The beautiful, intimate ceremony next to the beach at the Kempinski Hotel, The Palm, Dubai.
It's a privilege to witness any wedding but maybe more so for destination elopements were there is such a sense of intimacy. Andrea and Lars traveled from Sweden to have an intimate elopement in Dubai as part of a family holiday. The elopement came as a complete surprise to the three children with the celebrant Kerrie, letting the family know as they were playing on the beach. With just time to change clothes and have an exciting jump on the bed, Lars and the kids waited by the beach for Andrea to appear. Kerrie (Birds & Bees Celebrant) skillfully incorporated some Swedish traditions, with the more traditional exchange of rings, for a lovely intimate family celebration of love. After a sunset walk along the beach and a few photos, the family headed off for dinner together.
Dad and the kids getting ready for the surprise ceremony.
Beautiful Andrea having a quiet moment before leaving her room.
Andrea descends a staircase at the hotel, on her way to the ceremony.
A traditional handfasting ceremony, involving all of the family.
This is a cute sand ceremony, where each family member pours a different color into a jar symbolizing harmony and love.
No boring photos with kids around, all they need is encouragement.
A sunset walk along the beach - with a backdrop of the Dubai Marina and a sky of soft pinks.
The family waits for a taxi to take them to their wedding day dinner.