Against the backdrop of Dubai’s Al Barari botanic haven, Maya Toubia Jabbour creates a dreamlike outdoor setting for quality time to enjoy great food with family and friends
Bohemian Spring with Maya Toubia Jabbour
What was your inspiration?
I was inspired by the ‘Boho’ chic fashion that is back with plenty of vibrant, vivid colors and patterns.
The plan was to place individual flowers in bottles and small vases. I used orange orchids, orange ranunculus, fuchsia roses and a mix of orange and bright pink bougainvillea plants.
I mixed informal patterns and layers of colored fabric to reflect the free-spirited Bohemian mood.
I studied advertising and marketing, but to a large extent, wedding planning is all about creativity, design and taste. I’m also an instructor at EMDI Dubai; I teach 'Wedding Planning & Events Management'.
I was always passionate about floral design and decoration. I started helping family and friends organize their own weddings and events and soon found myself fully dedicated
to it. What I love about my work is giving life to concepts and seeing ideas materialize. The wedding day is one of the most important days of a person’s life and it is a privilege to take part in such an occasion. There is nothing really to hate about it as long as you plan in advance and show enough flexibility to accommodate last-minute changes.
What is key for a wedding planner is to avoid the trap of repetition. Designs should highlight the personal ideas of the couple getting married. As for trends, there aren't really any obvious ones. The event itself depends on the couple in question. Some opt for large events, others for smaller, cozy gatherings. What is really picking up, however, is destination weddings.
Lebanon is a pioneer in the industry, from variety of venues to food and catering, and the professionalism of suppliers. Dubai, meanwhile, offers a flexible platform for various cultures and backgrounds. It has done a great job of mixing and matching that and is solidly positioning itself as a leading wedding destination in the Middle East.
I love hosting dinners and have made it a point to reflect my passion and work at such friendly gatherings. Based on that, I have developed my own line of 'table settings', which are ready-made and boxed, put together in styles for different occasions. I've also ventured into hosting table-setting workshops and often collaborate with well-known brands for select product shooting based on my designs and sets.
Tailor-made cutlery, gold, black and rosegold-plated. Creative and specifically designed plates that are out of the ordinary. Colored accessories are rarely used really, but change the whole approach.
Boho chic fashion is back with plenty of vibrant, vivid colors and patterns
Use patterns and colored fabric to reflect the free-spirited Bohemian mood
Colorful glassware and gold cuttlery set the right mood
I used orange orchids, orange ranunculus, fuchsia roses and a mix of orange and bright pink bougainvillea plants