The Engage Academy – A Product Styling Workshop With Louise & Rio

Dubai wedding workshop - Styling  with  Beloved &  BrideClub ME. Photography by Maria Sundin

The Styling workshop. Earlier this month I attended an event created by Rio at www.brideclubme.com designed to help, inspire and educate business owners, entrepreneurs and starts-ups in the wedding industry. The Engage Academy workshop was hosted by Rio and my new friend Louise, founder of www.blovedblog.com in the UK {One of the most stylish wedding blogs on the web today}. The styling workshop was a full day event, with talks on styling, marketing and photography. Branding is one of the most important things to get right when you first start out. It's all about first impressions and now that the world has become social media crazy, it's just as important to get it right online too. Styling your products, showcasing what you do, what you create or hand make is key to finding new business online. Everyone loves 'the pretty', and Instagram is proving to be just as, or if not more popular with small businesses in the UAE. Louise talked about styling, and how to do it at home. … [Continue]

Love in the desert. {UAE engagement shoot}

Photography by Bernard Richardson - Dubai engagement shoot in the desert

Hello Lovelies, Today I have a gorgeous engagement shoot to share with you by  wedding photographer; Bernard Richardson. Mercedes and Robin are having two weddings this year, one in Mexico and one in Amsterdam. The lovely couple decided to celebrate their engagement at home in the UAE, with a beautiful backdrop of golden sand dunes in the desert. The perks of living in the UAE right…. Hmmm that reminds me that I really should do a desert shoot one day. It's on my 'Dubai bucket list'. :)       Big thanks to the lovely Bernard Richardson and the happy couple for sharing today. For more info on booking Bernard Richardson for your wedding or engagement shoot then check his very gorgeous website;  http://weddingphotographerdubai.me or email  contactBRP@gmail.com or call +971 56 655 7499 if you like chatting on the phone :) Happy Wednesday everyone… … [Continue]

Breathtaking views & DIY details. A New Zealand wedding by Sarah C Photography.

Sarah C - Dubai wedding Photographer - NZ wedding

Morning lovelies, Today I have a gorgeous wedding to share with you all the from New Zealand. Photographed by Dubai wedding photographer; Sarah C, this wedding has the best views EVER. Should I mention now that they hired a helicopter? Hmm... bride and groom and mountain views = AMAZING!  Bride Emma also hand crafted lots of her wedding details, which makes me love this wedding that little bit more. DIY and breathtaking views!!  Hooray for weddings!!! Jordan and Emma got married on the 24th January 2015 at The Lookout Lodge, Wanaka, New Zealand with 80 guests. The planning process... Our planning process began by agreeing on a location and then choosing a venue. Although currently living in Wellington, New Zealand, we are both originally from the South Island and wanted to be married in the South Island. We narrowed our location choices down to Queenstown or Wanaka, both places we loved to spend time and with stunning scenery. It then came down to the venue. We viewed a … [Continue]

A “Capri Style” Wedding – {Photography by Women in Wedding}

Women in Wedding Photography

I'm pretty sure this is the most intimate wedding I've ever featured on MLW. A destination wedding for only 13 guests?! I'd say it's utterly romantic… flying all the way from New York city to get married in Capri, Italy. It's almost like a fairytale. Escaping the stress of arranging entrainment, creating a seating plan for 100 guests and swapping it for Italy… ahhh, it sounds blissful doesn't it. While I love weddings, and everything that comes with planning a wedding, I do understand why some people prefer to trade it all in for a small intimate affair. Scott and Elisa got married on July 9th 2014, and one of my favourite photograph duo's 'Women in Wedding' captured their special day on camera. This wedding is so beautiful, and I hope you love it as much as I do.   The choice of a unique, exclusive location as Capri is a choice of the style, colors, fragrances and tastes that this marvelous island offers. The ceremony took place on the picturesque … [Continue]

Park Hyatt Wedding Fair in pictures

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi - Wedding Showcase - Goldfish Photography & Video

A few weeks back I spent my afternoon with a bunch of other lovely vendors at the Park Hyatt Wedding Showcase in Abu Dhabi. Emirates Bride were the main media partner for the event and throughout the day their fabulous photographer caught the whole thing on camera. My Lovely vendors; Goldfish Photography, My List, Design by Louma, Cloud 9 Weddings & Events all showcased their work alongside the lovely Rio @ Bride Club Middle East. I must say that my favorite set up was created by Mennat at Cloud 9. She styled a small section of the ballroom with a large rustic wood backdrop, crate style furniture and details then made me weak at the knees. You can scroll down for pictures. :) Other vendors included; Flower Boutique, Social Booth, Elizabeth Di Naya, DJ Katski and Atarmia Spa. The pastry Chefs at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi created a glorious cake display which were displayed next to perfectly assembled desserts. Big thanks to Goldfish Photography & Video for sharing these lovely … [Continue]

The prettiest styled shoot in the English Countryside {Styled by Jemma-Jade Events}

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Hello Lovelies, I'm so sorry I haven't been so active on the blog recently. If I don't post 5 days a week the guilt sets in and I feel I should apologise. I'm  just so busy making weddings pretty and brides happy. It's a hard job but someone has to do it ;-) Today I'm sharing this gorgeous shoot created by my new friend  'Jemma-Jade Events'. We met in Dubai a few months back while she was in the UAE for work. At only 25, Jemma-Jade has created some amazing events all over the globe. She was obviously born with the gift of event planning… and styling for that matter. She's currently based in London but I'd keep an eye on this one.. I have a feeling she's going to take Dubai by storm. About the editorial shoot… {In her own words…}  One of England’s top qualities is its garden’s in the summer months. There is nothing like a summer wedding on a beautiful manicured lawn in a country estate. And this is exactly the setting that I wanted when creating this editorial shoot based on … [Continue]

My bridal treatment review at Talise Spa

SPA DUBAI

A few weeks back when I was in-between weddings, and preparing for wedding 2 of 6. (6 weddings over a 9 week period is keeping me rather busy, but I really can't complain because I love what I do so much)! So anyway, I was invited to spend an afternoon at Talise Spa at Madinat Jumeirah to try one of their most popular bridal treatments. This was the 24 Carat Gold Hamman treatment; 120 minutes of pure relaxation. Starting with 15 minutes of peace and quiet, I was then met by my therapist who talked me through the treatment. I've never had a traditional Hamman so I was very curious about what to expect. The treatment started off with a shower, followed by a 10 minute steam before the body scrub was applied. I'm usually not a fan of steam rooms in general but this experience was very different. The smell, the room, the whole experience was something I've never experienced before. It was just what I needed. After the body scrub, I showered again and was then covered in a lovely … [Continue]

Hello March! {A personal update}

Photo by JVR

Hello March! OMG how is it the middle of March already? The past 8 weeks have literally flown by. I’m so busy that I wake up with a drowning feeling on a daily basis, however I love every minute of it! I just wish I had more time to clear my everlasting 'to-do' list. I've been trying to set up a mail chimp newsletter for over 3 months now and I still haven't got round to it. LOL….. one day I promise. So let’s round-off the first two months of 2015. January was great. I got back after a two week vacation in Canada and dived right into my first wedding in Abu Dhabi. I then had a few weeks in-between my next wedding to move house, and plan for the next wedding. As you may know I moved to Satwa at the end of January and so far I really love it there. It's changed my workday; now I do my crafty errands after 5pm and manage to get some exercise in too. My doggies are also loving having a garden too. At the beginning of February I attended the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi wedding … [Continue]

Introducing ‘The Honeymoon Planner’ ♥

The Honeymoon Planner

Hello Lovelies, If you're getting married you'll probably realise at some point that it's all becoming rather stressful. You're weeks away from the wedding and you have a to-do list the length of your forearm. Believe me, I know how crazy it can be and that's why you need a HONEYMOON PLANNER. Just a like a wedding planner, Petra aka The Honeymoon Planner will help you plan the trip of a lifetime. Unless you're one of those very organised people and have every detail taken care of already I suggest you get on board this new craze.  Read below for more details... About Petra... My name is Petra, originally from Germany, and I have been living in the Middle East since more than 17 years now. Already as a child I simply loved travelling and this passion has stayed with me ever since. All my post-school life I have been studying and working in the Hotel & Tourism Industry. As a Personal Travel Counsellor I am in a position to share my knowledge with travellers and … [Continue]

A Dubai love story with a Canadian twist…

Mary-Alison Nightscales 1

Morning folks! This week is turning out to be pretty darn awesome. I started off with a jam packed blog post about Sophia & Mark's wedding decor, followed by a stunning wedding in Rome, and now this!! Photographed by Nightscales Photography this engagement shoot on the Palm not only showcases our amazing Dubai skyline but how happy and in love today's couple are. :) Mary-Alsion & Lee met in Dubai and are planning their wedding in a CASTLE... in Italy. (I know, I'm also a little bit jealous of the castle bit.) Their proposal story is so sweet that it nearly made me cry.  How they met... Lee and I met at a mutual friends birthday party. It was a party on the Palm that was called Float-a-palooza, because several floats had been tied together in the water to encourage guests to have a giant float session. Lee approached me while I was on the beach and was very witty. He later looked me up on Facebook to ask me out on a date. How they got engaged... … [Continue]