Joumana and Yousef at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah {Styled by Lovely Styling}

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Hello lovelies - So sorry today's blog is a little late, but I wanted to make sure I got this one just right because it's a very special one for me. I can actually barely contain myself that I get to feature this wedding. Joumana and I became friends when I practiced Ashtanga yoga in Dubai and I was even lucky enough to get herself to myself when she came to study yoga in Mysore, India. We spent so much time having smoothie bowls and talking about all her wedding plans so it makes me really really really happy to see her as a beautiful bride and now a happily married wifey. Joumana and Yousef got married on April 4 2015 in an amazing outdoor ceremony and reception at the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. The wedding was of course styled by our very own Joelle (Lovely Styling) so it had some very very lovely touches that gave it that gorgeous rustic feel. Check out these beauties for yourself to see what I'm talking about... Beautiful bride alert - anyone who's … [Continue]

Backstage with MHG Beauty – A styled shoot by Vanila Wedding Boutique

Styled shoot by Vanila Studio & Dubai wedding vendors

On my last blog I talked about the importance of having an inspiration theme for your wedding, we focused on your makeup and hair being that inspiration. Today, thanks to our friends from Vanila Wedding Boutique  we bring a styled photo shoot that was created just for you focusing on your wedding dress as the main theme. Well, who better than managing director Katerina Kazakova and her amazing team to choose the gorgeous, exclusive, jaw dropping bridal dress designs for each of our stunning models. Captured by talented photographer Ekaterina Ivankina, these images will sure make you want to, not walk, but run to Vanila Wedding Boutique to find the one for you. Oh! And not only do they have dresses but all the accessories, and I mean ALL (earrings, veils, gloves, hair accessories, etc, etc….) you need to make this day your dream come true. We teamed up with Garden of Dreams floral company, who made dazzling bouquets, creative videographer Stephan, couture cake designer Ana from … [Continue]

Inspiration: 3 Alternatives to the Rehearsal Dinner

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I don't know about you but I am not a big fan of the rehearsal dinner tradition. I'm just gonna say it. As a bride you tend to be pretty manic in the lead up to the wedding (obvz) and by the time you get to the night before all you want to do is curl up in your jammies and get some beauty sleep before the biggest day of your life - am I right? I also always think it's a bit of a shame as the bride usually has to make the decision whether to duck out early while the guests continue the party (kind of unfair no?) or stay out entertaining the guests and run the risk of dark circles under your eyes the next day. When I think about the wedding I want to have in the States, one of the first things I thought of was having a fun alternative to the traditional rehearsal dinner that could take place in the afternoon. This would still offer guests the chance to mix and mingle before the wedding but meant the bride and groom could still get involved without having to watch the clock. The idea … [Continue]

Feel light and beautiful with new juice cleanse wedding package from Detox Delight

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Well hi there - So it's probably no secret by now that I'm a big fan of health and fitness and I am so excited to share my passion (okay fine obsession) with you gorgeous people. Brides obviously want to look amazing on their big day but what I really really believe is adopting a healthy lifestyle in preparation that works for you and makes you feel fantastic versus a crash diet that only leaves you feeling starving and worn out - because noone needs that with all the other stress that comes along with planning a wedding. With this in mind I am a huge fan of companies like juicing pros Detox Delight who go about helping their clients feel lighter and happier without having to make dramatic changes to their daily diet - meaning clients are more likely to achieve long-term and meaningful results. So - as you might imagine I was pretty excited when the team at Detox Delight told me about their new wedding package for juice cleanses to help brideys feel their best. Okay fair … [Continue]

A beautiful bride, a dashing groom & fields of lavender…

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I love it when I get a random submission from a photographer who I've not discovered. It's like someone giving you a bunch of flowers for no reason, or your best friend saving you the last piece of cake. It feels good. Anyway, a few weeks back I opened my inbox to discover a gorgeous wedding submitted by Australian photographers; Blumenthal Photography. Lauren and Chris got married in January last year at Sault Restaurant, Daylesford VIC surrounded by field of fresh lavender and beautiful scenery. This really is the prettiest venue, and yes I am just a tad jealous... come on, fields of lavender... who wouldn't want to take couple shots in fields of lavender. Love it!  How did the two of you meet? Chris and I met at a NYE party back in 2000. We were celebrating out in the city with a group of mutual friends and had been making eye contact with each other all night. As the night progressed, and we all consumed a bit of liquid courage, Chris and I got talking and dancing … [Continue]

BRIDE 2016: What You Need to Know

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If you checked into My Lovely Wedding before the weekend then you'll know that BRIDE Dubai and BRIDE Abu Dhabi are just around the corner as part of 2016's exciting line up of wedding fairs and exhibitions that will help and inspire all our beautiful brides. (P.S. If you missed our save the dates post with all the details then you can check it out here). Back to BRIDE...we got the scoop on exactly what the team have lined up for this year and we thought we would be nice and share it with you all wonderful people. As Joelle mentioned, BRIDE is getting a makeover this year with a brand new management team which means exciting new things are in store and it is expected to have a lot more on offer for expat brides which is music to our ears. 2016 will be the debut year for Suzy Pallett, the woman behind the fair, who has over 15 years’ experience in delivering large scale consumer events across the globe including directing events for the royal family in the UK - very … [Continue]

32 weeks pregnant & feeling massive!

Hey People, Happy Saturday from a slightly chilly Dubai. So in comparison to other parts of the globe it's actually not that cold but for us locals, it's cool enough to be seen in wooly hat, scarfs and warm winter jackets. These items of clothes were all spotted yesterday.. no joke. It's 21c. Just saying! So I'm here with a pregnancy update… I'm finally back to my happy pregnancy place. The past two weeks have a been a bit of a struggle, with back ache, throbbing feet and a variety of symptoms I probably shouldn't share on my blog today. I think most of them were brought on because of my work load and generally feeling a bit crappy. I had a cold and a cough for 3 weeks, which ended just before my last wedding so with the added stress of working really long hours and being on my feet, it really did me no good at all. However, rock on week later and I'm feeling peachy. I think a few days of chilled afternoons at home as been really good for me. I'm 32 weeks pregnant, so it's … [Continue]

Wedding fairs & events – Save The Dates!

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Well the wedding season is well and truly underway, and we have a few wedding fairs coming up that will keep you busy over the next few weeks. We are starting in Abu Dhabi with one of my favourites… Park Hyatt Wedding Showcase  The Park Hyatt Wedding Showcase in Abu Dhabi is this coming Saturday. I've attended the past two years but due to being heavily pregnant I decided not to take a space to showcase my styling work. I will however be blogging about the event and supporting my fellow wedding lovelies. It will be a lovely chilled afternoon and you'll get the chance to meet some fabulous vendors too. Oh and there will be sweet treats to keep the hunger at bay... always a bonus right ;-) Where: Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi When: Saturday 30th January 2016 Time: 12 noon - 8pm Website: http://abudhabi.park.hyatt.com/en/hotel/weddings.html Bride Dubai {The big one at World Trade Center} Lets to honest, in past years it has been a little disappointing for many expat … [Continue]

Styled shoot in Oman with photographers; Bernie & Bindi & Brett Florens

Mountain Shoot in Oman - Photography by Brett Florens

Back in November some of my lovely vendors and wedding photographers Bernard & Bindi teamed up with their good friend and well known photographer Brett Florens. Brett was in town on some photography business, so the three of them got together and decided to take pretty pictures. They spent an afternoon in the Oman mountains with a gorgeous couple, some blooming lovely florals and a bunch of talented wedding professionals. I really wanted to join but at the time I had family in from Canada and couldn't spend the day away as they had literally just arrived. But I did promise to feature the pictures of my blog... (I know right, how lucky am I) First of all we have a selection of images captured by Bernard & Bindi... And now we have a few from Brett Florens. It's actually pretty cool to see similar images captured in a slightly different way. Every photographer has their own style and when you have a tag team of 3 photo-loving camera bunnies you'll be sure to get some … [Continue]

Lifestyle: 5 Ways to Bust Bride-to-Be Anxiety

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Hello lovelies - We're back with our latest edition of bridal lifestyle where we look at all the tips and tricks to help you enjoy your time as a bride-to-be. Yes we all loooooovee weddings needless to say but being a bride is such a fun and special time that we want to make sure you get the most out of it and don't let it slip away while you are busy with all your planning :) Today I wanted to have a little chat about overwhelm. We all get it. With ever growing budgets, parents to please and so many bits and pieces we want to get just right, it is very easy as a bride to collapse in a heap of anxiety. The day before my wedding I, like a lot of brides, had a little meltdown. I remember being in my Mum's car with tears - the works and feeling so stressed out and I think what pushed me over the edge was one of my bridesmaids having the wrong nail colour - I mean really?! So with this in mind, I wanted to share my top five tips for busting that anxiety so you can be a cool and … [Continue]