Beautiful Bridesmaids featured on MLW

Just because I can... I thought I'd gather a few of my favorite bridesmaids from MLW. Most of whom have been bridesmaids right here in UAE. It also gives me the chance to share some of my favorite weddings with you, photographed by some of my favorite photographers. If you're a bride-to-be and you're looking for bridesmaid inspiration then I hope this blog post inspires you just a little bit... Check out http://www.mylovelywedding.com/category/real-weddings/ for more weddings featured on MLW. Oh and just in case you're wondering, that is me in the teal dress at Rachel & Steve's wedding. :) Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone.... … [Continue]

Pinterest & Popular Pins.

Rustic wedding

Over the past year I've witnessed a number of brides coming to me with the same Pinterest images. It's becoming rather predictable and some might think that's a bad thing but I actually rather like it. It helps me figure out what brides really want and how I can make their Pinterest vision a reality on their wedding day. Pinterest is exploding with images from wedding blogs and photographers, and it's those very images that make brides all over the globe weak at the knees. Perhaps a rustic outdoor wedding with DIY details floats your boat?  Or maybe  you're swooning over an elegant blush pink and gold wedding? Either way, using Pinterest as a source to help plan your wedding is brilliant. I recommend every bride to set up an account, if you don't have one already. So what are the most popular pins? Using key words  such as 'Rustic Wedding', 'Garden Wedding', Lighting & Wedding' I searched for the most popular images on Pinterest… and this is what I found. Image credits in … [Continue]

Training with BARE… {Dubai’s most stylish fitness club}

BARE

As many busy entrepreneurs and business owners will know taking your passion and making it your business is hard work. Like many in the busy events season nearly all of my weekends are occupied with weddings or industry events and when I do have a day off I want nothing more than to relax with my husband, with a chilled glass of wine in the comfort of my own home. I can't remember the last time I went out for a fancy dinner or a night out and didn't have a massive-to-list a back of my head. I'm not complaining but I am somewhat making this my excuse for not exercising enough and letting the jeans on my hips get little bit tighter. I know it really isn't a good excuse! Anyway, now that wedding season is coming to an end and I have more free time to focus on me and my health I've decided to join BARE. Wondering what BARE is?  We're a new Downtown fitness club, with a main focus on nutrition - a first in Dubai. As I know you know, you can train your butt off every day and you … [Continue]

A sneak peek at Cara & Ross’s rustic vintage wedding on The Palm Jumeirah.

Styling by Joelle @ Lovely Styling. DIY vintage wedding at The Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah Dubai

Morning lovelies, Today I'm sharing the decor shots from one of my recent weddings at The Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah. Photographed by Women in Wedding, I made sure the girls took some extra detail shots for me... and for you lot. It seems so important to get the details because that's what inspires the newly engaged brides-to-be reading my blog. I met Cara and Ross via my lovely friend Kara, and as soon as she got engaged and started planning her wedding she called upon me for some styling assistance. Sarah from Couture Events was her official planner so that just left me to focus on the styling and decor on the day. From day one Cara knew what she wanted. A lover of shabby chic home interiors and rustic style weddings, her vision was  a 'vintage inspired rustic wedding' with lots of personal touches. She also got crafty and put her DIY skills to go use and made a the menus and seating plan. The Decor... They decided not to spend too much money on the … [Continue]

Did you know the week before your wedding is going to be stressful?

I'm writing this while I'm sat waiting for the Chinese Consulate to open. (That was at 8.30am this morning) I arrived at 7.55 to join a line of 100 other UAE residents applying for a China Visa. (I'm going to Shanghai with Nathan for a few days next week, sort of tagging along on a business trip) While sitting here it got me thinking about the stress of planning a honeymoon on top of planning a wedding. If you're in the final stages of wedding planning , I would imagine that taking a morning off work to sit at the embassy to apply for a visa is the last thing you want to do. (even if it is for your honeymoon)  I would advise you to avoid this or hire someone like Petra at Travel Counsellors aka The Honeymoon Planner to help you plan your trip. You may not realise it now but  the stress levels will rise and the week prior to your big day will most likely involve; airport picks ups, entertaining guests, family lunches and last minute errands.  Trying to find a few spare hours to … [Continue]

Hello Vanila Studio! Dubai’s newest bridal boutique.

Looking for a wedding dress in Dubai? A brand new bridal boutique has opened its doors in JLT and it's selling some of the prettiest dresses around. Vanila Studio is the newest bridal store to open in the UAE and I have a feeling it's going to leave quite an impression on the newly engaged brides-to-be. Go on... see for yourself!   Visit http://vanilastudio.ae for more info or give my friends at Vanila Studio a call on 050 785 8383. And just in case you're in the area and fancy popping by you may need the address too... Vanila Studio Wedding Boutique, Retail space #1, JBC 4, Cluster N, JLT … [Continue]

Hello wedding shoes! {Now at Level Shoe District @ Dubai Mall}

Bridal Shoes at Dubai Mall

When I found out that Level Shoe District at Dubai Mall had just opened a brand new bridal suite I was over the moon. Shoes and weddings… two of my favourite things! Hooray for brides! Bridal shoes are hard to find in Dubai, and I'm frequently asked the same question by my blushing brides; Where can I find wedding shoes? Well, now I have the answer. “After countless requests for bridal styles in the store, we reached out to our key designers to discuss creating the perfect Bridal collection for the modern bride. We worked closely with the designers to develop this carefully curated capsule collection fit for the many personalities of today’s bride. Level has a shoe for every bride; the cool, the sexy, the elegant, the flamboyant, the edgy, the brave and the traditional bride.” says Alberto Oliveros, Head Buyer at Level Shoe District The bridal suite was designed by one of Dubai's most fabulous wedding planners; Zainab Alsalih of Carousel. Known for creating some of the most … [Continue]

Design by Louma – Luxury Stationery in Dubai

Design by Louma - Luxury wedding stationery

Are you having a big fancy wedding any time soon and looking for wedding stationery? Well, look no further. Design by Louma recently joined MLW and after a year of crossing paths with my fellow industry friend I finally got her on the blog. Phew. It wasn't that she didn't want to join, we just didn't get round to it. That's what happens when you're working hard and business takes off. Time just flies! Anyway, Louma is fabulous. I know this because we've worked together on a few shoots, and I've only ever heard great things about her. The customer service, replying to emails on time and generally being 'on it' when it comes to detail. Who knew all these little things really make a difference!  So before I ramble on too much here's a few pretty pictures of stationery created by Louma.. {FYI the menu below is printed on wood.. amazing!} "Design by Louma" specializes in custom luxury wedding invitations that reflect the couple's personality. We are driven by creative ideas … [Continue]

A gorgeous Nigerian wedding at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. {Planned by Aghareed}

Nigerian wedding at Emirates Palace - Planned by Aghareed in Dubai

Sekina and Jameel got married on the 3rd January, at one of the most luxurious hotels in UAE; Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi. Joined by 300 guests, the happy couple started the day off with a traditional ceremony followed by a lavish wedding reception in the ballroom. Oh and three of My Lovely Wedding vendors contributed towards the big day!  (I actually have a feeling she was a MLW reader) #thismakesmehappy Read on for more details...  Jameel & Sekina | Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi from Denee Motion / Denee Media Films on Vimeo. The Planning process... It really started a year before the wedding. I live in England and my Parents and Jameel’s Parents in Nigeria! There was a lot of emailing, phone calls and visits across continents. My Mum did a lot of shortlisting for me, and we joke that her job that year was planning my wedding. We also had a number of the vendors from England and Nigeria so we could have those meetings abroad. We had a wedding planner based in the UAE … [Continue]

Introducing Denee Motion Films & Stills…

Denee Motion - Dubai wedding videographers and photograhers.

If you're a regular reader you will probably have noticed that Denee Motion Films & Stills has recently joined my MLW. It's hard to miss when their logo is so obvious. Let me just start by saying that I'm so very happy to have them join the blog. I feel that there aren't that many options for videography in Dubai (in comparison to photography) and now that they have landed in the sandpit, it gives makes my life as wedding blogger that little bit better. They are a little more expensive than others in the industry, but don't let that put you off. There work is amazing, and their attention to detail is impeccable, and like me they are a sucker for love, and weddings in general. You just can't work in this industry without being a true romantic! Because really…. it's all about the love, celebrating two people committing to a life together forever and ever. You get the idea… we love, love.  :-)   Norma & Sary | Ritz-Carlton JBR, Dubai from Denee Motion / Denee … [Continue]