To Have and Have More ~ Kempton & Alana

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Today’s wedding is achingly beautiful. Kempton and Alana clearly adore one another and their loved ones and treated their guests to a sumptuous day {just wait till you read the food details} at the Monte Carlo Beach Club in Abu Dhabi.

It gives me such pleasure to share a day that is full of perfectly captured moments, quirky details and a bride that radiates sheer beauty.

The photography by Lindsay Collette is off the charts amazing and her write up is wonderfully eloquent ~ this is one talented lady. Lindsay adored her visit to the UAE and would return in a heartbeat so if you love her style then get in touch with her. For now, I’ll pass you over to Lindsay to describe the day,

Kempton and Alana are two high-energy, wildly ambitious, and beautifully successful people. Although both are UVA alumni, this isn’t your typical “college sweethearts” story. Their paths were crossed years after graduation; halfway across the globe.

Although this was a destination wedding for both the cinematography team and I, both Kempton and Alana reside in Dubai. They chose the Monte Carlo Beach Club for their wedding venue; a place that holds special meaning for them both. With it’s sweeping ocean views, and superb fine-dining, there really was no other choice. Throwing aside traditional wedding customs such as favors,  a buffet line, and tiered wedding cake, Kempton and Alana opted instead to treat their guests to a gourmet dining experience, overflowing glasses, and dancing into the early morning hours. Wait staff served a plated dinner from Chef Gavin Gleeson of beet & turnip salad with labnah mousse and lemon dressing, pan-seared scallop–shellside–with pumpkin tortellini and sage nut butter, and, finally, tenderloin of beef, foie gras, and sunchoke puree. To top it off, a dazzling Cipriani vanilla meringue cake! Late night shisha and Bambolini donuts from a Tunisian chef were served for guests requiring “MORE!”

Alana’s friend and bridal gown designer, Rami Al Ali, created a custom gown for her merely weeks before she walked down the aisle. Keeping her look classic and simple, Alana wore only Harvey Nichols earrings and her grandmother’s wedding ring.  Adding a punch of red were her Julie Jolie heels. Kempton, not unaccustomed to looking his best, paired his impeccably tailored suit with gorgeous slippers with hookah embroidery, and exquisite elephant shaped French cuff links.

The entire evening was a feast for my senses! I had never before experiences such a unique, tasteful wedding that was tailored to a couple so beautifully.

Introducing Flowers by Contempo

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I am extremely excited to introduce Flowers by Contempo to the vendor directory ~ I have worked with Patrick on three separate shoots now and each time he has delivered a little piece of magic. From the hanging wall and oversized bouquet of our XVA Hotel Shoot to the bohemian mix of our desert shoot and just wait until you see what he created for our recent shoot at The Mine….it was A-mazing. In fact, I couldn’t recommend him more.

Flowers by CONTEMPO is one of Dubai’s leading floral design studios.  Beginning in 1998, CONTEMPO set the standard for creatively stunning wedding designs, as well as leading hotel flower statements, and corporate hospitality floral ‘wow factors.’  The team of floral artists include a Dutch Floral Master, 3 Master Florists holding Professional Floristry degrees, and a support team of professionally trained and experienced florists.  Everything for a wedding is designed and crafted by the CONTEMPO team – from boutonnières to bouquets to the stunning floral art centre pieces and displays of the wedding reception….Where Inspiration Becomes Reality.


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Moroccan Nights

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Being in Dubai most of us are familiar with Arabic decor and style. Today I want to concentrate on the Moroccan vibe ~ bold colours mixed with a bohemian lifestyle which make for a rather eclectic and sometimes flamboyant theme but there is real beauty in its delivery.

This look concentrates on a vibrant mix of colour and textures which are thrown together to create a rich and interwoven setting; this is perfect for those who don’t like a clean or finished look. I think that this is a great theme which creates a huge and lasting impact for your wedding day.


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Time to drink champagne and dance on tables ~ Jenny & Ash

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I’m not sure if there is a better way of describing a wedding than ‘time to drink champagne and dance on tables’, and this phrase formed the perfect companion to Jenny and Ash’s beautiful and fun day.

Jenny wore the most stunning lace wedding dress created by Susanna Rachel and coupled it with a pair of hot pink louboutins ~ a girl after my own heart. Ash and his boys make for some rather dapper groomsmen in their navy suits and hot pink socks….in fact the sock shots are some of my favourite.

There is so much gorgeousness, personality and fun from start to finish and the seriously talented Liz at JVR Photography has captured it perfectly.


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Monique Lhuillier ~ Maids

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Monique Lhuillier is obviously know for her fabulous bridal range but she also does a bridesmaids collection which is divine. If you’re looking to treat your maids to classically tailored dresses then these could be what you’re looking for. They are all floor length which adds to the romance of the collection I think and indicates just how popular long bridesmaids dresses are.

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