Dubai wedding venue – Purobeach @ CONRAD

Conrad Hotel - Dubai wedding venue

Purobeach literally blew my mind when I visited earlier this year. As I walked around the pool I instantly felt like I was on holiday. My husband Nathan finds it funny that I have a selection of hotels that instantly make me feel like that, and I usually say it every time, and then he points it out too. I think it's because Dubai is home, but on occasions it hits me that we live in a tourist hub and most of these fancy hotels are swarming with holiday buzzing tourists. CONRAD Dubai is one my of my favorites along Sheikh Zayed Road. Most would say it's a business hotel but that doesn't mean it's not wedding worthy. Purobeach is an urban oasis just waiting for someone to come in and swap their pool side lounges for beautifully styled dining tables, and make this roof top pool and incredible wedding venue. If you’re looking for a outdoor venue, for a wedding of 30 guests, then I suggest visiting Purobeach, it’s like a hidden oasis. For larger weddings, you’ll need a slightly … [Continue]

Helen Schrader – UAE Wedding Celebrant

Helen Schrader - wedding celebrant in Dubai

Hello Lovelies, So today I'm back with some very useful information from the lovely Helen Schrader. She's one of Dubai's most popular wedding celebrants and has been working the UAE wedding circuit for years. Lets just say she's loved by everyone she meets, and has one of those reputations that often starts with 'Ah, I know Helen, she's so lovely'. You get the idea :) Why did you become a celebrant? I have always been a people person and ran my own businesses in Australia in the food industry.  I really enjoy connecting people in business and this seemed like a natural progression. What's the best bit about your job? It’s a happy job!  I am lucky enough to meet people at such an exciting and special time in their relationship. Especially in the UAE couples come from such a variety of countries and cultures, it has been an amazing learning experience. I am often moved by couples’ extraordinary stories and the history that has brought them to this stage in their … [Continue]

Confessions of an Expat Bride-To-Be…

Amy & JoJo - Dubai expat bride

So I'm starting the week off with a very personal blog from my lovely friend Amy. She got engaged last year, had a legal wedding in December and somewhere along the road, lost her  'bridal buzz'. She explains why she's lost her buzz and offers some very useful tips for anyone getting married with more than one ceremony. So I have a confession. I haven’t been excited about my wedding. I know how weird is that?! Isn’t this what every little girl dreams of? So before your jaw drops to the floor let me explain. My husband and I got legally married in Dubai in December 2014. To call it a legal wedding makes it sound a bit clinical which is unfair as it was a magical day with an intimate celebration surrounded by friends and family. I felt beautiful and I got all the “I can’t breathe” butterflies that came with walking down the aisle towards your intended. Like a lot of expats, we got married in Dubai with the plan for a big white wedding with all of our loved ones in one of our … [Continue]

Maria Sundin has a new website!!

Makeup by Monica - Photography by Maria Sundin - Dubai Bride getting married at Jebel Ali Church

Afternoon lovelies, I hope you're all have a smashing Thursday afternoon. I thought I'd dedicate today's blog to my good friend Maria. Not only is a superb photographer but she's kind, lovely and one of most genuine people I know and love. So... just because I can... here are a few of my favorite photos by UAE wedding photographer; Maria Sundin.  Ezar & Matt's wedding   Beautiful Sophia  Sophia & Mark's wedding details   A styled shoot - Desert Love By the way, these images are all related to weddings & shoots I've worked on so that's why they are my favorites. I think you should check out her updated website www.mariasundin.com like NOW. :) Laters lovelies!!! … [Continue]

A budget friendly backyard wedding in Dubai.

Rustic budget wedding in Dubai - Styled by Lovely Styling

Back in May when the weather was cooler, and wedding season was just coming to an end, I finished the season with a lovely little backyard wedding. It was an intimate affair with only 26 guests at a private villa in Mirdiff, Dubai. It was the perfect ending to an amazing run of weddings. Wedding Planner; Christina organised the wedding and with the help of Innovative Hiring we transformed an average backyard into something rather special. The couple wanted something rustic and pretty, and asked for a burlap runner. Luckily burlap fabric is cheap and cheerful so we custom made a runner to fit a very long table. I used my own vases, jars, bottles and mercury silver candle holders and filled them with fresh flowers. My favorite bit, other than the table styling, (obviously) is the string lights that fall perfectly across the garden. They give just enough light to set the mood and really transform the area. Ok so now scroll down for pretty pictures and vendor details... … [Continue]

A pretty pink beach wedding at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

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Oh aren't you a lucky bunch! I have a gorgeous wedding today photographed by the fabulous; Melissa Beatie. Melissa is no longer living in Dubai but will hopefully be back in the sandpit for the occasional wedding next season. If I'm honest, It saddens me that we lost such a talented photographer to our ever growing wedding industry. #frown So on with today's blog post... Today I'm very happy to feature Rachel and Johnny's beautiful Dubai wedding. They got married at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah and had a gorgeous beach ceremony followed by a pink and pretty reception at Magnolia. The proposal… Johnny and I are both American but have grown up internationally. We first met in high school in Dubai. We dated our senior year and Dubai holds many specials memories for us. Johnny had lived in Dubai for 13 years and I had spent my last two years of high school in the amazing city. After high school, Johnny’s parents moved away but mine stayed. Every year since then I return for … [Continue]

Mark & Mia’s wedding at Yas Links Golf Club, Abu Dhabi.

Abu Dhabi Wedding at Yas Links Golf Club

Mark and Mia got married on the 26th March at one of my most lovely wedding venues in Abu Dhabi;  Yas Links Golf Club, Yas Island. Joined by 80 guests this wedding was pulled together on the day by one of my lovely vendors; Lavender Blue. Mia tells her story of how she planned for her dream wedding. The Planning process… We pretty much planned the full day ourselves with the help of our parents. It was a mostly enjoyable experience until a couple of months before the big day when It all becomes a bit much to deal with. It was at this point we enlisted Lavender Blue to take over from us and I’m so glad we did. They were totally professional and knew exactly what needed to be done. We hadn’t budgeted for wedding planners in the beginning but it really was money well spent. It gave us time back to enjoy the process and allowed us to think only about ourselves on the day. Everything else was taken care of. Budget…. We started off with a very reasonable budget as we were … [Continue]

Matt & Ezra – A very trusting Bride & Groom. (A Dubai wedding by Lovely Styling)

Styled by Joelle at Lovely Styling. Photography by Maria Sundin.

Back in November 2014 I met Matt, a groom with a warm heart and a vision for a 'wow' wedding. This guy was getting so into the wedding that he even dragged his best friends (male best friends) to Dragon Mart on a hunt for vases, candles and anything that seemed wedding appropriate. He then realised that he needed some help, someone to put his vision into life and execute on the day. Really… did he think he and his best men would be putting out candles on the day of his wedding? Erm, no. But I do admire his ambition. I met Matt before I met Ezra. The bride, Ezra was busy with work and hadn't quite got the 'wedding bug' like Matt had. After a coffee, a few emails and a site visit with Ezra I was booked up and ready to 'wow' them with my design ideas. The colour theme had been confirmed and we worked around soft peach, white and lace details. I imagined an enchanted garden.. something very romantic and whimsical. The venue; One and Only, Palm Jumeirah was perfect for what I had in … [Continue]

Reem & David’s Magnolia Wedding – Goldfish Photography & Video

On April 17th my beautiful friend Reem got married to her dashing groom; David at Magnolia, Al Qasr. When I met Reem for the fist time back in January I knew immediately that we would be friends. She was a super easy bride to work with and from day one we clicked. It's not always like that but I've never had a bride I didn't end up falling in love with. As I've mentioned time and time again every wedding I style means so much to me and it's my responsibility to make it as beautiful as can be. #BigRomantic So before I share their wedding photos with all the usual details, I thought I'd share the video created by Goldfish Photography & Video.  Dave and Reem from Goldfish Dubai on Vimeo. Awhhh it brings back such good memories, and I can't wait to feature Reem and Davids wedding soon. Have a lovely weekend everyone… … [Continue]

Bunting – A classic wedding decoration.

Bunting - Pinterest Inspiration for My Lovely Wedding - Dubai

Funny enough I've only ever used bunting at a wedding once. It was my very first wedding I styled after my own.  Bride Claudia had a very small budget for her intimate Yacht Club wedding, so I used what I had in stock to dress up the very simple room. Tassels of red and white checked fabric saved the day. With the help of my styling side kick Rupa, we made over 60 meters of tassel bunting in only 4 days. It was quite an achievement and bit of an eye opener to just how time consuming this process was. While I was researching trends and decor ideas for my own wedding, bunting was hot on the wish list. It seemed to be one of the most popular ideas among the wedding blogs and Pinterest back in 2012.  Roll on 3 years and it can still be seen at many UK weddings. It's a budget friendly favourite and depending on the venue, it's almost guaranteed to look nice and brighten up a simple space. So because I can I did a little research and pulled together some pretty images from … [Continue]