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.