London Meets Dubai Wedding Inspiration

It’s always delicious to receive styled shoots that inspire and showcase a different dynamic. One of the beauties of the wedding industry is that we are absolutely spoilt for choice, but it often means we see a lot of different variations, of the same thing.

Today, bringing you a ray on sunshine and splash of luxurious colour to your wedding inspiration. Allow me to introduce this gorgeous London Meets Dubai inspired styled shoot styled and captured by Eulanda Shead Photography   with videography by Wedding Films London.

It’s no secret the allure of Morocco continues to grow and Moroccan inspired wedding themes are growing in popularity. This shoot with beautiful and very clever authentic and considered details captures the essence of this. It also demonstrates a number of ways you can effortlessly fuse two themes and cultures together.

The idea was to have a British basis for the styled shoot with hints of an Arabic wedding running throughout, a concept that I believe is rarely seen. You either have one or the other. Planner: Funmi Oyelawo | Your Day, Our Time

Be inspired and find out more below!

The Inspiration

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Growing up in the UK and having been a resident of the UAE for the past three years, I have had the opportunity to experience two very contrasting cultural perspectives. It was the familiarity of both British and Arabic cultures that made it so easy to see where I could incorporate elements of each into a styled shoot.

Arab weddings are all about the small details that make a statement, the fusion of deep, rich tones and luxurious golds, creating an elegant affair. The inspiration shoot was full of romance and beautiful detail, which was exemplified in the décor.

Gold is a must have at Arab weddings; so therefore incorporating this into the shoot was key to bringing the vision to life.

The stationery designed for the shoot further exemplifies the Arabic theme, incorporating English and Arabic lettering for a multi ethnic couple. The mehndi drawn on the brides’ hands and feet for this shoot was a staple as it furthered exemplified Arabic culture, tradition and marriage.

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British aspects of this wedding came through by way of the outfit choices and the venue chosen. The Warren is a large country house built in 1882 and standing in 22 acres of lovely grounds.

It illustrates the beauty of British afforded us the opportunity to use one venue, but in a number of ways.

We were able to design a lounge area with poufs, carpets and shisha pipes to encourage inspiration to couples, highlighting some of the options they can have for after dinner; relaxation areas for guests, while designing an additional area for a dinner/reception setting. Funmi Oyelawo | Your Day, Our Time

I wanted the overall look to reflect couples with rich imaginations that are searching for an elegant and opulent wedding, with a blend of Arab & British culture. Cherelle Joseph | Perfectly Planned for You

The Venue

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The venue location and authentic furniture items played a key role in lending context to the shoot. Julie at Moroccan Magic Marquees & Events arrived at the shoot with a delivery truck full of luxe items and props, with most of her items sourced from Morocco and beyond.

The Warren is a beautiful gem of a building tucked away in Kent. One walk around the property, and you will be filled with as much delight as we were. There are several private coves with easy access to building, which provided perfect intimate backdrops for photos.

The really great thing about the locations is that they could easily be used by wedding couples as fantastic options for creating various settings and areas for guests to visit or explore. Eulanda Shead

The Flowers

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I wanted to create something wild and luxurious, so I incorporated beautiful, long, cascading foliage, which gave it that unique look. I also used burgundy dyed Ruscus to add a bit of extra texture. Purple tones of Trachelium and Veronica, together with the bright pink Rose and burgundy Calla Lilly created a lovely colour combination.

I added a touch of gold using hand sprayed foliage which created that luxurious, beautiful, Arabic feel. Zuzanna Kurtycz | Zuzanna’s Flowers

Stationery

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Coming from an Asian background myself, this was a great shoot to be part of. It was a challenge, but something I’m always striving to overcome and bring an eclectic fusion of colour and styles through my stationery. I created two stationery styles for the shoot, one bringing together the essential Persian architecture combined with an ‘English’ elegance of colour and font.

The second set was designed with luxe, lace and opulence of the Arab world, with a pop of colour, brought through with little embellishments.

I have a passion for fusing traditional processes, styles, old and new to perfectly capture a couples style, personality and expectation in creating vibrant and unforgettable stationery. Tayjal Mistry | Mani’s Creative Services

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The Talent

Photography & Styling: Eulanda Shead 

Videography: Wedding Films London 

Coordinators: Cherelle Joseph – Perfectly Planned 4 You |  Funmi Oyelayo – Your Day Our Time 

Venue: The Warren | http://www.mpthewarren.com/ //

Dress: Heart A Flutter Bridal 

Shoes: Merle & Morris

Suit: Stephen Bishop Suiting 

Hair & Make-up: Ashni Makwana

Henna Artist: Poonam Mehndi 

Flowers: Zuzanna’s Flowers 

Cake: Cakes by Babybelle’s 

Stationery: Mani’s Creative 

Decor: Moroccan Magic Marquees & Events 

Gorgeous models: Models: Matthew Brandon & Christina Andrew

 

 

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