An under the sea proposal…announcing the winner of our competition with Goldfish Photography and Video

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Happy Sunday lovelies! What better way to start the week than to celebrate with the announcement of the winner of our competition with Goldfish Photography and Video, this makes us happy. Firstly, we have to say thank you so much to all the lovely brides-to-be who shared their beautiful engagement stories with us - it has really been amazing reading them all and you have really brightened our inboxes :) Sadly there can only be one winner though and we are happy to announce our lovely reader Ronke Bello as the winner of an AED 2000 discount off one of the fabulous photography and video wedding packages from Goldfish - yay! Congratulations! We fell in love with Ronke's engagement story from under the sea...this one is sure to have you swooning by the end of it and we have to give a big applause to groom Dotun for pulling it all off - well done! Completely shocked and surprised 5 metres deep under water in the middle of the Indian Ocean near the shores of a beautiful Maldivian … [Continue]

Lovely lingerie…Agent Provocateur 2016 Bridal Collection

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So something a little bit different for our lovely readers this afternoon. Agent Provocateur’s new Bridal collection has just arrived in our inboxes and it is just a little bit gorgeous. If you're looking for something to make you feel extra special on your big day then this might just be what you're looking for - filled with sweetly seductive and delicate sets, corsets, basques and kimonos. The collection comes in elegant whites and nudes to go neatly under any beautiful bridal.  The collection ranges from the sophisticated and graceful to the more daring and we are sure you will find pieces that work for you. My personal favourite is this design, Stone. It is just so neat and pretty and is something I could really myself wearing. It would also work well with various different dress styles and would be comfortable throughout the day (just remember it's a long day is all I'm saying!). Other highlights from the collection these bold designs - Cate, Callie and Nala (in order) - … [Continue]

Exciting news! International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning announces Advisory Board for 2016-2017

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So big news today on MLW...we are incredibly honoured to announce that Joelle is on the 2016-17 International Advisory Board for the International Academy of Wedding and Event Planning - yayyyyy! This is a pretty big deal. The board is made up of 29 wedding and event experts from around the world who will lend their knowledge, expertise and talents to the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning and its various campuses including the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, UAE and the United States. We are also pretty excited as we get to share this role with some of our super lovely wedding industry experts and friends right here in the UAE, including Claire Ebbs from Aghareed, Rio from Bride Club ME and Mennat from Cloud Nine - go girls! So what does this mean? Well, being on the board means that we help students of the academy through such things as work experience and internship opportunities, mentoring, advice and tips and that we also provide a little bit of input on … [Continue]

Lovely signage…decor inspiration

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I'm in a pretty decor kind of mood this afternoon and that got me inspired to look at some lovely ideas for wedding signage, you know as one does. It's just what we wedding bloggers like to do in our spare time. As Joelle would tell you, signage is a pretty key component of styling any wedding. Firstly, you kinda need it to tell guests where to go and what to do obviously but you can also have lots of fun with it and use it to add in very pretty touches that make it a little bit special. You can print popular quotes, lyrics or even readings and you can literally print them on anything if you're looking for a rustic touch - wood panels, wood slices, glass, mirrors, chalkboards you name it. We're definitely partial to using wood and chalkboards as you may be able to tell from some of our favourites below. Keep it simple or tie in with florals and candles for that extra wow factor. AND this is great opportunity get crafty if you have some mad DIY skills so you can save a few pennies on … [Continue]

Real Wedding: Sophie and John at the Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek {Goldfish Photography and Video}

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Starting the week with a fab real wedding feature, oh it does make me love Sundays. Sophie and John got married on 28th October in the very pretty Palm Garden, Park Hyatt, Dubai Creek. This a very special venue for me and holds a lot of sentimental value as my sister and her husband got married there and it was just amazing. Funnily enough my sister and her husband also got married in October, strange coincidence :) Anyway...we are super excited to feature this wedding by Goldfish Photography and Video today. The bride put so much work into the decor and it totally paid off, you are going to love it. Quick side note and just to remind you guys, we are running a competition with the lovely team at Goldfish to win AED 2000 discount off one of their wedding packages - not to be missed! All you have to do is submit your engagement story to amy@mylovelywedding.com and we'll announce the winner next week! For more details on the competition you can visit our earlier blog here. In the … [Continue]

{ Styled Shoot } An Abundance of Luxury by Olga, Save the Date

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How is it Thursday already? I don't know about you but these weeks just seem to be flying by! Since the weekend is just a few hours away we thought we would share something very pretty today, a rather gorgeous styled shoot that is jam-packed full of some of our very favourite vendors - including cake from Nice Ribbon Atelier and bridal by Vanila Wedding Boutique to name a few. All based in Dubai! Perfect for those of you for a little bit of inspiration this afternoon. I personally lovely the Middle Eastern theme and the use of rich colours here with a burgundy and purple colour theme, what a great way to add a punch to your decor. Conceived by Olga from Save the Date and photographed by Joem Aldea and Paula Scalco, we are very excited to share this one with you - I'll hand you over to Olga as she tell us more about all the details... *** We were very excited to have the chance to make the styled shoot in one of most exquisite and beautiful venues that Dubai can offer. The place … [Continue]

A timeless real wedding…Luke & Madeleine in Melbourne {Blumenthal Photography}

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Boy do we have a beauty of a real wedding for you guys today coming all the way from the land down under. Luke and Madeleine got married at the stunning Luminare Sky Deck, a super modern venue in Melbourne, Australia and it is just breath-taking - and thanks to fantastic photography by Blumenthal Photography we were able to see it for ourselves and share it with you. I gotta say though, for a start the couple are absolutely gorgeous and I have a total crush on them. We had a chat with beautiful bride Madeleine to talk about how their special day came together... What’s your love story? How did you meet originally and get together? Luke and I are high school sweethearts! We’ve had eyes on each other since we were 15 years old and we’re each other’s best friends, we know absolutely everything about each other and we’ve shared so many amazing memories growing up together. I remember sitting in class with him (he was always the class clown) and he would just make me laugh so much! I … [Continue]

Beauty from Within: Essentially UAE Detox with Monica, MHG Beauty

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So we are talking about one of my favourite things today - why food of course! The fabulous Monica from MHG Beauty talks to us about her experience with Essentially UAE and the importance of looking after ourselves from the inside out. As brides we obviously want to be our most radiant selves on our big day so what better way to prepare than to help our bodies feel fresh and invigorated with a detox. I'll hand you over to Monica to tell us more...   Hello beauty lovers. Today I come back to you with a different kind of blog. If you have ever taken a makeup class with me, you know I always begin by explaining and emphasizing the importance of healthy eating. You might be wondering why a makeup artist is writing a food blog, well I am here to remind you that “you really are what you eat”. Everything you put into your body reflects not only on how you look, but how you feel, the energy you have, how you sleep, your stress levels and it obviously reflects on your skin and hair. … [Continue]

Win an AED2000 gift with Goldfish Photography & Video!

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So we have something very special to share with our lovely readers today thanks to our amazingggggg vendor Goldfish Photography & Video. We have teamed up with these lovely people to give you guys the chance to win AED 2000 off one of their fab wedding packages - YAY! And who doesn't want to save that when planning their wedding?! We have been working with the lovely team at Goldfish for a long time and we are huge advocates of their work, there's a reason why they are one of the most popular wedding photographers and videographers here in the UAE. To enter, all you have to do is simply submit your engagement story to amy@mylovelywedding.com and the winner will be announced right here on My Lovely Wedding after 2 weeks. Sounds so easy right? The winner will also have their wedding featured here with us on My Lovely Wedding :) Just one thing to remember though, the wedding package must be booked and confirmed before the end of May 2016 to avail the AED2000 … [Continue]

Let’s talk about the groom…outfit inspiration for outdoor weddings

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Oh my my, it is getting hot out there! Summer is fast approaching us here in the UAE and that means our days for weddings outside are numbered - gulp. That being said we are so lucky to have such gorgeous weather here (most of the time) which makes for idyllic outdoor and beach weddings. I always feel a bit bad for the groom when it comes to outdoor venues. They are under a lot of pressure to look all fancy schmancy in their sharp suits and although they may look super handsome I always imagine it's pretty darn toasty for them. Buttttt thankfully there's an alternative with some 'cooler' options that still look amazing but are bit lighter and easier to wear, especially if you are opting for saying I do against a stunning Dubai sunset on the beach. Before I begin, I warn you there are a lot of bowties and braces, what can I say we have a little bit of a penchant for the hipster style (well, Joelle mostly) so we couldn't help ourselves. Whether you are planning a destination … [Continue]