Today’s exotic inspiration shoot from the team at Brilliant Studios will have you wanting to jump on a plane immediately.
It comes from the beautiful Turks and Caicos Islands, in the Caribbean, where the sky is the bluest of blues, the flowers are vividly vibrant and the azure sea looks warm and inviting. Did you know that the Turks and Caicos consist of 40 different islands and cays, only 8 of which are inhabited?! Ultimate bliss.
Stacie Steensland, the shoot stylist and photographer Chanelle Segerius-Bruce from Brilliant Studios wanted to show Brides that destination wedding venues can still be personalised and styled to their own tastes. Even if you are getting married abroad you can create something really unique!
There are gorgeous gowns galore, an amazing daybed and a tablescape to die to for. Get ready to be transported to heaven…
Stacie the Stylist: The “Bajacu Bohemian” styled shoot, as the name suggests, was very much inspired by the incredible venue, the Bajacu Villa. The elevated ocean side villa, and its designer, world famous architect Marco Aldaco, have been featured in many books and publications such 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 eleven 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 colour into our concept.
We wanted our bride to convey a sense of mystery in her beauty look, with smoky eyes and windswept hair. Ann Clift-Northcote of Beauty and the Beach used Iman Luxury Radiance Liquid Makeup (Sand 5) for the base. For the eyes, Orb by Mac was used for the base, with their charcoal brown crease and smoulder pencil and Smut by Mac for smoky eye definition.
Mac Powder Blush in Peaches plus Mac contour powder was used for the face, with the nude beige lip pencil from Yves Rocher and Chanel lipstick in Gold Shimmer Number 64 for the lips. The mascara was L’Oreal Voluminous in Black.
A Different Take On Bohemian
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.
Our groom wore a midnight blue suit and crisp white dress shirt provided by Mr. Tux.
Rachel at Luella’s Boudoir: The dress with the low v at the front and back and the strands of beading is called Sienna by Irish based Caroline Atelier and is described as a blush satin plunging v neck style gown with handmade silver beaded strands.
The dress with the beading all over is by UK designer Vicky Rowe and is called Clara. It is described as a stunning hand beaded gown with a v neck design both front and back. It is exclusively available at Luella’s Boudoir and demonstrates how a 1920’s style gown can be accessorised differently to create the perfect bohemian look!
The final dress is the Sarah Jane by UK designer Jacqueline Byrne. It is made from Amalfi satin and has bespoke beaded motifs on the shoulders and back. The dress also features silk chiffon cowel neck and train detailing. The headpiece is called Boho Princess by Gemma Sutton and Donna Crain and is also available at Luella’s Boudoir.
All of the dresses included in the shoot feature exquisite hand beading in a mixture of gold, platinum and ivory tones.
Add An Edgy Twist With Accessories
Stacie the Stylist: 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 its own shining. A bronze wrap around feather cuff bracelet, a long gold medallion 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, and chunky gold, silver, and vintage bronze bangle bracelet.
Our sleek satin gown was paired with a pearl headdress and oxidized silver necklace. Our Groom was accessorized with a woven red earth coloured tribal scarf. As one would expect with a gypsy inspired wedding, our bohemian bride and groom were barefoot!
Vibrant And Bold
Our colour 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.
A Kaleidoscope Of Colour
Environmental Arts provided pomegranate proteas and and lime cymbidium orchids as the focal flowers of the bouquet and decor. Tangerine, peach, and fuscia carnations were used to create Indian inspired floral garlands. The grooms lime green and fuscia centered cymbidium orchid boutonniere popped against his midnight blue blazer.
A festive crown of colourful carnations and bright blue and purple orchid blooms was the perfect head to toe touch. Single stems of all of the above and local lantana, which both looks and smells as sweet as candy, were centred in brightly coloured glass vases for the tablescape.
Turkish Tea Station
Our Turkish tea station, an antique chest draped in many patterned peregrine fabrics and draped with florals, made a vibrant welcome for our boho wedding. Gold detailed Moroccan teacups, antique silver, bronze, and gold teapots, and blooms galore surrounded our mouth-watering cake by Diane Guess. Loose wild rosettes in watercolours washing down the three tiers mimicked the many shades of the “Bajacu” rising sun.
Free And Thrifty
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.
Use Your Surroundings For Inspiration
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? Getting creative with what is already available is a nice way to add drama without a dramatic increase in budget.
Styling – Stacie Steensland
Production & Concept – Stacie Steensland and Chanelle Segerius-Bruce
Bridal Gowns – Luella’s Boudoir
Groom’s Attire – Mr Tux
Flowers – Environmental Arts
Cake – Diane Guess at Cakes To Di For (Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Paper Goods – Artcadia
Hair – Geraldine at Maximes Salon (Phone +1-649-946-5093)
Makeup – Ann at Beauty and The Beach
Models – Vielka Salvador and Hansie Zietsman
Venue – The Bajacu Villa
Photography – Chanelle Segerius-Bruce at Brilliant Studios
I love the combination of the white and blue plates with the brightly coloured flowers and tea light holders.
So many gorgeous ideas for accessorising your Bridal gown in a boho style, the bronze feather cuff is amazing.
Are any of you lovelies getting married somewhere tropical? Anyone getting married on the Turks and Caicos Islands?!?
And have you found your venue has been accommodating with your décor ideas?
Lots of love,