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 experiment with different dress styles and tries on a variety of cuts and styles in the initial stages to discover what suits her body type. The dress I had in mind when I first started looking through wedding magazines and blogs was very different to what I ended up wearing and being most comfortable in.
Groom’s attire… Melroy had a tailored suit from Ascot and Chapels, which was crafted to perfection.
The Readings + Music… Our wedding party walked down the aisle at sunset to an acoustic version of “Tenerife Sea” by Ed Sheeran, and Beth and her father walked down to a live pianist playing “Marry Me” by Train.
Beautiful bridesmaids… Beth’s sister, Katherine, and close friends Nadia and Kirsten. A power troupe!
The Cake… The amazing team at Saadiyat Beach Club took care of the cake which had elegant white icing and fresh rose buds. We topped our cake off with a lovely personalized “Mr. & Mrs. Vaz” sign from Notonthehighstreet.com – a website that seems to have everything!
The Details + Décor… We were blessed to find such a naturally stunning location. We timed our ceremony as the sun set over the ocean, and couldn’t have asked for a better backdrop! We kept our décor quite simple and elegant, but with a few personalized touches.
At a local ARTE market in Dubai, we met a lovely couple who helped create a few handmade wedding signs for the day, all up-cycled from previously used bits of wood, for a rustic feel. We both love a good cup of coffee, and for all our wedding gifts we made our own unique blend at Raw Coffee. Matt and his team were absolutely fantastic, and we had such fun at the tasting session.
For unique items that were very “us”, internet shopping became my new best friend! We even ordered a rug with our own wedding hashtag from bethereinfive.com. The groom’s mum made gorgeous capiz shell candleholders in Goa that were lit in the evening, setting a glow across all the tables.
Memorable moments… We were very lucky to have our friends and family fly in a week before, and attend both our legal ceremony and celebration. It was very special to have so many friends and family from all over the globe together in one place, just for us!
Advice for other couples… Have an engagement photoshoot before your wedding day! Neither of us are that comfortable in front of the camera and had never had any sort of professional photoshoot before. Our engagement shoot really helped us both relax and work out what styles suited us best – and it was a lot of fun! Having Claire and Paul from Goldfish there on the day just felt like having two extra friends celebrate with us.
Photography and video : Goldfish Photography & Video
Hair & Make Up: Make Up by Dee & Dal
Location and F&B: Saadiyat Beach Club
Décor: Notonthehighstreet.com and www.bethereinfive.com
Coffee giveaways: Raw Coffee
AV, Lighting and Stage: Rajesh Pereira, from Matrix Audio Visual