Introducing The Ritz Carlton Grand Canal, Abu Dhabi (A very lovely wedding venue)

The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal Exterior

Last  month I vowed to you all to venture out of Dubai and explore Abu Dhabi. Well, I kept to my word and spent 24 hours in the capital. I had the pleasure of staying at The Ritz Carlton, Grand Canal Abu Dhabi. Back in May 2013 I featured a wedding by Dubai wedding photographer 'Blue Eye Picture' and it wasn't until I arrived that I had that weird feeling of 'Hmm I recognise this, but I'm not sure why.' Then half way through my lunch meeting with Ahmed, the fabulous wedding planner and his PR side kick Valerie, it all came together and I realised I had featured the hotel. I have no idea why I waited this long to visit myself. (I think it's because I'm a tad lazy and don't often drive to Abu Dhabi?) Anyway... Located only a hop skip and jump away from the beautiful Grand Mosque, this hotel has some fabulous views. On one side you have a view of the grounds, the pool and a small, yet very pretty beach. And on the other you have a view of the Grand Mosque. Need I say … [Continue]

Engagement loveliness by Rebecca Rees…

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Good afternoon Lovelies, I met Rebecca Rees over the summer and even though I haven't officially introduce you to her I wanted to share this engagement shoot with you today. It's so blooming pretty, and despite what you may think it was shot in Dubai. (If you scroll down you will understand why I mention this now) The couple, the location, the lighting.... everything about this shoot is perfection. I love love love it! Rebecca also filled me in with a bit about the couple, which makes a really nice read for a Wednesday afternoon. :) And over to Rebecca... "Before the shoot, I met up with Evans and Belal over a homemade lemonade and instantly knew they were going to look great in front of the camera. After a few emails back and forth about the location of the shoot (Evans admitted they find decision making hard because they're both Libras!) we eventually decided on a beach shoot at sundown. I'm used to running or sometimes crawling through sand to get the right shot, but my … [Continue]

A DIY Garden Wedding in England…

Polly's Country Garden Wedding - UK

This gorgeous bride used to be my classmate, back in the day when I was 13 years old wearing long black socks and girly Dr Martins to school. {Yes, back then It was thought to be cool... I now have my doubts} When we reached the grand old age of 18 we moved away, went off to University and sort of drifted apart, and somewhere along the line we re-connected by Facebook. Thank goodness for technology! Polly's always been one of those girls with natural beauty, there is no effort required, she has that pretty girl next door look that would only be ruined by heavy makeup and a perfectly groomed mane of hair. She is my perfect bride. Polly and Wesley got married at her Grandmothers house in Somerset, on 12th July 2014 with 120 guests. A team effort by all the family made this wedding personal, intimate and that little bit more special.  The bride even woke up at 3am to go to the flower market!!! Talk about a DIY bride.... amazing huh!!! The details are so pretty, from the rustic wood … [Continue]

MLW readers get 15% off!! Wahooo!

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Morning Lovelies, I'll be posting a blog later today but thought I'd start the day off with this awesome photography offer from Goldfish Photography and Video. MLW readers... (that's you reading this blog) get a massive 15% discount if you book before the end of December. Those savings could buy you a nice pair of shoes, or dinner for two... or go towards your dream wedding dress! Don't miss out my lovelies.... email hello@goldfishdubai.com or call 04 390 3586 for more info! Back later with a gorgeous DIY wedding! … [Continue]

Lovely & Lavender – A Dubai Styled Shoot

Styled Shoot by lovely Dubai Vendors - Photography by JVR Photography. Styling by Joelle @ www.lovelystyling.com

A few months back I teamed up with a few of the most lovely vendors in town to create a pretty, and inspiring styled shoot. Featuring dark purple tones, emerald green satin napkins and variety of loose garden style blooms. I had a vision of soft sunlight and a natural green backdrop. I didn't want anything too fussy or put together for the table, and I wanted the bride to be a 'real bride'. When I started thinking about the shoot I only had one bride in mind, and that was Sophia. She's a real bride-to-be and also a model (How lucky did I get?!) I loved her soft pretty features, and dark brunet hair... and I knew she would bring my vision to life with the help of Dubai based makeup artist Monica Hernandez. Jenny wore a simple, yet elegant lavender bridesmaid dress made by Anne Rashid, owner of The Bridal Room in Jumeirah.  Anne also provided us with the very pretty wedding dress too. Using hay bails and a rustic wood table top I created a low level table which became the backdrop … [Continue]

To theme or not to theme…

Rustic Themed Engagement Party

This subject got me thinking, and while I love themed weddings I'm not so sure everyone else does. A carnival themed wedding might seem like a good idea right now but will you regret the bold statement in say 10 years time? Whatever theme or style you're swaying towards I suggest taking your time. I mention this now because I recently met up with one of my lovely brides who is getting married next April. When I first met her back in late 2013 she had planned to marry in February 2014. However, due to personal reasons they pushed the wedding date back. When I compare our original ideas I can see an obvious change, a development in style, in the detail. A previous desire for rustic chic burlap runners has been replaced by classic white crisp linen. While we are going to keep some rustic elements, the overall design has been tamed. I'd say it's more elegant with a touch of raw nature. Maybe more sophisticated? When I got engaged I was overwhelmed with ideas and excitement. I knew … [Continue]

Tom & Serg – The Hippest NEW Wedding Venue in Town…

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Calling all hipster brides…. Tom & Serg can now cater for your wedding. That's right folks, the very trendy and uber cool warehouse cafe can accommodate you and guests on your wedding day. You have no idea how excited I got when I found this out. I literally squealed with joy!  {I'm not joking} The two storey cafe located just round the corner from Ace Hardware in Al Quoz has been making headlines with it's delicious menu, funky looking waiters and amazing warehouse space. I made it my mission to meet with Tom & Serg to find out what they can offer you as a "bride-to-be." I sat down with Events Manger to discuss the details and I left with an overwhelming feeling of excitement. Why? Because every time I go to Tom & Serg I leave thinking 'Hmmm this would make an amazing space for a wedding'. It's almost like they read my mind. The high ceilings make the space feel so much bigger than it is. The concrete floors have helped keep the place grounded, and close to it's … [Continue]

A Honeymoon with Park Hyatt…

Grand Hyatt Singapore

About two weeks ago I posted a blog about honeymoon rewards with Park Hyatt (http://www.mylovelywedding.com/earn-free-honeymoon-nights-at-park-hyatt-abu-dhabi/) but after looking back I realised I didn't sell it very well. Come on, I didn't even tease you with beautiful pictures of their worldwide resorts. If this beach side cabana at Park Hyatt Goa can't sell you on this fabulous offer then I don't know what will.... Oh wait... maybe this sky high view of their property in the Maldives? #dreamvacation? So if you're getting married at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi you could be flying off to one of my favorite cities in Asia; Singapore or maybe somewhere a little closer like Goa or the Maldives... either way by booking your wedding at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi you can benefit from the Hyatt Gold Passport Honeymoon Program. Oh and if the beach isn't your thing then you can also stay at Park Hyatt Vienna. City break honeymoon anyone?? Photos provided by Park Hyatt. If you would … [Continue]

A makeup education with Monica…

MAKEUP BY MONICA .

I've said this before but I'm not one of these girls who has a natural flare for makeup. I can just about put together a decent look, which often features smudged black eye liner and a basic coat of foundation. I'm juts not very good at it, and no one has ever really guided me in the right direction. I also feel rather intimidated by those girls at makeup counters, ya know the ones who are always so 'overdone' they look like they should be at a rave rather then at the entrance of Debenhams. I may sound silly but I feel like they would judge me for knowing so little. Anyway, so when my friend Monica offered to give me a 'makeup education' followed by coffee at Starbucks I answered with a big phat YES. We went off to Marina Mall and started with a trip to Sephora. I requested we buy cruelty free makeup products, so Monica suggested I use Bare Minereals. I stocked up on primer for my face and eyes, and we picked a really nice concealer which is super easy to apply. I had no idea … [Continue]

Hello from Switzerland!

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Hey Lovelies, I'm currently traveling to Geneva airport after an awesome week in Verbier, Switzerland. (It's a two hour train journey so thought I'd make my self useful and prep a blog for later) The town is really sweet, and despite it being very quite we managed to keep ourselves occupied with long mountain walks and several games of Uno. It's the one thing we always take away… it's probably my favourite card game of all time. If you're into outdoor holidays, or fancy yourself as a pro skier, then I suggest you visit the lovely town of Verbier in the winter season. Nathan used to be a semi-pro mountain biker so he was in his element with all the down hill bike tracks. We stayed at the gorgeous W Hotel but the town is full of chalets if you prefer that kind of thing. Luckily for us we only had one day of rain and the rest of the week we had sunshine all day long. I don't know about you but I love sunny crisp cold days. I've included a few photos (taken with my iPhone) … [Continue]