After looking through what felt like over a million wedding dresses online, I had one dress in mind that I completely fell for. I didn’t know who designed it, or where they sold it, I just knew how much I loved it. After our engagement, I went to Abu Dhabi to visit my mom, and thought I would have a look at wedding dresses with her just for fun. We booked an appointment at Esposa in YAS Mall, and got there with our hearts full of excitement and love and some nerves.
We started off with a short chat with Jinan from Esposa and I shared the style of dress I thought I wanted, any specific requests, our wedding date and my budget. We then went in to the beautiful fitting lounge. And I put on the first dress, and immediately fell in love with it and it felt like I’ve met this dress before. To my surprise, it was the dress that I have been dreaming off online, it was there, it was within my budget, I LOVED how it looked on me. I still carried on trying the other dresses but I knew deep down that my heart was set on the first. We tried it with a few veils and I picked longer veil eventually although I always thought a shorter veil would look nicer on me.
I couldn’t believe that I picked a dress in less than 2hours on this unplanned shopping trip. As I was leaving, I caught a glimpse of the sparkly tiaras and was mesmerized by the many pretty options. I always thought I didn’t want a tiara but they had options that were so delicate and simple and added an elegant touch to the whole look.
The dress I selected was from a brand called ' Blue by Enzoani' Just to note, Esposa carries many different brands from Rosa Clara, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera and more.
Now that the dress, veil and tiara were done, I had to start the hunt for the perfect shoe so I can get the dress altered according to the height. I knew I wanted to wear the YSL tributes in like a millennial pink during the wedding but I still wanted something pretty for the photo-shoot. After lots of research I was torn between Sarah Jessica Parker’s sparkly shoe collection and the Badgley Mischka elegant shoes with the sparkly ornaments. I ended up ordering the Badgley Mischka from Nordstrom.com; they arrived in time and were so pretty.
At my first visit, I discussed with the ladies at Esposa that I wanted some sort of cover up for the dress because it was strapless. I didn’t want the cover up to look disconnected from the dress; I wanted it to look seamless. Initially I thought we could add detachable sleeves but they had a better idea. They designed an off shoulder top with buttons down the back, it was made of the same fabric of the top part of the original dress, when I wore it, it looked like I had two dresses, an off shoulder one and a strapless one. They matched it so perfectly, it was seamless and perfect.
I ended up going for two fittings between April and October and lastly two weeks before our wedding, I went for a final fitting and to pick up the dress. Just to let you in on some drama and let you know it’s ok if the process isn’t smooth, 4 days before the wedding I decided to take a peek at the dress and realized the crinoline was missing and I couldn’t anywhere! We looked everywhere, contacted Jinan and no courier could promise to deliver it on time. We had to fly there buy a new one and fly back two days before the wedding! It was crazy but it’s all part of a beautiful memory. So relax, it will all be okay.
The Makeup and Hair
I knew I wanted to look like myself and be comfortable and I knew exactly who I wanted for both. The trusted Mareez Makeup artist, she did an incredible job with color matching my foundation and not ‘adjusting’ the shape of every feature on me. I looked like myself and the makeup lasted all night long.
Wafa from lilac managed to have my hair done exactly how I wanted it in no time, she is the hair genius! And it looked even better after the wedding was over despite all the dancing. I have no idea how she did it but she is the only person I would recommend for your hair if you’re in Muscat.
Be open to trying different styles suggested by the experts, you will be surprised
Pick comfortable shoes for the wedding event, 99% of the time your wedding dress is long and it won’t really matter
Everyone will have an opinion, don’t discuss your dress (or anything for that matter) except with a c couple close people to you but do what makes you comfortable, it’s your wedding.
As usual, the contact detailsof all the places I dealt with for my wedding look are here:
Esposa Abudhabi : +971 02-6659331
Mareez Makeup artist: +968 2448 6264
Wafa from Lilac Beauty: 2448 3994