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The Wedding Library: Caribbean Island Wedding, Part 1

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I was invited to style a wedding shoot at Ladera, a unique, eco-friendly resort on the island of St. Lucia. Situated 1,000 feet above the ocean with views of two volcanic mountains, each villa at the resort features an open wall -- the side of each unit is left open -- to showcase the breathtaking surroundings.

I wanted to create a look that incorporated the incredible volcanic landscape, regional cuisine, and rustic nature of the property. For the dinner table, I scouted the island for crafts stands and discovered terra-cotta tangines, handmade on the island by a local woman, that were used for cooking. I gathered a few for the table setting, creating an effect both dramatic and beautiful.

On the property, I found bougainvillea flowers for the centerpieces. Hanging lights from Jamali Garden mixed with amber votive candles and tall pillar candles set the mood while little dragonflies (found them at a craft store) added whimsy and charm.

I hung tissue-paper pom-poms -- a Martha Stewart Weddings inspiration -- over the table for a burst of color and draped hot-pink Dessy pashminas over the back of each chair. Natural linen Nuage tablecloths looked clean and bright against the fuchsia and orange shades.

To finish off the table, I garnished it with color-coordinating three-dimensional table numbers and Rifle Paper place cards.

I am so happy and proud that the final tablescape really reflects the culture of St. Lucia while still being wedding appropriate. Check out your destination wedding's area, and be inspired by its local crafts, flowers, and food.

Check out the Martha Stewart Weddings Destination Weddings Center for more tips!

Images courtesy of Mel Barlow

Comments (3)

  • Just wanted to point out, all the beautiful images are by the wonderful Mel Barlow -- find her at!

  • Claudia did a fabulous job at styling and my poms look awesome! Thank you!

  • Wow! You both did an amazing job! I am going to be getting married at Ladera this coming April, and what you have done is exactly what I want! From the colors, to the poms, which I've already had practice making, to the dragonflies, I mean EVERYTHING! I would really love to recreate what you did at the shoot. I know some items were purchased in Saint Lucia, and others were purchased elsewhere, but if you are willing to answer some questions I have, it would be greatly appreciated! Thank-you for taking the time,

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