Italian Romance – One&Only The Palm, Dubai.
When we received these beautiful images from Goldfish Photography and Video, we simply had to showcase them here at Bride Club ME. This real wedding feature focuses predominately on the stunning Bride, British expat Sofia. Now and again; a groom veers slightly on the shy side, and we have to respect his wishes. However, we hope you enjoy the images below; featuring intricate details of the bride’s bespoke Abe Hamilton gown, along with Sofia’s walk through of her big day, including some invaluable tips and advice for expat brides to-be.
The proposal… My Fiancé proposed on the stunning Jetty at the One&Only The Palm, Dubai….It was very sweet if a little ‘blokey’ and of course, I said yes!!
The wedding theme… We chose a Romantic Italian and Black Tie theme, Chic and classy!
The dress and shoes….. My wedding gown was custom designed in London by the talented Abe Hamilton, one of my favourite designers, it was my dream dress; and I loved wearing it on my wedding day, I felt beautiful and glamorous, every brides dream!
My gorgeous shoes were from Jimmy Choo and simply loved walking around in them!
Most enjoyable part of the planning process… I really enjoyed the stationary design process, and seeing the stationary with our names and dates on! Seeing them completed, made it all seem more real and very exciting!
Most testing part of the wedding planning process as an expat bride… I found it very difficult to find bridesmaids dresses, in particular for the children involved in the wedding. It was very time consuming; finding and visiting bridal shops in Dubai, as they are all dotted around the city. To me, the amount of bridal shops in Dubai felt quite limited.
Top three tips for expat brides-to-be…
- Have a realistic budget and stick to it, otherwise it will spiral out of control!
- Find a good wedding planner, even if it’s one from your reception venue – they can recommend from their past experiences.
- Prepare and book everything well in advance- things get snapped up quickly in Dubai!
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