Caroline & Nehme | Abu Dhabi

Destination Wedding

A Message From PTP

When they say there's not much other than sand in a desert, they're right. A few short weeks before this stunning wedding, there was nothing in this spot other than sand dunes. With some careful flattening of the dunes by heavy machinery and expert planning and production by Aghareed by Lafayette Weddings, and palm trees specially brought in, the scene was set for a one-off event.

We met Caroline & Nehme a couple of days before - it was necessary to adjust ourselves to the 40+ degree heat - and I took a few images at their eve-of-wedding drinks pool party too. They're a lovely couple, working hard to build a chain of classy luxury hotels in the UAE region. Caroline is funny and bubbly and comes from a close-knit family from Belgium, whilst Nehme is the eldest son of a traditional Lebanese family and has a wickedly dry sense of humour!

On the day, along with our colleagues from Denee Motion, I photographed Caroline getting ready in a beautiful hotel in downtown Abu Dhabi before we headed off to the desert. The blessing was up on a flattened sand dune complete with a violinist, white pigeons and fun-loving groomsmen and bridesmaids. After a quick trip deeper into the desert for some portrait shots, and a few hilarious speeches as well as traditional Arab dancing and a belly-dancer, the whole crowd of about 90 guests partied hard into the night.

This was a seriously high end, high quality gorgeous wedding with a wonderful couple - a real honour and treat to be asked to cover their day.