These Dreamy Sand Dunes May Be The Next Desert Wedding Destination

The Moroccan Sahara, the rugged Southwest, the iconic White Sand Dunes of New Mexico…deserts have always made the dreamiest backdrops for weddings & elopements. And the Arabian Desert might be our next coveted locale for wild & gorgeous destination weddings…


Why will we find ourselves so fixated on desert weddings? Well, like a photographer who’s covered many Moroccan weddings, I can tell you those peach-colored sands, epic sunsets, neutral tones & insufficient busy backdrops produce a photographer’s dream.


Located within the United Arab Emirates, the Arabian desert is uniquely situated to supply both wild, gorgeous, desert expanses with nearby luxury convenience. “Dubai is renowned for its luxury and ultramodern architecture, but only an hour or so away from the bustling city center lies the majestic red sand desert using its golden dunes and also the rugged hills within the distance,” says Dubai & Amsterdam based planner.


Planning your wedding within the deserts beyond Dubai will be a pinch because of the many talented vendors available within the city center – specially those who took part in this editorial. Not to mention, all the luxury tent stays & hotels inside the dunes open to couples & their guests (our favorites, Al Maha, was recently indexed by our Luxury Honeymoons Worth the Wait guide).


With this shoot, i was striving for an elopement setting that chic, modern couples having a penchant for vintage details can recognize. To create this modern yet classic and feminine aesthetic, we combined geometric forms with delicate fabrics along with a soft, elegant color palette with amber hues and blush pink accents.


Equally vital that you creating a breathtaking ambiance was highlighting the options Dubai provides for small, intimate weddings. Dubai is renowned for its luxury and ultramodern architecture, but only an hour or so away from the bustling city center lies the majestic red sand desert using its golden dunes and also the rugged hills within the distance.


Our modern, yet romantic bride was dressed up in a delicate dress having a beaded train. The makeup artist made a makeup look with natural, dewy skin, warm cheeks, along with a light bronzy smokey eye having a touch of gold that matched the handmade statement headpiece perfectly. The blush pink shoes using their pearl embroidery and also the organza bow were also carefully chosen to enhance the feminine bridal look, that was topped served by minimalistic rose quartz earrings.


Not only our bride got all decked out, but also the groom’s attire was the same eyecatcher using its handmade Italian linen suit, lightweight pants, and luxurious soft yellow jacket.


For the styling, we blended contemporary statement elements with classic décor details. A chiffon table runner softened the edgy, modern look which was created by using mirror tables and striking monochrome plates. Golden candle holders, amber and blush pink taper candles, as well as an exquisite floral centerpiece made a one-of-a-kind ambiance.


Also, the wedding cake design combined modern geometric forms having a dreamy, feminine edible bow. And the stationery added another piece towards the design puzzle by merging a clean, understated invitation collection with romantic wax seals and delicate silk ribbons.


Every detail of the shoot was meticulously chosen to produce this overall flawless balance from a modern yet classic and feminine aesthetic.


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