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Nadine's wedding story

Nadine's wedding story

Nadine Merabi & Frank Ellis

"Just him and me...on a hill in Scotland...with the little red and white church in the background."

This will be a wedding season like no other.  No big parties or elaborate celebrations but small, more intimate ceremonies, and that’s no bad thing.
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The “Mini-Mony” as it’s now being called, is going to be the “in” thing for weddings the foreseeable future and we think they are SO romantic. After all, weddings are about enduring love and forming an unbreakable bond and what better way to prove that bond than surviving a global pandemic together.  A story that will be told to future generations for years to come with plenty of opportunities to celebrate in the future.
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This is what happened to Nadine, although not COVID-19 related, with her and Frank having a super intimate wedding instead - in secret!  They had a huge wedding planned in Majorca for June 2019 and everything was booked, however, in January the venue fell through, what a nightmare.  They tried to find another venue but nothing was quite right for what they wanted.
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They didn’t know what to do, they were understandably so upset that the wedding had fallen through and they were not going to have the party they had planned in the June.  They had told people the date and spent the previous Christmas and New Year thinking “this time next year we’ll be married” but it wasn’t to be.   However, the more they thought about it the more they realised what they really wanted was to be married, above anything else and the party can wait.  What mattered is they could become husband and wife.

"I always thought I was going to have the big wedding with a huge party. That will still happen...but this day meant so much more to me. The fact that it was just us and it was about our love and our commitment to each other. This was the day I married my best friend."

Luckily, they had already planned to do the legal ceremony in April, ahead of the big party, at a small church in Scotland which was very dear to them and had a very special meaning to Frank.  It was an idyllic church on top of a hill and they were very selective about who could get married there.  So, in total secret (only immediate family were told), with no bridesmaids or groomsmen, only fifteen people (including three fishermen!) gathered to watch Nadine and Frank say “I do.”  Nadine wore a dress she had made herself (of course), simple, elegant and understated and she looked amazing.

"We had 15 guests in total. That included the Vicar and 3 Fishermen! It was so intimate and special and something I will never forget."

Looking back, they are so happy that they did this, it was so special and different to anything they had planned and goes to prove it’s not necessarily about a huge party, it’s about marrying the one you love and making those vows to each other.  

However, they are still planning a BIG PARTY to celebrate in 2021 with all of their friends and family.  Nadine has decided she's going big this time and has already planned three outfit changes and is guaranteeing a party no one will ever forget, so watch this space...

We wanted to share this story now as we know so many brides may feel disheartened with their plans changing but we wanted to show that a smaller ceremony can be so special and there's always something exciting to plan in the future.
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October

Gina Swire

This month we speak to Gina Swire, Self Love expert, mentor and manifesting queen. We believe a Power Woman is someone that tries to lift others up and that's exactly what Gina does! On an incredible mission and with an amazing story she inspires us and makes us really consider what's important. With a year like 2020 we think it's so important to reflect and make positive changes, so we hope introducing you to Gina and the amazing work she does will help that.


Q..At MERABI our Power Women are women who want to make a difference and that’s certainly what you’re doing, to start with can you tell us a bit about your mission.

My mission is to help one billion women fall madly in love with themselves and to get what they want out of life. It’s not about belittling men at all but lifting women up to be equal within the patriarchal society that we live in. It’s about empowering women and lifting them up.


“My mission is to help one billion women fall madly in love with themselves and to get what they want out of life.”


Q..It’s a term you hear a lot but what exactly is self love?

I’ll start by telling you what self love is NOT, self love is not self care. Self love is not just bubble baths and saying “I love my body.” Self love is what comes before self care. Acts of self care like going to the gym, eating well, filling out a gratitude journal, they all take will power, unless you have self love, when you have self love you work on your inner layer and these things just happen. There’s an identity shift after the blocks are removed which stand in the way of love.

Q..Have you always felt this way or can you talk us through your own journey to find self love?

Not at all, I grew up in a family and in a school where people would say “She loves herself” like it’s a negative. I was a plus size model for 14 years and felt constantly in flux, I wanted to be skinny but the agencies wanted me to be bigger, it really messed with my self worth, I felt like I wasn’t good enough as I was and I had a mean inner voice constantly telling me that I wasn’t enough.

In modelling it’s like living in a microcosm of a macrocosm of what happens to all women. We blame ourselves for everything, if clothes don’t fit, if a relationship doesn’t work out. We’re constantly telling ourselves that we should be skinnier or curvier.

I was studying nutrition while working in NYC and I was always really busy - working, partying, everything. It got to a point where I was numbing myself with alcohol and just by keeping busy all the time and working to please other people so I thought enough is enough. I quit it all, I quit modelling, I quit friendships that weren’t right for me and I quit dating. I became celibate and vegan and cleared out space in my life for something different. I got the signs from the universe -I don’t need to change. It’s profound but so simple and that’s what I teach to my ladies now.


You don’t need to have self love to have a happy relationship, but when you have true self love that can give your relationship and out-of-this-world kind of ultimate and healthy love.


Q..Have you always felt this way or can you talk us through your own journey to find self love?

Not at all, I grew up in a family and in a school where people would say “She loves herself” like it’s a negative. I was a plus size model for 14 years and felt constantly in flux, I wanted to be skinny but the agencies wanted me to be bigger, it really messed with my self worth, I felt like I wasn’t good enough as I was and I had a mean inner voice constantly telling me that I wasn’t enough.

In modelling it’s like living in a microcosm of a macrocosm of what happens to all women. We blame ourselves for everything, if clothes don’t fit, if a relationship doesn’t work out. We’re constantly telling ourselves that we should be skinnier or curvier.

I was studying nutrition while working in NYC and I was always really busy - working, partying, everything. It got to a point where I was numbing myself with alcohol and just by keeping busy all the time and working to please other people so I thought enough is enough. I quit it all, I quit modelling, I quit friendships that weren’t right for me and I quit dating. I became celibate and vegan and cleared out space in my life for something different. I got the signs from the universe -I don’t need to change. It’s profound but so simple and that’s what I teach to my ladies now.

Power Women are women

Not at all, I grew up in a family and in a school where people would say “She loves herself” like it’s a negative. I was a plus size model for 14 years and felt constantly in flux, I wanted to be skinny but the agencies wanted me to be bigger, it really messed with my self worth, I felt like I wasn’t good enough as I was and I had a mean inner voice constantly telling me that I wasn’t enough. In modelling it’s like living in a microcosm of a macrocosm of what happens to all women. We blame ourselves for everything, if clothes don’t fit, if a relationship doesn’t work out. We’re constantly telling ourselves that we should be skinnier or curvier. I was studying nutrition while working in NYC and I was always really busy - working, partying, everything. It got to a point where I was numbing myself with alcohol and just by keeping busy all the time and working to please other people so I thought enough is enough. I quit it all, I quit modelling, I quit friendships that weren’t right for me and I quit dating. I became celibate and vegan and cleared out space in my life for something different. I got the signs from the universe -I don’t need to change. It’s profound but so simple and that’s what I teach to my ladies now.

  • Not at all, I grew up in a family and in a school where people would say “She loves herself” like it’s a negative. I was a plus size model for 14 years and felt constantly in flux,
  • I wanted to be skinny but the agencies wanted me to be bigger, it really messed with my self worth, I felt like I wasn’t good enough as I was and I had a mean inner voice constantly telling me that I wasn’t enough.
  • Not at all, I grew up in a family and in a school where people would say “She loves herself” like it’s a negative. I was a plus size model for 14 years and felt constantly in flux,
  • I wanted to be skinny but the agencies wanted me to be bigger, it really messed with my self worth, I felt like I wasn’t good enough as I was and I had a mean inner voice constantly telling me that I wasn’t enough.