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Omar & Nairuz's Wedding in Dubai, UAE

An Arabic wedding celebrated in a Western style - that's what Omar and Nairuz's wedding was all about at One&Only The Palm, Dubai.

How we met (Bride’s version):

We met in university through our good friend, Norma, back in 2010. We dated for 7 years exactly, and got married on the day of our 7 year anniversary.

Wedding Planning

The wedding planning process was very smooth, thanks to our wedding planner, Stephanie from Jam Events. In fact, we planned the entire wedding in less than 5 months.

Feelings on the Big Day:

We were both very nervous the week before the wedding, but from the morning of the wedding, everything fell into place perfectly and we were both very happy that our dream day has finally come true!

Wedding Shopping:

My best friend, Norma, dragged me to every shop in and around Dubai. To my surprise, I found my dream wedding dress in Bustan Center. I didn’t expect to find anything there, but if you look closely, you can find some gorgeous designs for extremely reasonable prices too! We started shopping at 10am, going from mall to mall, shop to shop and by 11pm, we had found the dress! Not bad – took us only one day! Thank you Norma!! There’s truly nothing better than having a best friend by your side during this time!

Wedding Venues:

The team at One&Only The Palm were incredibly helpful from the moment we met them! Whatever we asked for, they made it happen (regardless of how difficult it may be). Their events manager; Stefanie, is amazing! She literally went out of her way to make our dream day unforgettable. We chose to work with them simply because they’re the best! We met so many other hotels’ event managers, but nobody was as caring and enthusiastic as the team at O&O.

Performers and Performances:

We hired a zeffe team, debka dancers & a carnival performance troupe from AG Concepts. They were great! We had a pianist to play during dinner time from Lyre Events.

Few words on the photographer, videographer, hair/make-up artist and DJ:

I had a personal photographer, named Marius Arnautu, who followed me around from the moment I woke up. He is by far the best photographer I’ve ever worked with in my life! He literally captured every moment of the entire day, moments I even forgot existed! He is truly incredible and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a follow-me-around photographer!!! His instagram handle is @WeddingsDubai

We also hired a couple of photographers and videographers from Itsoura to capture the whole event.

Advice for to-be-weds (one or two sentences):

You will fight. You will lose your minds and may even want to pull each other’s hair out. But don’t worry, it’s normal. You’ll make it through this and you’ll look back and say ‘it was all worth it’!

Photography: Marius Arnautu & Itsoura Motions and Stills (Dubai)
Itsoura Motions and Stills (Dubai)
Wedding Planner: Stephanie from Jam Wedding Planner (Dubai)
Make-up Artist/Hair Stylist: Soso Hairstylist (Dubai)
DJ: Hussam Hamadi (Dubai)
Caterer: One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Venue: One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Wedding Dress: Al Bustan Center
Bride’s Shoes: Menbur, MCC
Jewelry: Swarovski
Hair Extensions: Bellami Hair
Brides Bouquebe & Boutoniere: Caza Flora
Grooms Tux & Shoes: Boggie Milano

*Nairuz is a Dubai based food and lifestyle blogger and her Instagram handle is @nairuzg