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Our latest styled shoot fused together two ideas that Rebecca from A Thing Like That and I had over coffee a few months ago; we wanted to create something vibrant and contemporary that celebrated a unique space in Dubai. I think that we achieved this and I am in love with the results.

The NYLA House provided the most perfect venue for this shoot as it combined every element we were looking for and more; pops of colour, outdoor space, quirky interiors and it’s brand new to the Dubai scene. (On a side note, The NYLA House also provides amazing workout classes…)

Our first look was quite classically bridal. We teamed the most heavenly flower crown from Blossom Tree with a backless lace dress from Susanna Rachel and our make up artist Ashleigh highlighted the natural beauty of our bride with light make up and soft flowing hair. I am sure you will agree that Sonali carried this look with so much beauty and poise.

The second look was much more modern as we paired a laser cut dress from Alexis (S*uce Boutique) with a cape by House Of Nomad. Needless to say, I now need a cape in my life. Ashleigh gave our model a more dramatic edge with more attention on the eyes and a bright coral lip. The tones worked perfectly with our bride’s skin tone and reflected the orange accents of the bouquet. The hair was undoubtedly a work of pure art and is one of my all time favourites from any shoot. Ashleigh certainly worked her magic for us.

The tablescape  was an eclectic mix of colourful, whimsy and contemporary details, pulled together using a few of the partner stores at MyList and our florist Blossom Tree. The bright paper cranes were a DIY labour of love (after a couple of meltdowns, I got rather into the swing of it by the end) and were inspired by the gorgeous tropical birds on NYLA’s wallpaper.

Our beautiful stationery set was hand-painted by Ellie from The Papier Co and I couldn’t have been more impressed with her bespoke creation for us. The lady is a true artist and I am so grateful that she took the time to work with us.

We turned away from the traditional wedding cake in favour of a very cool concept right here in Dubai; Jarful. Small pots of perfectly presented and tasty cake were arranged on our cake stands and truly reflected the vibrant and modern feel we had envisaged.

Once again not only was Rebecca an absolute dream to work with but she just seemed to capture every detail so effortlessly.

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Photography: A Thing Like That | Dress One: Susanna Rachel | Dress Two: Alexis (S*uce Boutique) | Cape: House Of Nomad | Stationery: The Papier Co  | Florist: Blossom Tree  | Linen Napkins: The Linen Souk at MyList  |  Tea Glasses And Cake Stand: O’ De Rose at MyList | Cutlery, Plates And Wine Glasses: Tavola At MyList | Wedding cake in a jar: Jarful | Model: Sonali Gopal | Hair And Make Up: Ashleigh King | Location: Nyla House |  Stylist: Lace In The Desert

About Jessica

I am the founder and editor of Lace in the Desert and have called Dubai my home for 4 years. Elegant design, romantic textures, intricate detailing and heart yearning photography are my loves. You won’t find a single wedding or feature on here that I do not think is truly awesome. I also love champagne and crumpets.

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