There’s something about this Egyptian wedding that feels completely exotic and wildly romantic all at once. With cool, blue colors and architecture that left our mouths dropped, La Maison Bleue was the ultimate setting for the two-day festivities and Christian Oth Studio captured every last bit. It’s a wedding that’ll inspired you in more ways than one, and don’t miss the full gallery for part one of this cultural lovefest.
From the Bride… When Mo and I got engaged, we knew two things: we wanted to throw a destination wedding, and we wanted Christian Oth Studio to document it. We are both Egyptian/Canadians living in Dubai, and with friends and family flying in from different corners of the world, we wanted it make sure our wedding was a getaway experience for everyone.
After setting the date, the first vendor we booked was the photographer. We knew that while every detail mattered, all that would remain would be beautiful photographs and our memories of the day. We contacted Christian Oth Studio and I remember praying that either one of the two incredibly talented Christian Oth or Shawn Connell would be available. When we received the email from the studio that said they were both available, and would both be shooting our wedding we couldn’t believe it. We were over the moon.
We found our venue by pure chance. Mo was visiting friends in the Red Sea resort town El Gouna when he spotted an intriguing blue house; he later discovered it was a boutique hotel called La Maison Bleue. The 10-room property, with its antique furniture, dramatic marble staircase, and Colonial façade, epitomized the kind of old-world grandeur that appealed to us as a couple. It felt like a Levantine fantasy, with bits of Ancient Egypt, Venice, and Istanbul weaved into its architecture and interior design. And with intricate details filling every corner of every room, we fell in love with it pretty much instantly. That, coupled with its beachside location and intimate feel, sealed the deal for us. We couldn’t believe that this hidden gem was only an hour’s flight away from Cairo!
The striking hotel made for a dreamlike backdrop to our event, which we filled with timeless, whimsical details to match. Overgrown flowers and cascading blooms covered the venue. A five-piece band filled the air with jazz tunes. A banquet of hearty gourmet dishes was laid out in the venue’s dining room. Still, we made sure to also include plenty of personal touches—from the napkins printed with our favorite Rumi poems, to the confetti bar filled with petals from my favorite flowers, and even the mini monogrammed cakes we gave away as favors, mimicking the wax seal on our invitations. And with our amazing planners, Cherry on Top Events, by our side everything went by seamlessly.
The most memorable part of our wedding was our first dance, which took place right after our big, traditional zaffe entrance. I remember the loud Arabic percussions dying down and our friends and families surrounding us in the courtyard. The moment Sleeping at Last’s “Tethered” started playing, it felt like we were the only two people in the world. Then, a soft wind started blowing and picked up my veil in its way, which kept wrapping around Mo and I as we danced. It felt truly magical.
The best advice I can give engaged brides is to truly savor every moment of your engagement period and enjoy the planning process. With so many decisions to make it’s easy to get overwhelmed. But it’s important to remember that your wedding should be a celebration of who you are as a couple and as individuals. And to me, there was nothing more fulfilling than injecting all the little bits of ourselves into our wedding, and sharing it all with the people we love.
Photography: Christian Oth Studio | Videography: Fimatography | Floral Design: Flower Power | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Cake: Seventh Star Bakery, El Gouna | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Hair: Chez Richard | DJ: DJ Rauf Assaf | Band: The Rift Band | Groom's Shoes: Louis Vuitton | Event Planning + Stationery: Cherry On Top Events | Groom's Tux: Tom Ford | Makeup: Nadia Salem | Map Design: EDanae | Tuxedo: Tom Ford | Wedding Venue: La Maison Bleue