Are you planning a short-notice, small wedding or elopement?

Many couples don’t want to wait. They are planning to get married in the very near future, eloping, or rushing a small ceremony with their photographer, some close friends, and family but dispensing with or postponing the reception party. 

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Kempinski Hotel The Palm, Dubai Elopement Photo Story Award

The Palm, Dubai beach wedding image at The beautiful, intimate ceremony venue

Kempinski Hotel The Palm, Dubai Elopement Photographer | The beautiful, intimate ceremony location

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. 

The Palm, Dubai wedding photo of Dad and the kids getting ready for the beach ceremony

The Palm, Dubai Elopement Image from Kempinski Hotel | Dad and the kids getting ready for the ceremony

Dad and the kids getting ready for the surprise ceremony.

Dubai bridal photo - having a quiet moment before leaving her room

Dubai Elopement Picture of the Bride at Kempinski Hotel | having a quiet moment before leaving her room

Beautiful Andrea having a quiet moment before leaving her room.

The Palm, Dubai wedding image of the bride descending a staircase at the hotel venue

The Palm, Dubai Elopement Bridal Photo | The bride descends a staircase at the hotel

Andrea descends a staircase at the hotel, on her way to the ceremony.

Dubai UAE wedding image from a traditional hand-fasting ceremony

Dubai Elopement Ceremony Photography | A traditional hand-fasting ceremony

A traditional handfasting ceremony, involving all of the family.

Dubai, UAE Outdoor wedding image from a cute sand ceremony

Dubai Outdoor Elopement Ceremony Picture | a cute sand ceremony, where each family member pours

This is a cute sand ceremony, where each family member pours a different color into a jar symbolizing harmony and love.

UAE Outdoor wedding photo with kids running around in circles

UAE Outdoor Elopement Ceremony Portrait | with kids around, all they need is encouragement

No boring photos with kids around, all they need is encouragement.

UAE Beach wedding photo of the couple at sunset walking along the beach

UAE Beach Elopement Couple Image | A sunset walk along the beach

A sunset walk along the beach - with a backdrop of the Dubai Marina and a sky of soft pinks.

UAE wedding image of the family waiting for a taxi to take them to their wedding dinner

UAE Elopement Couple Photography | waiting for a taxi to take them to their wedding day dinner

The family waits for a taxi to take them to their wedding day dinner.