Norma & Sary | Ritz-Carlton JBR

Nov 2014, Ritz-Carlton JBR in Dubai

Videography – Denee Motion
Photography – Ivo and Joshua
Planner – Cherry On Top
Hair and MUA – Charly and Joyce Ferzly
Bride dress – Esposa Beirut
Shoes – Jimmy Choo
Groom’s suit – Corneliani
Groom shoes – Bally
Bride’s jewellery – Yasser Younes Lebanon
Entertainment – Manuel (sax) and Kdun (tabla)

Music licensed through The Songfreedom


Some info on the hotel, taken from their official website:

As the sun sets over Dubai beachfront hotels, the fresh scent of bakhoor fills the lobby. Lit torches cast shadows over lush gardens. Following centuries-old traditions, the lighting of our home – and that of our guests for as long as they are here – is complete. Tradition, effortlessly enfolded into an elegant modern setting, is what makes The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai such a mesmerizing experience. From the rose petal-strewn fountains and the stunning Mashrabiya enhanced woodcarvings that greet guests in the hotel lobby, the sense of place is immediate and enveloping.

Yet it’s the modern comforts and luxuries that make this luxury beach hotel one of the more memorable experiences you will take away from Dubai. Spend your days indulging body, mind and spirit at this intimate retreat and your nights enjoying some of the world’s premier dining, shopping and night life. In addition, guests of our luxury beachfront resort may also enjoy:

  • A Mediterranean-style beach resort providing renowned Arabian hospitality in an exclusive setting
  • 294 rooms and suites with private balcony or patio overlooking the pool, garden and Arabian Gulf
  • A prime location adjacent to The Emirates Golf Club and nearby shopping malls
  • 35,000 square meters of landscaped gardens
  • 350 meters of pristine white sandy beaches
  • A short walk to the cosmopolitan The Walk at JBR, Dubai’s only beachfront promenade of luxury retail shops and al fresco restaurants and cafés
  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa – Nine multipurpose treatment rooms; three private rooms, each with its own terrace; separate relaxation lounges; and a dedicated “Hammam” area

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Nathalie & Omar | Ritz-Carlton JBR

Location: Ritz-Carlton JBR Dubai
Planner: Clare Ebbs
Cinematography: Denee Motion
Photography: Katarina Borszik
Florist: Wud Flowers Dubai
Make-up: Angelique Turner
Dress: Jenny Packham
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Music track used in this video: Fall at Your Feet by Boy & Bear (Universal Republic), taken from He Will Have His Way, a tribute album to singer-songwriter brothers, Tim and Neil Finn. Please purchase at

About the wedding, taken from Harper’s Bazaar, Autumn/Winter 2013:

Personal and intimate” was the inspiration for her big day, according to 34-year-old fashion marketing exec, Nathalie Khouri. “We really wanted all parts of the wedding to be memorable, so everything we did stayed with us,” she says of her beach wedding to Omar Diab. The couple became engaged after 12 months of dating as Omar, 35, a satellite communication director, proposed on a sunset beach during a holiday in Crete last year. With just eight months to plan, the bride enlisted wedding planner Clare, from The Perfect Moment, to help orchestrate the 150-guest affair. “My fairy godmother Clare helped me pull it all together. I don’t know what I would have done without her!” After scouting tirelessly for a suitable location, the Dubai-based couple chose the luxurious Ritz-Carlton JBR to have their fairy tale outdoor wedding, known for its stunning beachfront locale and intimate oasis vibe. The pair had their heart set on having a classy yet understated ceremony, asking the guests to commemorate the occasion by wearing smartcasual white ensembles. For her wedding dress, Nathalie found a classic Jenny Packham gown online and had it shipped from London, but her “prized possession” was a beautiful handmade pearl veil, “I had all the pearls delicately sewn on one by one. It took over three weeks to make.” Elegant blue Manolo Blahniks, a blue sapphire and diamond pendant, ring and earrings from Keyrouz gifted by her in-laws completed the look. The groom kept it cool and casual in an off-white custom-made linen suit, in keeping with the vintage and rustic theme of the wedding. A blue hydrangea-lined aisle and her “favourite” song, Boy and Bear’s Fall At Your Feet, guided Nathalie down the aisle, with a GoPro ‘bridal cam’ creatively hidden in her purple hyacinth bouquet to capture every moment. The row of crisp white couches bordering the aisle ended in a cleverly constructed vintage picture frame that served as the backdrop to the sunset as the bride and groom made their vows. “It was truly picture perfect,” Nathalie smiles. Of all the treasured moments that took place during the nuptials, Nathalie says having her father escort her down the aisle was the most “magical” and “seeing everyone dressed in white at sunset on the beach was just surreal.” Post-ceremony, guests headed to the reception dinner where the bride had her first dance with her father to their favourite song Lean on Me, followed by her new husband. Nathalie and Omar’s fun personalities were evident in all the intimate little touches. From cards on the tables describing ‘Five Things To Know About The Bride & Groom’, and hacky sack party favours personalised with hand written notes, to a wedding cake made of 150 cake pops and a Polaroid camera gifted by the Maid of Honour, which provided a brilliant keepsake of photos and messages from loved ones that is now hanging in a frame in their home, along with a set of wooden ‘O’ and ‘N’ initials signed by the guests. Looking back, Nathalie has no regrets, although she wishes she’d spent more time eating, “I didn’t touch the buffet – I was too busy on the dance floor!” she laughs. Having been through it all, she does have some sage advice for future brides: “Don’t stress the small details. No one notices the colour of the table napkins!”…