Introducing Petals and Pearls…

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Today I am very excited to introduce Petals & Pearls to our vendor directory. I first met Asha about a month ago and liked her instantly, she has a plethora of ideas and a genuine passion for weddings and quite literally making dreams come true. Already we have some exciting projects coming your way with Petals & Pearls so watch this space for some rather lovely inspiration.

For today though, get to know Asha and Jamila a little better…

Tell us a little bit about yourselves

We are two very passionate people who want to offer something great in the events sector. We also have scarily similar obsessive personalities which definitely go hand in hand with being partners in business.

What is Petals and Pearls?

Petals and pearls is a brand developed to specialise in weddings we also work on other events such as baby showers and corporate requirements. Our USP is attention to detail. We create memorable events. Petals and Pearls also offers Dubai’s first specialised wedding etiquette service that carefully takes care of all the formalities and order of events throughout the wedding day.

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A sweet outdoor affair ~ Kailey & Ben

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Today’s wedding is a sweet outdoor affair from American photographer Captured by Colson. To give you all the details, I’ll pass you over to the bride Kailey,

Ben and I met while I was attending college at the University of Florida.  It was October of 2009 and a mutual friend introduced us. The first time I saw Ben I knew there was something special about him. Since that day it was history!! We were together ever since. Not only did I think that he was super cute, but he makes me laugh and is such a gentleman. I knew I had hit the jackpot and he was a keeper! On June 31,2013 he proposed in historic St. Augustine Florida.
Fast forward to September 6, 2014: our wedding day! The inspiration for the theme of our wedding “Southern Chic” was the venue that we stumbled upon while searching for a location in our area. Once we checked out the venue in person we fell in love with the site and knew it was the perfect place to say “I Do” . It was peaceful and had “southern charm” written all over it.
Wedding planning was a lot of fun for us both. It was a team effort in decision making and the we were able to get a lot of help from our family in making the special touches for the day! Over the course of our fifteen month engagement, we collected items that we could work into our theme, such as frames, handkerchiefs for guests and the old hutch for the jams. The wooden welcome sign and scripture board were hand painted by my aunt. The cross which we said our vows in front of was hand built by my uncle, which makes it even more special. While a lot of the DIY items were created by our families, other unique touches were sought through sites such as Etsy (the soft robes, beautiful jewelry, the “Here Comes The Bride” sign which was held by the flower girls). Although it was a lot of hard work, the day ended up being was more than we could have ever imagined!!  

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Photography tips from real bride Kelly

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Some of you may know that one of our real brides is also a Dubai Photographer at The Photography House and today she is sharing some of her top tips as well as some of her beautiful photography. Enjoy her words of wisdom and picture perfect images… 
1.) When choosing your photographer
There are two important aspects to choosing the perfect photographer for you
a.) Personality – the ability to keep you relaxed so they can capture those candid ‘in the moment’ shots
b.) Their style and portfolio – some photographers have a distinct style while others can adapt and have more variety. Always ask to see as many wedding portfolios as possible.
And if possible get three quotes, then compare the pros and cons of each photographer with your fiancé (and/or bridesmaid).

Claire Pettibone ‘Romantique’

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“A little Moroccan villa, a touch English garden -timeless with a vintage vibe, polaroid-soft light and lavender fields. Graceful, poetic, bohemian wedding gowns priced under $3,000, made with love in Los Angeles.” – Claire Pettibone

Claire Pettibone is the perfect designer for the ethereal bride and her Romantique collection is full of the most beautiful flowing dresses with lace detailing and soft layers…..I’m officially in love….

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Update from real bride Lindi

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I adore reading the updates from our real brides and today Lindi is sharing her experience of wedding dress shopping. This is beautifully written account of a shopping experience that didn’t quite go to plan…..  

I pride myself on being a pretty relaxed bride; some might even argue that I am a bit too chilled! But I now have my first Bridezilla story to share.

The end of September was my deadline for finding my wedding dress, a mere 6 months before our Big Day.   I had previously gone to bridal shops in London, Dubai and Cape Town but nothing had “jumped” at me.  Fortunately I am very blessed with my job that I get to travel to Los Angeles once a year for our global conference.   I decided to take advantage of the free flight and booked it so that I had 2 days free to shop for my dress in glamorous LA.

1 month before departing, I researched bridal boutiques with the best online reviews across LA, and eliminated those that were not in my price category.  I then researched designers that were commonly featured across these bridal stores so that I had a better idea of which style of dresses were catching my fancy and pinned them for later reference.  Don’t get me wrong, this is fun but also a massively time consuming process and I needed to get the most out of my time in LA.  I then short listed 6 stores from Pasadena to Torrance, and contacted them to book my appointments – this in itself was a massive task due to the 11hour time difference and not all were respondent over email which meant I needed to call them (often at midnight UAE time).

Finally all appointments were confirmed and I was on the dreaded 16 hour flight.

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