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