Versailles Romantisme: A Collaborative Bridal Shoot with The Nail Spa

Cloud-9-Styled-Shoot--9635Cloud-9-Styled-Shoot--9684I am so pleased to share with you Cloud 9’s second collaborative shoot. The idea for this came to me when I was approached by long time friend and Creative Director of The Nail Spa and Marquee, Sehr Karim. We wanted to introduce a new flavour of what brides seek to the UAE wedding market. When it comes to what women in the UAE look for in terms of beauty and detail, Sehr’s team know best. Therefore, my aim was to create a compliment between both our industries; bridal beauty with decor. With the refined taste of UAE women in mind, I realised that I needed to create a timeless set up, something with luxury and finesse. I instantly turned to inspiration for the gardens of Versailles and ended up with a Mid Century Romance theme for the shoot.


I shared my moodboard with all of the vendors involved starting with TNS and Marquee. TNS worked closely with it, as inspiration in designing an exclusive bridal nail art collection. They created a range fit for the theme. The moodboard palette consisted of this season’s highly coveted ‘Marshmallow’ white, bride’s go-to soft pink ‘Ballet Slippers’ and Spring’s favourite coral tones. The moodboard was inspired by couture sewing techniques of bridal gowns of the 19th century. To incorporate this into the nail art collection, they used rose motifs, pearls and quilting designs (swoon!). Marquee’s hair stylist immediately understood the look we were after and was able to create a graceful swept back low bun type of up to adorning the model’s hair with a headpiece and intertwined garland of fresh gardenia. Very Reem Acra Bridal, Fall 2015 inspired.

A main element of this shoot was the bridal look itself, mainly the wedding dress. I knew I wanted something with intricate detail, something Classical with a hint of drama. I had met Shari Watts from Beljour Bridal and we bonded over a passion for handmade detail. We wanted to showcase a style that took the highly demanded style in the UAE to the next level and when I shared my ideas for the shoot, she immediately jumped on board. Showing me one option only, I knew I had found the dress. All it took, was the addition of dramatic sleeves made of French tulle which complimented the hours of beaded handwork on the dress. The make up was carried out by professional artist Melissa Shafiq from Makeup by Base Studio, who created the most exquisite barefaced and natural look to our model’s face.

Contrary to my first styled shoot, the vision came to me before finding the right venue. I knew that lots of space was required, hanging points and white walls were key to bring the set up to life- at least the way I envisioned it! After looking around, I finally thought of Samar Lebada, co-owner of The Mine Art Space in Al Quoz. The space is used to inspire the underground scene of art and musical talents, where they harbour a number of various pop ups regularly. They were also used for events of international fashion brands. I urge everyone (couples getting married or not) to go and check it out!

The cake and condiments had to go perfectly with the set up. I asked the Gourmelicious Girls Gourmelicious Girls to create something special for this shoot. Taking inspiration from the upholstery fabric I was using (seen on sofa the model is on), the pale peach ruffled runner, the ladies managed to match the cake and biscuits and cookies perfectly.

It meant a lot to me to let brides out there know that the furniture rental sector for events is growing. Which is why I asked Innovative Hiring Dubai to send us a piece from their newest range of dinner tables. The Provincial table was absolute perfection with the finishing and colour being exactly what I was searching for.
If you know me well, you will realise my appreciation for detail in tableware. I asked My List for an intricate gold and white detailed set of plates from their amazing collection that brides can add to their own wedding registry. For the finishing touch, I used Party Social‘s gold beaded show plates and gold cutlery which are very in trend at the moment.

White Ink, a more recent addition to the Abu Dhabi event stationary sector are not to be undermined! The duo behind this establishment, created the perfect invitation both in Arabic and English to go with our theme.

Finally, the most important executers of this vision were the creative flower geniuses behind newly found Flowers and Things in Abu Dhabi.

Joem Aldea – an up and coming fine art wedding photographer – managed to captured the setting perfectly. He also captured our first styled shoot in a gorgeous way! Be sure to get in touch for your wedding.

I am so thankful to all of the vendors who made this shoot so successful, it makes me so happy to realise that there is so much talent in the UAE wedding industry. Here’s to many more successful collaborations to inspire new brides! To view more images of the shoot, check out our Gallery page.




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