Real Dubai Wedding Interview – Kris And Brianna Fade
When Brianna said yes to Kris Fade, little did she know she would be waiting years longer than planned for it all to happen. Pandemic aside, what else – if anything – would she have changed about their wedding day, and what was their favourite part?
On any given Sunday, the star-studded couple can expect a combined audience of nearly 300,000 tuned into their social media accounts alone. Whether it’s at work, the gym, or coffee with friends – Kris & Brianne Fade turn heads and garner attention. So you can imagine the rumble that occurred when word got around that the pair would be tying the knot! Needless to say, as much as we anticipated the gown, the cake, the first dance and the reception, we all want to know how they pulled off such a big day whilst barely breaking a sweat – that and the number of Brianne’s MUA, who kept her looking absolutely flawless and serene whilst all eyes were on her.
Find out how Brianna’s one veto ended up as one of her best moments from the wedding, what the biggest eye of Dubai had to say to the happy couple, and more behind the scenes details in this Bride Club exclusive ‘Real Wedding Interview’.
What made you choose to get married In Dubai?
Dubai has been home for Kris for 14 years, and 8 for me. It’s where we met and it holds a special place in our hearts. Also, it provided the perfect reason for our family-wide and far, to take a holiday and visit us in this amazing city.
How did you decide on a theme for the wedding?
We wanted something chic & beautiful, but not too over the top. We both share a love for modern aesthetics, so the reception was black and white with silver accents. The ceremony was a lot more colourful and looked like a fairy tale.
Tell us about the venue?
We chose the Ritz Carlton JBR for our venue – an iconic hotel with the most amazing service. Both our ceremony and reception were outdoors on the lawn area. The landscape is just beautiful, with breath-taking views of the beach and the iconic Ain Dubai.
You and Kris combined two cultures when you married. How did you manage to incorporate traditions from both of your heritage into your big day?
Kris is Lebanese from Australia and I’m Mexican American. By incorporating both of our cultures, we did something quite different for the reception entrance. I came in first; slowly making my way to the dance floor with a 7-piece Mariachi Band following me playing a traditional Mexican song. Soon after the music settled, the loud bass of drums started from the back with Kris appearing along with a 10-piece Zeffa band. It felt very tribal as the groom came to claim his bride. Then both bands synchronised to play together, with everyone dancing to a very lively Spanish and Arabic hybrid song. It was so powerful and beautifully symbolised how our cultural differences make us even stronger as a couple.
The dress – what style did you opt for and how did you feel when you wore your gown and all the regalia for the first time?
The silhouette of my dress was a trumpet shape. I wanted something simple & classy but also to fit my body well. Even though I’d had my dress for three years before our wedding (we had planned to get married in 2020 originally), I still loved it the same as I did when I first chose it.
Did you and Kris agree on all parts of the wedding or did you butt heads?
I have to admit, the unique reception entrance was something that I was not sure about. It was the first time that I ever heard of a wedding couple coming in separately. I did fight Kris on this but eventually, I gave in and let him have it and I’m so glad I did because it ended up being one of the most memorable parts of the day!
What was the best part of the wedding planning experience?
For me, the best part of planning a wedding is seeing everything finally come to life. I had a clear vision of what I wanted, and being able to see and experience it was absolutely amazing. Tasneem, our wedding planner from TA Weddings and Special Occasions, was able to encapsulate everything I wanted and exceeded every expectation!
What did you find the most stressful?
Just the sheer fact that the wedding and the planning were constantly on my mind – all the time, took a toll on me. I couldn’t think about anything else, even my work took a backseat. Up until my feet hit the aisle, I just kept thinking about every detail! After that point, I was able to let it all go.
What top 3 tips would you give to couples planning their wedding in Dubai?
1) Number one is to definitely hire a wedding planner! There is no way I would have been able to plan this on my own, or even with the help of my bridesmaids, family and friends. You need someone who has done it before and has the connections to all the possible vendors, taking out so much of the leg-work and worrying. We are so grateful for Tasneem and her team. We couldn’t have asked for anyone better.
2) Breathe, and accept that stress is part of the process. Knowing that, but remembering to breathe along the way and accept the curveballs that will come your way is the key to enjoying the day when it finally comes around.
3) Take in every moment – Cliché, but true! I had such a wonderful time at my 2wedding that I wished it had lasted longer, and that I’d been able to say hi and take pictures with everyone.
And finally, what 3 words would you use to describe your wedding day?
A Note From The Wedding Planner
When Kris & Brianna announced their weeding back in 2019, I contacted Brianne to be their wedding planner. Since then, she started following our Instagram @bytasneemalibhai and admired our work.
Sadly, due to Covid, their wedding was delayed. But when they announced that they would finally be getting married on 22 Mar 2022, I immediately contacted her to consider TA Weddings & Special Occasions as their wedding planner.
We had planned the wedding for their close friends, Caroline Stanbury and Sergio, who had gotten married a few months prior. Their kind testimony helped me become Kris & Brianne’s trusted planner for their big day.
We knew all eyes 👀 in Dubai would be on this wedding, and I had to ensure I executed it to perfection. As always we “rise to the occasion”. The wedding ceremony was beautiful, plush pink mixed with dark purples and was followed by an amazing monochrome themed reception. Prior to cutting the cake, Ain Dubai lit up with a personalised message of congratulations to the beautiful couple.
Brianne always understood the value and need of a wedding planner even if Kris didn’t initially, but he soon realized how important it is to select the right planner. We are so grateful they put their trust in TA Weddings and Special Occasions.
The wedding exceeded both of their expectations and was a true honour when both Kris and Brianne said that they had attended so many weddings & receptions, but their own wedding turned out to be the best they have ever seen. It was truly magical and beyond what they imagined. The giant seating chart was for sure one of the high lights as well.
It was an absolute pleasure working with both Kris and Brianne. They were not just clients, but we have also developed a true friendship. They are truly lovely people, both inside and out.
If that hasn’t gotten you scrolling through Instagram looking for the mariachi/zeffa hybrid, then we don’t know what would. We just loved Kris’ idea of combining the two traditions and equally, Brianne’s courage to give it the green light against her initial worries. That’s the beautiful thing about weddings, they have the magical power to prove a couple’s greatest strength in stunning and unique ways. But it has got my head spinning, wondering what my own wedding would have looked like had I combined Sri Lankan, English, Greek & Italian customs into the opening ceremony.
We wish Kris and Brianna Fade a lifetime of happiness together, where their differences continue to produce some of their best moments together – To the happy couple!
The Brides’ Little Black Book
Wedding planner – By Tasneem Alibhai / Photo and Video – Tg Media Dubai / Sound and light – Sound Kraft LLC / Desert station – Laduree UAE / Hair: www.instagram.com/hairbysamir / Makeup: Samira Olfat / Kris & Groomsmens Attire – 8th Lining / Briannas gown – Martina Liana Bridal