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

Workshops: Richmond 2016

The first major domestic workshop of last year - 2016 - was an east coast adventure in Richmond, Virginia. Non local workshops (for me this is usually San Francisco) are a logistical challenge, as the coordination to get vendors - venue, catering, furniture, etc., as well as flowers shipped, everything prepared and ready to go - and get some sleep the night before - is an exercise in the stars aligning. That said, the stars usually do align, and everything goes off without a hitch. If I ever need to move into wedding or event planning, I think I'll be well prepared.

I love Richmond. It is a vibrant city, and has the same east coast southern charm one will find in Savannah or Charleston. We were beyond fortunate to find a great venue - Paisley and Jade - who also provided all furniture and setup. Their vintage furniture collection was both eclectic and amazing, and they worked tirelessly to get everything set up to create a really special space for the workshop.

Once again, Corbin Gurkin joined me to document the floral magic, and we came away with beautiful images full of texture and bright pops of color, which, of course, I love.

Take a peek below at our two days in Richmond, and stop by Paisley and Jade if you are ever in the Richmond area.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

I was able to get us some amazing flowers shipped from Brannan Street Wholesale as well as some lovely azalea plants from a local nursery in Richmond, along with some wonderful farm grown products from my friends Jenny and Mara. With all of this, there was an abundance of beauty and color to work with!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

The group hard at work on creating their works of floral art.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

My demo centerpiece. Spring offers such a beautiful variety and the coral charm peonies really stole the show here.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

A bit of student work mixed in with the amazing vintage furniture and chairs of Paisley and Jade.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

A beautiful and unique gown made by Hayley Page that we were able to borrow through wardrobe stylist Annie Cavallo. This particular dress already had some silk flowers on it, but we added some real flowers as well to give it a little more pop.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Our dinner table for the end of workshop day one.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

My bridal bouquet demo. I'll admit that bouquets drive me a little crazy. Centerpieces are never an issue, but I find myself fighting the urge to keep touching my bouquets to get them perfect. For some reason I am never quite happy with them (but thank goodness others are!).

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Beautiful student work!

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

At the end of workshop day two we created this installation with our leftover flowers....and the results were unforgettable.

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

Kiana Underwood / tulipina.com | Photography: Corbin Gurkin / corbingurkin.com

There were so many gems at the Paisley and Jade warehouse that we kept bringing more and more stuff into the space. This antique baby bathtub was a highlight for me!