Floral Workshop with Tulipina and Jose Villa in Los Angeles

Kiana from Tulipina Design is one of my favorite florists and huge inspiration of mine ...

Once in a while I get the opportunity to meet various people I'm a fan of and quite honestly, through these experiences, I've learned to avoid meeting people I admire because more times than not I end up disappointed.  This era of getting to know people over social media leads to the realization that a lot of people are just not authentic, they are genius at self promotion and marketing but in person they can be a little lack-luster.  Well - 

The Tulipina workshop definitely did not disappoint, Kiana is sweet, authentic, and very real.  Her talent and eye for tone and texture are the real deal. 

bouquet by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop  photo by Jose Villa

bouquet by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop

photo by Jose Villa


I had initially contacted Tulipina Design to assist with the workshop that was held at Hedley & Bennett's production warehouse/office in Los Angeles.  My intention with offering to assist was really that I just wanted to hang out with Kiana, I wanted to get to know her as a person, and understand how she works.  She welcomed the help for day one of set up and encouraged me to still partake in the workshop the following day.  

Photo by Kiana Underwood at the Hedley & Bennett studio in Los Angeles

Photo by Kiana Underwood at the Hedley & Bennett studio in Los Angeles

The first day of helping with set up was like Christmas, box after box of amazing flowers and foliage.  We unwrapped, fresh cut, and processed each bunch of product that was delivered and with each bunch we ooh-ed and ahh-ed.  Zinnias, poppies, peonies, parrot tulips, garden roses, on and on - just so much beauty! All in tones of pink, peach, white, and coral.  Seeing the display of flowers come together was stunning!  Another assistant, Kiana, and I all went out to a gorgeous lunch and had a lovely conversation about flowers, running businesses, travel, and future plans.

The next day was the workshop and we got to work.  Kiana started with basic logistics of how she starts her centerpieces.  I learned how to use a floral frog which, somehow in almost 15 years of designing, I had never used before.  It seriously changed how I make my arrangements now.  I've always used oasis or tape to secure florals in low vessels.  I hate using tape so avoid that at all costs.  Oasis foam is wonderful but you always have to use vases that are not clear to avoid seeing the foam inside and there's more waste when using Oasis.  Now, with floral frogs, I can use my favorite clear crystal urns and the frogs slowly disappear from sight as flowers are added.  The frogs are reusable so that takes care of the extra waste!

Workshop set up at Hedley & Bennett  Photo by Jose Villa

Workshop set up at Hedley & Bennett

Photo by Jose Villa

Additional workshop topics covered bouquet making and wreath installations - another new favorite of mine.  Once each student was finished with our various projects we walked our finished products over to the photo area where the amazing Jose Villa photographed our work.

Throughout the day Kiana answered any and all questions open and honestly.  She never hesitated to share information the students were seeking and encouraged conversation and partnerships between attendees.  

After the workshop concluded, we cleaned up and got the studio back in order.  Kiana let me take home some of the extra product that I used for the art class I volunteer at the following day.  We ended our day with a delicious dinner and lively conversation over tacos and margaritas with another Los Angeles based floral designer she knows.  

I left the whole experience with new friends, connections, inspiration, and new excitement for my own work and the direction I want to take BLOOMS.  Thank you Kiana and all involved for such an amazing experience.


Arrangement by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop  Photo by Jose Villa

Arrangement by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop

Photo by Jose Villa

Shades of Red for Arlyne and Weston

Last year, I was contacted by Arlyne Sanjines (now, Mrs. Bales) to provide the flowers for her outdoor wedding at Secluded Garden Estate.  The meeting we had was awesome and we were definitely on the same page.  I got to know her style really well since she happens to be a YouTube sensation and shares all her favorite style secrets and hints. 

Arlyne in her gorgeous lace dress and Weston looking dapper in his blue suit.  

Arlyne in her gorgeous lace dress and Weston looking dapper in his blue suit.  

Arlyne walked down the aisle under the venue's greenhouse arbor.  We decked the top of the arbor with draping lace and chiffon and hanging glass orbs.  A massive floral installation at the vow site held a mix of willow branches, olive branches, king protea, blue delphinium, terra cotta roses, white stock, and lots of other textural details.

She wanted a really warm and eclectic mix of colors with rich marsala as the color anchor and a variety of blue hues and blush to accent.  We brought in the beauty of the natural fauna of the venue and used lots of greenery in deep and sage tones.  This brought so much texture to each area and it was a treat to the eye as you looked around the expansive grounds.

Garland of broad leaves and seeded eucalyptus decked the bar from Sundrop Vintage (who provided all the awesome furniture rentals) and the gorgeous seating chart hand lettered by Louise Letters.

Two different table styles for the guests.  For half of the tables we used matching greenery garlands.  For the other half we used a mix of metal and glass pedestals holding elongated floral arrangements of roses, dahlias, delphinium, gold orchids and banksia, and berries.  Louise Letters provided custom hand dyed table numbers and these fun gold frames.

Her bouquet held a mix of garden roses, thistle, orchids, banksia, spray roses, and a ton of greenery. It was absolutely stunning - look at that amazing bauble ribbon!

Her bouquet held a mix of garden roses, thistle, orchids, banksia, spray roses, and a ton of greenery. It was absolutely stunning - look at that amazing bauble ribbon!

Photography: Priscilla Frey

Videography: Kavin Lindgren

Coordination: Samantha Louise Moments

Flowers: BLOOMS by breesa lee

Calligraphy: Louise Letters 

Venue: Secluded Garden Estate

Make Up: Key Beauty

Hair: Allie Does Hair

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