Are you a fan of Poincianas love? Then you are in the right place! Not really a popular choice for brides due to its fragility, this tropical tree has the most bright and beautiful red flowers that we have ever seen and have come to love! Classic, romantic and oh so stunning, this styled shoot is definitely a fan favourite thus far, and we could definitely understand why. This full team of Bahamian creatives came together, created magic and is here to serve us with something unique, inspirational and enchanting.
FROM THE WEDDING PLANNER:
The hallmark of summers in Nassau are the bursts of flaming red all throughout the island as the poinciana trees signal to all that they are in full bloom. The beauty and vibrancy of the “flame tree”, as it is known in some cultures, has always been an eye catcher in the same way a bride is on her big day.
As restrictions were briefly lifted following strict lockdown measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, each of us creatives felt the need to come together to create something beautiful. When Phylicia Duncombe approached me about wanting to do a styled shoot, those poincianas, the hallmark of summer, came to mind and I began dreaming of the concept of “the Poinciana Bride”.
Within a matter of days, we were able to conceptualize and bring the vendors together for the shoot. Everyone had creative liberty within the overall aesthetic, as we did not want to stifle anyone after weeks of already being quarantined. The hardest part of it all, in fact, was finding the perfect poinciana tree: one with branches sweeping the ground, in full bloom.
THE COLOUR PALETTE FOR THE SHOOT
The shoot was centered around the poinciana tree, which blooms quite flamboyantly in shades of red (and sometimes yellow). Our focus was the shades of red, mixed in with greenery and beautiful tropical flowers. We wanted the bride to represent the season (summer), island life and the essence of the bridal experience: to stand out, to catch the eye, to make you pause, look and breathe in beauty.
Poinciana is not a flower typically chosen by brides. It’s fragile, droops easily due to heat exposure, and the pollen can stain (so definitely a danger for white wedding gowns), but it is so beautiful and enchanting that it deserved a moment to shine.
THE VENUE & THE VISION
As previously stated, the hardest part of putting together this shoot was finding the perfect poinciana tree. There are many scattered across the island and on the side of the road, but OUR tree had to be surrounded by greenery, have low hanging branches and be in full bloom. It was tricky as we were nearing the end of the flowering season for poincianas so many were losing their fullness. I asked people on social media to tag me in beautiful trees that they saw. Quite a few people tagged me in this one and after driving past it myself, I had to agree it was OUR tree.
Every artist had creative liberty. I told everyone the overall theme and submitted the mood board (which took the form of a video – see attached), and specifically stated that you have freedom to create, just keep the team in the loop on your ideas. This was our opportunity as creatives to have fun after so many of our personal projects were either cancelled or postponed due to the global health pandemic.
THE FLORAL WORK
From Marie Buds, “When Zemi approached us and mentioned that the focal flower for the shoot was poinciana we got excited as our brand (Marie Buds) is a very Bahamian and island inspired. We wanted to keep things as vibrant and “down home” as possible without losing our poinciana so we combined locally grown poinciana and native seed pods with fresh-cut tropical flowers such as bird of paradise, ginger and lots of greens to take this concept from buds to masterpiece.”
Typically commissioned to create floral crowns, Alicia Marie, owner of Marie Buds, wanted to extend herself creatively and created a beautiful island-inspired headpiece. Like the poinciana, the Poinciana Bride isn’t afraid to stand out. Everything about her is vibrant yet also subtly and naturally beautiful.
Marie Buds states, “The inspiration for the headpiece was the poinciana, of course, as well as the Eleuthera pineapple as that screams island-inspired, and we wanted to pair flowers along with that that would complement those two sources of inspiration.”
*Note, the island of Eleuthera is famous for its pineapples and even hosts an annual Pineapple Festival.
THE MAKEUP & HAIR STYLING
For the makeup, we wanted a very vibrant red lip. Today’s brides typically gravitate to nude lips and we wanted to take a risk that a typical bride would not take. A beautiful smoky eye complimented the model’s beautiful brown eyes and brunette hair.
The model has voluminous natural hair. We wanted to maintain the natural beauty without heat-processing, so we decided upon defined curls using flexi rods. Poinciana blooms stand out, and so we wanted her hair to have fullness and a presence, especially when paired with the simplicity of the dress.
The acrylic stationery was a perfect pairing as it created a beautiful overlay for the poinciana leaves and flowers. The acrylic invitation added an element of subtle beauty.
Photography: PD Photography | Planning & Creative Direction: Heaven Sent Her | Wedding Dress: Phylicia Ellis | Venue: Prospect Ridge Roundabout (clearing on side of road) | Flowers: Alicia Marie Thompson / Marie Buds | Hair Stylist: Althea Johnson / Owner, Curlz Salon | Makeup Artistry: Krystal Major / Major Faces | Invitations & Stationery: Alexis Smith / Cordial Affairs | Event Rentals: Tutus and Mimosas | Model: Ashley Archer |
Photography: @pdphotography | Planning & Creative Direction: @heavensenther | Wedding Dress: @phyliciaellis | Flowers: @shopmariebuds | Hair Stylist: @curlz242 | Makeup Artistry: @krysy_mua | Invitations & Stationery: @cordial_affairs_ | Event Rentals: @tutusandmimosas | Model: @opaiapetalas | As seen in ADRIANA (Issue IV)