Christmas in a tipi… it’s so cool!!

Festive Flyer - Christmas in a tipi!

OMG Christmas in a tipi!!! Is there anything better than that?  If you ask my husband Nathan he will tell you that I'm one of these people who gets excited about Christmas in March. My favorite movie is The Family Stone, and I start Christmas shopping in October. {Because I like to be organised, and buying gifts for other people makes me happy.} I don't know why but I love it. It's a time when the family comes together and everyone seems to be in a jolly good mood. It's also cooler in Dubai, which means I get to rock the cardigan and winter brogues. Now combine Christmas and my all time favorite tent; THE TIPI and you've literally made my dreams come true. My friends at Canvas and Wood have teamed up with The Address Montgomerie to celebrate the festive season and bring you something a little different. For the first time ever you can celebrate the festive season in a TIPI! I think I need to calm down, I'm just too excited. The festive menu is mouth watering, and if you're … [Continue]

A pretty wedding @ Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Wedding at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi - Planned by Cloud Nine Weddings and Events

Morning, Lovelies, I’m starting the day off with a blog that is partly written by myself (obviously) and partly written by my friend Hariska, the wedding planner at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. It is not unusual to hear great stories from wedding planners, from the bride and from friends and family, but the only side of the story that often gets missed is the venues. I have been working with Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi for nearly a year now, and I know from experience how much the team there care for their brides. Like me, the events team loves weddings and have a serious weak spot for the “pretty”. Mennat, wedding planner and owner of Cloud 9 Weddings and Events, organised Nadeem and Mirella's wedding back in September this year. Full of gorgeous details, she managed to incorporate vintage and rustic touches into an elegant ballroom – not an easy thing to do.  The rustic vintage thing is perfect for outdoor weddings, but can be tricky to pull off in a five-star hotel’s glamorous ballroom. My … [Continue]

Guests’ Etiquette – by Masha @ Fabulous Day Weddings & Events

Fabulous Day Weddings & Events - Dubai wedding planners featured on My Lovely Wedding Blog

Hello Lovelies, Today I'm bringing you some great tips by wedding planner Masha at Fabulous Day Weddings & Events. This blog is more for the guests attending your wedding, so if you have anyone who's a little crazy, or maybe renowned for being late... just send them the link ;-) or copy and paste the text?! Make sure to RSVP on time so the couple can have a final guests count to make necessary arrangements with the venue and suppliers. Read your invitation and unless you are invited with “and Guest”, only you should be attending. And do not call the couple to ask if you can bring a date. You should always bring a gift whether it is a personal one or off the registry. Most of the weddings start later than planned but it does not mean you have to be late too. Plan on being there few minutes earlier to get a good seat. This might be obvious, but make sure to silence your phone as to not interrupt the vows or any other important part of the … [Continue]

Lovely Styling – A Yellow & Blue Baby Shower @ The Address Montgomerie

BABY SHOWER STYLING - THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE - DUBAI

A few weeks back I helped Rio at Bride Club ME style a baby shower for one of her closest friends. Working around a small budget is just my thing, it helps the creative juices flow and it's exciting to put together ideas that won't break the bank. The shower was for 20 beautiful ladies who gathered on a private terrace at The Academy at The Address Montgomerie Dubai. Surrounded by lush green grass and faced with a view of the iconic Dubai Marina, it seemed like the perfect venue for an event of this sort. I had a long blue and white striped table runner made for the table, and added lemons and apples for a pop of colour. I kept the flowers simple and used jars and old beer bottles as vases. I was also lucky enough to source large wood slices from my visit to Switzerland, which added that extra rustic touch. Photography -  Enchante Studios Venue - The Academy @ The Address Montgomerie Flowers from Vintage Bloom & Styled by me. (Joelle) Styling - … [Continue]

Goldfish Photography & Video – Arabic & indoor wedding photography in the UAE

Goldfish wedding Photography - Local Indoor weddings

For all you lovely local brides getting married in the UAE then this one is for you. Did you know that Goldfish Photography and Video spend most of their weekends capturing gorgeous local weddings? The glitzy ballrooms, breathtaking stages, and flowers that will blow your mind are all part of the ‘must-have’ on the wedding wish list. For anyone who’s not familiar with local UAE weddings, think big budget, VIP, glamorous and spectacular. It’s like a whole other world to me, and I really like it. It’s different to my usual outdoor weddings and I appreciate it for what it is. It wasn’t until about 4 weeks ago that I discovered that Goldfish Photography and Video not only capture the quirky outdoor expat weddings but the indoor ones too. I thought I should share this information, as it’s actually very important you should know. It’s also hard for me to feature local Arab weddings online because of religious and privacy reasons, but luckily there are a few brides who are happy to share … [Continue]

Gothic Romance – Style Inspiration to rock your wedding! {As seen on BrideClub}

Goth Romace - Styled Shoot - Bridal Inspiration - Dubai weddings

It’s no secret that I like anything a little quirky, and that’s rough around the edges. Don’t get me wrong, I am perfectionist when it comes to styling and anything décor related, but I don’t like anything too neat and tidy! So when Rio at Bride Club ME asked if I’d like to contribute to her gothic styled shoot I jumped at the chance. I immediately had a flood of ideas, and knew that I wanted to use black velvet fabric on the table, and add winter fruits for extra colour and texture. The contrast of black and white makes it less ‘Goth’ and more romantic. It's dark and mysterious and I love it. Melissa Beattie Photography  did amazing job and she deserves a big shout out for her fabulous photography skills. Rio has posted the pictures on Bride Club ME so if you want all the juicy details I suggest clicking on over for a nice read. http://brideclubme.com/articles/bride-club-styled-shoot-gothic-romance/ Hope you like this as much as I do… Lovely … [Continue]

Ola & Tolu’s Al Badia Golf Club Wedding

http://www.s67images.com - Ola & Tolu get married in Dubai

I met Ola about a year before her wedding. She started planning from her home across the globe in Washington DC. Her husband Tolu lives in Dubai which made the planning somewhat easier, but planning a wedding by email, Skype, whats app and text can never be easy.  Luckily for her she discovered some awesome vendors in Dubai, and after a few months everything sort of came together. Vintage Bloom and I teamed up to take care of the decor, the flowers and all the little details in-between. Ola flew her friends, and wedding planners over for the wedding, who helped with logistics on the day. The wedding ceremony was held at the lawn at Al Badia Golf Club, followed by an a dinner reception at Madinat Jumeirah later the same day. Ola's has great sense of style and is very detail focused, and from day one she knew exactly what she wanted. By day she's an interior designer, so her creative flare and obsession with the 'pretty' was  greater than most brides. The stunning flower wall made … [Continue]

FAQ from brides-to-be in Dubai…

Hello Lovelies,  I'm so sorry this blog is going out so late. I've been out of the house all day so just catching up with admin work and emails. I thought this might be a useful blog for anyone who's recently got engaged, and planning a wedding in Dubai. Q. I really want a beach wedding, where would you recommend? A. Venues I would suggest visiting are: The One and Only Royal Mirage, Dubai The Ritz Carlton, JBR Meydan Beach Club, JBR Sofitel, The Palm Jumeirah Jumeirah Beach Hotel Just remember that with most beach side venues in Dubai, on the way to your wedding ceremony you may come across hotel guests. It's also a good idea to visit the venue around the actual time of day you will get married, it will give you a good idea of what to expect on your wedding day. Q. Every hotel I contact requires a minimum spend... why is that?  A. The dreaded minimum spend... it's one of the things that shocks most couples when they start planning. No body tells you … [Continue]

Introducing Frog & Thistle Wedding Photography {Based in Dubai}

I recently met photography duo 'Frog & Thistle' at my usual hangout in Starbucks in Marina Mall.  (I'll get to the name later) We nattered about weddings for well over an hour, and obsessed about the cutest wedding details, and how they photograph so well.  It's always refreshing to leave a meeting feeling inspired and excited. I love discovering new talent, new vendors and making new friends. You can really tell when someone loves their job. Like lost of people in the wedding industry, they had an opportunity to turn a passion into a business and after months of hard work they did just that. With a lot of love, hard work and ambition, you really can achieve so much. From day one they set out to make this business their future. They invested in branding, a website and all the proper bits and bobs that you need to start a business here in the UAE. Believe me, all of things are not easy. OK… back to 'Frog & Thistle'. You may be thinking… 'that's an odd name??!!' Well, let me … [Continue]

Elegant Country Wedding Inspiration

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Hello lovely readers... This is your bride-to-be checking in. I was recently back in Dubai for a couple of weeks which meant I got to have quality time with my best friend and favourite wedding stylist Joelle! Could a girl be any happier? As my fellow brides might agree, it's very easy to find yourself caught up in the excitement of all the wedding details as opposed to the big stuff. For example, I know what I want as the late-night snack for my guests but I'm not even close to finding a venue or a date - whoops! But that's the fun stuff right? In any case, we're still in the process of narrowing down our venue choices so we can check them out for ourselves when we get the chance to visit the States early next year. So speaking of details, I've been tirelessly trawling through Pintrest and putting together some moodboards for the look and feel I want for my...um our...wedding which brings me on today's topic - inspiration for an elegant hoedown-esque American country wedding. … [Continue]