The new collection of Rosa Clara wedding dresses for 2014 is truly stunning. Structured dresses with billowing skirts, lace overlays and intricate detailed embellishments reminiscent of haute couture. Rosa Clara is stocked all over the Middle East but unfortunately not yet in the UAE; a quick hop over to Qatar it will have to be.
This morning we are taking you to Malta for Dubai based couple James & Clare’s wedding. As the founder of bespoke jewellery house Phioro, Clare clearly has a talent for creating truly beautiful things. Not only did Clare create her chic peaches and cream palette but she also designed her own wedding dress. I know, she is one talented lady.
This wedding oozes elegance and if you like the jewellery then you definitely need to check out Phioro’s website. For now, I’ll pass you over to Clare to tell you about her day.
Visions for the day
We both wanted to create a week-long celebration out of our wedding, with friends and family joining us from all over the world. We wanted an outdoor wedding, as we both feel very close to nature, so when we spotted this beautiful garden venue in Malta it seemed absolutely perfect. Malta is an incredibly friendly place, the Maltese people make you feel like you are family, so the atmosphere was so loving from the beginning.
A Villa to call home
Villa Arrigo had the perfect blend of beautiful landscaped gardens and yet not too big to drown our small wedding party. It also had a great interior, with windows viewing the garden from all sides, so it felt like you were outside, even when inside! We really loved the different sections of the venue and made the most of every part of it, separating each element of the day.
We were warned by our wedding planner that we must have a Plan B that we loved, just in case it rained – this Plan B turned out to be absolutely necessary when a sandstorm blew in the day before!
Designing my own
Although I tried on a few dresses, being a designer I always knew I wanted to design my own. The only dresses that I really liked are designed by Inbal Dror – and way above my budget! So I took inspiration from her, and my wonderful mother offered to create the dress with me.
The dress developed while we created it, the fabric affected some of these decisions, the fit and the overall look I wanted to achieve. We added in a LOT more lace than originally planned. I also designed jewellery pieces that attached to the dress; the clasp that connected the belt and a detail in the bust area – these matched my earrings for the day. But my favourite part of it was the long train – which I should warn other brides – was incredibly heavy!!
Pretty Maids and a Handsome Groom
For the Bridesmaids I wanted a dress that flattered all the girls, as women we all have different shapes and sizes so it was important to consider everyone’s best assets! We ended up having two different styles of dresses with the same colour fabric. I found the design ideas on Pinterest and tweaked them to suit our needs. I then matched their jewellery to the look, gifting them Phioro’s Phi Drop Earrings in Ruby Red – they loved absolutely them! My fabulous little sister, Kathryn Pardoe did the beautiful makeup for myself and all the bridesmaids.
James had his suit tailor-made for the occasion, in a dark navy-blue, he was wearing a Hugo Boss belt and Alpha cufflinks by Phioro, matched with a tie made in our main wedding colour – peach.
It’s all in the details
The theme was Peaches and Cream, with a strong atmosphere of Positive Thinking. I went into a lot of detail, researching the exact flowers I was looking for, colours and style for the wedding.
On the tables we placed ‘Happy Ever After’ cards that I made individually, each of them had a positive thinking quote by an inspirational person – the idea was that whichever one our guest picked would be divine perfection for the message they needed to hear at that time in their life. I made a lot of things by hand for the wedding, including our Order of Service and confetti cones etc.
We also had two swans outside in the pond which was beautifully poignant because they are known as one of the rare animals that mate for life.
My favourite part
James and I had a private part of the ceremony, where we sat under the trees in the lower garden and exchanged personal vows we’d written for one another. I think that was my favourite part, as well as a couple of times when we went off on our own to take in the atmosphere – having time for one another on the day is so important!
I think making the dress with my Mum was an extremely memorable experience and pretty unique! We had no idea what a beast we were going to be fighting when we started the project but the outcome was absolutely worth every minute of it!
Words from the wise
Definitely make ‘You Two’ the most important part of your day. Take time out for one another and try to make it as personal as possible. It is all too easy to get so caught up in being the perfect hosts that the day has gone in a flash and you’ve barely seen each other!
Wedding Planner: Martina Selvagi
Makeup: Kathryn Pardoe
Photography: Aleksey Leonov
Videography: First Sight Videos – Gary & Martin
Jewellery: Phioro Jewellery
How picture perfect is this day? The peach flowers, the dress, the jewels…..honestly, I love it all!