Tulipina Austria

I am always in search of doing something outside the box and stepping away from my comfort zone, so when the time came for one of my annual winter workshops, I thought "how amazing would it be if we embraced winter and went somewhere magical - with an old-world charm and snowy landscape". Given that I love Austria, and had contacts there, I decided to do a workshop high up in the Austrian Alps. I have to admit, the very notion of getting people and flowers all the way to the Alps in the heart of winter was very scary. Nevertheless, I had already announced it and gotten the ball rolling, so there was no going back.

Bischoferalm Chalet / Jose Villa

Bischoferalm Chalet / Jose Villa

Kiana teaching / Jose Villa

Kiana teaching / Jose Villa

In my world, there really is no room for failure. I "go big or go home". I asked the wonderful Jose Villa to come and photograph the workshop, and he was gracious enough to agree and accompany me on this crazy endeavor. Additionally, Natasja Sadi agreed to join us and show the attendees (and me) how she creates her amazing sugar flowers. Tatyana Kochnova made us some beautiful custom gowns in Saint Petersburg and had them sent over, and Gabrielle Hurwitz was able to bring some other lovely gowns from (different makers).

Klara with ranunculus / Jose Villa

Klara with ranunculus / Jose Villa

Klara with headpiece in bath / Jose Villa

Klara with headpiece in bath / Jose Villa

Sugar flowers by Natasja Sadi / Jose Villa

Sugar flowers by Natasja Sadi / Jose Villa

Natalia Khlopova was able to secure us a lovely chalet - Bischoferalm - high in the mountains via a single lane road, which Franz (the owner) had to cart us up and down multiple times per day.

With the chalet full with attendees, i, along with my family and Jose Villa, stayed at an amazing castle (Schloss Matzen) - a true fairy tale adventure.

Castle Schloss Matzen / Jose Villa

Castle Schloss Matzen / Jose Villa

Finally, Joost at Florabundance really hooked us up with the most beautiful Dutch flowers direct from Holland, delivered in myriad boxes by a very alpine FedEx driver.

The snow fell thickly and frequently, and it couldn't have been more magical - a true dream-come-true workshop.

Klara at Castle Schloss Matzen / Jose Villa

Klara at Castle Schloss Matzen / Jose Villa

Table setting at chalet Bischoferalm / Jose Villa

Table setting at chalet Bischoferalm / Jose Villa

Credits:

Floral Design and Styling: @tulipinadesign

Photography: @josevilla

Event Coordination: @event.austria

Cinematography: @studio_moments

Hair + Makeup: @adrianah.bridal

Model: @klara_vizar

Gown Styling: @gabriellehurwitz

Veils: @hushedcommotion and @daphnenewmandesign

Cake and Sugar Flowers: @cakeatelieramsterdam

Floral Hat: @hushedcommotion with @cakeatelieramsterdam

Flowers: @florabundanceinc

Welcome Illustrations: @amandagomesdesign

Jewelry: @jenniferbehr

Rings: @heidigibsondesigns

Wedding Dresses (Blue, Blush Ruffles): @tatyanakochnova

Wedding Dresses: (High Neck from Day One) @christoscostarellos via @spinabride

Wedding Dresses (Short, Long Sleeves): @chanamarelus via @spinabride

Chic Dinner Table in Pink

Happy New Year my friends! I have missed you. I was on the road with my family to Texas and back (yes, 4300 miles / 6900 km of driving), so 12 days away from work and the blog seemed a world away. But, it sure was a lot of fun. I hope that you all had a fabulous holiday season as well. I am excited for all the new possibilities that this year has already presented. I also have some new ideas for projects which I will be blogging about and sharing with you over the next few weeks and months.

Earlier in December, my good friend Angie Cao and I, along with the amazing food stylist Alexa Hyman, got together and styled a lovely winter dinner table. It was great fun - here are the results!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

As I was coming up with the theme for the floral styling, I simply imagined what I would want my winter dinner table to look like. I wanted to stay away from the typical winter and holiday red and green, but still wanted some color, so I chose pink - which always has availability in so many shades. (It didn't hurt that I found the most amazing anemones and ranunculus in pink!)

I used ornamental kale, mistletoe, ranunculus, anemone and scabiosa in one arrangement and for the smaller clusters I used only one or two kinds of flowers. I bought some inexpensive regular glass textured vases and painted them gold and I must say I love how they turned out.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Can you believe this ranunculus? Such a beauty! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

This arrangement of narcissus and mint simply smelled exquisite! Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Angie Cao / angiecao.com

Floral styling and design by Kiana Underwood Photography by Angie Cao Food styling by Alexa Hyman