Island Chic

Private Villa
Virgin Gorda

Photography: Mel Barlow

Like many destinations, couples choose Virgin Gorda because of its natural beauty. The breathtaking views from Aquamare, the clear blue sea, and natural, organic materials are inspiring. We added ‘wedding sparkle’ to already existing perfection. Working with ‘best in class’ partners made the high caliber of the design possible.

When working outdoors or in a tent, it’s important to understand how the changing sun will impact the look and feel of an event. Here, when dusk hit it was the 'magic hour'.

Some events require a design that comes from the imagination, or the reinvention of an existing space. This client owns a property that is picture perfect, and really needs only a light, but special design touch. This series of villas are tastefully decorated for indoor and outdoor living, on a private beach in the British Virgin Islands.

For a special event like a wedding, I envisioned an enhanced version of the existing property, the addition of a little sparkle. I brought in metallics, a touch of color and personalized details to denote the special occasion.

I started with a sophisticated motif, an aquatic color and textures, and a monochromatic feel that already exists on the property.

I styled a welcome beach party with low tables, large cushions, complementary fabrics and natural materials.

Disposable bamboo plates, cutlery and “stones” to hold down fly-away napkins complete the look. I added pashminas for a breezy evening in the colors of the sea to enhance the existing neutral beach furniture.

There are very few metallics on property, so even when judiciously used, they add a special sparkle. Before arriving I took care to pre-order signage for the flip-flops on offer, and to bring along fun favors like custom beach balls and a nautical flag we used again for a boat trip.

Die cut escort cards are propped up on a bed of small, white, seashells.

A burlap runner with the wedding motif was shipped ahead. Large metallic gazing balls that I hand carried provided a glittery polish to the ceremony site.

The color scheme continues throughout the evening, even to the table numbers. Because of the intense Caribbean heat, I like to use “hard goods” for table décor that won’t melt or wilt. Here they worked perfectly.

 I took advantage of an existing day bed structure as a breathtaking ceremony backdrop. Organdy curtains edged in tiny seashells, wicker lanterns and my silver gazing balls provide the necessary shine for this twilight ceremony.

Once the dinner is set, the after party setting takes shape in the background.

Another long table uses no flowers at all, just the glow of the candelabra. More silver gazing balls float in the pool and shiny silver cushions add sparkle to the dinner table.

Once the sun set it was all magic.

The after party is ready, waiting for dancing and lounging late into the night.

When working outdoors or in a tent, it’s important to understand how the changing sun will impact the look and feel of an event. Here, when dusk hit it was the 'magic hour'.

Some events require a design that comes from the imagination, or the reinvention of an existing space. This client owns a property that is picture perfect, and really needs only a light, but special design touch. This series of villas are tastefully decorated for indoor and outdoor living, on a private beach in the British Virgin Islands.

For a special event like a wedding, I envisioned an enhanced version of the existing property, the addition of a little sparkle. I brought in metallics, a touch of color and personalized details to denote the special occasion.

I started with a sophisticated motif, an aquatic color and textures, and a monochromatic feel that already exists on the property.

I styled a welcome beach party with low tables, large cushions, complementary fabrics and natural materials.

Disposable bamboo plates, cutlery and “stones” to hold down fly-away napkins complete the look. I added pashminas for a breezy evening in the colors of the sea to enhance the existing neutral beach furniture.

There are very few metallics on property, so even when judiciously used, they add a special sparkle. Before arriving I took care to pre-order signage for the flip-flops on offer, and to bring along fun favors like custom beach balls and a nautical flag we used again for a boat trip.

Die cut escort cards are propped up on a bed of small, white, seashells.

A burlap runner with the wedding motif was shipped ahead. Large metallic gazing balls that I hand carried provided a glittery polish to the ceremony site.

The color scheme continues throughout the evening, even to the table numbers. Because of the intense Caribbean heat, I like to use “hard goods” for table décor that won’t melt or wilt. Here they worked perfectly.

 I took advantage of an existing day bed structure as a breathtaking ceremony backdrop. Organdy curtains edged in tiny seashells, wicker lanterns and my silver gazing balls provide the necessary shine for this twilight ceremony.

Once the dinner is set, the after party setting takes shape in the background.

Another long table uses no flowers at all, just the glow of the candelabra. More silver gazing balls float in the pool and shiny silver cushions add sparkle to the dinner table.

Once the sun set it was all magic.

The after party is ready, waiting for dancing and lounging late into the night.

When working outdoors or in a tent, it’s important to understand how the changing sun will impact the look and feel of an event. Here, when dusk hit it was the 'magic hour'.

Some events require a design that comes from the imagination, or the reinvention of an existing space. This client owns a property that is picture perfect, and really needs only a light, but special design touch. This series of villas are tastefully decorated for indoor and outdoor living, on a private beach in the British Virgin Islands.

For a special event like a wedding, I envisioned an enhanced version of the existing property, the addition of a little sparkle. I brought in metallics, a touch of color and personalized details to denote the special occasion.

I started with a sophisticated motif, an aquatic color and textures, and a monochromatic feel that already exists on the property.

I styled a welcome beach party with low tables, large cushions, complementary fabrics and natural materials.

Disposable bamboo plates, cutlery and “stones” to hold down fly-away napkins complete the look. I added pashminas for a breezy evening in the colors of the sea to enhance the existing neutral beach furniture.

There are very few metallics on property, so even when judiciously used, they add a special sparkle. Before arriving I took care to pre-order signage for the flip-flops on offer, and to bring along fun favors like custom beach balls and a nautical flag we used again for a boat trip.

Die cut escort cards are propped up on a bed of small, white, seashells.

A burlap runner with the wedding motif was shipped ahead. Large metallic gazing balls that I hand carried provided a glittery polish to the ceremony site.

The color scheme continues throughout the evening, even to the table numbers. Because of the intense Caribbean heat, I like to use “hard goods” for table décor that won’t melt or wilt. Here they worked perfectly.

 I took advantage of an existing day bed structure as a breathtaking ceremony backdrop. Organdy curtains edged in tiny seashells, wicker lanterns and my silver gazing balls provide the necessary shine for this twilight ceremony.

Once the dinner is set, the after party setting takes shape in the background.

Another long table uses no flowers at all, just the glow of the candelabra. More silver gazing balls float in the pool and shiny silver cushions add sparkle to the dinner table.

Once the sun set it was all magic.

The after party is ready, waiting for dancing and lounging late into the night.

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