Destination Tropical With A Hint Of Funk: A Styled Shoot By Cloud 9 Weddings & Events With Prêt à Papier Invitations & Stationery

Destination Tropical With A Hint Of Funk: A Styled Shoot By Cloud 9 And Prêt à Papier 

We love seeing our vendors collaborate, particularly when the result looks like this! As soon as we saw these images from the ‘Destination Tropical With A Hint of Funk’ styled shoot, we were in awe. The concept came from our BCME expert panel member and founder of Cloud 9 Weddings & Events, Mennat Al Hammami. Together with Reesha Almeida Coutinho from Prêt à Papier Invitations & Stationery, this unique, on-trend and bold idea was brought to life. With pops of colour and plenty of daring black (which we feel is set to be a décor trend this season), this shoot is definitely inspiration for those brides who want to step away from pastels and all things rustic.

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Below, we find out more from both Mennat and Reesha whilst showcasing the striking imagery as captured by Joem Aldea. Enjoy!


Destination Tropical With A Hint Of Funk



Destination Tropical With A Hint Of Funk

A Note From The Wedding Planner

Above: Mennat Al Hammami, founder of Cloud 9 Weddings & Events.

Above: Mennat Al Hammami, founder of Cloud 9 Weddings & Events.

Picture a couple who appreciates their music, be it rock or indie funk! Having to escape the formalities of a conventional large wedding, they decide to organise a small destination wedding on a tropical island. The couple wants to create a happy and intimate set up that is both comfortable and true to who they are.

I decided to incorporate black, yet mix it in with an array of bold colours, mainly to showcase that combined, they can come out blissful. I envisioned a bride who had already bought the expensive white dress and wanted to play it down with a very daring and tropical inspired headpiece with her hair down and the only two main accessories being a bold lip and a pair of earrings.

Destination Tropical With A Hint Of Funk




The tablescape was decorated using recycled bottles and candlesticks. We used industrial inspired furniture with minimal florals and mix and matched prints for the napkins. The wedding collateral was colourful with a hint of the black accents to dictate the style of the setup. The beauty of this editorial is the informality of it all. 






A Note From The Stationery Designer


Above: Reesha Almeida Coutinho, founder of Prêt à Papier Invitations & Stationery.

I always look forward to working with Mennat as she always has the most beautiful vision for everything she plans. She told me that this shoot was “out there”, and that she was still developing the concept. When she shared her mood board, I was blown away by the striking colours and the way that it was so inspired by flowers but had such a funky feel to it. 


The first thing that struck me from Mennat’s mood board was the explosion of flowers, the mix of colours, the bold patterns and the contrast of black and white. I decided to make black the centre stage in the design and used it to provide a vibrant contrast with the pops of colour. With the shoot being in Dubai’s Garden Centre, I knew I had to use flowers. But in no way were they the romantic, delicate floral designs we see in most wedding invitations. I chose bright and bold flowers – playful pansies which were arranged in a very edgy way around the couple. Two lovers engulfed in this whirlwind of flowers so to speak!



The star of the show was the custom laser-cut wrap that invites the guest to read all the details of the wedding. Laser cut is a great way to make intricate details standout from their backgrounds. We used laser cut to make ‘Thank You’ tags for the edible favour lollipops. The suite also included a custom-designed map as well as an RSVP card with a pop of yellow as a liner inside. We fell in love with the use of contrasting colours like yellow, lavender, cobalt blue, and red. I think the resulting suite was a great representation of Mennat’s vision for the shoot!


The Wedding Planner’s Little Pink Book

Concept & Styling: Cloud 9 Weddings & Events / Customised Stationery: Prêt à Papier / Photography: Joem Aldea Photography / Florals: House of Flowers / Venue: Dubai Garden Centre / Wedding Gown: Contessa Bridal / Furniture: Innovative Hiring / Make-up and Hair: The Louise Monique / Cake: Little Miss Cupcakes

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