A little makeover by Monica ♥

HAIR & MAKEUP BY MONICA

A few weeks back I spent a Thursday afternoon with my new friend Monica. I met Monica along the marina, while walking Charlie, my pet pooch. It wasn't until out second or third meeting that I discovered Monica was a professional makeup artist and hair stylist. Oh course I immediately told her about MLW, and the possibilities of us working together. She offered to do my makeup so I could honestly tell you all what I really thought. Well, quite frankly she was awesome. I requested natural colours, with black eye liner and a light pink lip. I also asked for a french braid, well just because I can't do them and I always liked the idea of looking effortlessly pretty. Over the space of an hour and a half she transformed my uncombed locks into a lovely up-do, which felt amazing teamed with my perfectly subtle makeup application. Monica owns a salon in Mexico, and has only recently moved to Dubai. It's a different world, but with my help I think she'll be just fine. Now that I've … [Continue]

Jill & Nicks lovely wedding – Part 2

Jill & Nick's wedding - JVR Photography

This wedding is still making me smile, even after days of looking at the same pictures over and over. (Yes, I know.. my job rocks!) Not only did all the vendors involved make this wedding so special, but everyone was on such good form. The vendors were fab, the venue was fab, and Jill & Nicks wedding guests were even more fab! I can say that truthfully as I was at the wedding, watching quietly from the side... I was also watching Liz at JVR  Photography whizz around snapping at every moment. She's amazing, and not only is she an incredible photographer, she's also one of those really nice photographers... like my Mum would say 'she's a people person'. It basically means she interacts, makes people happy and does a good job. Enough said. The decor was styled by myself.. and I even bought the chevron fabric from the US and had it flown in.  Yes, that's how much I wanted chevron at this wedding lol. Remember that it's the little details that make a big difference. Keep it … [Continue]

The rustic wedding must-haves…

Rustic theme wedding ideas

Rustic weddings aren't for everyone, especially in Dubai. Wedding trends in Dubai are also a little more polished... mainly because of the top notch venues, scattered around 5 star hotels. It would be rather hard to pull of a 'rustic garden wedding' at a squeaky clean venue. You get the idea. If you are swaying more towards this beautiful theme, then I admire you. It's personally one of my favorite wedding themes, because even though I'm thoroughly into my details, I prefer everything to be a little rough around the edges. Anything 'too' put together is just boring, it's less interesting. For me, it's the imperfections that make something beautiful. So, before I ramble on too much, here are my rustic wedding must-haves... Bakers twine - Using twine instead of ribbon instantly gives you a more rustic feel. You can get it in lots colours and also a natural brown too. Burlap fabric - Cheap and cheerful burlap fabric. This fabric makes awesome table runners and won't damage … [Continue]

Park Hyatt Wedding Showcase -May 3rd

Wedding_Showcase

Guess what people... the Park Hyatt in Abu Dhabi are hosting a lovely little wedding fair on the 3rd May 2014. Located on the very desirable Saadiyat Island, the Park Hyatt is a stunning hotel with venues perfect for every bride and groom. If you're looking for a beach side venue, a glamorous ballroom or maybe a small indoor venue for 50 guests, this hotel has it all. I will there showcasing some DIY ideas, along with my fellow vendors Goldfish Photography and MyList. Designs by Louma is one of my new favorite places to find custom made stationery, so if you're at the early stages of planning your wedding, Louma would be a great vendor to meet. So my lovelies... I really to hope to see some of your pretty faces on Saturday 3rd May at the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. I'm sure it's going to be a lovely day, so it's not to be missed :) I'll be back this afternoon with some rustic wedding ideas... perfect for anyone who's planning their wedding for next season. For anyone who's … [Continue]

London love by Taran Wilkhu

Photography by Taran Wilkhu - London style

My friend Taran is a fabulous photographer based in London. I've featured some of his work before on MLW so you might recognize his name. This time though I'm featuring a bride and groom who got married yesterday. Big congrats to the lovely couple Sonia & Rajit! April seems to be rather popular for weddings ;-) London in spring is awesome , it's still cool enough to wear a jacket, yet the sun comes out and the tree's start to bloom. It gives hope that summer is on it's way. It also makes a perfect backdrop for a fun pre-wedding photo shoot... Ranjit & Sonia are a lovely easy going, fun loving, spontaneous , and happy couple who met at work nearly 8 years ago. The Yorkshire based couple are due to wed over Easter and you can imagine are nervous but very excited about the big day and their future together. A few weeks back, they got on the first train from Leeds to London for their pre-wedding shoot to try and miss the tourist trade as they were eager to have an … [Continue]

Busy bee… (sorry for no blog action)

Hi Lovelies, I'm so sorry I haven't posted anything for the past few days. I got back from the UK on Tuesday morning around 4am, and spent the rest of the day tucked up in bed with my stinky cold. Anyway, I've been so busy over the past 2 days that I haven't even had a chance to sit down and finish any of my drafted blogs. I have two wedding this weekend, which are going to be wonderful.. (well that's my aim) I'll be styling Vanessa & John's wedding on Saturday at The Arabian Ranches Polo Club, with a simple, yet very gorgeous set up. And then on Sunday I'll be spending my morning at Al Badia Golf Club preparing for Ola's afternoon wedding ceremony, followed by a very glamorous evening reception at Mina Al Salam. All so different, but equally as lovely. So now you know why I've been so busy :) Anyway, I'm going to finish off some DIY, and swap my blue  jeans for some snazzy pjs. Yes, it's 7.35pm on Thursday night... rock and roll baby! OK folks... have an awesome … [Continue]

The April wedding must-have…

Creative Box Dubai

As we rock on into April, I'm well aware that the heat is on it's way. Summer is just around the corner, and that means the outdoor wedding season is slowly coming to an end. (Booooooo) It also means that I get to have a little break, and catch on admin. (Booooo... boring!) While the past 3 months have been delightful, and at times a little drizzley... I can confirm that this wedding season has been rather awesome. Rock on October for round two! Although the wedding season doesn't officially end, outdoor weddings will soon become indoor, and ballrooms across Dubai will be booked up with glamorous local weddings. For now though, we have a few weeks left of this hot but manageable weather... and if you're getting married outside on a Friday or Saturday afternoon, then this is your wedding must-have. A fan. Simple, yet definitely required for an outdoor April wedding. Ritu at Creative Box created these personalised fans which not only work as an order of the day, but will … [Continue]

The Montgomerie Wedding Fair… on video!

Goldfish Photography & Video sent me this beauty earlier this week.... I had no idea they were making a video of the wedding fair, so it was a lovely surprise. It made me feel so proud... :) If you missed my blog with all the pictures, you can check it out here * http://www.mylovelywedding.com/the-wedding-fair-in-pictures/ I hope you enjoy my lovelies... … [Continue]

This week I love… a rustic wedding!

Feeling inspired by my current surroundings of lush green hills, and a garden full of rustic gems. (Think large wood logs, big bushy plants, wild flowers in the garden and rustic old vintage wheel barrows... and no I'm not in Dubai, I'm in Somerset, England!) I decided to make a mood board for a rustic themed wedding. Old crates, wild flowers, recycled wood accessories and bakers twine are all key to making your wedding have that rustic touch. Oh and it wouldn't be 'rustic' without a touch of burlap!   Olivia Burton slim watch, £82 / Rustic home furniture, £480 / Skagerak fruit crate, £66 / Metal home decor, £23 / Apple crate, £53 / Hard wood furniture / Crate and Barrel succulent pot, £6.60 / Crate and Barrel indoor outdoor string light, £15 / Plastic woven basket, £22 / Wooden candlestick, £43 / Crate & Barrel Pussy Willow Branch, £9.01 Burlap lamp, £505 / Wood footstool, £200 / Ethan Allen beige throw pillow, £72 / Burlap home decor, £36 / Crate and … [Continue]

Jill & Nick’s Lovely Wedding – Part 1

Jill & Nick's wedding at The Arabian Ranches Golf Club

On the 21st February Jill and Nick said ‘I do’ at Jebel Ali Church, just after 1pm on a sunny Friday afternoon. After the ceremony the bride and groom shuffled their guests onto a big red bus, to make the 15 minute drive to Arabian Ranches Golf Club. As guests arrived they were welcomed with cocktails, and afternoon tea. (How very English indeed!) I must admit that I love this wedding, just a little bit more than the others I have featured on MLW. You may be wondering why? Well that's because Jill discovered most of her vendors through MLW, and even found her wedding venue too. I can't begin to tell you how happy this makes me. It's also one of my favorites, because I styled her wedding. When I first met Jill, she had a Pinterest page full of different ideas that she equally loved. It was my job to take her ideas and her visions, and make it come to life. I started by putting together three mood boards, and out of the three we choose the bright and colourful chevron theme. I … [Continue]