A Colourful Arabesque Wedding — Inspiration With A Middle Eastern Twist
While we’ve all got our fingers crossed that wedding parties can soon commence in the UAE once again, there’s nothing to stop newly engaged couples from planning and prepping their dream day. For a wedding party styled with an eye-catching mix of Middle Eastern detail and bright North African colours, take inspiration from this stunning wedding day setup curated by Bilen Zeremariam of Queen of Hearts Floral Design, photographed in her floristry studio in London.
Inspired by her travels, the wedding theme is beautifully influenced by Arabian culture and heritage, perfect for brides wanting a vibrant wedding that has a decidedly contemporary edge and plenty of colourful, Middle Eastern energy.
A Note From The Floral Designer
This wedding shoot was inspired by my travels throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, from the ornate and elaborate interiors of many buildings to the stunning jewellery that can be found in the souks I visited. The striking features and colours that I saw influenced my desire to create a wedding day setup that mixed traditional concepts with modern details.
I wanted to show newly engaged couples how to incorporate an opulent look with a rustic twist using bold and bright colours, such as fuchsia and orange, in a tasteful way. As much as I love an all-white wedding, injecting colour into your wedding theme and décor is unique and memorable!
When styling the floral runner of the reception table, I chose to incorporate small gold lanterns overflowing with flowers. Instead of hanging the lanterns or even placing them upright in the traditional way, I set them at a jaunty angle amongst the floral display, with flowers inside each one spilling out to join the other flowers in the display. The floral runner consisted of peonies, roses, orchids, gerberas and pampas grass. The elegant magenta glass of the lanterns complemented the bright pink of the roses, as well as the fuchsia candles and rich plum tones of the dinner plates.
All of the suppliers that were used for the shoot were carefully selected and provided gorgeous bridal-wear, jewellery, and makeup that were perfect for the theme.
Fashion stylist Kelly Richardson, in charge of wardrobe, opted for three striking looks that drew upon the bold colours used for the tablescape. For our bedouin bride, silky green complemented the leaves and natural elements of the floral runner, while the second look of bright orange and fuchsia matched the colourful energy of the flowers perfectly. For the third look set outside, the red details of the gown picked up the fiery petals of the carnations and roses in the bouquet, while the stunning gold embellishments added to the drama.
All of the jewellery used was handmade by the talented Nayla of Nayla’s Treasures, whose jewellery is made to order and often worn by Middle Eastern and North and East African brides on their wedding day. The ornate gold details of the jewellery complement the gold and brass elements of the décor and provided a luxurious finesse to each look. For makeup, Sabrina of City Gem Mobile Beauty went for a signature smoky eye look and executed the brief exactly how I envisaged it. Wedding photographer Jessy Papasavva captured the shoot effortlessly, with a mixture of indoor and outdoor shots that caught the vibrancy and elegance of each wedding setup.
The Little Pink Book
Flowers: Queen of Hearts Floral Design / Fashion: Kelly Richardson Styling / Jewellery: Nayla’s Treasures / Hair and Makeup: City Gem Mobile Beauty / Photography: Jessy Papasavva Photography / Videography: Luke Allen / Model: Delina Michael / Venue: Queen of Hearts Floral Studio, London
Thanks to Bilen for providing this gorgeous wedding day setup to inspire our Bride Club ME readers waiting to tie the knot in such vibrant and elegant style! Find more aspirational style with our stunning real wedding features and check out this tried-and-tested desert retreat in the UAE, perfect for a secluded mini-moon staycay. Enjoy!