The Wed­ding

Emirates Bride - - REAL-LIFE/WEDDING -

Venue: Fair­mont Bab Al Ba­har ball­room and ter­race. “Since it wasn’t my first choice to have a ball­room wed­ding, Omar and I found a com­pro­mise,” says Mennat. Theme: “It was a vin­tage-in­spired fairy tale,” ex­plains Mennat. The dé­cor in­cluded items the bride col­lected from dif­fer­ent parts of the world. From the nap­kin rings and vin­tage vases to rus­tic frames and even dec­o­ra­tive bird­cages. Chif­fon and lace fab­ric in hues of light blue and grey were draped along the sides of the ball­room walls to add the ‘dreamy ef­fect’. Dress: A two-piece gown cus­tom-made by Aden Cou­ture in Beirut and head­piece hand­made by Copen­hagen-based de­signer Jan­nie Baltzer. Shoes: Jimmy Choo. Rings: Pear-shaped en­gage­ment ring from Hur­dles Jewel­ers in Boul­der, Colorado. Wed­ding bands and eter­nity ring from Al Ain Jew­elry, Abu Dhabi. Num­ber of guests: 500. Mu­sic: A live Egyp­tian Zaf­fah per­cus­sion band per­formed as Mennat made an en­trance es­corted by her fa­ther to meet her groom. For the rest of the night, Abu Dhabi Big Band, a 19-piece en­sem­ble, played live jazz, swing and clas­sics. A DJ pro­vided Ara­bic mu­sic at the end of the evening. For those who weren’t quite ready to turn in their dancing shoes, buses were wait­ing to whisk guests off to an af­ter party. First dance: Won­der­ful by My Morn­ing Jacket. Food: Guests en­joyed heart-shaped ice cream pop­si­cles, which Mennat had brought in from the US. Cup­cakes matched the wed­ding theme of sil­vers and blues. Favours: Guests took home the vin­tage frames with Ara­bic quotes that were dis­played on each ta­ble. And to keep things light, a car­i­ca­ture artist, Matt Ry­der, made fun draw­ings of wed­ding guests. Hon­ey­moon: The cou­ple sought rest and re­lax­ation at a pri­vate wa­ter villa at Viceroy in the Mal­dives.

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