The BARE BODY ‘Bridal’ Workshop


Do you feel pressure to lose weight now that you are engaged? More often than not, may brides to-be embark on strenuous exercise routines and fad diets to lose dramatic amounts of weight in the lead up to their big day, only to pile the pounds back on straight after. (I know because I was one of those brides!) At BARE, along with Founder Dylan Eiffe, we are hosting a one day BARE BODY ‘bridal’ Workshop; an exclusive event showcasing the BARE concept of 70% nutrition, 30% training for long term fat-loss. They will give you the tools to loose weight, get in shape and more importantly teach you how to maintain your transformation. Believe it or it's all about learning what's right for you! Hosted and presented by the BARE Team of fitness and nutrition experts, we will be talking about the hits and misses, the do’s and don’ts and why EAT TRAIN LEARN is the only way to achieve and keep that dream body and to SUSTAIN it long after your wedding day. What to expect: Delicious … [Continue]

A personal rambling…

Sandstorm and styling.

My Lovely Weddings. Since February I’ve styled six lovely weddings and I finished the season last Friday with one last event, a small wedding for 26 guests at a private villa in Dubai. I posted a few sneak peeks on Instagram over the weekend, so if you're interested you can pop over and have a little look. On the 20th February Hoda & Khaled got married at Dubai Equestrian Polo Club. It was a lovely outdoor wedding with pretty vintage touches, and a few rustic elements such as wood slices and tall winding willow. Despite the fact that I was challenged with a sandstorm, high winds and clouds of yellow dust; the wedding was absolutely fabulous. Ten days later I landed on The Palm, and assisted wedding planner Sarah Feyling at Couture Events with an outdoor DIY wedding at Kempinski, Palm Jumeirah. The bride was a mutual friend and since she had 3 different areas around the property; a beach ceremony, followed by cocktails in the gardens and a dinner reception and after … [Continue]

Love in the desert – sunset silhouette {Bernard Richardson Photography}


Back in March I posted an engagement shoot by Bernard Richardson. I decided to only share a selection of images and save these ones for now. For a photographer lighting is one of most important factors when taking a good photo. I know this because over the years I've overheard my photographer friends talk about 'the golden hour'. This is the hour after sunrise and before sunset. For many this is the best day of day to take a photo because the lighting is so good. As the sun sets over the UAE desert, Bernard took advantage and just before it got too dark he captured these rather cool images. Don't you think they would make a cracking cover page photo on Facebook. They would also look pretty good blown up and framed on a large white wall.. in addition to the Facebook cover photo of course ;-) If you missed my previous blog post you can check it out here. Happy Wednesday everyone! … [Continue]

Sophie & Cord’s wedding at Banyan Tree, Al Wahdi, in Ras Al Khaimah

Banyan Tree Wedding - Desert Inspired Styling

Cord  and I got married on April 13th at the Banyan Tree, Al Wahdi, in Ras Al Khaimah, after being together for almost 7 years and engaged for 6. After much travelling around the US living in different places we moved to the UAE 3 years ago to be closer to my family. Last January (2014) we decided that it was time to make it official and ‘Tie the Knot’, and so began our wedding planning. The Hunt For The Venue To be honest I didn’t have to do much searching. After a bit of web surfing and a few emails I came across the Banyan Tree and made an appointment to meet Janytte, Event Manager, a lady who really helped make everything come together for us on the day. When we initially visited the venue in Feb 2014 we both knew that this was the right match for us. We wanted a venue that allowed us to be outdoors for as long as possible and fairly informal, as I am more of the barefoot type. After visiting the beach resort we went to see the desert option and were left utterly … [Continue]

{Canadian Love} A pre wedding shoot by JVR

Pre- wedding shoot with JVR Photography - A bride and groom getting married in Dubai.

Hoda & Khaled got married back in February at Dubai Equestrian Polo Club after only 8 months of planning.  I met the lovely couple last summer just after they booked Liz at JVR Photography as their wedding photographer. Hoda had been reading my blog for inspiration and after they discovered I styled weddings they got in touch to talk about their big day. Planning a wedding from Toronto, Canada wasn't going to be easy but with the help of family members living in Dubai and some creative assistance from myself I assured the newly engaged that their wedding would be fabulous. Most of the wedding was planned by emails, texts and Pinterest boards, but over the Christmas break I was visiting my husbands family in Canada, and had the pleasure of catching up with Hoda & Khaled in downtown Toronto. Over a tall skinny latte we finalized details for the big day. It was the last time we would meet while wearing warm winter coats and boots. If I recall it was about 2c. A week … [Continue]

Shore of Love – A Carousel wedding…

Carousel weddings - Dubai wedding

Dana hired wedding planner, Zainab Alsalih from Carousel Weddings to help her create the most beautiful outdoor wedding at Waldorf Astoria, Palm Jumeirah. On 21st November 2014 320 guests  joined Dana and her husband Ammar to celebrate their special day. The planning process... Ammar & I wanted the wedding to be a complete reflection of both our personalities. So we planned every little detail of the wedding with Zainab. Zainab was able to make every little detail that I wanted or had envisioned come to life in such a stress-free manner, to an extent that my mom was surprised how at ease I was with all the wedding planning. I enjoyed every single minute of the 10 month journey, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Finding the dress... My Mom and Sister were with my every step of the way. I tried on many ready-made bridal dresses, but couldn’t find “the one”. So we decided to design and customize my dream dress. After meeting with many designers in … [Continue]

Behind the scenes with The Address Montgomerie {Styled shoot}

Behind the scenes with The Address Hotels

A few weeks back when it wasn't so hot, I had the privilege of working with The Address Montgomerie, Dubai to create brand new images for their 2015 events catalogue. Having worked with them so much over the past few years, they knew this project would be just my thing. The first set up was a long rectangle table perfectly styled for a baby shower or afternoon tea. Inspired by the set up I styled for baby shower last year, I created a similar set up using wood slices, glass bottles and fresh blooms. I love the combination of yellow and blue and white stripes. Below are my images from my Iphone and as you scroll down you will see the professional images shot by Dubai based photographer; Nicolas Dumont. The second set up was a little more glamorous. It was perfect for a wedding or maybe a dinner party. We used clear ghost chairs and champagne sequined table linen rented from one of Dubai's newest (and coolest) event rental companies; Party Social. This set up was styled on the same … [Continue]

Sophia & Mark’s Montgomerie Wedding…

Sophia & Mark's Dubai wedding at The Address Montgomerie, Dubai. Styling by Lovely Styling.

Today I finally get to share Sophia & Mark's wedding photos with you. {I think I just squealed a little} So far I've posted the decor details and the video, and today is the day I get to post the intimate photos that capture their magical wedding day. Sophia and Mark got married on Saturday 8th November at one of my favorite venues; The Address Montgomerie Dubai. Over the space of a year I helped Sophia and Mark plan their wedding. I advised on vendors, and I without realising it we became good friends too. I remember crying as I watched Sophia walk down the path towards her wedding, it was very emotional moment because all of that hard work has paid off and you get to see it all come together. For some reason {maybe I'm a soppy romantic at heart} I get quite attached to my brides, and at some point they stop being a client and become a friend. It's at that point that their wedding means as much to me as my own did.  So getting every detail right is a must. Planning the … [Continue]

Summer Promotion @ Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi

Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi is rewarding couples who book their wedding in advance. The perks of being organised are really rather lovely.If you haven't visited this fabulous wedding venue yet then I suggest you do so. Located on the prestigious Saadiyat Island, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas offers breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea, exceptional cuisine and bespoke wedding services. So whats the promotion? Book your wedding before 15 June 2015 to receive 20% off selected wedding packages, and enjoy a complimentary upgrade to a luxurious Beach View Suite on your wedding night. Couples will rejoice in the ultimate romantic atmosphere in the suite’s private pool and terrace, overlooking the beautiful white sand beach. The distinctive package is available from May to September 2015. In addition, Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas offers a variety of wedding packages featuring different venue options and authentic food and beverage specialities. To enhance … [Continue]

Lego themed stationery by Creative Box

Creative Box - Wedding Stationery in Dubai

It's been a while since I blogged about stationery but luckily for us, Ritu at Creative Box sent me a few images from one of her latest projects; A Lego theme combined with Safari animals... oh yes, what a combination! When you read it out loud one might think that it wouldn't quite work but actually it's amazing. I'm a big fan of Lego, so any couple that includes these plastic fantastic mini figures in a wedding has my approval. It's fun and fabulous! The stationery set includes thank you card displayed on each table - printed with gold foiling and embossing. The couple are getting married in Cape Town later this month, and as part of their stationery set they also had these amazing canvas bags made. I love the animals and the zebra print detail too. Ritu... you did good!  Additional stationery elements include; Welcome to Cape Town - schedule for the weekend, schedule for the big day and a very cool map of Cape Town for sightseeing. Ritu also created a schedule of … [Continue]