Se­cret Gar­den

Emirates Bride - - CON­TENTS -

Ac­cord­ing to a trends re­port re­leased by Pin­ter­est, the user search vol­ume for “green­ery wed­dings” on the plat­form has tripled in the last year. And for good rea­son. There is some­thing so in­trin­si­cally ro­man­tic about a gar­den wed­ding, a theme that al­most in­stantly guar­an­tees drop-dead-gor­geous back­drops. The Mid­dle East, home to some of the most gor­geous flora and fauna, has a rich va­ri­ety of venues and dé­cor to of­fer. Sym­bolic of new be­gin­nings, the pho­to­genic green fo­liage cel­e­brates na­ture and its sur­round­ings, and is easy to find and style. While many cou­ples opt for rus­tic fin­ishes, green­ery can also be styled to cre­ate an en­chant­ing par­adise gar­den, filled with white and cream-coloured flow­ers, or with strik­ing gold and black struc­tures to add solid frames.

In­stead of bloom­ing bou­quets and or­nate flo­ral back­drops, look to more ver­dant

as­sort­ments of eu­ca­lyp­tus, ferns, and var­i­ous herbs to dec­o­rate the venues. The flora and fauna can also be decked to cre­ate a lush nat­u­ral aisle. Then, re­pur­pose the leaves and flow­ers to dec­o­rate ta­ble set­tings and backs of chairs.

Blooms dec­o­rated with pops of lush colours makes for a stun­ning ta­ble run­ner, even in a piled up line. Look to an as­sort­ment of ter­rar­i­ums to add to the ‘wow’ fac­tor. Wed­ding cakes don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be tow­er­ing mas­ter­pieces for a bo­hemian-style green wed­ding. A sim­ple white cake gar­nished with fine strands of rose­mary or edi­ble flow­ers too make an el­e­gant state­ment.

Monique Lhuil­lier’s lat­est bridal col­lec­tion paid trib­ute to her love of colour, and the al­lure of gar­dens. As such, flow­ers were a dom­i­nant mo­tif, ap­pear­ing on a V-neck tulle gown with vi­brant flo­ral ap­pliqués and a vo­lu­mi­nous ball gown and veil scat­tered with flo­rets, so a bride “would look like she’s ly­ing in a flower bed”.

“Let the beauty of what you love, be what you do.” - Rumi

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