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Emirates Bride - - REAL-LIFE/WEDDING -

While Abu Dhabi-based wed­ding plan­ner Mennat Alla Al Ham­mami was help­ing brides cre­ate their dream wed­dings, she qui­etly kept her own in­spi­ra­tion board for when­ever her big day would come. From the flow­ers to the mu­sic, she thought through many de­tails. But the most im­por­tant el­e­ment was miss­ing: the groom.

Fast-for­ward to March 2012, Mennat meets Omar Fikree at a mu­tual friend’s birth­day party at the Jetty Lounge at the One & Only Royal Mi­rage Dubai. The two in­stantly con­nected, hav­ing both grown up in Abu Dhabi – even at­tend­ing the same school for two years with­out ever meet­ing. But once they did cross paths there was no wast­ing time. Within a week they were on their first date at a Korean restau­rant in Abu Dhabi, dis­cov­er­ing their many com­mon pas­sions – food, film, mu­sic and a love of travel.

A year and a half af­ter that first meet­ing, Omar, who had spent six months back­pack­ing around the globe, whisked Mennat off to one of the world’s most ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions – Paris, France. “We are both lovers of French food, so we sought out the best restaurants in Paris and made reser­va­tions for al­most ev­ery night we were there to eat some­where spec­tac­u­lar,” says Mennat. Af­ter a day spent wan­der­ing the streets of Paris, the cou­ple shared a can­dlelit meal at An­toine on Rue de New York. With the lights of Mennat’s favourite mon­u­ment, the Eif­fel Tower, twin­kling be­hind them, Omar pro­posed with a pear-shaped en­gage­ment ring.

Back in Abu Dhabi, the wed­ding plan­ner went straight to work for her ul­ti­mate client – her­self! As the founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Cloud Nine Wed­dings, she didn’t need help con­cep­tu­al­is­ing her grand af­fair. But with only a few weeks to pull to­gether the elab­o­rate plans, Mennat de­cided to bring in fel­low plan­ners and friends – Clare Ebbs, Olivier Dolz and his co­or­di­na­tor Lana Khoudari – to help her with the ex­e­cu­tion. The re­sult was a mag­i­cal wed­ding be­fit­ting a bride who spins fairy tales for a liv­ing.

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