Great, I said. When is it?
In four weeks.
Silence on my end of the line. Yup. Four weeks to plan a mehndi ceremony for 120 people. Being someone who never backs down from a challenge, I said OK. And away we went…
The original plan had the entire to-do at a villa the family had rented. However, upon check in on Sunday, they decided to move locations, leaving me only a few days to find a spot in the Brasilito/Flamingo/Conchal area that could fit 120 people, a horse, fireworks, had electricity/water/bathrooms and was close-by Mar y Sol Restaurant in Flamingo and that the family approved of. Thanks to the help of the always awesome Jean-Luc Taulere, chef extraordinaire at Pangas and Mar y Sol, we set up on his beach volleyball court in front of his Coco Loco Beach Bar in Flamingo Beach. PERFECT!!
We went with a sunny and tropical colour palette, full of sunshiny yellow, fabulous fuchsia and awesome orange with touches of gold.
Chains of mums were strung to create a curtain behind the staging where the couple would receive their guests and wishes for a sweet marriage.
The bride’s family provided everyone at the ceremony with traditional garb from Bangladesh, even the horse handler!
Asiatic lillies added a punch of colour to the cocktail tables set up on the beach.
No detail is too small – here, we adorned the light-up bar with the couple’s initials.
Roses, orchids, Birds of Paradise, mums all combine to create a dramatic floral display.
Guests place henna on the couple’s faces, wishing them happiness together.
Even the cake was a cultural experience, featuring decor reminiscent of traditional mehndi art.
As challenges go, this was one of the biggest we’ve had due to the tight-timelines, locations and large number of people. However, we are pleased to report it was a massive success all around and the client – well, he had an ear-to-ear grin the entire night. Mission complete!
Huge thanks to Comfort Studio for the fab photos!!