Opulence and fantasy blend beautifully together at Fustic to provide a phenomenal canvas to create breathtaking designs for a magical destination wedding.
Photography by Risee Chaderton – Eye One Visuals
Referred to as ‘heaven on earth’ and lauded as one of the finest examples of a historical villa estate in Barbados, idyllic Fustic House is one of British theatrical designer Oliver Messel’s most celebrated transformations in the Caribbean. Described as “something out of a dream… one of those rare places, which once seen, is never forgotten” by Country Life’s Jeremy Musson, the unique setting and expansive parkland grounds lend themselves well to privacy. Trademark touches include slender greek columns, arches and the quintessential ‘Messel Green’ painted finishes; covered verandahs and balconies provide shade during the day.
Fustic House is one of the most magical and memorable wedding venues on the island – opulence and fantasy blend together to provide a phenomenal canvas for a wedding decorator to create breathtaking designs.
The amazingly talented floral designer, Robert Carter of Petals Paradise took on the challenge of transforming the courtyard at Fustic into a mesmerizing and simply stunning design for a wedding reception, full of whimsical touches: twinkling crystal, feathered birds, organza chair covers and over-the-top floral displays for the table design follow a silver and pastel palette with a pop or two of pink; tall floor lanterns and hanging glass balls with tiny lights wound into the vines created a beautifully romantic ambiance at sunset and into the evening.
Whites and pinks abound, juxtaposing with the verdant, lush green plants that encompass the main house yet blend in seamlessly with the natural surroundings as if they had always been there.
Fustic House is simply perfection in paradise, and definitely brideLIFE approved!
ROBERT CARTER – PETALS PARADISE
“Creativity defines who I am…..it’s about creating that necessary wow factor for every client in a way that speaks to who they are and what they want for that special event.”
Well-known for his over-the-top, exquisite and elegant floral designs, Robert Carter and his team at Petals Paradise have been creating breathtaking and memorable events for clients for over 15 years. With each project, his goal is to ensure that he and his team bring that added flair, sophistication, and creativity to every event – to meet each client’s unique desires, whether the budget is unrestrained, modest or economical.
As the Artistic Floral Designer for Barbados’ luxurious Five Diamond resort, the Sandy Lane Hotel, Robert’s large exotic floral displays can be seen throughout the property and have been appreciated by various celebrities and renowned guests as they either vacationed or attended functions.
“The aim is to produce unforgettable experiences, done with integrity, creativity, professionalism & finesse and to leave each client with a sense of total satisfaction and achievement.”
Through the years, Robert has been fortunate to collaborate and work with several top international designers, event planners and florists including Preston Bailey, Colin Cowie, and David Beahm – allowing him to raise the bar on local floral arranging and designs, taking them to a new level of stunning beauty. Not only does Robert service some of the top hotels in Barbados – he also provides floral arrangements for corporate functions, private yachts and cruise liners.
Villa Wedding Inspiration – decor, design and supplies: www.petalsparadisebb.com
Photography: Risee Chaderton, Eye One Visuals
Location: Fustic House, St Lucy – thanks to exclusive agents Blue Sky Luxury, the staff, villa manager and owner.