Sophie and Alan’s Gorgeous Outdoor Saadiyat Wedding

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The Couple: Alan Davies and Sophie Pullinger

Length of engagement:  12/1/2015 – 5/6/2016 (church ceremony)

Wedding Date: Official wedding date – 14/4/2017

Wedding Location:  Saadiyat Beach Golf Club, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi

Photographer: Racha Hallak

We met…

Through Facebook when Alan enquired about a post Sophie had made.

Our proposal…

We had been on a night out celebrating the birth of Sophie’s best friends baby. We were sat on the balcony having the final glass of the evening. Sophie was watering the plants when she turned around with Alan bend down on one knee.

The following morning, Alan took Sophie’s mum for breakfast to ask her permission as it couldn’t be official without it.

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Our wedding theme/colours…

Mint green and Purple

My dress…

A beautiful dress from Vanila Boutique in Dubai. Being a slightly bigger girl, Sophie needed a slightly bigger dress which accentuated her tiny waist and hid her larger lower body.

My hair and makeup…

Sophie and her bridesmaids did their own hairs. A close friend who is a freelance make up artist did her and others in the bridal party makeup.

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His suit…

Royal Blue Ted Baker 3 piece suit. Alan and his 2 best men all wore blue suits with crisp white shirts custom made with purple details on the collar and cuffs with the date stitched in the back along with purple ties.

What our bridal party wore…

Bridesmaids and flower girls all wore mint green. All dresses were custom made to suit their shapes and ages.

Our ceremony and/or celebrant…

Our ceremony was held by Alan’s uncle from the UK. Vows were written by ourselves and was held on the tee over looking the ocean over Saadiyat Beach.

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We chose our photographer because…

We chose Racha as she was very friendly and warm. Her candid pictures were what drew us to her as we did not wish to have all posed pictures.

We chose our venue because…

The location is beautiful and Sophie’s mum approved the venue before she passed away.

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Our menu…

BBQ through Springbok butchery – Whole spit roast lamb with other BBQ items and salads

Our honeymoon…

We honeymooned in July in the Maldives. Kuredu Resort. It was amazingly beautiful and very relaxing. Perfect as Sophie had found out she was pregnant only a couple weeks prior.

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My favourite part of the wedding day…

Celebrating it with our family and friends

My piece of advice for other brides…

Enjoy it. Do not stress the small details which do not go right. Not everything will. Come the final couple of days, there is not going to be time to change it so wake up the morning of your wedding and just enjoy the day being about you and your future husband, as that is all that matters

We did most of the wedding ourselves. Decorating the cake and cupcakes, making flower arrangements and all other decorations and small details. Trips to Dragonmart are essential to save money on such things.

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Tsian Koussa

Tsian Koussa

Our editor, Tsian is a fashion girl at heart, but she also loves to write at length about beauty, food and anything celebrity related. She has a trained creative eye, and finds herself drawn to anything a little bohemian, authentic and cool in the world of weddings.

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