Segment 13 - Put the Final Touches on a Centerpiece & Create Small Centerpieces


Create Wedding Flower Centerpieces and Bouquets


Lesson Info

Segment 13 - Put the Final Touches on a Centerpiece & Create Small Centerpieces

And then I also brought these futures, which I think we should use those futures they're kind of like flowers that you would want sort of hanging near one of those swinging benches the's this particular varieties so beautiful and fluffy and start with one and if I have more looking anymore thank you I'll give you one more thank you gonna see if I have enough here and all so I want I want to do two things with this I want to see if I can place a tall enough one up top without it getting lost among all the others and I see that it looks beautiful but its cover it's hiding my run oculus here so I'm gonna take it out, take it, run oculus out and replace it somewhere else but I could get its own and that's something that you discussed yesterday, which is it's ok to back up absolutely things out yeah, you have to feel it out and see what looks best. I wanted to stand up a little bit taller so I'm going toe keep putting until I find a area where it's going to be more firm, which I did and the...

n I'll replace for an oculus over here which made it a kind of a triplett over here and then I'll use another one on the other side and add one more future here at this point you've got to be careful what you're poking and what you're doing as to not ruin your arrangement takes a little bit of a maneuvering to do it and I want this to be right underneath my rose bunch over here, so I'm going to put it right there so that it could hang from there but it's tricky everyone likes so focused that really hone in on where they're going places so rachel, I'm curious now what is your thought process? You've just been given that flower you're looking for a place to put it now what do you think? Well, I'm so grateful she brought this over right when I was thinking I need a little something to create a little more air over here it feels a little tight because these roses were pretty short and I left them as a bunch of three so that they could stabilize themselves um and so I think this is going to give just a little, like kind of lift this area that might feel a little too compressed I think we're looking at here you were actually thinking strategically about the structure and how it's gonna look yeah, I've just been looking at my bucket like it's something that I can and magically fuchsia that is great she's thinking l a mentally too she wants to give her arrangement o r her centrepiece rather air so I'm almost done with this I'm looking at my original I'm thinking, well, I need a little bit more of this, um plum color and so I'm going to add a little more here in the center and cut any of the leaves that have holes in them or look a little limp and I am done beautiful I was everybody else feel you feel that you have that done feeling um complete a few holes but for the most part I'm I'm loving how it's just that it's so it's such a pleasure to have such beautiful flowers teo toe work with the awesome maybe kiana can come and help you with that heart does she have holds their field? Yes leg lee right here just a little bit so I may be able to give some plum you don't need to many more flowers because you have plenty in there and you don't want to pack them too much it's also an art to know when to stop when you're done there's plumbing there look at that shit I was wrong about me being a non fruitful tree I guess it's fruit conference so I would put I would cut it a little bit shorter and put it over here okay the mock orange on this is just really going wild for the so lovely I think I got it that's a good place to put it right there yeah just make sure you go all the way and he gets the good amount of water there you go and to me that's done you don't need to do much more to it at all and it looks beautiful thank you very much everyone eat well have so pretty very nice looking what this one did so funny yeah, little appreciating the development of so pretty well and some of these air wilting so I would caught this because right here you want to come look with me it's not gonna look good so let's cut it you have the few short right there it's really? Pretty uh that's another thing with mark orange is such and it looks better because you don't have that maybe you could put it back in water it will come back again usually does and this one is so just hello I'm here I like it any heavy so pretty I love it it's too bad thes air wilting would have looked a lot more but I like that and you wait and it's really cool felt like it was gonna heavy over here in the purple on no I think it's perfect I like how you've placed this in the back of your arrangement beautiful this pani looks lovely here um very cool you may do you have any more to lips no way we could put one to live for to help with the draping over there. Yes. Yeah, right here. Anything because here's one that's really good war and here's another. I'll give you one more to make that bundle of three. Thank you and let's check out rachel's. Very cool. I love it. So this is a little bit more ikebana. I would say it's definitely. Um it's not as like, free flowing it's because of what you've had to work with, which I think is still beautiful. And I love the color of this p n e. Yeah, I wanted to be able teo a lot of the person to focus on each of the the bonnies because there were soviet citizen colors it's so tempting to try to use a lot. I just love them, huh? But like you, I wanted teo, I have the opportunity to look at the stages of development. You know, like this really open one gets all of its attention unless there's definitely more when it comes to pani, I feel like it's. Perfect. Um, I want to put something here because we cut that other one up. I want to give it some. I have so much to get some more let's, get some orange does that come in? Because we have folks who are their floral designers, they are creating these in duplicate you consider what our students have made a duplicate of what you're doing in in a way or would you how would you go? No, I mean, while they have followed the same and instruction as I the same guidelines as I, I feel that each person really has shown their their own themselves through these arrangements, so they're all different works of art, definitely not a duplicate and that's, not what we had in mind. Anyway, we don't want to duplicate anything we want to be around when you're creating for let's, say, an event where they're more tables, they're never the same, they're all they are the same flowers, but they're never they don't look the same ever and that's what you can that's the beauty of working with flowers that are organic, you know, they have their more, uh, they draped more that you can't quite create. Maybe if you're using a dozen of roses, then they all look the same, but because of these foliage and the different elements that go within these arrangements, definitely not duplicates. Well, I think that when you look at our arrangements, you could imagine them being placed in different locations throughout an event like your piece would be wonderful for, like, the head table or the sent you know a buffet piece whereas mine would work on a smaller table and I think that you know at an event you have flowers and more than just yes just the centerpiece exactly so I'm going to place some of this here because I feel that it needs a little bit of green's just kind of fullness here just a little bit more yes and so and also maybe used this one instead of the other one that you had so it just looks like some kind of bird or saying it looks fine honey and I like the way this is going to sit in the vase because of the bend that it has over here it's just going to come right down look really good taking all the the ugly leads off we're here so thank you clyde you sort of want to place it where it's not going to cover the few shop but just kind of sit right next to it and be inside the water at the same time and I think we did that looks very natural like it's growing so you all happy with your arrangements then everybody has water and there's good so I love using pedestal vase is I think that there are with my style theyjust do they do wonders and they they allow you to enable you to show off your flowers better especially if you've got, um the organic garden stiles uh flowers so I'm gonna make another one here put some water in this and I purchased this vase from an antique store I'm always on the lookout for um older vintage looking bases on dh um here's one that I found last week from camarillo go use whatever I have left here to make something beautiful I'm going to cut these ones a little bit shorter because I know that they would fall off if they were too long from that vase I'm gonna cut couple of thes here and maybe keep this one like this take any of the ugly lee's leaves off so I'm going to start with this with this plum branches and then create a base just as I did with the other one and it looks like it's cooperating with me sometimes they don't like to cooperate and then I would have to get the frog out you some foliage I like the way this is bending so I'm going to use it right here fill this off right here crying in an angle and just adding thank you sure perfect his liver thank some geranium for some variety uranium is one of the favorites it is I loved uranium it smells good and they have so many different varieties and um they look lovely in arrangements there that unexpected element that we talked about inside arrangements I have some here that have flowers on them so I really want to use some in here. Um these were just cut this morning from the yard look for ones that have some of the buds on them I like the texture of the buds get some of the dead leaves off so we're using two types of geraniums here yeah, because you bought that vase at an antique store if you did an arrangement for an event in it, would you rent it out for you? So so I for my events I have my own inventory inventory that I use out of and then sometimes I mean, I don't have enough ah for example they won't like these big brass phases and things like that then I rented there's a place at the flower mart that I rent from andi uh then I'll go on pick up if I'm using my own I'll go and pick up my own my bass is a couple of days after or they'll bring them to me depending on how I coordinate it with them I'm doing a wedding ah next week that I'm using all crystal vases on and it's all my own so they'll bring it for me the next day and that way it's easier you don't have to pay for rentals or even worry about somebody else's stuff it's your own because the flowers there so many there their abundant at an event a wedding many people will take them home but they don't take your bases tio they don't because they're too big on then sometimes people say if if there are cases that we've used that we don't I don't want back or the client has paid for them specifically to be taken home then of course they'll they'll say you can take the reyes's home with you, but for the most part they don't they just they ll take the flowers out of them. I'm really glad that cheryl asked that question because we had one just like it. Yeah, fantastic when you guys are on the same page, people watching on good point, so I want to use this a little I'm going to turn it around you so I can see what I'm doing when you returning that, it reminded me do you ever use a lazy susan? I don't know what I should have my breathing just remind I don't think I should I should get one that should be on my list for christmas. Well, if your husband's watching me tio tio, then yes, so I know that this is beautiful, but it won't get seen and it's just going to create some crowd inside the vase, I'm going to cut it sadly, I have a hard time cutting anything that's alive, um, but I have to those geranium flowers are just so so really and so delicate and this whole entire design it has a different feeling to it yes I think it started with the vase you're part of the inspiration is for the the type that we're going for um I don't know I'm just doing this I go I am I again I love these vases these are my favorite ones I've got them and milk glass as well and there's so pretty um and they're just I don't know bases like this make me want to do all kinds of beautiful things in him so it sounds like some of the inspiration comes from the vessel yes I've got a little bit of the rose left so I'm definitely gonna use it might be too tall but leave it looks good actually and then I'm going to go for what I've got left here which is someone oculus find some better on the way to open a good one I'll use it right here going to use I like this I think this is cool that it's um bending this way so I'm definitely better use it when you're determining where to make the kite eyes it for the just I'm keeping my vase in mind and how you know how how will it be is it going to be too tall or too short for the vase and then I'll cut um knowing how much room I have left in here I have left in the days to work with I want to put this little butt down here and kiss anybody's looking to say absolutely love watching the process yeah rare that I get to just not just doing yeah really nice good I think it's why we're doing this overhead view as well yeah really awful to see what's going on I'm curious from you guys do you learn more by doing it or you learning more just by sitting back and kind of watching chiana in action I would say it's a collaboration of both yeah you learn so many different things just by making mistakes as well doing it yourself and also watching I wish I could just sit and watch some of the designers I work with more often because um yeah you always learn from from different creative perspective so great wish I could do this every day of her thought process if she wasn't telling us we wouldn't have as much information about wishes like running a lot from hearing that too yeah and it's not always easy we know chiana when you're a creative person when you're in the flow you kind of get in your moment your meditation way appreciate you localizing sure anything for you guys it's very hot in here right now yeah well that's how it usually is when I'm designing sometimes though if I'm not what I am not designing and I'm out on this you know on a walk with my husband and I look how good that looked really like that and he'll say you know he'll listen to me and then after the tenth time I've mentioned something about some flower that I want to use her steel late at night from my neighbor do you know what I don't hear about fires and or something else wait do we take photos of flowers we do block firsts for flowers way our businesses flowers let's talk about something else but if I didn't do that I wouldn't be me if I didn't live it like I do you could see this very classic wedding yeah like downton abbey or something tonight and always watching and I'm paying attention to this flowers on those vases don't you want that job? Don't I ever yes that's a lovely job you would have to move to a different country though and you wouldn't have helen morning hubble with that thing you if you move to europe then you have the netherlands that's right different garden if you're not yes gonna add a little bit more of my geranium here what variety of geraniums that know the name actually it doesn't flower though I know that for a fact and I know that torch you always has it they're the only ones who have it actually and I'm always getting them when they're available and that's the local nursery here yes it's the one of our whole sellers at the flower mart and I actually wondered, do you have to have a whole sale licence to shop at a flower mart or can you just you know, general public to buy from them yeah to buy from torture you and brandon street at the floor more you have to have a badge otherwise they won't sell to you what does that mean to have a bad you so you you either just pay for one or you are a business owner and you still pay for one and you don't pay tax you'll pay tax later but just not when you're buying your flowers I see so you so someone who has a business or who doesn't you just need a badge? Yes, I see to be able to buy from them so for me I'm a student locally and so I am able to get a student badge but there are a number of public access vendors at our san francisco cool cellar so I imagine there's a similar arrangment for people but like I mentioned yesterday I'm sure people could go to their florist to mask their floors to get from the wholesaler. I think that you know, keep in mind that you two could get amazing it's a tight knit community I think people will help each other out and they know the secrets of where to find flowers if you just asked absolutely you khun buy flowers from vicky of florists at large um and she's just so knowledgeable and this is also at the flower mart so here here's um lok what do tell yeah what's the story with local so I mean they it blooms right around this time and I just love the way it looks it gives texture I've never eaten one but I believe you can get it um and I just think it's cool so if I can get my hands on some I will use them in arrangements and you use other elements as well like fruits and yes I didn't particularly get fruits for this workshop but yes I I'm normally used I use whatever I can find I'm in desperate uh desperately waiting for apples tio start coming in their blossoms are really beautiful but also the fruit branches air so pretty as where I always use kam hk watts if I can find them I use lemons um I have a lemon tree so I definitely used the lemon tree at home I have used uh there was a mexican fiesta party and I used some uh tom mateos um it looked really cute so whenever I can find it wherever I can find it I will use it and so I'm going to now finish up my arrangement for the eleventh do use the whole do you slice them? I was I've wondered about the citrus and the acid hurting the flowers I just used them on branches, okay, I do not open them up already I don't like cut them I've seen it done actually people cut him and then they put a cut orange or um orange or lemon inside the arrangement. I've never done that because I don't I don't like the way it looks looks but also the fact that the acid won't be so good for the flowers so again, this is going to be a an arrangement that you have to look at from each direction and make sure it looks pretty it's not going to go against the wall, so you wanted to be pretty and I'm looking at this and I'm thinking I might need a little bit more here it would be a lot more help if these were open would have much more fullness and would need to use less flowers. This is another tip for those of you floral designers um out there doing weddings and things you know, using fully bloomed flowers are always easier and they take less and I'm going to add a little bit of this how are you reflecting on this? What what do you think of this beautiful new creation? I think it's absolutely beautiful, very picturesque it's something that I can't imagine there being oil painting of uh that's what I that's what I look for when I see an arrangement. I do follow a number of designers on instagram, and it looks like you can paint it or it should be a painting. You've done a good job, though. It's beautiful. Now, compared to the last one that we were making, what do you think of the lok watts and sort of the texture that they give you like seeing that sort of fruit and texture? And these oh, yeah, it's. Beautiful. I think anything that you different. Neek is always an added wonderful element to an arrangement. I see so many different ideas it's constantly changing, so I especially love fruit. I love succulents. I think, um, he mensch when that before and air plants are really cool to plant sia's we have those here are fun. Yeah, they're so resilient. They're wonderful. Yeah, really cool. So this is it. It's done that's the front and here's the back. Wow, they're in area. And while it looks pretty doesn't look identical and something this yeah, this is something I would do on a four block post.

Class Description

Memorable weddings are all about the details - from the shy flower girl to the spirited bouquet toss. Flowers are our way of symbolizing the living, budding love of a couple. Join renowned florist Kiana Underwood for a 2-day course dedicated to teaching you how to turn a simple floral design into a work of art.

During this hands-on event, Kiana will cover every aspect of designing and creating gorgeous bridal and attendant bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and wedding flower centerpieces. You’ll explore what makes a cohesive floral design as Kiana guides you through methods of pairing flowers based on color, style, scent, and even significance. Kiana will cover ways to gain inspiration for new arrangements from the colors, seasons, and locally-available flowers all around you. You’ll also learn about incorporating unexpected elements and home garden-sourced flowers in your designs. The lush, organic arrangements you learn to create in this workshop will be as unique and stylish as the couple they celebrate.



I thoroughly enjoyed this class. Instructions were clear and Kiana's work was beautiful. She gave excellent tips to simplify bouquet assembly. Based on this course, I created the bouquets for my daughter's wedding and they were a huge success.