Enhancing the natural beauty of the desert with a modern blend of romance and whimsy balanced with the tradition of the region.

This was a truly magical collaboration with an unbelievably talented group of local small business owners here in Dubai, UAE.  Karoelien from Krust Photography contacted me, excitedly, to do a styled shoot in the desert.  When she shared her vision it was impossible not to get excited too and I couldn’t wait to be a part of this collaboration and share some awesome dresses.

The vision of the shoot was to enhance the existing natural beauty using earthy materials, dried florals and natural make-up just to lift and highlight what is already existing.  We wanted to keep the styling modern and current whilst still embracing the local setting and keeping the arabic narrative throughout.

I literally cannot get enough of this shoot as this was a true collaboration with every vendor working their magic from every aspect with the florist’s insane aisle arrangements, the cool, tonal styling of the ‘dining table’ and the natural, glowy hair and make-up look.  We hope you enjoy the images and discover some great local talent.

Clay pots, natural weaved baskets and brass vases give a nod to the traditions of the region but styled and presented in a modern and subtle way.  Driftwood and a mix of dried and fresh flowers blend into the natural landscape and look as if they’ve just grown up out of the ground for the aisle with a scattering of candles to add the romance into the Dubai winter desert.

Dresses & Earrings: Bo & Luca
Photographer: Krust Photography
Florals: Iris & May Florist
Coordination or Stylist: Palmera Events
MUA: Sonia Abad
Tableware: Party Social
Stationery: Iri Calligraphy
Table runner: Wild Juniper Weaves 
askets: Bound no 82
Cake: Cakes by Zoya
Model: Austeja Dubauskaite