“We’ve both lived in Dubai for a number of years, so we knew the key hotels and wedding spots. We weren’t too keen on the formal structure most seemed to offer when it came to weddings – ‘choose A, B or C’ kind of planning. Fairmont The Palm hadn’t long been open when we booked it. We loved the flexibility and the feeling that we could make anything happen.
“We called our wedding Duff Fest. I’ve called Greg ‘Duff’ ever since I met him and he weirdly started calling me the same thing a few years in. We always knew that our wedding would involve a series of DJs and lots of music.
“For the outfits, I didn’t want anything too formal or rigid. The sky blue and sand colours were inspired by our beachside location, as was the chiffon for my dress.”
They wore: “I wore a chiffon, backless, embellished gown by bridal designer San Patrick, which was bought from Frost boutique, Jumeirah, and cost just over Dh10,000. Greg’s suit was made from scratch by a well-known Dubai tailor called Cliff, based in Satwa, who also made the bridesmaids’ dresses. The suit cost close to Dh3,000.”
The photographer: “We used Goldfish for both photography and videography and paid around Dh21,500 for eight hours. We booked a few months in advance during a summer promotion, which got us a 20 per cent discount. In the end we paid a further fee for Goldfish to produce a longer edit. You can’t put a price on those memories.”