Share your Wedding Story Featuring Shehlaa Ali from Things She Does

After getting engaged, my husband and I decided to settle on April for our wedding. We discussed how we wanted our wedding to be remembered and agreed on three words: elegant, sophisticated, and memorable. During our engagement period, my husband and I lived in different countries, with him being in the UAE and me being in Iraq. Therefore geography was an added challenge to the already daunting planning process. I had to see everything through pictures and plan without physically being in Dubai or seeing the venue. I can definitely say I am a bride of the digital age since WhatsApp and Skype played a massive part in my wedding planning. Luckily, when it came to my wedding dress I was able to travel to Dubai for two weeks to find my dream dress. When I used to imagine my wedding dress I always imagined it to be classic, puffy, and feminine. In my opinion, this is the only day you can wear a Cinderella dress, so why not! I find lace to be a sophisticated fabric and wanted that incorporated in my dress. The classical look of the lace combined with a subtle sparkle that came through in the Swarovski crystals made my dress modern and chic. As for my jewelry I didn’t want to be a walking chandelier so I thought less is more and only had earrings and a bracelet on.

For the planning I do have The Wedding Venue to thank, for being our rock. They are an excellent wedding planning company that do weddings in the UAE and in the GCC. Without them, my husband and I wouldn't have been able to get the dream wedding we desired. With it being a spring wedding we wanted a very light and uplifting color palette and theme. So we decided to go with warm pastel colors: pink, peach, and white.

We also wanted to incorporate the eastern and western parts of our upbringing - me being raised in Canada and my husband in UAE. So we had a double entrance for my husband, one where he entered in the traditional Emirati ‘Kandora’ or ‘Thowb’ in the beginning, and another entrance in the end where he entered wearing a tuxedo.

Advice for Brides-To-Be

If I could give any advice to a new bride-to-be it would be to stay calm. Getting nervous and stressed won't solve anything. Also, never leave the booking of a photographer and videographer until the last minute. They will be capturing your moment and this is what you will be looking back on the rest of your life - you want it to be the best. Our photographer, Tarren Evans Photography, did an amazing job and captured all the smiles and beautiful moments. I'd recommend her to any bride. Last but not least, I'd advise new brides to never forget to smile!Shehlaa Ali is the writer behind the blog www.thingsshedoes.com . Her blog speaks more about her style, and experiences.