Emirates Woman is the region’s leading women’s fashion and lifestyle brand (UAE and Middle East) with over 35 years at the forefront of publishing in the Middle East. Dedicated to providing editorial excellence, Emirates Woman delivers high-end fashion, on-trend beauty, luxe lifestyle and travel reports, as well as in-depth features looking at both global and local issues.
It pushes boundaries and leads the field with its international and local editorial content, bringing its readers innovative, inspiring and quality coverage. Committed to representing the many faces and nationalities of women in the Emirates, it continually seeks to uncover and celebrate the homegrown talents of its readers
Following this quality ethos, their Emirates Bride magazine is for those interested in planning and organising all aspects of a wedding, from planning the big day to deciding on fashion, accessories, health, beauty and much, much more. It currently has a reach of approx. 75,000 readers.
In the most recent edition of Emirates Bride, I am so proud to say that one of my weddings (Sophie & Andrew’s) has been chosen as a prominent feature.
As the happy couple are based in Dubai but wanted a destination wedding in France (quite the trip!), with their friends and family coming from many different parts of the world, wedding planning perfection was required! Read the featured article below.
“Planning a wedding abroad has its challenges, but Sophie had a clear vision of what she wanted for their idyllic celebrations in a French Chateau.
We met at a music festival in the North of England and for our first date, since I was at University in Manchester, Andrew got the train down and we spent a memorable day together in Manchester. It was the first of many. Andrew whisked me away on the most incredible ski trip to Whistler, Canada. After the most perfect first day of skiing, he suggested we have drinks and a swim in the outside pool and hot tub. It was snowing, and the setting was so beautiful. We then went back into our room where there were roses and champagne waiting. The fire (in our room) was roaring and as we sat by it chatting, Andrew got down one on knee. And I could not help but say yes. The wedding planning was both fun and stressful. I had a clear vision of the type of wedding I wanted and luckily Andrew was happy for me to take the lead. I thought it would be easier having such a clear vision, but I think it actually made it harder because sometimes it was difficult to find things or execute ideas exactly how I imagined. As we are based in Dubai, and the wedding was in France there was a lot of organisation and late-night calls needed. From finding our venue to the wedding week, we were planning for nearly a year and a half.
We had a three-day wedding weekend in South West France. All of our closest family and friends flew out. We began with drinks on the Friday then had a BBQ and pool party on the Sunday at the Chateau. The main event – in the gardens of a beautiful 14th century Chateau in rural France called Chateau de la Bourlie – was on the Saturday, and it was the most incredible day. We couldn’t have wished for anything more special. After the ceremony, we all walked around to the back of the Chateau which had views of the valley for the reception. We had festoon lights draped over the courtyard and candle-lit tables so as the sun set, it all felt incredibly romantic. We later moved into an old barn and danced late into the evening.
Dress: Susanne Neville exclusive for The Wedding Gallery, London; Her shoes: By Far; Groom’s attire: Bespoke from Collars & Cuffs; Wedding rings: Cara Jewellers; Our bridesmaids: Asos Bridal; Flowers: Jenny Fairbanks; Cake: La Nectar (Caterer); Wedding song: You’ve Got The Love – Florence & The Machine.
Venue: Chateau de la Bourlie, Urval France Date of wedding: 7 September 2019 Planner: Rosie Green Events Caterer: La Nectar Makeup: Emily Naylor Honeymoon: South Africa, Mr & Mrs Smith Photographer: Richard Skins Photography.
Read more of this brilliant publication at emirateswoman.com/ew-bride.