As we near the end of February, we’re probably not alone in saying that we’re ready for the warmer months to just get here already. Well my friends, let this tropical wedding inspiration transport you to paradise in wedding design. We have no more room for subtlety in our admiration for the mismatched decor, the palm fronds + air plants and the bride’s sleeveless gown adorned with intricate beading. These images from Purple Tree Photography are a real treasure — see for yourself!
Walking up the shaded alleys created by the giant palm trees in antique wooden crates, we were inspired by the lush greenery of the tropics. The result was a recreation of a magical styled shoot in the midst of the desert at Wahat Al Sahraa nurseries, Dubai.
The reception and cocktail table were dressed in natural materials. Sticking to traditional formal dark wood furniture, the setups have been adapted and inspired by the tropics. Mismatched furniture from natural materials like elegantly carved solid mahogany wood, rattan, bamboo and cane allowed for a sophisticated colour palette featuring black, chocolate brown, stone/taupe, grey, white and sage green
Decorative accessories inspired by the spirit of conquests are a mix of classic fine china, crystals and tropical accents. Brass and silver provide a subtle sense of tradition, style and history. Ornate wax seals, globes, iron bird cage, antique books and writing sets helped to reinforce the colonial feel, as did old-fashioned luxury luggage, ready for the honeymoon.
The floral arrangements were meant to reflect the colonies’ abundant produce, rich in greenery and exotic flowers and fruits. Three varieties of Fritillaria, Gloriosa, Strelitzia accompanied by Berzelia, Ananas, (ornamental pineapples) Asparagus, tropical ferns and prominent palm leaves became part of centerpieces and were featured in the bride’s bouquet. Arrangements were showcased in urns and metallic vases.
The invitations feature native flora and fauna with exotic birds, palm trees and tropical foliage and reflect the chosen colour scheme. The vintage menu cards with the parrots inject color to the neutral linens. The paper goods very inspired by the pages of a vintage atlas or botanical handbook.
Tony, the handsome Cockatoo flirted with our bride, who wore a beautiful olive, beaded dress with a classic silhouette. The bridesmaids complemented the look in tropical prints with greenery being the dominate feature, on trend for 2017.
Photography: Purple Tree Photography
Event Styling: Save the Date
Floral Design: Tulipano
Stationery: Prêt à Papier
Tableware and Bird Cage: Party Social
Cockatoo Parrot: Al Tamimi Stables
Dress and Hair Accessories: The Bridal Showroom
Hair and Makeup: Platinum Black
Model: Genevra of Cover Page Dubai
Venue: Wahat Al Sahraa Nurseries