WIN 8 HOURS OF PHOTOGRAPHY from UAE wedding photographer Maria Sundin!

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Today, I’d like to proudly introduce you to one of my lovely friends and photographers; Maria Sundin Photography. Maria is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based in Abu Dhabi and covers both the capital and Dubai, and her images are some of the prettiest I've seen in the UAE/Dubai wedding photography industry. She has a true talent for her craft, and it's very obvious that she's loves documenting the gentle and the sincere. Maria fell in love with photography when she left Sweden for the UAE and discovered the warmth of the Arabic culture and the beautiful desert light. She loves documenting anything that’s beautiful and appreciates working with people who, like her, value quality and simplicity, art and photography. As she was planning her own wedding, she also relaunched her brand, Maria Sundin Photography. As most of you know this wedding planning stuff gets under your skin, and like me she can be found daydreaming about the world of weddings. If you like realness, pure and … [Continue]

CARISSA & BASSEM – DESERT PALM WEDDING

Carissa and Bassam's wedding at the Desert Palm Hotel, Dubai.

Carissa and Bassem got married on the 21st February 2014. The gorgeous couple got married at the Mediterranean Olive Garden, Dubai Desert Palm. The garden themed wedding featuring yellow blooms and natural greenery was so simple and effortlessly chic. The Calla lily bouquet is gorgeous, and even though my love for peonies bouquets will be eternal, this yellow bouquet is the perfect accessory to Carissa's stylish wedding dress. With over 150 guests Carissa and Bassem celebrated in style... lots of dancing, lots of laughing and lots and lots of love. It's the best kind of wedding. I am Australian and Bassem is Syrian and we both live in Dubai, so Dubai was a natural choice as a wedding destination for us as it was between Australia and Syria and was already on the list of holiday hotspots for many of our friends. We looked at 20+ venues in Dubai but once we saw Desert Palm we knew it was the perfect spot for us. The events team only held one event per day, so we knew we would have … [Continue]

Introducing Couture Events…

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Hello Lovelies, Today I'm very excited to introduce you to Couture Events. Owner and founder; Sarah Feyling has been in the industry for 10 years and has planned 100s of weddings in the UAE.  She's what I'd call a 'pro'! Organized and efficient with her large files and detailed wedding check lists, this is one planner that has every detail nailed. She's also very well connected which comes in handy too. I met Sarah through a friend over the summer, and it was really nice to put a name to a face. If you know the wedding industry well you it's likely you'll know of Couture Events. Based in Media City, Sarah and her small team organise weddings, parties and corporate events. I thought I was 'busy' but she takes it to another level. "Established in Dubai in 2004, Couture delivers bespoke events, uniquely tailored to each client's requirements. We are committed to continuous research of trends, venues and concepts to ensure your event will outperform all others.We plan … [Continue]

Mylist.ae – Not just a wedding registry.

Mylist.ae - Dubai's most lovely wedding registry

It's been a while since I blogged about the UAE's most fabulous online wedding registry; MyList.ae. My friend Julie (founder and owner) recently had a baby girl, she's now a mum of three. It boggles my mind how she manages her time… running a successful business, looking after three kids and taking the time to create wedding workshops for brides in Dubai. Like she doesn't have enough to do? I was recently thinking about her mounting work load and it occurred to me that she really doesn't need to go the extra mile. She could easily run a online wedding registry without making herself none to brides, without putting in the extra time to make it personal and fun. But then again, this is what makes MyList.ae unique. They are one of a kind and in my opinion no other wedding registry can compete. Last week MyList.ae and The White Company collaborated and hosted a beautiful event at MOE. Wedding pros such as Sarah Feyling attended and dished out tips for planning your wedding. (Full … [Continue]

Neha & Naveen’s Hindu Wedding by AIYA

It's Sunday so thought I'd post something for fun and pleasing on the eye. So here it is , a gorgeous Hindi wedding filmed by AIYA Media  in the UK. As usual I only feature the most lovely brides (not because I have rules, but I generally think all brides are lovely) :) Neha & Naveen's Hindu Wedding & Reception at Sofitel London from AIYA Photo & Cinema on Vimeo. Video by http://www.aiyamedia.com/ … [Continue]

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]