The Church Ceremony
On the 19th of March, 2010, Pavileen and Paul got married in a traditonal church ceremony in Jebel Ali. It was an intimate affair attended by only four of their close friends.
The Civil Ceremony and Reception
In April, the newly weds had a civil ceremony – again, keeping it small, with only family and close friends that flew in from Australia and the UK. The ceremony was followed by a grand reception on the lawns of the Ritz Carlton.
The Wedding Planner
The bride and groom did all the work themselves, right from selecting the venue to picking the flowers. The family would love to have been involved and help plan the wedding but it was impossible for them to do it remotely from so far away.
The couple wanted the dcor to be simple and modern. Antique gold and ivory was the color scheme they selected. So with the help of the extremely helpful Ian at Bliss, they opted for a selection of lillies. The tabletops were decorated with elegant vases with floating candles and orchids.
Wassim at ChoCo'a innovatively created a three tier cake made up of miniature cakes, which served as a great edible favours for the guests to take home.
Both Pavileen and Paul exchanged classic platinum wedding bands which they handpicked at the popular Cara at the Gold and Diamond Park.
Paperoom at the Dubai mall helped the couple design the wedding invitation. They chose square cards in ivory and gold with an antique gold border and a gold envelope. They wanted it to be simple and elegant.
The Bride''s' Dress
The white dress that Pavileen wore was designed by Anne Rashid. She was extremely helpful and made sure Pavileen approved of the outfit every step of the way, leaving no room for any unpleasant surprises on the day. As for the jewellery – Pavileen fell head over heels in love with a pair of earrings at Bloomingdales and decided to save them for her big day.
The Groom's Suit
Paul picked out his own suit at Anne Rashid's wedding shop as well.
The Wedding Party
Paul's best friends, Mark and Andy were his groomsmen. Pavileen's cousin Anita was her maid of honour, and Niahm was the pretty flower girl.
The Bride's make-up and hair
Kate Goodwin was the woman responsible for Pavileen's flawless, complexion. She made sure the bride had a couple of trials before her big day, avoiding last minute chaos. The same was done with the hair. Salon Ink also experimented with a few different styles prior to the main day, before deciding the final look.
Rebecca Hobday was commisioned to handle the photography – she captured every moment perfectly. "From the moment we met, we knew she was the right person for the job."
What was the best part of the wedding?
There were many amazing moments, however what stands out for me are the hilarious but heartfelt speeches made by my father and Paul.
What was your favourite memory?
"The magical feeling I got when we walked into the reception was something I will never forget. All the stress of the day disappeared, everything went like clockwork, the Ritz staff and service was exceptional.Being married to the man of my dreams and celebrating with my family – there was nothing else in the world I could have asked for."
Is there anything you would have done differently?
"Nothing! The wedding, touch wood, was perfect!"