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.
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! 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.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!Thrilled to have our
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.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.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.We wanted our bride to convey a sense of mystery in her beauty look, smokey eyes and windswept hair. Ann Clift Northcote of Beauty and the Beach created our make-up looks and Geraldine Burtschi of Salon Maxime styled the hair.
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!
Steve Passmore via Domino Creative TC Millwork has had a remarkably busy last year. Early in 2012 our millworking division was hard at work on this incredible renovation. A beautiful house located on Longbay Beach had seen many changes over the course of it’s history but new owners had a striking contemporary vision for it’s future. While we refinished many of the doors and windows to coordinate with the overall look, much of the interiors were completely gutted and re-envisioned, which gave us the opportunity to create several custom woodworks. These varied from clean lined combination open shelf and cabinet door vanities to imaginative designer furnishings like the oversize sofa swings hung from the octagon shaped sitting room and the live edge walnut slab kitchen island.All Images by
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In the spirit of today here are some creative inspirations I wanted to share.
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Living in the Caribbean but originating from the mountainous west, Christmas’s of past and present look for a common denominator. White! One just needs a little imagination to see the sea outside the windows of these images. Okay, maybe the fireplaces are a stretch? Here are a few of my Caribbean Christmas inspirations I have collected over the last year. Please see last years inspirations here. Enjoy!
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After three years of participating in Leeward’s Halloween trick or treating, Fleur de Lys Villa finally made it on the map! The last couple of years we disappointingly watched little ghouls and goblins pass us by, despite the lantern lit drive and open front door. Looks like the Leeward neighborhood’s Halloween spirit and reputation has grown, and Sandpiper Avenue’s in particular. The most trick or treaters in years passed tallied around 25, we delighted to see that number triple this year!
So much fun to have the streets full of costumed kids laughing, “boo!”-ing eachother, holding hands or bound in big groups in anticipation of an unexpected fright from any direction.
Our ghost did a great job of welcoming everyone at the gates!
Our first trick or treaters (pictured above) arrived around 5pm, receiving big handfuls of treats as I recalled the weeks worth of leftover candy in years past. I soon wished I had not been so generous as I looked into our fast emptying bowl! I had to resort to giving away plastic spiders from the decor while waiting for candy reinforcements! The back up supply arrived just in the nick of time as a few clever kids had figured out how to open the front gates. Our final trick or treater, miss adorable below, had just missed the last treat by seconds, but she was kind enough to share her bag of goodies with us instead!