A Parisienne themed, sentimental wedding at The Address Montgomerie, Dubai
Prepare to get a little emotional as you read all about today’s real wedding, which features Emily and Philip, who were married at The Address Montgomerie in November 2015. As well as being a truly beautiful wedding with an elegant, dazzling bride, this wedding featured unique sentimental items that have been passed down through the generations of women in Emily’s family.
Glancing at the stunning photography by our vendors Bernie & Bindi, our eyes may have become a little teary when we saw the display of photographs of previous weddings in the family, adding history and sentiment in equal measure. What’s more, it’s clear to see the strong bond that Emily, originally from Australia, has with her family.
Featuring many of our BCME vendors, including DJ Sister Rock and Be Bar Blow Dry Bar, our beautiful bride wore a gorgeous beaded dress with a scalloped lace veil, whilst the bridesmaids shone in pink. Moreover, the entire day was captured by the fabulous Goldfish Photography & Video, in one of their incredible video show reels, which we have included for you below. Read on to hear all about this Parisienne themed wedding, and to find out how Philip, from the UK, proposed to Emily. Enjoy!
Tell us all about the proposal…
If you told me 10 years ago that one day I would be proposed to in Paris, I would have laughed. It was June 2014, a lovely summer’s day in Paris, when Philip took me on a champagne breakfast picnic in the Jardin De Luxembourg. It was very romantic and traditional as he got down on one knee with the ring. I remember thinking, ‘Oh my gosh it is happening, in Paris!’ and trying to remember every word he was saying while trying to glance at the most beautiful diamond ring. That moment felt like a fairytale.
Did you decide upon a wedding theme? If so, talk us through your choice…
We had 18 months to plan our wedding; that is a lot of hours that I clocked up on Pinterest! We wanted something traditional, personal and romantic, which is exactly how the day felt. Once I had some ideas in place, I hit the internet to establish what I could purchase online and pencilled in my bridesmaids for a day of DIY
Our overall theme was ‘Vintage Romance’, with touches of Paris to remember our engagement. We used soft hues of pink, and lots of candles and lanterns, as the ceremony and reception were outside on the lawns of The Montgomerie. The table were named after Paris landmarks, our confetti cones were made from vintage music sheets (mainly French songs) and our gift table was decorated with vintage style Parisian boxes and suitcases. It was truly romantic!
As the entire wedding was outside, we decided to opt for lighting on the centrepieces rather than flowers. The lanterns, which we purchased from China, made our aisle beautiful and we moved to the reception tables after the ceremony to create a romantic ambience. I got my first glimpse of the set up as I took my first steps down the aisle and it looked so much more beautiful than I had imagined.
You used many items of sentimental value on your big day, tell us about those…
We had lots of sentimental items on the day which made it feel extra special. The ribbon around my bouquet was from my Grandma’s wedding cake and had my something old, borrowed and blue attached to it. The ‘old’ was a brooch from my Great Grandmother’s cousin Dorothy, who was like another Great Grandmother to me when I was little. I have had the brooch forever and always said that I would wear it on my bouquet when I get married. Attached to the brooch was a small Bible, which my Grandfather (who did a reading at our ceremony) bought my Grandma on their wedding day, whom lent it to my Mum on her wedding day which eventually made it to my wedding day. I didn’t know about this Bible until a few days before the wedding.
Let’s talk wedding gowns! Where did you buy your dream gown?
Choosing my dress was just as special as wearing it. It took three countries and at least 40 dresses before I said yes! My mum, Grandma and I spent a wonderful week in New York shopping in Manhattan for that perfect dress. I knew when I put on my David Tutera for Mon Cheri dress that it was the one I would walk down the aisle in. The intricate design of the lace bodice and the beautiful beading took my breath away, while the long train gave it that dramatic look. Thesymmetrical pattern of the lace (which my engineering husband would love too) and the deep ivory gardenia shade made it a little bit different to the others. After a few tears from Mum and Grandma, we had finally found THE wedding dress! I added a beautiful matching scalloped lace cathedral length veil. My silver Oscar de la Renta shoes made me feel like a real life princess. I danced all night in them!
Another dress that was very special on the day was our flower girl dress. My three-year-old niece wore a dress inspired by one I saw on Pinterest that my Grandma then recreated out of her own wedding dress, which is 57 years old.
Tell us about the wedding cake….
Our cake was very simple and was included in our package at The Montgomerie. We could choose any three tier design we liked, so I hit Pinterest for ideas and we chose a simple cream colored iced cake with fresh flowers as décor and a romantic cake topper of silhouettes dancing, which we bought from Etsy. Our guests raved about how amazing the cake tasted! We had two flavours; vanilla and red velvet.
What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process?
Seeing our ideas come to life and receiving all our online purchases on our doorstep.
What was the most testing part of the wedding planning process as an expat bride?
Being very close to my Mum and Grandma, it was hard to not share the organising with them. I kept them involved by sending them on errands in Australia, showing them our growing collection of decorations and supplies over Skype and visiting the venue when they were in Dubai.
What part of the day was the most memorable for you?
The most memorable part of the day was seeing all our friends and family in one place, in Dubai to celebrate our wedding. It made the whole day very emotional and a week we will never forget.
What are your top three tips for a bride-to-be?
♡ Become best friends with Pinterest, it is full of so many ideas.
♡ Search the internet to see what can be bought online, you will be surprised at how much money you can save.
♡ If you’re going to spend big on two things, make sure that it is the photography and the hair/makeup artist. The photos are the only thing lasting beyond the day itself, and of course if you have an excellent hair and makeup artist your photos will be all the more beautiful.
How did you use Bride Club ME to help plan your wedding?
Most of our vendors were from BCME. We saw their work in featured weddings and read the reviews. The DJ, venue, hair stylists, photographers and videographer were all selected from BCME.
The Bride’s Little Pink Book
Venue: The Address Montgomerie – Photographer: Bernie & Bindi Photography – Videographer: Goldfish Photography & Video – Bride’s dress: David Tutera – Bride’s shoes: Oscar de la Renta – Suit hire: The Bridal Room – Flowers: Alisa from The Flowerful Project – Make-up artist: Hayley Di Rito Makeup Artist & Sarah Jane Makeup Artist – Hair Stylists: Be Bar – Wedding stationery: Purchased online from Wedding Paper Divas – Cake: Supplied by The Address Montgomerie – Celebrant: Helen Schrader– DJ: DJ Sister Rock
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