Romantic Safari Elopement

Tamara + Rafael
Date: October 28, 2016
Location: Anantara Sir Bani Yas | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tamara and Rafael moved to Dubai 3 years ago, and they met while working at the same company. They fell in love, and have been inseparable ever since. When these two enter any room, you can’t help but feel their chemistry.
Before moving back to their home country, the couple decided to take a bit of Dubai with them, and chose to elope at the Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island resort – approximately 4 hours away from Dubai. The resort features a central lodge with a Mediterranean restaurant and lounge, 30 individual villas – 15 set directly on the beach and 15 overlooking the lush green mangroves – Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island offers a lot of privacy with a dash of luxury. The resort has been built using design principles that take the Island’s delicate ecosystem into consideration, making it the perfect venue for this adventurous couple.
Rafael and Tamara arrived to the resort early morning, hopped onto a ferry to the island and began getting ready. For their ceremony, they chose to exchange their vows in front of all the wildlife that the island harbored – from wild gazelle and deer, to cheetahs and giraffes.
Yes, they actually got the chance to see and even take a selfie with a few giraffes that were roaming the island! As for their dinner reception, they chose to keep it as intimate as possible, with 2 of their closest friends. We helped them style their table using what nature offered – primarily fruits! The bride wanted touches of red, so we focused on strawberries, berries, and pomegranate to liven up the decor.

Photographer:  Bernie and Bindi Photography

Event Venue: Anantara Sir Bani Yas

Event Planner: The Wedding Haven

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