BCME’s Fifth Anniversary: Our Most Popular Real Weddings
BCME’s Fifth Anniversary: Our Most Popular Real Weddings
This week, BCME celebrate our fifth birthday, and to mark this occasion we will be looking back at some of our most popular features from the last five years. These posts have received the most views from readers both past and present. We have thoroughly enjoyed this walk down memory lane, and for our newer readers, we hope that this reflection provides you with fresh inspiration and rejuvenated ideas.
Today, we are pleased to bring to you the most popular real weddings that we have had the privilege of showcasing over the last five years. Although the weddings are different in terms of size and venues, they all have a relaxed, informal vibe and pretty details, showing us exactly the kind of things that our readers love. Enjoy!
This pretty wedding celebrated the marriage of Lebanese couple Aamer and Aya and was featured on BCME back in October 2015.
A personal, intimate event with lots of DIY elements, the occasion was captured by UAE-based photographer Joem Aldea. Speaking at the time, Joem said:
Aamer and Aya were legally married in their home country of Lebanon in a traditional ceremony. However, since they both have family and close friends in Dubai who weren’t able to attend their wedding in Lebanon, they decided to celebrate by throwing a second, intimate, ‘no fuss’ reception with a modern rustic theme that they had their hearts set on. The reception was planned by the couple themselves.
I love how Aamer and Aya set up this small and intimate dinner as a meaningful ceremony to be shared with their loved ones in Dubai. As you can clearly see from the images, it was the perfect occasion and setting in which to celebrate their love.
The pretty garden setting of The Farm, Al Barari, was enhanced by dozens of fairy lights, giving a relaxed, simple vibe that allowed the happy couple to mingle with their guests. You can view the full feature by visiting this link.
In a complete contrast to the intimate wedding above, another of our readers’ favourite weddings was this multi-event wedding, planned by our vendors Lavender Blue. London based couple Natashya and Samir chose to have their wedding in Dubai. The occasion actually featured four distinct celebrations to incorporate their mixed heritage, with each special event having its own theme and taking place in three of Dubai’s most luxurious venues.
Speaking after the April 2016 nuptials, Nancy Bragg of Lavender Blue said:
Natashya and Sam’s wedding consisted of a Pithi, Mehndi, Nikah and wedding reception; a total of four separate wedding events each with a different theme, style and location within Dubai. Lavender Blue provided a full wedding planning service which included finding the perfect venue for each of these wedding events, designing and styling each event, managing the wedding budget and liaising with all the suppliers involved along the way.
To see more of this vibrant, multi-event wedding, click here.
Back in October 2014, we featured the wedding of Laura and Ryan, a British couple who, like Natashya and Samir above, opted to have a destination wedding in Dubai. Their sand unity ceremony took place at Al Qasr before the happy couple and their guests boarded a yacht to celebrate, complete with the gorgeous Dubai skyline and sunset as their backdrop.
Our vendor Liz of Lizelle Goussard Photography was lucky enough to capture the wedding and said:
Laura and I met on Skype for the first time, when she called me all the way from the UK to book her wedding. When she told me her wedding reception would be on a yacht, I knew this was going to be one awesome wedding, and boy was I right!
The groom and groomsmen ended up in the yacht jacuzzi with their suits on at the reception, and Laura surprised her brand spanking new husband with a ticket to the Liverpool Football Club. His reaction was priceless. Laura looked stunning in her princess cut dress and aced it in the hot July weather, partly because her Ryan was kind enough to carry her bouquet, hehe.
I absolutely loved the chilled out atmosphere they had at their wedding.
Click here to see more of this relaxed and fun wedding.
Heading over to Abu Dhabi, another wedding that proved popular with our readers was Layali and Nader’s beach wedding at Zaya Nurai Island. Taking place in March 2016 and planned with Muse Events, bride Layali envisioned a relaxed affair:
We wanted our wedding to be fun and totally unconventional. It had to have the feeling of a big backyard party with a bit of glam and glitter. About half of our guests were from out of town, with most of these people traveling from the US. It was a challenge to find a venue that gave the feel of a destination wedding, but because our guests had traveled over 15 hours to get to Abu Dhabi, it was very important for us to give them an unforgettable experience! Zaya Nurai Island gave us the exact elements we were looking for. We rented a five-bedroom beach estate, private pool, private garden and private beach.
With twelve bridesmaids and gorgeous oyster pearl shells as favours, this wedding combined both Layali and Nader’s love of nature whilst also giving a nod to the UAE’s pearl diving heritage. To see more, visit the feature here.
It was whilst planning her own wedding that BCME’s founder, Rio, first had the idea of starting a website to help UAE based brides to be. Taking place at the gorgeous Desert Palm, Rio’s wedding was featured on BCME in three separate features. It is her post about of all the details, DIY and set up that has proven to be most popular over the years. With such gorgeous elements combining to make a truly spectacular wedding, it’s not hard to see why!