I always enjoy weddings, especially because as a professional makeup artist and hair stylist, the brides spend the few hours before their wedding events with me so, I often form a personal connection with my brides. I love hearing these wonderful love stories and become witness to such lovely ceremonies and events. One of my brides who definitely had a wonderful story was Harleen.
Harleen and her groom are based in Canada and planned a destination wedding in Dubai. It’s amazing how she was able to pull off such lovely wedding events even if she is not locally based in UAE. Read on about her inspiring wedding journey.
Harleen & Maninder’s 2018 Dubai Destination Wedding
How It All Started
Harleen & Maninder: We’ve known each other since our childhood and we never really thought that we will ever be married to each other. After 10 years of not seeing each other, we met again on July 4, 2016 at Harleen’s brother’s marriage in Vancouver. There was an instant magical connection. This was the start of our beautiful journey.
Harleen & Maninder: We connected on social media and then after about 6 months, we met again in Toronto. We went to multiple dates. We enjoyed each other’s company.
We are both travel enthusiasts. We appreciate the simple and most important things about each other. Our world is complete when we have each other.
Harleen : On October 15, 2017, we got engaged. Maninder popped the question at Banff, Canada and I said YES! It was a very loving feeling as we were going to start a new beginning.
The Wedding Planning
Harleen & Maninder: Our wedding date was set on February 11, 2018. We chose Dubai to be the location for our wedding events. My husband and I planned our entire wedding. We handled every single detail. We were happy and at same time scared too that all the things will go as planned in Dubai as it was completely different destination for us. Dubai was unforgettable. The reason we chose Dubai was probably because of Atlantis the Palm, as the location is very beautiful.
The Wedding Events
Harleen & Maninder: Our Punjabi style Shagun ceremony was at Hotel Al Barsha. Our Sangeet was held at a beautiful dhow cruise with a Bollywood theme.
The Wedding ceremony is traditional Punjabi style was at Nanak Darbar Gurduwara Dubai.
Lastly, our reception was Arabic inspired which was held at the magnificent Atlantis The Palm.
Harleen : I searched for Farah on Instagram and YouTube. I really liked her flawless makeup style. I was very comfortable working with Farah and I really loved my makeup for both events. Farah is really talented. I loved when she also gave me honest suggestion on my jewelry.For wedding, I wanted a traditional style and for the reception I trusted Farah.
For wedding, she created Indian style bride. I loved the eye makeup and the makeup was good throughout the day.
For reception, it was Arabic style. It was different for me but I liked it as it went with my destination. My family loved the makeup especially my mom as she always dreamed of seeing me as bride and her opinion always mattered to me.