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Abbi Kemp  and I have been talking for a long time about driving out to the wadis at Hatta for the perfect shoot backdrop and last month we did exactly that. Hatta is a truly breathtaking location, surrounded by  rich red mountains and crystal clear pools of water, you truly are a million miles away from Dubai.

We really wanted to let the setting do the talking, so this shoot is beautifully simplistic and yet is one of my personal favourites. Our model Maria was not only heartbreakingly  beautiful but she was also a complete dream to work with and didn’t even flinch when we suggested that she should submerge herself in the cold water….and due to unforeseen circumstances (I  took a dive  whilst arranging the flowers) I can vouch for the chill factor!

Our lovely make up artist Sharon  did wonders to create a look that was beautifully natural whilst also ensuring that Maria’s  eyes ‘popped’. Our hair guru Helen  gave Maria the most perfect loose and natural waves which the wind seemed to perfectly  play with much to Abbi’s and my delight.

Bridal designer Susanna Rachel  created a stunning dress with the most delicate  straps, intricate lace detailing and an exquisite low statement back. As with all of Susanna’s designs, this dress made my heart soar.

Patrick at Flowers by Contempo  performed his magic once again with wonderful  florals, the headpiece in particular was a bohemian dream and matched the bouquet perfectly.

Maria was a true nymph like beauty in this rather grand setting so unlike anywhere else in Dubai.

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Photography: Abbi Kemp | Make up: Sharon Drugan | Hair: Helen Wright | Dress: Susanna Rachel | Flower crown and flower bouquet: Flowers by Contempo | Styling: 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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