I honestly cannot believe it has been 10 years since I was planning my own wedding. It feels just like yesterday that my fiancé and I were making midnight phone calls to florists, musicians and caterers. We also unforgettably had several video calls with singers so that we could pick the perfect voice for my bridal entrance moment — an acoustic version of Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird.
You see, at the time, I was planning a destination wedding in France from Australia, and arranging absolutely everything remotely with just one short visit to unearth the dream venue. We didn’t even have the opportunity to sample the bespoke five-course menu we’d be indulging on with our guests. There was a lot of, dare I say it, finger-crossing in hope that everything would be perfect on the day, and thankfully, everything was perfect on the day.
Stuart and I married in the sun-drenched rolling hills of the French countryside on September 3, 2010, in a three-day celebration surrounded by our closest family and friends. Almost 10 years on, I look back on the planning process and wish I’d realised that one cannot control every single element of how the day will play out. Of course, there were a few minor hiccups — my two-year-old nephew falling asleep right before his big pageboy moment, and our magnificent cake icing (slightly) melting as it was too tall to fit into the venue’s refrigerator. But, whatever will be will be — que sera sera — a sentiment that has never been more prevalent than it is today.
As we were getting ready to send the beautiful S/S20 issue of the magazine to the printers, the world came to a standstill and naturally my heart went out to each and every bride who was about to walk down the aisle to marry her soul mate.
As we navigate the unchartered waters of a globe-halting pandemic together, I encourage you to dream beyond this temporary bump in the road. In the words of dear friend of Bazaar Bride, Zainab Alsalih on page 98, “Love will prevail, couples will have their weddings, and families will come together in wonderful celebrations of joy. The added wait will only make it that much more meaningful and exciting when the big day finally arrives,”
With that in mind, I invite you to join us on a romantic journey throughout the pages, and what better place to begin than with our Real Weddings which serve as the ultimate moodboard inspiration thanks to five brides who so generously opened up their wedding albums to share with us. See their beautiful days unfold in all of their fanciful glory on page 42.
Lastly, remember that this moment in time is just a small chapter of your love story. Your day is on the horizon and when that magical time finally arrives I promise you this; nothing else will matter.
Enjoy the issue,
Whimsical wedding day wish list
Shoes, Dhs11,450 Jimmy Choo. Earrings, POA, Chopard High Jewellery. Cushion Foundation in Honey, Dhs315 and Lipstick in Bellezza, Dhs160, both Dolce&Gabbana Beauty
Lead image from the S/S20 issue of Harper's Bazaar Arabia Bride
Photography: Ziga Mihelcic