Eid Mubarak – 2014

An entire month of fasting, resting, praying, more resting, meeting clients super late night, and some more resting felt like being on a spiritually lifting vacation without leaving the home.  Although all my schedules (sleeping, yoga, gym, eating, etc – except for work) are completely thrown off but I throughly enjoyed the bounties, blessings, and favors of The Almighty that he provided me in the blessed month of Ramzan; some that I prayed from my heart for and most of them without having me to even ask for them.

The end of Ramzan has a bittersweet feeling.  I’m excited for Eid and feel exceptionally thankful for all that I have received during this holy month. I’m even more thrilled to be back behind my camera, can’t wait to use all the cool new photography gear I have invested in during Ramzan, and get rolling with the super busy wedding schedule for the next few months.

Eid-ul-Fitr Mubarak!!!

I hope+wish+pray that the noor of Eid illuminates everyone’s heart, mind, & soul and brings you lots of joys, success, health, happiness, specially peace in the world. May your wishes are fulfilled, prayers are answered, and your wallet gets filled with Eidi, ameen ;)

Be kind to one another.

7 Fundamental Rules of Happiness

Remember when I wrote about the 21 Rules to My Life? Well, the following is a list of 7 fundamental rules of happiness that I read somewhere  written by someone unknown. Just how I write down everything that I like, I jot these down, read them every now & then upon need and thought to share them with all. This list has helped me recover from my not-so-happy-Rima-personality and always make me smile and I hope it does the same for you.  

  1. Make peace with your past
    so it won’t disturb your present.
  2. What other people think of you
    is none of your business.
  3. Time heals almost everything.
    Give it time.
  4. Don’t compare your life to others
    and don’t judge them, you have no idea what
    their journey is all about.
  5. Stop thinking too much.
    It is alright not to know the answers.
    They will come to you when you least expect it.
  6. No one is in charge
    of your happiness. Except YOU.
  7. Smile.
    You don’t own all the problems in the world!

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Much Love…

Things NOT to Worry About

Few days ago, I randomly stumbled upon a letter that F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote to his daughter in 1933 about things to worry about. Worry about courage, worry about cleanliness, worry about efficiency, and so on… His letter stroke a chord in my brain and made me think of all the small things that occupy our minds on daily basis and prevent us from moving forward. The list is longer for things not to worry about. Definitely a must read. You may read the entire letter here.

Thigns to worry about

Have a worry-less Thursday!        

Wedding in Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai – Nouf & Ammar

Last weekend, I had the honor to work with Klassna Events (again) to document he wedding of Nouf & Ammar. Nouf is cousin of my past client/dearest-friend. The wedding took place at Mina A’Salam in Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. Klassna Events showed their magic again with their creativity, countless details, & thoughtful combinations. Following are some of the photos from the wedding.    

Grand Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Grand Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Corsages for Guests

Corsages for Guests

Wedding Decoration Details

Wedding Decoration Details

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Hanging Candles on Wedding Stage

Hanging Candles on Wedding Stage

Wedding decorations

Wedding decorations

Peakocks

Peacocks

Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding Centerpieces

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Dancing Lights on Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Klassna_Events_Dubai_Wedding_Photographer_Rima_Hassan_0030 I wish the beautiful couple, Nouf & Ammar, a lifelong of love & laughter together. May they dance to their own version of love tunes and happiness find them in every corner of the globe as they begin their new life together, ameen.

Love, – Rima

21 Rules to My Life

Some might wish to receive a magical packet with a list of rules or even a blueprint of how to live a perfect life. But me being me, always the most rebellious chic in the family, it has always been difficult for me to live by rules that someone else imposed on me. Today, I’m jotting down my list of Twenty-One Rules to Living a Wonderful Life (according to me). Some are my very own, some are borrowed/learned from people I admire.  

  1. Party hard. Work harder!
  2. Talk to the people sitting alone.
  3. Admit your mistakes.
  4. Be the bravest in the room. It is perfectly fine to ask stupid questions.
  5. Keep promises.
  6. Give credit/appreciation to the deserving one.
  7. Travel at least twice a year.
  8. Friendship is impossible with a liar.
  9. Be kind to one another.
  10. Don’t give bad news via text message.
  11. Smile often but be a tough cookie upon need.
  12. Say hi to strangers.
  13. Give presents without occasions.
  14. Dream big.
  15. Stay humble.
  16. Always make time for friends & family.
  17. Do good for people without expecting anything in return.
  18. Focus on the little things.
  19. Pray / meditate regularly.
  20. Be the best version of yourself.
  21. Live out loud!
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Photos make blog posts pretty so here is a refreshing one.

Have a great week!

Wedding in Four Points by Sheraton, Dubai – Shama & Shahid

“Although I may try to describe Love, when I experience it, I am speechless.”
~ Rumi ~

This is how I felt when I met Shama & Shahid for the first time. The way they looked at each other was always an ‘awwwww’ moment. The classy Shama’s eyes sparkled, literally, with her shy smile. As if her & Shahid just shared a funny secret, or thought of an inside joke, or just spoke in secret language of their own.  We all know that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ so I will make this blog post super short of words but definitely want to share some highlighted moments of Shama & Shahid’s wedding. They exchanged their vows in the presence of their family and close friends at Four Points by Sheraton in Dubai and became the Man & Wife!               

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

Wedding Kosha (Stage)

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Gorgeous Pakistani bridal dress that Shama bought from England

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“Don’t let fear of change cause you to hesitate. Toss some confetti in the air & CELEBRATE! Good things are coming!” – Unknown

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Shama was nothing short of stunning.

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I feel honored that Shama & Shahid allowed me to capture their love. I wish endless joys of life for them. May they have the funniest secrets to share, be kind to each other, & always be the reason behind each other’s smiles, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima