Wins California.