April was a fantastic month jammed full of lovely weddings. The first was Tom and Rasha’s Beach Wedding, held at beautiful Anantara The Palm Dubai. This is a fantastic venue and the team there lead by the lovely Naomi, are simply the best.
Rasha has said it so much better than I could so here is their story.
“Our vision for the wedding was for a small celebration by the beach. We were very fortunate to have our closest friends and family fly to Dubai from across the world, and we had a total attendance of over 80 guests from USA, UK, India and Dubai. We were trying to incorporate our different cultures and heritages into the celebrations- Tom is American and Rasha is half Emirati, half Indian. We met in the UK at university studying architecture and we’ve been together for eight years. Rasha’s family lives in Dubai and we both moved back here recently for work.
The celebrations started with a mixed henna evening in Rasha’s parents’ backyard. There was a loungey atmosphere with Arabic barbecue and henna for the ladies. We also decorated the house with fairy lights, an Emirati tradition, which made for a magical evening.
The Wedding day was at the Anantara on the Palm in Dubai, a beautiful Thai themed resort. We started the afternoon with a humanist blessing ceremony led by Tom’s great-uncle. This was followed by a cocktail reception at the Lotus Lounge while we took some beautiful photos. Dinner was on the terrace next to the beach followed dancing under the full moon. The food was delicious- we chose the Mediterranean menu with a shwarma live station and we would highly recommend it.
We met most of our vendors through recommendations and planned the whole wedding in three months, which was pretty challenging. But we really felt that our wedding day was perfect. The best part was seeing our two families and all our friends together, in one place, enjoying each other’s company. We wouldn’t have changed a thing. All in all, the whole thing went off with a hitch!
We couldn’t have been happier with Bernie and Bindi’s services. They were very personable and professional and put our guests at ease. And of course, the photos are amazing!
Thank you again for the beautiful photos- the wedding wouldn’t have been the same without you! “