Shariq and Shila met 7 years ago on Tinder. Despite spending 5 of those 7 years in a long distance relationship, they persevered and finally found themselves building a home in Abu Dhabi. Theirs in an intimate wedding with only 80 guests, which has always been the way it’s envisioned to be by both. Close family and friends made the long way trip to celebrate the nuptials of these two love birds.
Bucking tradition from the get-go, the bride and groom got ready together. The bride wore a blush gown featuring dramatic off-shoulder tulle sleeves in a form fitting bodice and completed her look with a simple hair up-do that showed off her bangs. The groom looked immaculate in his custom fitted suit, complete with champagne blush ornaments to match his bride.
Shariq and Shila both knew instantaneously that they wanted their wedding to have a relaxed vibe with no fuss. The venue was a beautiful beach club overlooking the Persian Gulf. Due to the simplicity of it all, personalised features was immediately apparent. Shila’s bridesmaids dressed in black lace kebayas paired with batik skirts. Long, bare farm tables were topped with ivory tulle runners. Décor was kept to a minimum with dried foliage and textured pillar candles in a soft white hue. Guest were gifted with Ceylon tea and batik fan, each representing the bride and groom’s heritage.
String lights hung overhead as the couple took a moment to exchange their vows, then guest were treated to a scrumptious al-fresco dinner. “The food was really good and the vibe was amazing. It was free and easy, we were able to move around and mingle easily with our guest.” Replied Shariq when asked what he loved most about the wedding.
After dinner, the couple and their guest adjourned indoors where the newlyweds shared their first dance. A custom choreography blend of waltz and hustle. “I’m not a big dancer, but I knew this was something Shila would want. I found a trainer, one of only two, here in Abu Dhabi and we practiced for 3 months. I was really nervous but happy with the way things turned out.” The wedding party carried on till early hours of the morning.
“Our only regret was that we could not find a venue that was pet-friendly, so our two cats were not present. Alternatively, we put up each of their picture on our table.” shares Shila. “We would also want to credit the venue and the banquet team, they were beyond helpful, accommodating and flexible. They really made us feel special on our reception day.”
Venue: Saadiyat Beach Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Photographer: Ameir Fikri
Bridal Dress: Time To Make A Dress (TTMD, Singapore)
Bridal Shoes: Loeffler Randall
Makeup Artist: Vivi Lu
Groom’s Suit: Button Liew
Groom’s Shoes: Aldo
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Lace kebaya and batik skirts, tailor made