A romantic evening by XAYA with a sumptuous touch of French décor
A Parisian evening by XAYA Design Atelier took place for a wedding party at the Royal King Hussein Club. Novel turned opera, La Vie de Bohème served as the muse for the designer brothers when creating the aura of this wedding celebration. The inspirational 19th century tale by Henri Murger centres on young, carefree French aristocrats who fancy themselves artistic revolutionists and gather in outdoor cafes or patrons’ lavish homes to pursue myriad arts.
Harkening back to the style of the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1840s, the colour scheme was extensive to the level of grandiose. Muted reds, dark purples, splashes of yellows and greens were accented with touches of silver and gold. Overflowing foliage wrapped the venue in a relaxed Bohemian feel. A background soundtrack featuring from the likes of French artist Edith Paif and La Vie Bohème itself set the sultry mood as guests arrived.
Beneath a canopy of palm trees, two long wooden tables stretched out to welcome guests. Vintage art print posters of La Vie de Bohème set in scrolled golden frames were placed on the tables. A rotating mix of chargers in gold, silver and bronze finishes gave off an eclectic gleam from the table settings. Crème coloured napkins tied with twine to a menu of brown cardstock were topped with a peacock feather for a hint of decadence.
Lavish crystal candelas and white painted lanterns begot a charming glow along the tables and were matched by incandescent light bulbs hanging sensuously from the palm trees. Guests sat on an assortment of neo-classical Louis XVI, Napoleon, and Chiavari chairs, which made the evening appear as though it were a get-together for the luxurious bourgeoisie to discuss the latest philosophy, art and gossip.
A multihued mix of flowers set in glass bottles, darling silver teapots and bronzed vases included overflowing ivy, thistle, wild flowers, hibiscus, chrysanthemums and bright sunflowers, further adding to this garden escape tabletop. For a touch of opulence, XAYA brothers put peacock feathers and tantalising groupings of fresh apples, limes and pomegranates throughout the arrangements. The crystal candelas and the fresh flowers presented an alluring blend of unassumed richness, capturing the bohemian ideal: love.
Photography: Courtesy of XAYA Events