hris and I met at university in London where we were both studying law. We were
only 19 when we went on our first date at Pizza Express and our love of pizza has
remained over the years! We’re both British (although I spent my childhood in Saudi
Arabia) and we’ve been living in Dubai for the past 6 years.
In 2009, we got married in the botanical gardens of a 16th century villa overlooking
Lake Como, Italy. We then travelled by boat to a restaurant on the edge of the lake
where we had our reception dinner. It was a beautiful location.
For our 10th wedding ceremony, we really wanted to have an outdoor ceremony
and we chose a wadi in Hatta up in the Hajar Mountains.
My favorite moments of the ceremony were when our daughters did their readings
and our son read a speech he had written. We couldn’t have been prouder of them.
It was also lovely for Chris and I to repeat our original vows to each other. We
decided not to rewrite them because they still feel as true as they did a decade ago.
One of the most fun aspects of the planning was having our outfits custom made.
Chris and Lucas (our son) had the same fabric for their jacket and waistcoat while
the girls and I spent a lot of time browsing dresses on the internet before having
their favourite designs made by a local dressmaker.
We worked will Liesel from Rock Your Wedding to plan the ceremony, arrange our
stunning flowers, coordinate with our celebrant Kerrie and photographer Serena to
make sure the day ran smoothly.
The must haves for me were beautiful flowers and an amazing photographer and
videographer. It was also really important to me to have a celebrant who was able
to reflect us as a couple and family in conducting the ceremony. Kerrie did a
fabulous job of making sure the ceremony was meaningful but was also
light-hearted and didn’t feel too much like another wedding. We really wanted it to
be a celebration of us as a family as well as Chris and I as a couple.