Marry me hair – Inspirational ideas by Monica (Dubai based Makeup Artist)

Marry Me -Hair Inspiration by Monica

Hello Lovelies, I'm posting this blog from the airport and will soon be on my way to the big apple. NYC baby! We are heading to Canada to spend Christmas with Nathans family, and making a quick stop through NYC for a few days of New York fun. It's going to be so Christmassy!! (Can you tell I'm excited?) I thought I'd post this blog as I'll be offline for at least the next 16 hours. :) So over to Monica for some rather lovely hair styling ideas for your big day... Marry-me hair - Inspirational ideas by Monica. If you are a bride to be, I know you’ve been looking for the perfect hair style for your wedding day. I always have a talk with the beautiful brides I do hair and makeup on and let them know how important it is that the look they choose is part of who they are. It should express your personality and you should feel glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It has to be the perfect balance, what I call…. a perfectly imperfect look. There are of course different … [Continue]

My beautiful bride Sophia…

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

It brings me great pleasure to share these images with you today. Sophia came to me over a year ago and I styled her wedding on the 8th November. Along the way Sophia and I came friends, which for me is the best bit about my job. I make friends, and make people happy. (by styling and decorating the most important day of their life... it's kinda cool right?!) Anyway, two days prior to the big day Sophia and her now husband Mark got legally married at Christ Church Jebel Ali, and my good friends Maria and Monica were there with her. Maria captured the hours before she walked down the aisle, while Monica prepared Sophia's hair and makeup. Below Monica explains how she helped Sophia get ready for her legal wedding ceremony in Dubai. Sophia’s intimate celebration... words by Monica You may think having a small wedding is a synonym for doing your own hair and makeup and having a family member take your photographs, but actually these are two very important things you should … [Continue]

A Dubai beach wedding @ Anantara The Palm by Bernard Richardson Photography

BERNARD RICHARDSON PHOTOGRAPHY - WEDDING ON THE PALM, DUBAI

Morning Lovelies, So happy to post today's blog. It's another gorgeous wedding photographed by Bernard Richardson and his lovely wife Bindi. I like to refer to them as Mr & Mrs B. Today's wedding blurb is written by Bernard himself, I think it makes a nice change to have a different perspective on how the bride and groom got ready for their big day. :) So before I ramble on too much I'm passing this over to Mr B... We were contacted by Emmanuel (the groom) just after summer to discuss their upcoming Dubai wedding. I was immediately struck by how relaxed Emmanuel was, despite the wedding being only 8 weeks away! In fact Emmanuel and his lovely bride Shifaa were probably the most unstressed couple we have had the pleasure of working with. A perfect match for our style of shooting! Emmanuel and Shifaa chose the Anantara The Palm as their perfect wedding venue, http://dubai-palm.anantara.com/ This is a wonderful location for a beach wedding and is without a doubt one of … [Continue]

Sam & Ursula’s engagement shoot with JVR Photography {Dubai wedding photographer}

JVR Photography - Engagement shoot in Dubai - Dubai wedding photographer

Good morning lovely readers! I know most of you are reading this from the UAE so you're probably enjoying the sunshine, and don't need any 'brightening up'. :) but I'm in a grey mood. I'm on the verge of getting sick. I'm sure most of you will agree that it's that time of year when snotty noses become a popular accessory.(Sorry I know that's not a nice visual lol) So to brighten up my day I thought I'd post this beautiful engagement shoot by Liz at JVR Photography. Sam and Ursula got married a few weeks back, and from what I hear it was a gorgeous wedding. Lots of DIY and personal details from the happy couple. I'm keeping my fingers crossed to feature it on MLW in the new year. :)      If you haven't found a photographer for your wedding yet then maybe Liz could be the one. Check out http://jvrphotography.co.za for more info on pricing and packages. She has a new website launching soon which is going to be totally amazing….. I know this because Mustard … [Continue]

Introducing The Bridal Showroom in Dubai

The Bridal Showroom - Dubai wedding dresses

I recently met with Diala, owner and founder of The Bridal Showroom in JLT. Our paths have crossed several times at various wedding industry events but we had yet to sit down, and talk business. Well, when I say business, I really mean obsess over weddings and work out a plan to work together. I'm so lucky that I love what I do that sometimes I forget its my job. We discussed the wedding scene, brides, and the most popular styles of wedding dresses over a skinny latte at my usual Starbucks. The Bridal Showroom is is located in JLT, and is one of the nicest bridal stores I've come across in Dubai. Spacious, professional and convenient are three words that spring to mind when I was asked to describe The Bridal showroom, from a a newly engaged bride-to-be. The Bridal Showroom have a lovely collection of designers in store, which make shopping for your wedding dress that little bit more exciting. One my my personal favorites is Allure Bridals and I just fell in love with their AW … [Continue]

Floral Inspiration by Vintage Bloom

Vintage Bloom - Yellow and White Floral Inspiration - Dubai wedding vendors

Morning Lovelies, How are you all today?I'm about to dash off for a wedding at The Ritz, JBR but before I do I wanted to post this... Beautiful floral arrangements by Vintage Bloom. Think yellow, garden, fresh and blooming beautiful. They've combined country garden with an indoor ballroom.... Photography taken for  Vintage Bloom . P.S Don't you just love the white foral arch framing the head table? I've seen it used as a wedding arch and as a stage backdrop, it's so simple yet so pretty. Have a wonderful Thursday everyone... … [Continue]

Mark & Sophia’s Wedding – {The teaser video by Schubert Rodrigues}

Sophia and Mark got engaged on the 11th November 2013. Mark came to me after we met at The Address Wedding Fair back in September 2013. I helped him plan the proposal at The Address Montgomerie Dubai, and just under a year later they got married at the same venue. {I know, it's so romantic} Over the 12 months Sophia and I became friends and their wedding meant more to me than I ever imagined. As I watched Sophia walk along the sloping path towards her handsome groom I couldn't help but let the happy tears fall down my face. Lets just say it was rather an emotional day for me and the other 160 guests. Oh and I should probably mention that the decor looked lovely too ;-) because that's what I do best. This is the teaser video created by Videographer; Schubert Rodrigues. (www.hitchedindubai.com) Teaser: Mark and Sophia | Intimate wedding at The Address Montgomerie, Dubai from Schubert-Wedding videographers on Vimeo. Sophia & Mark's wedding will be featured on MLW very … [Continue]

Romantic Parisian Elopement by Wedding Luxe {Destination Weddings in Europe}

www.wedding-luxe.com - Paris wedding featured on My Lovely Wedding

Morning Lovelies, I  just got home from London and before I unpack my bags and have a catch up some sleep I thought I'd share this gorgeous wedding with you. I also feel bad that I didn't post anything on Thursday, but in my defence the hotel wifi was rubbish and I ran out of time. Anyway….. today I'm bringing you a stunning wedding shoot from my new friends at Wedding Luxe. Eloping to Paris to marry your best friend… awhhh I just love romance. Love love love!  Lerina & Ryan are a lovely couple from Australia. They contacted us from Wedding Luxe to organize their fairy-tale elopement in Paris during a romantic trip in Europe. The couple met in 2005. They were both working managing nightclubs in different areas within Perth but it was only on a ski trip in New South Wales, Australia that they got to know each other. Ryan said that during this trip they bonded and they created one of those “moments in life” which was the beginning of a relationship that would build and … [Continue]

New York love in Central Park…

NY e-session 1 Monika Photo Art

Today I have a beautiful engagement shoot to share with you all the way from NYC. Photographed by my new friend; Monika (http://monikaphotoart.com) This savvy photographer lives in Poland but often travels the globe for work. If you have a few minutes you should check out her website. Her portfolio of weddings and life style shoots are stunning, and hopefully I'll be posting more of Monika's work in the near future. {How can you not love an engagement shoot in Central Park? It's so romantic}  "I am so thrilled to share these engagement portraits with you! Abby and Harsha are super sweet and absolutely adorable together. They are both living in New York and wanted their engagement session taken at Central Park.This was the perfect fall afternoon.The colors were perfect, the light was nice and oh yeah this couple had it going on. When Abby and I spoke about this session she told me that all she wanted was amazing foliage, which she most definitely got.We started with some photos … [Continue]

Getting festive with E-Walls in Dubai…

E-Walls - Stickers for your wall

Oh my gosh… I have to admit that I’m just a little bit obsessed with E-walls. Vinyl stickers that you can stick pretty much anywhere… amazing!? E-walls have a lovely collection of festive stickers to brighten up your home. If you’re celebrating Christmas and can’t squeeze an 8ft Christmas tree into your one bedroom apartment then I suggest a vinyl sticker is the way forward. You can’t not have a tree during the holidays, it would be so wrong! OK so by the way, I’m totally obsessed with Christmas. If you read yesterdays blog post you'll know that I love this festive season. This year it’s white, silver and gold. Last year we had purple and silver, so I’m swapping the pop of colour for a more classic (but modern) colour scheme. I told you I like Christmas :) E-walls delivered my stickers to me last week and it took all my will power not to put them up until now. What do you think? It’s adds a festive touch without disrupting my usual home décor. For all my lovely readers … [Continue]