Island Paradise: Tropical Chic in Tahiti

Having lived in Paris before moving to Tahiti two years ago, Paulina Cadoret wanted to create a tropical chic shoot that portrayed hints of Parisian style while making the most of the island paradise of Tahiti. 

Tahiti, famed as the inspiration for the works of French impressionist painter, Paul Gauguin, is an island in French Polynesia located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean.

This trendy tropical chic editorial shoot takes a unique approach to capturing the rustic beauty of this island paradise by incorporating design elements from Italy, France and California. Luxury five-star hotel, Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa’s marvelous poolside lawn was the ideal setting with its mesmerizing ocean views. 

Style and Colours 

The style combined a sophisticated and elegant touch with simple and laid-back island feels and textures (think palm trees and raffia). A soft and delicate colour palette was chosen to match this subtle tropical chic style. Beachside pastels, like coral peach and blush pink, were used along with gold to add luxurious accents to the otherwise natural and rustic hues. 

Floral Design and Key Details

It can be difficult to source imported flowers in Tahiti. Delphine Grassone instead chose to only use local flowers for the bridal bouquet. A rich variety of tropical flowers with vivid colours can be found in abundance on the island. However she carefully selected delicate locally-sourced florals for an elegant pastel look. Volume, texture and variety was innovatively added through the addition of dried wild grass in the unconventional bouquet.

Ciarra Claire crafted beautifully detailed invitations in feminine colours with opulent gold detailing. 

Bridal Outfits 

Cymbeline Paris recently opened a new bridal boutique on Tahiti island. They provided gorgeous bridal outfits that perfectly fit the mood-an elegant tropical wedding in paradise!  

The outfits’ flattering silhouettes and soft comfortable materials were subtly adored with lace, bows, low neck-lines and a no-fuss island style. The bride was styled with natural daytime make-up, a simple classic updo and wore delicate fine jewellery by L’atelier Des Dames

Key Tips

  • When combining two opposing styles, such as laid-back and elegant, include simple details from both styles that complement each other. 
  • If floral options are limited you can supplement your primary flower choices by using  greenery, pampas and other types of dried grass.
  • Make the most of your venue. If you have a picturesque outdoor setting, keeping the décor simple will accentuate the location’s natural beauty. 


Photography: Paulina Cadoret | Venue: Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa | Floral: Delphine Grassone | Stationery: Ciarra Claire | Wedding Dress: Cymbeline | Jewelry: L’atelier Des Dames | Submitted via: Matchology