Natural Romance
By Clarke Romero
Bride and groom dancing outside at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

A couple brings elements of their Palestinian heritage to the breathtaking beaches of Dubai.

Bride and groom standing under a palm tree at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

A common heritage helped bring Yasmine Qaddumi and her future husband, Bassam Jarbawi, together. So when the time came to plan their wedding, the couple wanted to honor their ancestry. 

Both of Palestinian descent, Yasmine and Bassam decided to wed at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai — chosen for its sublime beachfront elegance and easy international access — while paying homage to their shared geography with native plants, food and décor that brought a touch of home to a thoroughly cosmopolitan celebration.

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Bride and groom on the dance floor at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Above: The hotel’s grand Loulou’A Ballroom was the perfect backdrop to the couple’s romantic vision. 

Left: The evening’s entertainment included an international band, a DJ and the Lebanese superstar Ragheb Alama.

Yasmine Qaddumi

The Ladies and Gentlemen of The Ritz-Carlton “pampered us,” Yasmine says. “They made sure we were always happy.

Bride and groom dancing outside at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Grand ballroom set for the wedding at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai
Wedding table setting at The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

Above: The couple wanted the food and décor to reflect their Palestinian heritage. Elegant natural elements brought their beautiful native flora and fauna indoors.

Left: Flights of fancy define the tabletop aesthetic.

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