My BARE update – 8 weeks and counting.

BARE Body workshop - Joelle jumping

First of all I want to give the gorgeous Dylan and his team at BARE a massive shout out. They have been nothing but supportive, kind and friendly to me and so many others who started the BARE program. I'm not familiar with other fitness clubs, but the people that are training with me have all been so nice. When you see the same faces every other day for weeks and weeks it's only natural that you'll make friends right? Like I said before, I've never been one to join fitness classes so this is still very new to me, and I'm sharing my experience. I'm hoping this might inspire brides-to-be to get in shape the right way... crash diets are a big no no! I'm going to keep it brief but here are a few things that have changed since I joined BARE. In 8 weeks I've over lost 2kgs of weight and gained muscle. My jeans fit better and the small fat roll that was starting to appear has now gone. Wahooo! I feel more engergised. My eyes are clearer and most of the time my skin feels … [Continue]

The Talise Fitness Royal Bridal Package.

Talise Fitness Spa - Burj Al Arab - Get in shape for your Dubai wedding

As many of you know I’ve been working out and focusing on a new ‘me’. I didn’t realise how much I loved exercise until just recently. I feel less stressed, more energised and more confident; the three things that every bride should feel leading up to her big day. As a bride-to-be it’s important to take care of yourself. Looking back I wish I had trained with a personal trainer, focused on my diet and pampered myself on a regular basis before my wedding day. Feeling good on the inside is just as important as feeling good on the outside. Cheesy but true! Talise Fitness at Burj Al Arab have put together fabulous bridal package for brides-to-be getting married in Dubai. Say ‘I do’ looking exquisite in only 12 weeks. At Talise they understand that your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and they are here to help you look your best. They have crafted a personalized 12 week package at the prestigious Talise Fitness, Burj Al Arab. From sessions with a personal … [Continue]

A stunning beach wedding at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah – Dubai, UAE

Denee Motion & Aghareed Wedding - Beach wedding in Dubai. Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah.

Plamena and Nick flew all the way from South Africa to get married in sunny Dubai. With the help of Liesel at Aghareed, they had the wedding of their dreams at Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah. Joined by 105 guests this gorgeous couple had a beach side ceremony followed by a beautiful dinner reception at Magnolia. Before you scroll down to the beautiful photos, I suggest you watch the video first. Denee Motion... you did good! Warning: you will smile a lot. {I really do love a happy bride and groom!} The planning process… The planning was amazing. I had such fun doing it with Liesel and Julie, we all shared our ideas and it turned out to be more than perfect!  In just 3 months we managed to defiantly create my fairytale wedding, it was more than a dream come true! Since Nick and I live in South Africa I had to fly over a couple of times just to see the mock up designs and approve the décor. I also really wanted to see everything before hand and its different seeing it on photos and … [Continue]

Introducing Ghaf Kitchen… (The coolest food truck ever)

Ghaf Kitchen

Back in May I had a party and hired Ghaf Kitchen. You may of read my previous blog or spotted the odd photo on Instagram. Either way I like to think of myself as a semi foodie. I love food, I appreciate home made grub, organic cafes and fine dining restaurants. I'm also a fan of the very trendy food truck. I'm so happy Dubai has finally caught on to this worldly craze. About two years ago Nathan and I discussed the idea of launching a 'Poutine Food Truck'. This never happened because neither of us are chef's or have any F&B experience. We just really like Poutine (a delicious Canadian dish that every human must try.) Think fresh potato chips, gravy and cheese curds. OMG I'm hungry. Anyway, fast forward two years and suddenly food trucks are finally making news in the UAE. After debating with Emma Pope at The Address Montgomerie, my husband and a few friends I finally came to the decision that I would hire a food truck for my 3 year anniversary party. It really was the bet … [Continue]

The Sexy Glam Look – Makeup by Monica

The Sexy Glam Look – Makeup tips by Monica {MHG Beauty Dubai}

It's that time again when I get to hand over my blog to the lovely Monica. Over the past few months Monica has created several different looks using every day products. No models, no fancy cameras... just good old makeup applied to her friend next door. It's real... and that's why I like it. And over to Monica... So…..Let’s be sincere, who hasn’t wondered at least once how red lips would look on you, that is if you don’t already wear this stunning shade. This is our third look and its focus is on….yes you guessed it, lips! It’s important to know that everyone can carry a red lip the secret is in the shade you choose. Only MAC, to mention only one makeup brand, carries more than 10 shades of red with different finishes and textures, it can be matte, satin, lustre, to name a few. Focusing on your skin undertone is a good way to choose the right kind of red that suits you. If you have a pink skin undertone wear cherry reds. If your undertone is olive go for bright … [Continue]

Dubai Equestrian & Polo Club – A lovely outdoor wedding venue in Dubai

DUBAI EQUESTRIAN POLO CLUB

If you're recently engaged and on the hunt for an outdoor wedding venue then may I suggest the lovely Dubai Equestrian and Polo Club. Located just behind Studio City (Near Motor City) this spacious venue offers you a few options around the club. Palermo Terrace What the venue say: Host a private party like no other at our modern and purpose-built equestrian venue. Uniting polo prestige with contemporary design, The Palermo Terrace overlooking our impressive polo field truly is an events venue with a twist. The Palermo Terrace is the setting of choice for cocktail receptions, corporate launches, banquets and other unforgettable exclusive events. What I say: The terrace area is perfect for an afternoon wedding ceremony followed by a sit down dinner. It's a large space but don't let it put you off if you're having less than 150 guests. I styled a wedding there last year and we used the whole terrace for various parts of the day. It's also very private and has a smashing view … [Continue]

A summer engagement shoot by LIZ JVR.

Dubai Engagement shoot - JVR Photography - Dubai Bride

Morning Lovelies, I hope you're all having a fabulous Tuesday morning. I'm starting the day off with this super cute engagement shoot by Lz at JVR Photography. I'm currently working at The Address Montgomerie as I have back-to-back meetings here all day. It's nice and quiet so I'm hoping it will be a productive day as I have no naughty doggies to distract me. (For those of you who don't know me well, I have two dogs called Charlie & Ferguson.. you can check out my Instagram page for pictures.. if you like dogs lol.) A note from Liz... "Parisa and Justin said goodbye to Dubai after living in the UAE for 1 year by having a spur of the moment engagement shoot. Parisa’s cc’d her future husband into her e-mail to me (Justin with a little heart emoji). When I met them on the day of their shoot, I just had to call him “Justin with a heart”. He said “why is everyone saying that to me” Hahah too funny and too cute!!" This lovely couple have recently moved to … [Continue]

Family wedding shoot with Bernie & Bindi

Bernard Richardson Photography - Styled post wedding shoot on The Palm

Do you remember that time when it wasn't so hot? When you didn't feel a sweat coming on the moment you stepped out the car? Ah... it feels like a long time ago doesn't it. Lets just say summer has arrived and my days of outdoor shoots are over.. for now :) Lol anyway.... a few months back my good friends; Bernie & Bindi (Bernard Richardson Wedding Photography) asked me to help with a photo shoot for a lovely couple who got married in India but wanted some fun family photos captured in Dubai. The shoot was organised by Bernie & Bindi and they asked me to come along with some accessories and help out on the day. Having only met Jen and Merill once over breakfast the week before I had no idea what the outfits would be like, so I gathered some ideas from Pinterest and proposed a few simple props which would add variety to their pictures. As you scroll through the images you'll see me standing with a bunch of balloons and a backdrop of flowers. Styling is fun but it's definitely … [Continue]

Best Beach Honeymoons by Lightfoot Travel

Alila Uluwatu

After the frenzy of wedding planning and a certain element of stress leading up to the big day, what newlyweds need more than ever is some downtime together in a quiet and relaxing locale. My new friend Matt at Dubai-based luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel has put together some of their top picks for beach honeymoons around the world. His knowledge for travel is incredible and I'm very excited to be partnering with Lightfoot Travel to bring a new element of travel to My Lovely Wedding. So if you're about to plan your honeymoon then this one's for you! Bali, Indonesia The recently launched Emirates flights direct to Bali have really opened up this spectacular island destination to UAE residents. Bali is certainly not new to tourism, but it’s a large island with distinct regions that appeal to a wide range of traveller tastes. Stylish Seminyak is full of boutiques, beach clubs and trendy restaurants; laidback Canggu provides easy access to Seminyak, but is quieter and more … [Continue]

A gorgeous beach wedding at Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi

Beach wedding at Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi. Photographed by Goldfish Photography & Video.

Tanya and Geert got married on the 6th April 2105 at the gorgeous Zaya Nurai Island, Abu Dhabi. It was the perfect venue for 90 guests who joined the happy couple for a beach front wedding ceremony followed by a lavish wedding reception. If you missed the wedding video you can check it out here. (It really is very lovely) The wedding dress... Even though I have hundreds of pins on my Pinterest board under the category of 'The Dress', I was still undecided on the style I wanted to go for. On my first wedding dress visit I tried all the various styles I thought I liked but still couldn't make up my mind. I always thought I wanted a bare shoulder dress but I was surprised with my final selection as it was different from my original idea. It was only when I tried it on that I fell in love with this dress and then you know its the one. The Grooms Threads...  As it was an outdoor wedding, I convinced my husband to go for a light grey suit as its less formal than a … [Continue]