Beth and Melroy’s beautiful beach wedding at Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi {Photography by Goldfish Photography & Video}

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Beth and Melroy got married on 5 December 2015 at The Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi in with an intimate guestlist of 80 close family and friends. With a stunning view over the ocean, this venue is just phenomenal - we couldn't stop fawning over these wonderful images from Goldfish Photography & Video. See what Beth & Melroy's lovely wedding day looked like here... The Dress + Accessories… Finding the dress was a journey – but worth the search! I think I must have visited every dress shop in Dubai (if you ever need recommendations!). Luckily I had wonderful bridesmaids and we had fun throughout the hunt. I was all set to create my own dress but managed to find the perfect one in The Bridal Room in Jumeirah (Jumeirah Plaza). The owner, Anne Rashid was an incredible support and crafted the most exquisite veil with an incredible lace trim. She also made two adorable dresses for my flower girls (aged 2 and 4). I’d recommend every bride … [Continue]

5 questions with Maria Sundin.

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So a few days back I posted '5 questions with Sanjay @ Firenze Flora' and today I'm back with one of my favorite UAE wedding photographers; Maria Sundin with her answers to the same 5 questions. Do you have any big plans for wedding season starting in October? I'm so excited for another wedding season to come, we've had a really great season leading up to the summer and we have some great weddings to come at our favourite Dubai venues so that's all very exciting. We do have some thrilling plans for Maria Sundin Photography but I can't reveal them just yet, it'll all come out in good time:) What's been the highlight of the last 6 months? For us, we're seeing more couples move towards organic, natural & minimalistic style choices which is what we love. We're seeing more couples bringing natural elements in throughout the wedding day or picking venues that really reflect and enhance nature's beauty. I am still waiting for more couple's to pick a desert venue;) but I … [Continue]

5 questions with Sanjay @ Firenze Flora…

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It's summer and wedding season is officially over in Dubai, and while it Is ridiculously hot here we know that come October the weather will cool down and we will be back in wedding action. The summer gives us all a break, a time to sit back, relax and sometimes reflect on the past wedding season. I know for many of my fellow wedding lovelies, the summer is time for a vacation back home, and a break from business. So I thought it would be fun to catch up with some of my favourite vendors on MLW before we take a break. So today our good friend Sanjay, the main man at Firenze Flora tells us what he'll be doing this summer. Seriously, he's the man that makes things happen. He's also fluent in Japanese and is like a walking encyclopedia for flower knowledge. {Photo by Nabeela Huda taken at a wedding last November} Do you have any big plans for wedding season starting in October? Well we are well underway with booking for the new season and even have some weddings and events … [Continue]

Where to find the best wedding cakes in the UAE…our top 5 lovely vendors

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As you might know, My Lovely Wedding was created with the aim of helping and inspiring brides here in the UAE. With this in mind, we are always looking at new ways of how we can help you - the newly engaged - with easily accessible inspiration and information about getting married in this lovely home of ours. We also are lucky enough to know amazing vendors -  i.e. the best people to work with - and we want you to get to know them as well as we do. Today we are sharing all there is to know about our vendors with the best wedding cakes in town. Take a look at these lovelies... Gourmelicious What they say: Gourmelicious is a couture cake company found in 2011 by two sisters Sara & Soha. Holding degrees in Fine Arts & Interior Design with a love and passion for baking turning cakes into edible works of art. Renown not only for elegant, feminine and flawless designs but also for delicious cakes. Every Gourmelicious cake is customized to suit your own taste & style, … [Continue]

Celebrating Father of the Bride…Happy Father’s Day from MLW

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Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last 24hours, you will have noticed your various feeds being filled with heartfelt Father's Day posts and we can't help but feel a little bit sentimental - especially since we now have a very special Daddy in the Lovely Group. A big thank you to Nathan for being such an amazing daddy, Adeline and I love you so much and we think you're awesome. Today we thought we would take a little moment to celebrate the FOB - the main man - we can't even imagine how hard it must be to give away your little girl and we are so grateful for all that you do. Here's showing a little bit of love for all our lovely fathers of the bride  - check out how sharp and handsome they are. These lovely men are pretty special. Awwwww! Happy Father's Day! Image credits (in order); Liesl Cheney ; Bernie and Bindi Photography ; Goldfish Photography and Video ; Liz JVR Photography ; Blue Eye Picture ; Blumenthal Photography ; … [Continue]

Danielle & Sam’s Dubai wedding at Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah.

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Danielle and Sam got married on the 13th November 2015. Joined by 72 guests at the Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah, they had the time of their lives. The wedding was planned by Liesel at Aghareed and captured on camera by the talented souls at Blue Eye Picture. The Planning process… As soon as we got engaged the planning began and our initial venue choice was the South of France. We spent hours looking at venues and speaking to several planners regarding our options but I slowly realised that a wedding outside of Dubai wouldn’t suit a control freak like myself! I think when you’ve lived in Dubai for a long time you start to become complacent about your surroundings but when you look at Dubai from the eyes of friends and family who don’t live here you realise what a spectacular place it really is. A wedding based here was also the perfect place for our friends to see our home if they hadn’t already been over to visit. After looking at numerous venues, we decided on the Waldorf … [Continue]

Dubai wedding venue inspiration…the intimate but spectacular Dubai Marina Yacht Club

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Hello lovelies - Today we wanted to revisit a lovely little Dubai venue we haven't spoken about in a while - Dubai Marina Yacht Club. When I say little, I mean amazing with gorgeous views across the water and the feeling of being in your own little world in the heart of new Dubai. I have been to and organised several functions at the Yacht Club and have always been met with wonderful service and felt very well looked after and I know Joelle has felt the same when styling weddings at this venue. We thought this might be one you want to put on your list if you are in the process of finding your winter wedding venue in Dubai. In fact their Chart Lounge offering is even perfect for a smaller, indoor wedding if you are worried about the heat. And no it's not just a small meeting room - check out how Joelle transformed the room into a wedding haven with flowers from Firenze Flora in an earlier post here. Best for...smaller weddings  - around 80 people (although the venue does have the … [Continue]

Ailsa & Phillip’s country wedding with some amazing DIY decor… {On Three Photography}

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A wedding arch, chalkboard signage and sweeping landscape backdrops (oh and an upside down cake!) are among our favourite things from today's real wedding with photography by On Three Photography. Coming to us from Australia, Ailsa and Phillip got married on December 19, 2015 in a vibrant country wedding with lots of quirky decor for us to swoon over. Joelle is a little excited about this one as the bride was a DIY buff and a lot of the décor elements were sourced from vintage shops or were DIY projects, and we love getting tips from brides who know how to make every penny count! Despite getting caught in the rain with the clouds rolling in, the couple had a beautiful day and the wedding took place on a famous war site and in the town's own cinema...pretty cool huh? Very retro, we love it. It looked a little something like this... Ailsa, being the creative individual that she is, couldn’t wait to create the elements and décor in the wedding. All of the … [Continue]

Looking for a wedding dress in Dubai?

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Happy Thursday afternoon lovelies! You made it! Almost through with another week here in the UAE and hoping the beginning of Ramadan is going well for all of our readers - wishing you all a very blessed Ramadan Kareem! It is getting real toasty out there and we take our hats off to all of you who are fasting. So wedding season is slowing down and we are already excited about next year, well later this year to be precise. The UAE summer is a time when a lot of us like to take the time to slow down and get organised (it's almost like our version of spring cleaning) and it is the perfect time to put our heads down and get some serious wedding planning done. So with this in mind we thought we would share a little inspiration for all y'all who are getting started with the process. Maybe you just got engaged this spring and don't know where to start? Well, one of the biggest things (and also one of the most fun parts) is finding THE dress. I say it's fun because yes you get to dress up … [Continue]

What comes after the Lovely Wedding…navigating the expat marriage

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There comes a point after one's amazing wedding day and the subsequent blissful honeymoon that every couple will face the reality of settling into life as a married couple. It can be a lot of fun. You now get to say "yes my husband and I..." and you start the exciting process of building your life together. You talk about where you want to live, where you want to travel and what your children's names will be. There's no anxiety about freaking the other person out because, well, they put on a ring on it so everything's kinda locked in. So what comes after happily ever after? After talking to a lot of people, I have come to realise that the first year of marriage can actually be a lot harder than most people are willing to let on. Especially when you are an expat couple as a lot of us are.    Living in a foreign country, even somewhere with such luxurious comforts as Dubai, can put a lot of strain on a young marriage and you may find yourselves having to make life-changing … [Continue]