Last September I styled for an Indian wedding at Villa Bella Vita (recently famous due to a Housewives episode). Apologies for these images, after nearly a year of requesting photos from the photographer and couple I have given up and resorted to using my snapshots!
Such a shame as it was a beautiful couple and featured some lovely details! The largest challenge with this wedding was the mandap which I wanted to look like this but there was a little . . . .well let’s say big surprise to consider.
In an Indian wedding the grooms entrance is the grand event and this wedding was no exception. We have no elephants in Turks and Caicos, and prince charming on the white horse has certainly been done, so here comes the helicopter! I suppose from watching films I was certain the helicopter landing was going to execute hurricane force winds which would rip the mandap to shreds and cover the guests in a blanket of salty sand. I kept the mandap draping minimal for damage control and stood way back (as you can see from the above I-phone photo) and closed my eyes when it hovered over the ceremony spot. Much to my surprise, no whipping winds, no flying sand, no problems . . . whew! Will know better for next time, if there is one.
Thrilled to have our Bohemian shoot featured on Rock My Wedding! Love that site, and their UK team who knows how to bring on the pretty party!! Please pay their beautiful blog a visit and be sure to check out our feature Beach Bohemia!
All images by Chanelle Segerius-Bruce of www.brilliant.tc
The “Bajacu Bohemian” styled shoot, as the name suggests, was very much inspired by the incredible venue. The elevated oceanside villa, and its designer, world famous architect Marco Aldaco, have been featured in many substantial books and such noteworthy publications as Architectural Digest. Bajacu literally “rising sun” in the native Caribbean Taino tongue, is apparent from the moment one sets eyes on the burnt orange exterior, set far above the surrounds on one of the highest perches on the island of Providenciales. The view, especially from the crescent shaped infinity pool which wraps around the giant central palapa, is made that much more spectacular by the 11 surrounding acres of lush tropical gardens thick with frangipani, jasmine, and countless coconut trees. Antique furnishings from Africa, Indonesia, and Asia create a warm ambiance. The global influences in the art, decor, and details give guests a taste of the world and so we wanted to incorporate that free spirited love of travel and all things rich in color into our concept.
Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Station
Bajacu Bohemian Ceremony, infinity pool to ocean views
Bajacu lush gardens
Bajacu Bohemian canopied Daybed
Bajacu bride with amazing ocean views
Our color scheme was richly saturated; pomegranate, watermelon, tangerine, golden yellow, and the infamous Bajacu burnt orange (and just about everything in between). Dozens of dark metal Moroccan and glass lanterns in various shapes and sizes dotted the walkway to the sea and clustered around the ceremony site for a dramatic, exotic feel. Bright gypsy inspired patchwork flag strands were hung to flap and flutter against the pure blue sky. A kaleidoscope of patterned pillows made the canopied daybed extra plush and inviting as a newlywed nook. Bright yellow fan corals and citrus slices adorned the fountains and footbaths.
Bajacu Bohemian color scheme
Bajacu Bohemian Daybed Newlywed Nook
Bajacu Bohemian bright blooms and sea fans
Bajacu Bohemian bride and groom in front of water wall fountain
Local florist extraordinaire Environmental Arts Pomegranate Proteas and and lime cymbidium orchids were the focal flowers of the bouquet and decor. Tangerine, peach, and fuscia carnations were used to create Indian inspired floral garlands which were draped in long strands. The grooms lime green and fuscia centered cymbidium orchid boutonniere popped against his midnight blue blazer. A festive crown of colorful carnations and bright blue and purple orchid blooms was the perfect head to toe touch for our boho bride. Single stems of all of the above and local lantana, which both looks and smells as sweet as candy, were centered in brightly colored glass vases for the tablescape.
Bajacu Bohemian gypsy style Ceremony
Bajacu Bohemian Pineapple and Protea tablescape
Bajacu Bohemian Bride with floral crown at footbath
Bajacu Bohemian Indian inspired flower strands
Bajacu Bohemian driftwood “skull” with Environmental Arts floral crown
Our Turkish tea station, an antique chest draped in many patterned peregrine fabrics and florals, made a vibrant welcome for our boho wedding. Gold detailed Morroccan teacups, antique silver, bronze, and gold teapots, and blooms galore surrounded our mouthwatering cake by Diane Guess. Loose wild rosettes in a watercolor wash down the three tiers mimicked the many shades of the “Bajacu” rising sun.
Bajacu Bohemian Turkish Tea Trunk
Watercolor Wash Sunset Cake by Cakes to Di For
Our gorgeous watercolor wash paper goods were provided by Artcadia
Bajacu Bohemian pineapple and protea tablescape
The fabric flag strands were created using materials from the local thrift shop; skirts, shirts, and sundresses were cut into squares and alternated down the line with a few long strips to act as streamers in between. Mother Nature made the unbelievable driftwood “skull” which I adorned with a vivid turquoise and gold necklace to give a desert chic feel to the ceremony. A traditional gift of Caribbean welcome is the pineapple so the exotic fruit acted as table card stands. A few pillow covers were made from the same thrift store fabrics as the flags for the canopied daybed.
Bajacu Bohemian bridal make-up by Beauty and the Beach, gowns by Luella’s Boutique
Our three gorgeous gowns were provided by Luella’s Boudoir. Each exhibited a different take on bohemian; the plunging neckline dramatic floor length beaded gown, the metallic beaded sheath, and the satin cap sleeve long dress with draped back detail. (Details from Rachel) Our groom wore a midnight blue suit and crisp white dress shirt provided by Mr. Tux. Accessories for a boho bride make all the difference! The most elegant gown can be given an edgy twist with a little accessory finesse, which is exactly what we did with our three bridal looks. The sophisticated Great Gatsby-esque gown was already dripping with detail so we wanted to keep the accessories minimal to let the dress do it’s own shining. A bronze wrap around feather cuff bracelet, a long gold medalion necklace, and large but lightweight filigree drop earrings polished the look. The intricate sheath gown with silver, gold, and bronze beading was paired with dangling filigree gold earrings, a necklace (chanelle details), and chunky gold, silver, and vintage bronze bangle bracelet. Our sleek satin gown was paired with a pearl headdress (Rachel details) and oxidized silver necklace. Our groom was accessorized with a woven red earth colored tribal scarf. As one would expect with a gypsy inspired wedding, our bohemian bride and groom were barefoot!
Bajacu Bohemian great Gatsby-esque gown
Bohemian Bridal Beaded Sheath gown from Luella’s Boutique
Bajacu Bohemian Satin Gown from Luella’s Boutique
m in navy suit from Mr Tux
When choosing a venue take note of all the little details you love, perhaps a pair of potted plants in antique urns or an amazing velvet fainting sofa. With Bajacu there were so many details already part of the villa which were shifted around to add style to the overall look and feel; the Moroccan lanterns, the wooden leaning ladder for the ceremony, the glorious blue and white china for the tablescape just to name a few. Inquire with the venue management about those details you love. Can they be moved to your ceremony spot, can they grace your reception tables? Geting creative with what is already available is a nice way add drama without a dramatic increase in budget.
Chanelle and I had such fun with this concept, lots of laughs having to help one another up from the floor set tablescape due to our heavily pregnant bellies at the time. Big thanks to all the vendors who participated, you all made our punchy-colored-gypsy-vibe vision come true! Turks and Caicos really has the most vivid turquoise sea, come see for yourselves!
Arielle & Ian’s beautiful burlap wedding, Images by Craig Bruce from Brilliant
On May 25th I was contracted to give the standard Nila Destinations bamboo wedding arch an elegant upgrade without departing from the couple’s nuetral, earthy color palette. Burlap draping was the perfect compliment to this gorgeous understated wedding. Louise from Nila created chic tablescapes using burlap runners, driftwood, and simply laid white cala lilies, succulents, and large leaf and greenery stems. I absolutely love the cascading wild bouquet and can’t get over how adorable this couple is! Though it rained, they didn’t let it rain on their parade! Please read a full post and see many more images on Brilliants blog.
Burlap draping for wedding ceremony arch
If you have fallen for this beautiful burlap arch for your wedding day, please contact me! (maximum arch dimensions 8′ square)
Met a darling British couple last week looking for a stylist for their small but elegant December wedding. I put together a couple of inspiration boards based on the relayed description of their style; contemporary and sleek with a color palette of bright white, silver, grey, and platinum.
Here are a few lovely little inspiration boards I created for an upcoming project I will be collaborating with brilliant on. Last November Brilliant welcomed two new members to their team of talented photographers; South African born Chanelle and Craig of Segerius-Bruce Photography. This couple, who clearly have a penchant for travel, have spent the last dozen years perfecting their craft in the UK and beyond. Chanelle comes from a freelance retouching and graphic design background, working for such clients as the renowned Mario Testino. Their skills speak for themselves when you see their work. I am thrilled they have packed their bags and moved to the Turks and Caicos Islands and am delighted that we will be working together on upcoming photo shoots, both real and . . . . well, wonderfully realized until some adoring couple breathes life of their own into them!
We hope that these shoots will inspire our clients to let their imaginations run wild when it comes to individualizing their weddings. The Turks and Caicos Islands have so much more beauty and enchantment to offer couples than our stunning beaches and blue water. We will be highlighting some of these lesser known gems in terms of locations, local flora and fruits, themes and ideas that reveal the many facets of these islands.