Kaj Designs Hosts Legacy Atelier

Kaj Designs Hosts Legacy Atelier


Mid-Luxury Fashion House Bids Farewell To 2017 With Exclusive Retail Experience



KajFAB models strike a pose in front of the Kaj Flagship Boutique. From left to right: Fertility tank dress; long sleeved evening dress; silk kaftan; and maxi dress with ring accent. Makeup by Lyndy-Anne Parks of Lady Parks Makeup Studio. Photo courtesy Kyle Keens-Dumas of Konsortium Studios for Kaj Designs.


January 4, 2018 – Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago… Tobago’s premier mid-luxury fashion house, Kaj Designs, will usher in the New Year and 2018 Carnival seasons with an exclusive Kaj Legacy Atelier. KajFAB femmes will enjoy 50% off all legacy items as the brand celebrates the bold, signature flair gained over its disruptive 12-year history in Caribbean fashion. Featuring both limited edition and one-of-a-kind creations from several Kaj collections including the resort wear of Shore Culture and Tribu Sauvage, the atelier will run throughout the New Year and Carnival seasons by private viewing only, while stocks last.


Kaj’s provocative innovation, the Signature Halter Lounge Shuffle, was first shown as part of the Shore Culture runway presentation at the 10th Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) in June 2010 in Kingston, Jamaica. Photo courtesy Pulse Investments Limited.


In June 2010, Kaj premiered the barefoot luxury of the Shore Culture collection at the 10th Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) in Kingston, Jamaica. The CFW audience welcomed the scintillating charms, textures and tones of the Caribbean as it set sail with the first-ever Kaj Resort collection. The fashion house presented a sea of undulating fabrics in rich tones of magenta, fuchsia and teal with flowing, easy creations befitting a luxurious vacation of leisure. Reflecting the sun-kissed iridescence of its Caribbean landscape, the collection lavishly drapes the feminine contour in ribbons of ombré and tie-dyed chiffons, silk rayons, silk satins, organzas and crepe georgettes with subtle accents in suede, leather, taffeta, coque and pheasant plumes and coconut shell.  Designed with versatility and feminine comfort in mind, the effortless silhouettes of Kaj’s Shore Culture collection can be worn in the day and night, ideal for festive New Year and Carnival functions.


A captive audience was treated to the majesty of Kaj’s sheer strapless Bohemian lounge dress, with wooden beaded fabric accents, at the 2010 CFW during the Shore Culture presentation. Photo courtesy Pulse Investments Limited.


In June 2011, Kaj marked an historic milestone with its launch in the French Caribbean and the placement of the Kaj Resort line at Guadeloupe’s exclusive Caribbean boutique, KOD. This move established KOD as the first retailer of the Kaj brand in the region. In February 2012, Kaj received one of its highest honours as it was selected to represent the Caribbean in an initiative of the Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) entitled Caribbean Collections. This initiative sought to create opportunities for access to European markets via participation in the British Council and the British Fashion Council’s inaugural International Fashion Showcase for Autumn/Winter (A/W) 2012 during London Fashion Week (LFW). For the label’s LFW debut, Shore Culture was favoured as it featured at an LFW-produced exhibition held at The Charing Cross Hotel while select pieces featured at a private showing at the Corinthia Hotel.


Folded envelope tunic and Bermuda shorts from the 2010 Kaj Resort collection, Shore Culture. Makeup by Lyndy-Anne Parks of Lady Parks Makeup Studio. Photo courtesy Kyle Keens-Dumas of Konsortium Studios for Kaj Designs.


A trailblazer in Caribbean fashion, Kaj boasts several accomplishments that are irrefutable Caribbean fashion firsts. In a pioneering move to capture international markets, the Tobago fashion house made history with the May 2013 launch of its sophomore resort collection, Tribu Sauvage, in USA and Singapore. Kaj was the first Tobago brand at ENK International’s exclusive fashion tradeshow, Intermezzo Collections, a staple of the US fashion trade circuit. With its humble Intermezzo debut, Kaj successfully captured the attention of New York’s leading fashion industry publication, The Daily Front Row. Amidst more than 900 of the world’s foremost fashion brands, Kaj was featured in TheDailyFrontRow.com’s haute highlights alongside Alice and Olivia, Nicole Miller, L.A.M.B. and Rebecca Minkoff.


The KajFAB safari of the Kaj Resort collection, Tribu Sauvage, featured on the catwalk at the inaugural Fashion Festival Bali in August 2013 at the luxurious Stones Hotel in Bali’s Legian region. Featured is Kaj’s maxi dress with ring accent. Photo courtesy Anggara Mahendra


Later that same month, the brand led as the first Caribbean brand to exhibit and show at the international fashion tradeshow, BLUEPRINT, during Singapore’s fashion week, Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX). With its runway debut at BLUEPRINT, Kaj’s creations of bold tribal infusions set against a backdrop of wild animal and camouflage prints stood out among the pervading contemporary Asian aesthetic.


Kaj’s trendsetting camo raglan tunic with daring waist-high side slits, of the Tribu Sauvage resort collection, on the runway at the 2013 Fashion Festival Bali at the Stones Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection hotel. Also featured is Kaj’s faux-pocket maxi skirt. Photo courtesy Anggara Mahendra.


These favoured pieces later graced the runway at the inaugural Fashion Festival Bali (TFFB) in yet another daring move by the fashion house to forge ahead in infiltrating South Asian markets. On August 31, 2013, in the closing show presented by Indonesia TATLER, Kaj brought its signature flair to the TFFB runway. The high profile, 7-day event took place at the lavish Stones Hotel in Bali’s Legian region. Set against the breath-taking backdrop of one of the world’s leading tourist destinations, TFFB attracted an exclusive audience of media, fashion professionals and enthusiasts, leisure travellers and Asian Pacific celebrities and socialites including Michael and Lindy Klim and Casey Burgess.


The bold simplicity of Kaj’s Tribu Sauvage resort collection was captured during a 2015 Global Runway promotional photo-shoot on location in Verona, Italy. Featured are Kaj’s magyar tee with tribal pocket accents and its classic trousers with pocket accents. Photo courtesy Global Runway.


With a steadfast focus to establish Kaj as the Caribbean’s foremost mid-luxury fashion brand, the fashion house embarked on a strategic mission to penetrate European markets. This led to the launch of the Kaj Resort line at the Martinique-based online boutique, Kameri, in September 2014. In Nov 2014, the brand’s CEO, Liza Miller, was one of three female entrepreneurs selected to be part of exporTT’s gender programme participating in the CARTFUND French Caribbean Outermost Region (FCOR) trade mission alongside nine other Trinidad and Tobago companies. This opened the door to fourteen B2B meetings with buyers and other trade partners that generated ten trade leads. This was closely followed by the brand’s January 2015 launch at the Martinique-based boutique, Pygmées. By the last quarter of 2015, Kaj was introduced to the thriving UK luxury fashion market via its distribution with the London-based online boutique, Global Runway, coupled with an advertising campaign in Britain’s lavish specialist consumer magazine, Destinations Weddings and Honeymoons Abroad (DWHA). Kaj further strengthened its market presence as DWHA’s exclusive international fashion brand and partner at two of London’s leading trade events, The National Wedding Show (TNWS) and the World Travel Market London (WTM London). This was accompanied by Kaj’s retail placement at Guadeloupe’s exclusive boutique, Jheipour.


The sensual tribal infusions of Kaj’s long sleeved evening dress in a taupe, cream and black print captivate in the streets of New York City during a 2015 Global Runway promotional photo-shoot of the Tribu Sauvage resort collection. Photo courtesy Global Runway.


Kaj will commemorate this legacy of cutting edge creative excellence, fine quality and timeless luxury with its ongoing Kaj Legacy Atelier. KajFAB femmes may experience the exclusive versatility and impeccable finish of the Kaj Designs brand, shopping limited edition classic resort as well as one-of-a-kind legacy pieces including the brand’s signature innovation, the Shuffle. Join the Kaj Legacy Atelier Facebook (FB) event at http://bit.ly/KajLegacyAtelier or visit Kaj on FB at fb.me/KajDesignsLIVE or on Twitter and Instagram @KajDesignsLIVE to stay in the KajFAB know. For more information, email KajLegacy@estuaryPR.com.


Kaj’s exhibitor’s booth at the fashion tradeshow, BLUEPRINT, during Singapore’s fashion week, Asia Fashion Exchange (AFX). Photo courtesy estuary PR.


WHAT:              Kaj Legacy Atelier

WHO:                 Kaj Designs

WHEN:             Throughout the New Year and 2018 Carnival seasons, while stocks last.

WHERE:          By private viewing only.

PAYMENT:     Cash and cheque payments accepted.




For media inquiries, please contact:

Liza Miller, Managing Director

estuary PR Limited

Phone: (868) 367-5295

Email: liza@estuaryPR.com




Meiling, The Designer Icon for Bridal 2017

Simple Silhouette Wedding Dress

Photo Credit: http://www.meilinginc.com/meiling-bride/

Bridal season is in full swing and brides are scampering to “say yes to the dress”. My heart goes out to the destination brides who are panicking over deciding whether they should go with silk, satin, taffeta, chiffon, lace or cotton blended fabrics for the tropics, finding the right hues for their bridesmaids, checking in the dress and woes of paying exorbitant fees only to arrive stressed out, in full “bridezilla” mode with a wrinkled wedding dress in hand at their dream destination wedding location. Rest assured brides, brides to be, bridal party and guests you can find top notch, internationally acclaimed fashion designers in Trinidad and Tobago who can hear your S.O.S and save your life for your “big” day.


Off Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress

Photo Credit: http://www.meilinginc.com/meiling-bride/

The destination wedding dress designer that beams of an effortlessly chic Caribbean aesthetic is Meiling Esau, otherwise known by her brand name Meiling Inc. This designer grew up in an environment where her mother, Evelyn Achong was a prominent woman in her field as a seamstress. Meiling’s passion for this fashion led her to pursue her studies at Lucie Clayton School of Design in London in the 1970’s. Meiling was immersed in the creative culture of London.  She was exposed to creatives, creative design, creative thinking and design management. Meiling graduated and returned to her homeland. After working at a garment factory where one of her prototypes became a top seller Meiling decided to stand on her own and set up her own atelier in 1982.

Vintage Wedding Dress


Since Meiling’s debut on the fashion industry scene she has copped many achievements some of which include the Chaconia Silver Medal in 2008 for her longstanding merit to the Trinidad and Tobago business sector. In that same year she was awarded the title of “Grand Master of Fashion Design” at Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica. In 2010 she was one of two designers from the English speaking Caribbean invited to showcase at Plataforma K in Colombia. In 2011 she was the only one invited to return to show. In 2012 The Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago honoured  Meiling with The Woman of Influence Award. In 2013 she was listed as a national icon of Trinidad and Tobago. She was also invited as one of the top global designers to the Women of Influence Summit in that year. She received Ocean Style Award in 2013.

Lace Sleeves and Details for Wedding Dress


Today Meiling’s aesthetic is considered minimalistic however I prefer the term Caribbean chic. Her focus is on the quality of work and her talent is found in design and craftsmanship. In the age of digital printing and mass production Meiling adds the extra “oomph” to her work with hand sewn details. In addition, she still believes in her mother’s words that the inside and outside of the garment being constructed must have a beautiful finish. She has designed uniforms and outfits for Trinidad and Tobago athletes to top entertainers. As a creative she has surrounded herself in creative spaces with veteran creatives such as Peter Minshall. Her product line is differentiated from her own clothing lines in haute couture, resort and bridal to her diffusion line entitled, “MSquared” for the local retail department store Micles  and recently she added on Meiling Complete featuring scent diffusers, candles and body creams.

Lace Detail on Wedding Dress

Photo Credit: http://www.meilinginc.com/meiling-bride/

So now that you have a fair idea of the brand (Meiling Inc.) we can begin to explore your options for saying “yes to the dress”.  Meiling has an established repertoire in the Caribbean and the Latin American community for her work in the local fashion industry. She has a keen eye for detail and a unique vision based on her knowledge and functioning in several destinations with her clients including brides and some eloquent to brazen personalities from multifaceted cultures. Meiling has worked with contemporary and vintage designs in fabrics that range from silk, satin, lace with intricate embellishments and hand beading to name a few. The advantages of choosing Meiling include a 100% guarantee that your wedding dress will be a timeless design and that you will stand out. The quality of the garment construction is flawless. Your dress will flatter your figure and accentuate your best highlights. You will be in the proficient hands of the expert who is familiar with silhouette to body type ratios in fashion. Also you will have several fittings in the lead up to final production.

Unconventional Bridal Gown

Photo Credit: http://www.meilinginc.com/meiling-bride/

Your wedding dress will not just be a product you bought off a rack but the result of an inimitable, delicate creative process where your soul is reverberated throughout the statement piece. This means whilst the designer will design and create the dress you too will have a direct say in perfecting your look for that memorable day.  Your dream wedding dress becomes a reality. When you look back on the occasion you will not just have the snapshots of that point in your life. You will have a reminder of your identity at that stage in your life, a reflection of your growth and transition to your new role in life and most importantly it will stand the test of time as evidence of your power to create and to contribute to the collateral beauty that is life.

White Top with Lace

Photo Credit: Shaista Deen

The Veronica Dress

Photo Credit: Jordan Lum Hung

As a bonus you can also fit the “M” brand into your wardrobe with Meiling’s latest resort wear collection for your destination soiree/ island romp with your newlywed husband. Choose from a variety cotton blends and light, breathable fabrics for your destination honeymoon ensemble. Her most recent collection boasts of distinct, functional, chic and trendy pieces. They range from shirt dresses, dhoti jumpsuits, kite dresses, cowl dresses, off shoulder, strapless tops with lace details, apron inspired tops, denim shirt dresses and long black dresses with tassel details. If you preview her collection online you would notice that most of the resort wear is featured in white or black. Again, this is Meiling’s signature as she pairs the simple but effective pieces as blank canvases to the individual character with the individual in mind as the artist. Basically, when you purchase Meiling’s resort wear it becomes your blank canvas which you bring art to life via “painting” your persona and the experiences you create, the activities that you do and the journeys you take with the designer wear.


Dhoti Jump Suit

Photo Credit: Shaista Deen

Swing Dress with Silk Tie

Photo Credit: Joshua Brizan

Off Shoulder Crop Top

Photo Credit: Jordan Lum Hung

If you wish to share your new-found love for the Meiling brand with your bridal party you can browse the collection. Ultimately, you will make your life and theirs easier by selecting appropriate dresses for the bridesmaids. You can even work with the designer on flower girl dresses.  Moreover, you can make this option convenient and accessible by listing Meiling on the R.S.V.P or details card as the premier choice for destination wedding wear in Trinidad and Tobago.  The flights to Trinidad from the U.S.A are only a few hours and you will reach here in no time at all. Hotels and other accommodations are available in Port of Spain where Meiling is located. They are only a stone’s throw away from her boutique. You can request a taxi driver at your front desk and be on your way to your appointment with Meiling. Thus, you will rescue yourself from the drama and stress of a million phone calls and instant messages from your relatives and invited guests badgering you about what they should wear to your destination wedding.

Denim Dresses

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/meilinginc/

Eyelet Strap Sundress

Photo Credit: https://www.instagram.com/meilinginc/

When the wedding and honeymoon is over and you return to your home you do not have to hide away your resort wear. Your bridesmaids and even your guests will thank you later because they can bask in designer bliss by wearing these pieces in spring, summer, autumn and even winter. The only requirement may be reinventing the outfit again with a personal touch of layering it for the colder seasons and dressing it down for the warmer ones. Neither yourself nor your bridal party/guests would regret the choice of colour as white and black can mix and match with a plethora of accessories.  I am also a firm believer of the influence of creative design. Regardless of the season you all choose to wear your Meiling attire you will definitely be moved by donning the outfit. The rationale is straightforward; good design inevitably evokes emotion and makes as much of an impact on the way you feel when you wear it and when you see yourself wearing it.

Cowl Neck Dress with Lace Detail

Photo Credit: http://www.meilinginc.com/meiling-201617/

White Peasant Top with Lace

Photographer: Shaista Deen

The advent of the internet makes your destination wedding dress a few clicks away from being a dream come true. It can literally save you the nightmare of dress shopping, late night foraging for bridal trends and exhaustion from the tears and anxiety of running out of time. Instead place yourself into the safe haven of competence, expertise and professionalism by booking Meiling Esau of Meiling Inc. in Trinidad.


Kite Dress

Photo Credit: Jordan Lum Hung

Tied Neck Caftan Dress in Chiffon and Silk

Photo credit: Jordan Lum Hung

Shirt Collar Caftan in Chiffon and Silk

Photo Credit: Jordan Lum Hung

Cowl Collar Caftan in Chiffon and Silk

Photo Credit: Joshua Brizan

Connect with Meiling today!!!

Website: http://www.meilinginc.com/

Email: meiling@meilinginc.com

Location: #6 Carlos Street in Woodbrook, Port of Spain

Hours: Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Saturdays at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Telephone: 1.868. 627.6975 or 1.868.627.2122

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meilinginc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/meilinginc

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/meiling-esau-1491097




VdV Accessories for the Destination Bride

Admittedly, the best accessory any bride can wear is her smile – a natural creative design crafter by the highest power. Oftentimes, the genuine smile is the direct reflection of the happiness of the bride. She is truly her happiest when she feels most comfortable in her own image. This could mean donning some jewelry, a fancy veil or adding simple but luxurious pieces to her outfit.

(Pearl Hair Comb by VdV Accessories)

(Sequins and Lace Bra by VdV Accessories)

The destination bride also accessorizes her look. In Trinidad, there are several bridal accessory designers who maintain distinct aesthetics and are exceptional in the quality of the work they deliver. Darcel de Vlugt of Van der Vlugt, recently unveiled more of the VdV accessories she has been working on by creating a separate social media presence for the pieces. Island brides are now swooning over VdV accessories, which are quickly becoming “must have” pieces when it comes to the finishing bridal touch.

(Fresh Water Pearl Hair Pins by VdV Accessories)

( Pearl Hair Comb by VdV Accessories )

The VdV brand has always been closely linked to the designer’s own story. More than just a designer, de Vlugt sees herself as a creative, having served in the role as Editor-in-Chief for CFstyle.com as well as Fashion Editor for teenage lifestyle magazine AmPassion Teen.  A professionally trained dancer from a young age, she chose to study art and fashion after a sports injury rendered a career in dance unlikely. However, she completed her dance studies past A level standard to attain her Associate diploma in Modern Theatre Jazz – making her qualified to teach dance – at just 18 years old. She has been a freelance writer for many years, writing for media publications around the world on fashion and lifestyle, as well as freelance ghost writing and a published poet and short story writer. While these creative undertakings have helped to define the woman that she is, Darcel is also very well known for her work as an ambassador for Vitiligo, a skin condition she has had since she was five years old.

( Swarovski Crystal Crown by VdV Accessories)

(Custom Swarovski and Pearl Waistband by VdV Accessories)

A graduate of the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London with a BA in Fashion Design Technology (Women), Darcel debuted her first post-graduation collection at the Islands of the World Fashion Week in Nassau, the Bahamas in late 2008, returning the year after to win the Next Generation Designer Award with her second collection. Deciding to venture into the bridal realm in 2013, she empathizes with the great lengths brides go to in order to look and feel their best, during what can be a very testing and fragile time. This, she says, come from her own life journey with regards to beauty and strength, both inner and outer. She considers herself to be a “world citizen”, having lived in Israel, Syria, Cyprus and England throughout her life and travelling extensively beyond that. She speaks four languages, including Greek fluently, and has a strong understanding and appreciation for various cultures, countries, languages and all the adjustments necessary when moving from one place to the next; something a destination bride will definitely benefit from. Her experiences around the world have definitely contributed to the unique aesthetic of the VdV brand, including her accessories, which are designed to evoke “a moment of fantasy and inspiration through the noise of the norm.”

( Swarovski Body Jewelry Cover Up by VdV Accessories)

( Swarovski Body Jewelry Cover Up by VdV Accessories)

The designer operates a one woman show from conception to consultation to execution, exercising her skills in pattern making, fitting, sewing, hand stitching and particularly beading and lace embellishment, which she has become known for. The range of body chains, hair combs, bandeaus, hair pins, veils, crowns, bridal belts and other pieces for bridal and special occasion is created using fine materials like genuine Swarovski crystals and pearls, silk and handmade imported lace.  She prides herself on not being conventional with the designs that are 100% her own, and pushing brides to consider less traditional options, particularly in the Caribbean where wedding traditions are still heavily embedded in the culture.

(Bird Cage Veil by VdV Accessories)

(Lace and Feather Headpiece by VdV Accessories)

“My best work has always been the original, non-traditional work that the bride trusts me to create for her; the work that is most me,” she says. Darcel designs with a whimsical touch of fantasy, shown in her runway work over the years. Since moving into bridal, old vintage glamour is also one of her biggest inspirations, most evident in the VdV accessories. The unconventional bride can definitely incorporate these far from spurious pieces into her attire, both for her special day and beyond. Even for the simple bride who may not subscribe to the “glitterati”, a touch, a sparkle from VdV Accessories is the perfect way to bask in a slice of bridal heaven.

( Veil, Dress and Hair Piece by VdV Accessories)

( Cathedral Veil by VdV Accessories)

Overall styling advice and other services for both the bride and her bridal party are available from the designer, who has found over the years that there is never a dull moment in the bridal world, with the most unusual requests constantly coming her way. One of her favourite projects to undertake is customization of gowns for the bride or bridesmaids, by taking something pre-purchased and transforming it using the VdV aesthetic into something new and original for its owner. She also believes in repurposing the bridal gown, having transformed her clients’ gowns into christening gowns when baby comes along and other items for the bride after the wedding. Having created her own daughter’s christening gown from a mix of her mother’s wedding dress and her First Communion dress, Darcel is also quite passionate about bringing luxury to the little ladies, continuing with her story.

(Pear and Crystal for Sienna Bandeau by VdV Accessories)

( Bridal Pouch with Lace and Pearl details by VdV Accessories)

Bridal season is in full swing so if you assume that this designer has her hands full, you are correct. Nonetheless, VdV accessories are available and made to order, either from previous designs or custom. Inspired destination brides can even collaborate with the designer to create gifts for the bridal party; a simple pearl necklace may be the perfect finishing touch presented as a bridal show gift to the maid of honour or bridesmaids. My advice is to get in touch and book a consultation as soon as possible, as time is definitely of the essence. Brides are able to pick up their pieces in studio, or have them delivered, even shipped internationally, so destination brides can definitely rest easy when it comes to their accessories.

( Vintage Hair Comb by VdV Accessories)(Swarovski and Pearl Dynasty Hair Comb by VdV Accessories)

I previously mentioned Darcel operating all aspects of her business. She is a major player in our fashion industry, both home and abroad. However, she contributes more than her fashion expertise, by increasing the marketability of destination Trinidad & Tobago to those brides who have the glitz and glamour of a VdV accessory in their trousseau and ever after. Mostly, purchases of VdV accessories make a profound statement – the destination bride stand to support a talented young woman who is a mother and a creative, who, despite medical challenges and life obstacles, has accepted herself and stands to be a beacon of hope for those women facing struggles but who also dare to dream and rise above them. This is the story behind her brand, and the story of the women she encounters. There is little doubt that as a bride who spends time with this designer, you will be inspired by more than the accessories she creates for you; you will be inspired by the value of her journey and the ability to move fearlessly into the next chapter of your own story.

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/VDV_Accessories

House of VDV Studio:  Central Trinidad

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/houseofvdv/

Blogspot: http://houseofvdv.blogspot.com/

Email: houseofvdv@gmail.com








The Sophisticated Destination Bride by Charu Lochan Dass

Destination brides have bridal identities too! Just because the bride is having a destination wedding does not always mean that she will be clad in typical resort wear of typical materials and shades of white.  Obvious images that grace the cover of some wedding magazine or cover story with exclusive photos of the random celebrity and her destination wedding in her common tropical inspired wedding dress comes to mind .  However stop for a minute or two and recollect that under this façade is a living person who has likes and dislikes, who has their own culture and experiences which have played a huge part in forming their identity (apart from their parents’ DNA). Now that you know this information think of the identities in your girls squad or circle or whatever you all call it these days. Are the identities as colourful as a rainbow? Can you find the tomboy, the girly girl, the hippie, the feminist, the “bourgeoisie” ? If the answer is yes then you can understand my train of thought.  Simply, brides have identities. Although destination weddings may allot some restrictions to brides in terms of choice of materials for climate this does not exempt the destination bride from having a bridal identity. Charu Lochan Dass is a designer based in Trinidad and Tobago. CLD is the name of her fashion house. She creates clothing inspired by women and her niche caters to their distinct identities. Undeniably, she will be featured here because of her unsurpassed empathy for identities as it relates to the destination bride.

Charu Lochan Dass was born in India and brought to Trinidad to live at an early age of six years. She grew up in Trinidad for some formative years of her life and later returned to India to pursue her studies in Business Administration. She left India again to study Fashion Design and Marketing at London College of Fashion. This decision to change fields was not the result of an overnight epiphany. Charu was exposed to creative thinking and creative design as a child. She developed a flair for the artsy field. In her teen years she converted her mother’s intricate Indian hand woven table runner into a belt. Moreover, Charu  spent some time with one of her aunts in India who operated a fashion boutique. Charu would take her ability to sketch designs there and bring them to life via execution of the design plans. When she returned to Trinidad she would start up her retail boutique. Yet, she would not stop there she was always at the grind designing and launching collections. Finally CLD the atelier was launched at #55 Gallus Street Woodbrook in Trinidad. CLD made its debut and its contribution to the local landscape then it began its journey to take over the fashion globe. The designer’s aesthetic had such a worldly appeal that the brand has stamped its name in fashion markets as far as Amsterdam and Spain ( sold exclusively at BoutiKm5 in Ibiza). Charu’s inspiration comes from almost anything that moves her soul. Nonetheless, the CLD brand exudes sophistication, elegance, poise, sensuality, feminine wiles and characteristics that accentuate the silhouette of the woman. Charu’s collections range from prêt a porter, bridal to resort. Often the fabrics Charu work with for these collections are silk, lace, chiffon and georgette to name a few. These types of materials allow for the movement of the clothing. Her designs come alive and sway with the wind and movement of the woman.

CLD’s recent collection is great for the destination bride who associates herself with that sophisticated bridal identity.  This destination bride does not need to hassle herself with bridal attire. If I were to describe this type of bride I would say she maintains a bridal identity that is a paradox. Her sophistication is fierce yet charming. This equates adjectives for the modern day woman who is also a destination bride. Her wedding and wedding moon pieces can be found at CLD. She can even go ahead and postpone her “bridezilla” coronation and opt for the “bridechilla” role and become the queen of “bridechilla” village with this new solution. The bridal resort collection strikes a chord with grace and empowerment. Destination brides can embrace a collection that features minimal patterns, bell bottom pant suits, peplum tops, capes, A-line, sheath and trumpet silhouettes which are flattering for most body shapes. Inherent to this collection are signature CLD details that highlight Charu’s exposure to creative culture. In addition CLD launched “Satya” an Indo fusion fashion collection for the modern woman. The timing is perfect as brides can find more variety to add to their bridal wardrobe and resort collection!! Notwithstanding, CLD also offers seamstress services  for destination brides who need a few adjustments to their choices. The cuts and styles work well for the bride hosting her destination wedding in Trinidad and Tobago. Albeit the destination bride can also work with the designer with her own design in mind and together they can bring this idea to a reality.  The decision to choose CLD would be a consequence of wise investment thinking as these designs are high quality, unique yet functional.

The CLD brand is powerful. It transcends epochs and stands out as the epitome of the new age destination bride. Women of any colour, social class, culture and background who identify with the caricature of the sophisticated woman can wear CLD.  Charu understands the women who are future destination brides, bridal party members and guests. She connects with them through these designs. In addition, Charu recently tied the knot and is living the wedded life so she has more experience and perspective to add to her destination bridal design etiquette and fervor. The bridal party and guests can also benefit from choosing CLD, the bride’s new found designer binge. Everyone can browse through the many resort and prêt a porter collection from CLD to put together their attire. Their one of a kind outfit would definitely stand out. They would be taking a labour of love with them when they return to their host country. The versatility of the pieces would allow them to wear these clothing for several other occasions. The wearer does not have to worry about looking out of place or being over dramatic as these designs were created with the woman in mind and it resonates with trends that ensure a global appeal.

Fashion designers in Trinidad and Tobago do not mass produce as the major fashion houses in other fashion destinations. Hence, when the destination bride chooses a local designer such as CLD she can bet that she will be helping to support small micro economic enterprises, diversifying the destination’s economy (via sales), distributing a multiplier effect  and circulation of dollars in that economy, diversification of the local tourism product. At the same time she gets to experience the creative process and by product of creative thinking and design that is handmade, created from the depth of the artisan’s soul , curated with individual aesthetic and customized with love just for her.  The dynamics, rationale and advantages of buying local for a destination bride are undisputed and outstanding.  So whether the bride is planning for her betrothal, destination wedding or wedding moon CLD is brand she should consider looking up and scheduling a bridal consultation for herself and her girl squad. When all goes well she can enlist the brand at her bridal shower or in her wedding invitation for the attendees to also sneak a peek at CLD’s designs and make their own preparations. Finally, this would ease some of the drama out of the bride’s life and she can breathe a sigh of relief whilst checking off these items from her wedding list.

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Laura and Veer's Love is in the Tropical Chic Air

After a nine year relationship Veer Lakhan- Joseph proposed on April 18th 2016 to Laura Narayansingh, local architect ( to view more on Laura’s work visit http://lauranarayansingh.com/ ) . Of course Laura said yes to her longtime sweetheart. Notwithstanding her creative spirit soared into ethereal bliss as she immediately dove into the creative design process for her designer wedding with her fiancé in tow!

The Rings:

The engagement was a complete surprise. She had no idea that Veer was planning to propose to her nor did she know that her best friend, an architect Amanda Bonvecchio was consulted by Veer to design her engagement ring. Amanda’s work can be viewed at http://www.amandabonvecchio.com/  .

Mapping the Wedding

The couple decided that if they were to describe the personality characteristics of their relationship they would earmark the words fun, light, playful and magical. They kept these key elements consistent and as a guide for every phase of the wedding.

Laura & Veer’s Wedding Theme: “Love is in the Tropical Chic Air”

This couple’s wedding was sculpted at the backdrop of the natural beauty of this island paradise. The couple chose a theme that best surmised their relationship. It was as though one were to look back on the wedding day one should be able to identify that they experienced what love is in the tropical chic air of Trinidad.

The date was set for Saturday 18th February 2017 (the Saturday before Carnival Saturday)


After deciding on their design concept Laura consulted her cousin, artist Daniel O’ Brien to do an invitation suite post for the wedding. Each illustration in this suite was designed to be released in different phases for the wedding. It was Laura’s intention to bring to life each illustration at her wedding: The RSVP Card for the church, Details Card for the stage/ dance floor, the Invitation for reception dining and the  Save the Date for the  dessert station.

Save the Date Card

Illustrated by Daniel O Brien


RSVP Card, Invitation Card, Details Card

Illustrated by Daniel O’ Brien

The Wedding Dress:

Laura is in love with silk. Her mother wore silk on her wedding day so it was natural that Laura wanted her wedding dress to be made from silk. Laura is a huge Berta dress fan girl and her heart was set on saying yes to at least one Berta dress but fate intervened and sent Laura in another creative direction. Laura stumbled upon ostrich feather lace by Sposabella Lace at a fabric store whilst dress shopping in New York City. Needless to say the trip ended in Laura purchasing all her fabric there. Laura began to sketch her wedding dress. She designed a cape for her dress because she wanted her own wings. She also wanted to create an illusion of floating. She approached Nissa Hanooman of The Little Black Dress TT for design consultation on the dress. The dress was sewn by Sharmela Persad, seamstress from San Fernando. Her crown was bought at Ilmes by Anna Sabga and gifted to Laura. Her mother also wore a similar headpiece. Laura marveled at the idea that she would be creating a memory in the likeness of her mother’s image. Laura’s wedding change outfit was designed by Nissa Hanooman and sewn by Timothy Chin Fat.

Laura in  her wedding dress with crown and bouquet

Photo Credit: Julie Charlet

Laura tossing the bouquet in her wedding change outfit

The Groom’s Attire:

Veer wore a tuxedo by Ainsley in Long Circular Mall. He opted for his outfit in navy blue and black.

Veer in his tuxedo with his newly wed bride

Photo Credit: Julie Charlet

The Groomsmen:

The groomsmen wore navy blue suits from Zara with rose boutonnieres by Drew Manor Flower Bar.

The Ring-Bearers:

These toddlers donned matching hues to the groom’s outfit. Their attire included suspenders, trousers, white shirts, sunglasses and bow ties. They were  James Bond “minis” who saved the day. They safely escorted the rings under tight security.

The ring-bearers delivering the ring package safely

Photo Credit: Nicco Quiñones

The Bridesmaids:

White was chosen as the colour for the bridesmaids. Laura felt this was a timeless look. They all wore the same dress silhouette and these were bought at Misguided.com for USD$40 each.

The pretty bridesmaids all in two rows with their bridal bouquets

Photo Credit:  Groomsman


The Wedding Cake was designed by Jaime Gerard. This cake connoisseur was chosen by the couple because they knew her sugar artistry game was quite strong. They also felt that she would have been able to achieve the whimsical and fantasy elements of  the wedding; installing  3 dimensional balloons on the cake without distracting from their classic “Love is in the Tropical Chic Air” theme. Visit http://www.jaimegerardcake.com/ to view more of her work.

Cake by Jaimie Gerard

Photo Credit: Jaimie Gerard


Julie Charlet was booked by Laura because of her impeccable creative direction and vision for snapping special moments and her ability to capture and edit those surreal vibes. However due to unforeseen circumstances Samantha Jackson filled in for Julie on the “big day”.  Go to https://www.samjacksonphotos.com/ to reach Samantha. Notwithstanding Julie still put her magic touch on the photographs with her editing. The pictures above with the watermark “Julie” are samples of her work in photography editing. Go to http://www.juliecharlett.com/ to view more of Julie’s work.

Wedding Planner:

Tricia Ng ‘A’ Mann  was hired as the designated wedding planner for Laura and Veer. They noted that she saved them thousands of dollars. Her ability to micromanage and coordinate vendors for the wedding was incredible.

Rate: The couple highly recommends Tricia.

Laura’s Wedding Planning Tips

Laura does not consider herself  as a traditional nor an unconventional  bride. She reserves that she just flows with her instincts undisturbed. Her mantra for planning on a budget, “where there is a will there is a way”. She noted that they were able to save on décor by sourcing and supplying some things on their own such as umbrellas and balloons. She further added that they decided to go with foliage rather than flowers for the table settings. Laura surprised her groom with a “shot for shots” drink station. Her Maid of Honour organized this element of the event. She borrowed a football goal post, footballs and set up the station with shot glasses and more than sufficient tequila and punchy punch for guests to refill.

Ceremony Location:

The Church of Assumption in Maraval was chosen for the wedding ceremony.

The Church of Assumption in Maraval

Reception Location:

The couple used the Drew Manor’s field as their blank canvas to stage their wedding reception. It was the first time a Drew Manor wedding was done on the field. The couple loved the unique location and the flexibility of the contract which allowed them to hire their own food and bar services. Also the reception took place on the Saturday before Trinidad Carnival so the timing and setting was perfect for hosting their own all inclusive fete/reception for their 400 guests. The reception venue can also be viewed at http://www.drewmanor.com/

Rate: The couple recommends this venue.

Laura and Veer Reception  (3D Model)

Details , Layout and Design by: Laura

Laura and Veer Plan For Seating Chart (3D Model)

Details, Layout and Design by: Laura

Laura and Veer Seating Perspective 1 (3D Model)

Details, Layout and 3D Perspectives by: Laura

Laura and Veer Seating Perspective 2 (3D Model)

Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Laura and Veer Seating Perspective 3 (3D Model)

Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Laura and Veer Head Table (3D Model)

Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Laura and Veer Dance Floor (3D Model)

Dance Floor Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Laura and Veer Dessert Station

Dessert Station Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Laura and Veer field with balloons (3D Model)

Tent Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura


Chef Khalid Mohammed was able to capture the personalities of the two individuals in the menu he created for them. The menu included popcorn chicken and waffles as well as salted caramel popcorn cheesecake. In addition he was able to create the menu within the budget requested.

Rate: The couple recommends Chef Khalid .

Reception Music:

DJ and Hypeman; Kern and Aaron Fingal, Laventille Rhythm Section, The Triplets from Naparima Boys High School.

Ceremony Music:

Francis Pau and wind quintet, Singer; Dominique Akal, Guitarist; John Hussain


Rize Above Productions ( https://www.rizeaboveproductions.com/services)

LED Stage Design:

Now Concepts ( http://www.now.tt/contact-us/ )

Event Consultation:

Laura is an architect and planning is her forte. Although she had been working on 3D modeling for this event for a month. Laura had been inspired by an installation of umbrellas at a site in Europe. A true architect Laura was fascinated by the design of the umbrella and its unparalleled aesthetics coupled with its quintessential functionality. Laura described her experience of this umbrella vision as , “An object whose beauty is overdone by its ordinary practicality floated so magically above me. It was incredible in its simplicity. I knew I wanted to remember that feeling in our wedding day.” She wanted to get another expert’s opinion on her wedding design concept . Event consultation took place with Ultimate Events Ltd. to discuss whether Laura’s design inspiration for the umbrella installation as a focal point could be executed without ruining the charm of the  simple and classic wedding set up.

Tablescape with Umbrella Installation

Umbrella Installation Details, Layout and 3D Perspective by: Laura

Umbrella Installation

Photo Credit: Drew Manor

Design Execution Team:

Ultimate Events Ltd.: Installation of umbrellas above dance floor, outdoor kitchen for Chef Khalid, all other infrastructure related items; lighting and port a potties. Go to http://ultimateeventstt.com/  to reach Ultimate Events Limited.

Bouge Events: Supply of glass top, LED bottom tables, installation of balloons, seating chart and other fine details

Drew Manor Flower Bar (DM Flower Bar): The bride chose a mix of local anthuriums and roses because she wanted the classic and eclectic look. DM Flower bar supplied the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, bouquets for mother and mother in law, floral arrangements for church and table arrangements.

Laura and Veer Reception on Drew Manor’s field at night

Photo Credit: Drew Manor

Close up on Tablescape at Laura and Veer’s Wedding Reception at Drew Manor

Photo Credit: Drew Manor Flower Bar

Tablescape with flowers and foliage at Laura and Veer’s Wedding Reception at Drew Manor

Photo Credit: Drew Manor Flower Bar

Executed Seating Plan at Laura and Veer’s Reception

Photo Credit: Ultimate Events Limited

Executed Seating Plan at Laura and Veer’s Reception

Photo Credit: Drew Manor Flower Bar

Balloons at Dessert Station for Laura and Veer’s Reception

Photo Credit: Drew Manor Flower Bar

Laura and Veer on the Dance Floor

Photo Credit: Kyannah Andrews

Love was in the chic air that light, fun Saturday night full of playfulness and magic.  Yet it did not stop there nor at 1 a.m. when the 400 guests attending Laura and Veer’s all inclusive wedding party departed for their homes. It manifested into the beginning of another phase of Laura and Veer’s love in the most beautiful design that is known to us all as life.

All Inclusive Wedding Party









Candice and Andre’s Sunset Wedding

(Click the link below  that says “Candice and Andre’s Sunset Wedding Trailer” to view )

Candice & Andre’s Sunset Wedding Trailer

This is Candice Ramsubag. She is the creative entrepreneur for her brand Fairycakes. This company was started in 2010. Candice designs  gourmet cupcakes and desserts.  You can find out about her house flavours, specialty flavours and local flavours in cupcakes when you visit the link to her page below. You can also place requests for orders at fairycakestt@gmail.com

Photo Credit : FairyCakes Facebook Page


Candice’s significant other is Andre Sinanan. He is the creative entrepreneur designing experiences for his brand Green  House Entertainment. This company was established in 2009. Andre offers full service for your next event. You can also keep posted on his themed events and parties which are offered throughout the year by clicking the link below and reaching out to him with your request at greenhouseent@live.com

Photo Credit: Green House Events Facebook Page



These two creatives met through Candice’s high school friend Melissa. This matchmaker friend set them up and after about a month of chatting via phone they decided to meet in person. After a few years of courtship the two decided to get hitched!

Candice’s “Aha! He’s the one!” moment

Candice believes that there is no one moment when you know  “he’s the one”. In her experience she believes it takes time to realize who you want to build your life with. Also she asserts that being aware that “this is the one” (who I want to build my life with) needs to be a mutual realization.

The Proposal

When this couple realized they  found “the one” in each other they decided on “tying the knot”. Marriage would be their next step. Candice had zero anticipation of any proposal since already had plans to get married. But little did she know that her future husband had planned to pop the question at a friend’s birthday party which she had coordinated. Of course she was surprised and undeniably she said “yes”.

The Planning …

Candice and Andre have down to earth personalities. They consider themselves to be a simple and natural couple. They also knew what they wanted which was an outdoor wedding preferably seaside and in their words “with as minimal fluff as possible.”


They had an idea of what they wanted which morphed into a design concept;  a sunset wedding. The sunset theme set the tone for following through with the experience. In Trinidad we have some of the most beautiful sunsets and this helped inspire the bride to choose her colour palette for her wedding featuring hues of yellow, orange, coral pink and magenta.

Photo Credit:Colors of the Sunset



The venue played a huge part in helping to design the wedding experience. The couple chose The Chaquacabana Beach Resort in Chaguaramas. They were able to capture the sunset theme and views.  The experience was further enhanced when the groom arrived via boat. The ceremony took place on the pier over the ocean. The reception took place at the resort’s poolside which was still near the seaside. Candice and Andre did their own set up and layout for the event. They were their own design team and why not?! After all, this dynamic duo lives to  create experiences.

Rate on Venue: Candice does not recommend this place.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The set up for the ceremony on the pier over the water)

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The layout for the reception near the poolside but still close to he seaside)


Candice is very big on design. She was the main creative mastermind behind the décor for her wedding. This bride put her own signature touch on her centerpieces which were recycled bottles and candles which she handmade.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

( Centerpieces )

Chris Daniel Studios



The couple designed a message in a bottle type of  invitation. Andre collected the sand from Maracas Beach and Candice designed and printed the invites. This helped guests to understand and feel what the couple wanted them to experience; a sunset theme with an outdoor and seaside type of vibes.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Invitations- Message in a bottle concept)


Candice chose fresh flowers for the bridesmaids and flower girls. Kay’s Flower Shop created these simple but stylishly gorgeous bouquets. The bride’s bouquet, flower crown and veil were handmade by local bespoke designer Shaunelle Ramesar.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Fresh Flower Bouquet for Flower Girls & Bridesmaids done by Kay’s Flower Shop)

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Bridal Bouquet was Handmade by Shaunelle Ramesar)

Bridesmaid Dresses

The dresses were designed with the experience they wanted to create and  complement the theme and the location. Local designer Rhion Romany designed a two piece resort wear for the bridesmaids. Candice gifted all her bridesmaids with handmade necklaces by local designer Tobye Melissa Gill.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Bridesmaid Dress by Rhion Romany and Custom Necklaces by Tobye Melissa Gill)

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The flower girls wearing different hues of the sunset)

The Bride’s Attire 

Candice wanted a simple wedding dress that reflected her style and that made her feel comfortable. Local designer Adrian Foster customized a two piece ensemble for Candice. The top was hand beaded by Adrian and stands as a one of a kind design. As mentioned before the flower crown and veil were done by Shaunelle Ramesar.

                       Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The Bride’s Outfit by Adrian Foster, Flower Crown, Veil & Bouquet by Shaunelle Ramesar)


The Groom’s Attire

Andre wanted to go for that “classic man” look. The groom wore a custom black and white suit . His look was completed with a pair of sunglasses. The groomsmen wore suits with ties characteristic of the various colours of the sunset.

Photo Credit:Keyon Mitchell

(The groom is the third from the left on his way to meet Candice with his groomsmen via boat)

The Cake

Candice is a cake boss so obviously she designed and crafted her own wedding cake. She created a 4 tier cake that was vertically cut in half. The open face was decorated with flowers.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The Wedding Cake by Candice)

The Music

Candice and Andre hired a DJ to sound off their sunset wedding party. They contracted DJ Damian Kidd (Candice rates him as the best).

Traditional or New Age Bride

Candice donned away with the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. It is safe to say she was a new age bride for her sunset wedding. Candice wanted to do things differently. She wore sandals for her wedding. Instead of walking down the aisle with her father this funky bohemian bride set her own trends. She danced down the aisle with her father to Alternative Quartet’s version of Machel Montano’s popular song “Fog”. Her bridesmaids also cued in to do their own dance down the aisle but this time to Bunji Garlin’s hit “Differentology”.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(The bridal party getting ready to dance their way down the aisle)

Bride’s Tips

Saying yes to the dress

Candice advises that the “bride to be” should not look around too much because the future bride would fall in love with most of the dresses. Then it would be difficult to ascertain what she truly wants to wear on her big day. She emphasizes the need for the bride to have a vision of what she would like to wear and what would make her feel at her best and happiest. Once you know what you want you can then go design it, find it and or get it customized.

Photo Credit: Marc Jeffrey

(A snapshot of the bride and groom at their one year anniversary photo shoot )

Standing out rather than blending in

This bride says trends are always getting an update in the bridal industry. She encourages future brides to do their research and find pieces that can help them stand out. However, Candice believes once the bride is true to herself only then will she truly stand out. She further states that the choice of items should be characteristic of the bride and groom and represent them. Also Candice considers that the choices should be the ones that make the bride and groom the happiest.

Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Candice and Andre set their own trends with their sunset wedding theme)

Surviving the Wedding Day

Candice’s tip here is to remind brides that this is their wedding so they should do what they want to do. She asserts that everyone needs to respect, understand and acknowledge this. Candice advises  the bride and groom should try to understand that sometimes things happen at your wedding that you have no control over. She shares her mantra of keeping it cool and trying not to turn into a “bridezilla” by repeating the words “it’s okay…it’s okay” and shift one’s focus to their significant other who the bride will be marrying and beginning the rest of her life with.

  Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Candice and Andre exchange their vows)

 Happily Ever After

Now that the honeymoon is over this bride gives her two cents on marriage. Her first tip is on communication. She says that neither man nor woman can assume what the other is thinking nor can they know which mood the other may be in. Her advice is for the couple to communicate and talk with each other. She advises wives and husbands against indulging in negative talk about their spouse. If you have something to say about him/her that concerns him/her then discuss it with him/her.  Next Candice thinks that your spouse should be your first priority. She advocates for wives to support and build up their husbands. She further mentions spouses should encourage each other to live for each other. Candice further goes on to say that wives will only be as happy as their husbands and vice versa. Then she hits us with her rationale “ Didn’t two just become one?!” and drops the mic.

  Photo Credit: Chris Daniel Studios

(Candice and Andre begin their happily ever after)








Defining Bridal Identities

So folks bridal season is here and there is so much more to being a bride  in the world of creative design and planning and the world of the “Bridezillas”. I pray you keep it together and never end up in the Jurassic Park for “Bridezillas” because it is just not a good look for anyone. I have been exposed to weddings over the last six years of my life from assisting  wedding planners and sitting in on consultations with couples for Martha Stewart Weddings, creative direction for wedding décor to blogging and even featuring a few wedding designers on my past fashion tours/parties on wheels. Nonetheless, there is something more to a wedding than a well planned event. Some weddings can actually reflect beaming rays of wedded bliss.  On that note I have put together a few tips and fun quizzes to help you define your bridal identity  and set you on your path to official wedding day plans.

Which type of bride are you?

June is usually promoted as wedding season but not every bride fancies that time of year nor the colour palette suited for that climate and season. In Trinidad we only have two seasons; dry season (December to May) and rainy season (June to November).  However, due to global warming our dry season has been a lot cooler than expected this year. Despite this fact you can still work with any of the four seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter as a colour palette guide to planning your wedding. I am saying this because you have more naturally existing options this way and you can really build a mood board from the inspiration of the season that makes you the happiest. I am a firm believer in colour psychology I have subscribed to it most of my life. Colour almost always makes me feel some type of way. Once you have a season and palette in mind your  planning can start to take some direction. Of course your partner is sharing this day with you so both of you should try and gauge some type of middle ground. However, if your fiancé does not mind you choosing what you want then girlfriend go ahead and make your designer moves.

Here is an awesome quiz that can help you identify which type of bride you are. Do the quiz and post your results below. I am ecstatic to find out what you got and to tell you what I got!!!!



(Photo Credit: www.junebugweddings.com )

Which wedding style best suits your personality?

Most of the weddings I have been to resonate with the bride and groom’s personality.  I remember going to my friend’s wedding a few years ago. She had a Hindu wedding ceremony and a modern reception. I truly felt a sense of her personality in every aspect from the colour scheme (burgundy, yellow, white, gold) the music, the bridal wear, the cake, the photography, the food (Asian cuisine), the first dance (mix of modern and Indian dance choreography) and the reception after party (took place in their backyard with rustic signage, park benches, tents and countryside vibes).  My friend is warm and bubbly and she has an insatiable appetite for food, hospitality, fun and the countryside. I believe when creating matrimonial spaces the style and vibe of the space is enhanced when the personalities of the bride and groom are captured. I have placed yet another link for a personality to wedding style best fit quiz below. Do the quiz and find your style!



(Photo Credit: www.junebugweddings.com )

Which destination is your best fit?

Now that you have figured out which type of bride you are and what style best suits your personality perhaps you can work on which destination best fits you and your groom.  Let’s try to be a bit inclusive here. We all know some grooms who rather do anything else than sit and be open and explore their inner groom persona (ha ha). It is worth the effort guys as you learn more about yourself and your partner. Destination weddings can cut a chunk out of the hassling,decorating, planning and creating spaces to host your wedding. These destinations are readily available and are naturally gorgeous to suit your wedding style whichever it may be. Nature’s design of seascapes and landscapes are compatible for your themed wedding.

I would always vote Trinidad and Tobago as the premier wedding destination because if you are a spring bride you can find a lovely garden, a summer bride can choose from many sea sides, an autumn bride can choose from forests to lakes to gardens to industrial settings and a winter bride can choose from loads of misty mountain sides. The only thing you will miss is snow. Yet, I assure you there are numerous event planners on the twin island that can get you a snow blower if you really need the snowy special effects. ( I mean we do have an annual ice party during the Carnival season so anything is possible).  Darlings once you can dream it there are planners here who will create it for you. Just visit Simone Sant-Ghuran’s, Trinidad Weddings at www.trinidadweddings.com to find out more on the listed vendors there.

I am going to share another quiz with you below to help you determine which destination is the best fit. However, I do not want you to feel daunted if your result is a location out of your budget. I want you to remember that you can use the result as an inspiration for planning your wedding.




(Photo Credit: www.junebugweddings.com )

I found all of these quizzes on www.junebugweddings.com curated by Nicole. I am in love with this site as a muse for any bride to be. It is over the top and out of this world.  However, I feel there is something for everyone. I especially love that the content is relative to design. I mean even if you are not a bride to be, not even near engaged nor in any relationship it is still useful because of the high design elements.  I recommend this site for event planners, persons in fashion or creative design and those who are curious to find out more about the role of design and how it affects our personal spaces and identity. I hope you do find some sort of motivation from my article and that it helps your creative thinking process with respect to bridal planning or even everyday scheduling for your own life and projects. Perhaps in some way it can affect positive change and help you to effect change in others

Summer Love – Romance Isle Tobago


So while the Brits are swooning, cuddled up and smooching in their parks we remember its summer time. While we do not quite have summer here we have two seasons and our July / August months are mistakenly and affectionately called summer. It’s that time of the year where we profess our love for the beach, the cooler parties and band launches and yes as the latest reggae/ dancehall and soca vibes have been crooning “couple up” season. There is no sweeter place to “couple up” than Trinidad and Tobago.So this time around I will definitely say cheers to our sister isle Tobago.


Unlike the party hard sister isle of Trinidad, our Tobagonian counterpart is better known for the most photographed jetty in the world. It has the more laid back attitude and even more gorgeous ambiance of coral reef waters and a very irie romance vibe. The beautiful thing about Tobago is this Summer love can last a life time because these favourable weather conditions exist year round! So you can let the beach waves romance you and dive into the spunky activities on the island like kite surfing, scuba diving or snorkeling. “Couple up” and sail out on a sunset cruise that ends with a beach party. Don’t forget to savor the warm sunsets while horseback riding on the beach or swim with the horses while the Caribbean breeze plays with your hair. An island tour can be done in a day so escape to your romance destination today.


If you are worried about dining options you can relax. The isle has intercontinental, Italian, German, French cuisines, island seafood and due to several indigenous influences it still has its own signature dishes such as curry crab and dumpling.  Cocoa Estates, hoteliers, cafes and restaurants like  Ciao Cafe or  King’s Bay Cafe has enough menu options to keep you and that special someone steeped in interest so there is never a dull moment. So be sure to check out our food review experts online at Trinichow and make your checklist for your future visit to Romance Isle Tobago.


Summer Love is in the air and you have your ticket in hand already but you are unsure about your accommodation. This totally depends on your couple personality. Yes I said it couple personality! If you want to rediscover your romance and spark your love’s interest there are a plethora of options on the island with some unique twists. If you are searching for an eco resort then check out the salt water pool at the main eco resort on the island  at Cuffie River Nature Retreat which is situated near one of  the oldest rainforests in this side of the hemisphere, The Main Ridge. Cuffie River  is the eco tourism resort model on the island and also an award winning resort for its sustainability. However, if you are interested in holistic wellness and spiritual bonding then you need to check out Kariwak  which has complimentary yoga and tai chi sessions. Also they won the table talk food award for best lunch this year. Other than that there are luxury options such as The Villas at Stonehaven or The Magdalena Grand situated on  an elegant golf course and former plantation.


An underwater love affair awaits my diving buddies in Tobago. My  scuba diving fanatics, the Manta Lodge is your scuba haven. Tobago has several prized diving locations that are also available throughout the year. Mostly, the coral reef protects it from bad weather conditions and change in under water climate. . This island has been dubbed the Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe Island . The details in the author’s book suggest the island is near the mouth of the Great  “Orinoque” River. The 4th edition of Defoe’s book depicts a map of an island within 2 degrees latitude of Tobago.  Crusoe’s ship is shown sailing on the North Coast of Brazil heading  toward  Barbados but also being in line with the ship wreck at Rockly Bay on the South West coast of Tobago. So this could very well be the Robinson Crusoe island. Get ready to be enchanted!


So darlings your summer love awaits you! Do savor the moment an act upon love’s true quest! Come to Romance Isle !

Come to Tobago Today!


Destination Wedding- Trinidad & Tobago

         Destination Trinidad & Tobago

Fantasizing about the big day again, your dream wedding, the most memorable day of your life, the talk of the town? Ooh! Think Destination Weddings; a celebrity trend, exotic ecstasy, tropical allure and affordable extravaganza in sweet Trinidad and Tobago! Destination Weddings where true love is only a heartbeat away. Your happily ever after begins here. Where dreams come true & matrimonial bliss is heaven sent. What are you waiting for? Bring your love and come…

Where: Let’s go Trinidad and Tobago

Far away in the West Indies there lies the southernmost twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago. Undeniably, Trinidad is the “Manhattan” of the Caribbean stimulating international business investment in public and private sectors. Tobago is more laid back but the idyllic dream of a corporate paradise with little to zero hassle or hustle.  The energy in the city is phenomenal. If not the only, this is the most multiethnic Caribbean society in its hemisphere. The history of its people depicts a tale of battles for colonial power and ownership. Today, the country is an independent Caricom state dominating powerful interests in oil and gas territories governed by the first ever female Prime Minister and coalition government politics in the Caribbean. Don’t worry you’ll fit right in, just take a look at a line from our national anthem, “Here every creed and race shall find an equal place.”

Sooo many choices:

This island was formerly part of the beautiful Amazon jungle. The topography is sculpted with lush mountains, forests, cascading waterfalls, tranquil mangroves, rivers, brown sugar cane sandy beaches and picturesque bird sanctuaries. The beauty and bounty of these islands will sweep you of your feet and take your breath away.


Menu?  Tantalize those taste buds

This melting pot brews the most exotic food from gourmet dining to road side hot spots tantalizing your taste buds with a frenzy of dishes from our rich culture and interracial heritage. Just ask host and food extraordinaire of Bizarre foods, Andrew Zimmerman. The gastronomy is mind blowing enticing visitors with the national dish pelau, a one pot meal that reflects the kaleidoscope of the people who came.  Tobago, the sister isle lures you with crab and dumpling another mouthwatering delicacy. Bake and shark, doubles, corn soup, callaloo, dhal and rice, roti and pastelle are just a few more signature temptations to tease your sense of taste and leave you yearning for more.



Wedding theme? I hope you can keep up

There are the typical options; beach, rainforest, church wedding but what if you can do so much more. The cultural and spiritual background of Trinidad and Tobago caters to you.   Just imagine one of kind themes to exchange your nuptials; a calypso wedding, a plantation wedding on a cocoa estate, an Indian wedding with half the cost, time and hassle to India. What about a traditional Tobago heritage wedding?


Places to go?

Discover all of these themes and amazing sites like The Caroni Bird Sanctuary, The Pitch Lake, The Wild Fowl Trust, The Asa Wright Nature Centre, The Water Front, The Main Ridge, The Mystery Tombstone in Plymouth, The Devil’s Wood yard, The Botanical Garden, The San Fernando Hills, The Temple on the Sea, the Look Out and infinite beaches, rainforests, historical, religious and cultural sites for you to choose from on both islands.

Things to do? All work and no play makes for a dull person!

Ever heard the expression “life is a party,” Down here in Trinidad and Tobago the party is always pumping and there is surely something to do for everyone.

From heritage sites, fancy nightclubs, fine dining, waterfront restaurants, aqua parks, agro parks, family entertainment, fashion houses, pilgrimages, golf  courses, plantations, chic shopping to street bargains, business expos, cultural festivals like Phagwa, Divali, Carnival, La Divina Pastora and Emancipation. Don’t forget catamaran cruises and extreme sports like power boat racing, goat racing, crab racing, scuba diving, bird watching, horseback riding, fishing, sailing, snorkeling, hiking, mountain biking, para sailing, wake boarding, banana boat riding, water skiing, kite flying and jet skiing.

Accommodation? Mi casa es su casa

Feel at home whether you are at high end international business chains like Hyatt, Mariott, Hilton, Crowne Plaza or the regal Carlton Savannah. Choose from several all inclusive beach resorts; Magdalena Grand, Salybia, Coco Reef, L’ grand Courland. Bed and breakfast inns at The Nest Visitor’s Accommodation or eco lodges like Foot prints Resort or Brasso Seco apartments on the Brasso Seco estate.



All packed?

Trinidad and Tobago continues to be astutely stout in its charge to compete with other places as a premier wedding destination. There is no other Caribbean destination quite like this one. “El secreto mejor guardado del mundo .“ It’s the best kept secret in the world so are you booking your ticket now to discover the hidden treasures that lie within or be the last to find out? Hmm, it seems like you are a bit unsure. Why don’t you take a few minutes to collect yourself and get ready for Trinidad and Tobago, The Journey, you are bound for matrimonial bliss. Enjoy!

Trinidad wedding trends


“What is there in the vale of life.

Half so delightful as a wife

When friendship, love and peace combine

To stamp the marriage bond divine.”

William Cowper



Welcome to a promise of heaven on earth. Participate in the most unforgettable rite of passage that many foresee but only few achieve. Seek every couple’s fantasy amid the backdrop of God’s divine tropical tapestry. Intricate perfection is crafted by Cupid in a kaleidoscope of exotic flora, fauna and romantic sunsets. Let Aphrodite’s “savoir faire” introduce you to the infinite dimensions of oriental cultures to western swaggers in a posited reflection of Trinidad, The True Caribbean. A wedding destination of cascading beauty has been “el secreto guardado mejor del mundo” for too long. Trinidad wedding trends guide the consecration of couple’s “isledo.”

Trinidad’s diverse culture envisages for an affluent experience brazened in priceless traditions and present trends. The Hindu marriage reflects origins of the islands Indian ancestors. It remains a three day celebration. Friday Night commences “maticor night”  for ladies and the bride.  A “hardi ceremony” follows with the sanctification of the bride in turmeric treatments for impurities and a natural glow. Saturday night is the “cooking night and Sunday is the wedding day where more rituals are carried out. The celebration highlights sweet and savoury Indo Caribbean dishes and festive music.

The muslim wedding ceremony or nicah provides for a mutual agreement to marry via social contract. The groom offers dowry to the bride as his commitment. The kubtah or ceremony is performed by the imam following a celebration. The catholic marriage ceremony entails Christianity beliefs from the Spanish colonizers. Couples exchange vows, rings, ignite a Unity candle, nuptial blessings, sign the marriage certificate and are pronounced as man and wife. These are some of the wedding trends in Trinidad.

Undoubtedly, bridal couture has changed Trinidad trends. The white dress sees additions such as frills and ruffles. While strapless dresses refuse to be dominated by shoulder cover ups there is an emergence of straps and sleeves. The Islamic bridal gown has been designed with a Victorian flair; beads, golden embroidery, feathers and fur line gowns with hues of gold, white and cream.

In addition, trends have blossomed in an effervescence of trio colour combinations. Famous designers showcased new wedding styles.

Moreover, the financial crisis has impacted wedding trends in Trinidad. This crisis stimulated eco friendly, cost effective and creative ideas. Couples settled for intimate settings at home. Also, natural materials favoured décor and wedding favors. Foliage, cloth and flowers are used more than paper and balloons. Nevertheless, the latter décor still finds its place at indoor sites. Wedding Favors utilize themed candles and chocolate and a purse fetish. Place cards assume photo frames, recyclable paper and shells.

The three tiered cake is constant but more creative with Trinidad’s Kiss Baking Company who realizes every couple’s fantasy.

Simply, these trends are embraced as two hands are joined and two hearts beat as one.

You were born together, and together you shall be for evermore….but let there be spaces in your togetherness. And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Kahlil Gibran