As much as I like elegant weddings, I absolutely loveeeeeee colorful, funky, fun henna parties. Needless to say, Marwa & Jassim’s henna party was one of them.
I met Marwa through two of my past brides. Our first meeting was an hour and half long and I have to admit that we couldn’t tell how much time has passed. You know what they say, time flies when you are having fun. That was the case with Marwa. We laughed, joked, shared insights about important wedding details, and laughed some more. I left the meeting thinking to myself that if this girl is this much fun alone, I could only imagine how much fun her families & parties would be…
Marwa & Jassim’s henna party was fun, would be the biggest understatement. It was nothing short of super-dooper fun. You know the type of parties where traditional rituals are done with modern twist. The type of party you can’t stand still at. Seriously. The girls started dancing in the beginning and then
old ladies the older girls joined them and danced the night away :)
Following are a few colorful details from the henna party which took place at Majma Ahlulbait in Al Jafiliya, Dubai. Keep scrolling until you get to her shoe photos. I’m so sure you need a good minute to admire those :D
I told my assistant that if the chandelier falls, blame the designer.
Custom made shoes designed and brought from Bahrain? Totally swoon-worthy <3
Marwa & Jassim,
May both of you fill each other’s lives with compassion, happiness, colors, harmony, and of course love. Always & forever…..
I have always been a big fan of flipbooks.
I’m no Picasso [not even close] but I sure am a strong believer of ‘nothing-is-impossible’ especially in the world of technology. So I thought, if not exactly a drawing flipbook, I can at least have something close to it. And I couldn’t think of a better wedding to share with you than a New Jersey wedding of a couple very close to my heart: Rida & Asghar!
May be one day, I will share an actual drawing flipbook.
And make Picasso proud! :)
Have a great weekend <3
When I met Nasser’s family the second time, I told them that I had a phone-conversation with Afraa. The first thing he asked was “how does she sound?” His curiosity for the girl, whom he was to marry soon, had all of us smile wide.
Nasser is the down-to-earth yet confident, man-of-his-word, well-mannered guy who is soft-spoken, kind hearted, and generous with his listening – hence he is a true gentleman. The type of guy who possess a positive outlook on life. His humor had me and my team laughing throughout the session.
On the other hand, the stunning bride Afraa is also absolute sweetheart. Friendly, poised, elegant, and extremely lovable – is a perfect match to Nasser’s qualities. I must say that their families did a spectacular job in bringing these two delightful human-beings together and making this world a beautiful place.
Their beautiful union was celebration at Al Khabisi Hall in Al Ain Convention Center – Al Ain and the beautiful stage/kosha set-up was done by Klassna Events. I must add how the wedding was even more glorified when both Nasser and Afraa graced the stage with their presence – emitting light & love for every soul present in the wedding hall.
Dear Nasser & Afraa,
Thank you for the spectacular day. I don’t know how so much of awesome can be fit into one day? Thank you for making me a part of the awesomeness. No, seriously! I don’t know how to adequately tell you in words how fortunate I feel to witness & photograph the union of both of you. You two are certainly one of the most delightful couples I have worked with. I wish you both a lifetime full of love, success, and continued awesomeness. I adore both of you…
May the month of Ramzan brings you the most brightest of bliss & happiness by the grace of Allah, always. May he cleanse our souls, fills our hearts with love, beautify our characters with humility, showers us with blessings, and may we be grateful to Him for everything, ameen.
Keep each other in your prayers & be kind to one another!
It was my first time meeting her in the bridal suite.
Even without the makeup or hair done, she looked gorgeous. Within five minutes of our initial meeting, she cracked a joke and I just knew we were about to have a great time during the photo-shoot.
When she got into her gorgeous Pakistani bridal dress with unique combination & delicate beadwork, the entire room was in awe. Speechless by her beauty. And spark. Her jewelry was thoughtfully matched with the dress & was completely swo0o0o0on-worthy.
As mesmerized as we all were by Aala’s beauty, the charming Numair came into the scene with his quite personality and wide smile. ‘He’s one heck of a lucky guy, mashaAllah. They are uber cute together’ I thought to myself. Despite of an arranged marriage, both Aala & Numair shared visible chemistry. Chemistry that results in explosions of glitter everywhere. A friendship bond. Love. Yes, that’s what it was. Love!
Their beautiful union was celebrated at Madinat Jumeirah and was graced by their family and friends coming all the way from UK & Pakistan.
Dear Aala & Numair,
Thank you for sharing the joys of your wedding day with me. I feel extremely lucky to witness & document your love and call you both my friends. I pray to Allah that you both brighten each other’s day – everyday – for the rest of your lives. Cheers to joy, health, making meories, and eternal love…
Much love & appreciation,
Instead of doing a tradition post for the wedding of Maram & Ali, I’d like you to know these two adorable sweethearts more personally. Following are just a few facts about the two accompanied with their wedding details which was made extremely fun by their friends & family.
~*~ Ali ~*~
~Ali was born in Kuwait and has a degree in Logistics.
~He’s also known as Ali Dew because of his previous additiction to Mountain Dew.
~He taught himself to play the guitar over a year’s time with the help of Youtube. Maram thinks that Ali must have had a lot of free time to accomplish that.
~Ali has a fear of spiders. Do not use that against him.
~Unlike Maram, Ali doesn’t crave chocolate 24/7. He loves fruit gums & raindow sorbet ice-cream flavor. Maram finds that odd.
~Ali’s life goals include building a mosque, opening his own gym or his own Karak Place.
~Maram loves Ali’s purity and honesty.
~*~ Maram ~*~
~Maram was born and raised in Riyadh and was the biggest nerd in Math although she hates it.
~Her nicknames include Mera, Jello, Roma, Meme, Numnuts, Farfalla, and others which are confidential ;)
~Maram has a fear of heights but she has overcome it several times.
~She thought she can play piano until she met Ali. Ali hopes that one day they can create their own family band.
~Maram loves surprises & anything+everything with the word chocolate.
~Her hobbies include photography, traveling, and event planning. Ali thinks she over-thinks every detail.
~Ali love Maram’s optimistic & caring personality.
Dearest Maram & Ali,
I adore the both of you for the love & relationship that you share. I pray that you both overcome your fears together, encourage each other to fulfill your dreams even if they involve opening a karak place or learning how to play piano. You truly posses honesty, caring, optimistic, and loving personalities and I pray that the love you posses for each other grows exponentially. I look forward to being friends with you both forever and can totally picture myself sitting at your Karak place watching your family band play live music ;)
As she handed me the shoes and jewelry boxes for detail shots, she pointed out a box of flowers with a small-note attached to it. Her eyes twinkled as she explained that it was a gift for Saeed that she’ll be giving him.
When Saeed arrived at the bridal suite, Moza couldn’t help but smile ear-to-ear. She handed him the gift and as he started to read the note, the entire bridal suite was under a love-spell.
Once I heard that love has no language. The note was written in Arabic and I couldn’t understand a word of it but Saeed’s expressions depicted the entire story. Through my camera’s viewfinder, I observed his smile, love in the eyes, and the way he kissed Moza’s forehead and ended up embracing each other in tight-warm-hug. Moments like these made me fall in love with what I do. I managed to document each gesture of these two lovebirds and preserved the moments forever.
Dear Saeed & Moza,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to document your first day as husband and wife. Your love made me believe, yet again, that Happily Ever After does exist in real life as well. May your friendship blossoms more with time. I pray that your love for each other gives you courage & strength. And together, both of you preserve each moment of joy which lasts forever, ameen.
Cheers to Happy Banana! ;)
She’s a quite person who enjoyed moments of solitude. But all that was about to change when she met Marwan. She was smitten by his presence. And why wouldn’t she? Marwan was the quite guy who listened to her keenly, loved her deeply, and make her laugh unstoppably.
On the wedding day, as the evening passed, we all witnessed Amna’s happiness grew. She was calm and smiling when her awesome makeup artist, Zareen, beautified her. Her smiles got wider as her hairstyle was getting done. She left the entire room in awe when she got into her gorgeous dress by Oscar De La Renta which was shipped all the way from USA. She danced, laughed out loud, & completely rocked in front of my camera.
We all witnessed her happiness and overflowing emotions as soon as Marwan entered the room. He brought her a big bouquet of flowers, smiled & then kissed her forehead upon seeing his gorgeous bride. Amna’s eyes gleamed and the tsunami of her happiness overtook all of us. You can only imagine what happened to my heart….it melted! <3
Their beautiful wedding took place at InterContinental Hotel – Festival City, Dubai and was decorated by Dream Wedding Services. I swooned over her gorgeous shoes by Paul Andrew. Also, the cake topper was absolutely adorable, & a carefully put together bouquet by Bliss Flowers added uniqueness to their wedding details. Dearest Amna & Marwan,
Although there are too many words that I can even write an entire blog post with, I can only find the following two to show my gratitude: Thank You!!! Seriously. I feel blessed to meet your amazing families and documenting your love was an honor. I appreciate your friendship and am excited to see what future holds for both of you. May your hearts of gold, sense of humor, thoughtfulness and love encourage each other to blossom. I wish you both endless success, love, happiness, crazy laughter, and lots of moments to cherish – together. Forever…
She was so precise with the directions.
“Look down. Gorgeous. Smile!” I said while standing on top of her sofa trying to take her beauty shot.
“I smile big or small?” She looked up & asked me with all her innocence. A bride never asked me that. Startled by her question, I said “Medium!” Next thing, the bride, groom, my assistant, & I were all bursted into laughter.
Khadija, the fun-cheerful-bubbly bride, had me laughing unstoppably even when we met to sign the contract. Although her engagement party was suppose to be my sixth event photographing for her family, this was the first time I actually got to sit down and speak to her without worrying about time constraints.
I was thrilled for her engagement as the date approached because as long as I’ve known her family, I knew the sufrah would be full of details. Sure as I was, Khadija’s sister decorated the sufrah with love, keen attention to details, and totally exceeded my expectations. I was surprised to find out that I knew half of Yousef’s family too as I photographed his cousins’ weddings as well.
I thoroughly enjoyed photographing Khadija & Yousef. They were like two peas in a pod. Lost in their own world, they shared jokes, whispers, & love. Their love was so transmissible, that everyone who came closer to them left happier.
Yousef & Khadija,
Thank you for including me as a witness of your love. Your love is like a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Khadija, I feel honored to photograph your laugh as Yousef showed his skills in cracking jokes. Your families showered me with welcoming hugs & I couldn’t thank you enough for being the reason behind all the love. May Allah showers his endless blessings upon both of you, keep you both happy & deeply in love, ameen.
My phone flashed an unknown number.
I picked up the phone and held it between my ear & shoulder as I was getting ready for a meeting.
“Hey. It’s Mohamed. Meera’s husband. Our wedding is this weekend.”
I put my blush down on the table. He got my attention because it was very rare that a groom would call me before the wedding. This wasn’t a good sign.
“Yes Mohamed – how r u – how’s Meera – is everything okay?” I asked without waiting for him to catch up with my questions.
“Yes! I’m calling you because Meera has been asking me to wear a suit for wedding photos and I have been saying no. I want to surprise her by having half of the formal photo-session in suit.”
“Oh Jeez, Mohamed. That’s so0o0o0o sweet. You got me scared. Yes!!! I would love to photograph you in a suit. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.” He hung up the phone and left me smiling.
As cute as Mohamed is for planning the surprise for her, Meera’s graceful personality was surprised but not like the typical-cover-your-mouth-like-you-just-won-the-miss-world-contest type. She is a poised, confident, and sophisticated girl who looked utterly charismatic as a bride & rocked her bridal gown made by Michael Cinco. The personalities of both Meera & Mohamed compliment each other’s perfectly. Meera is a reader, searcher, wonderer & Mohamed is the one who makes her believe in magic & fairytales.
Their wedding took place at Al Jawaher Recreation & Convention Center, Sharjah. The Dream Wedding Services turned the ballroom into a secret garden because the wedding was full of surprises. While Meera was gracing the stage with her beautiful presence, her sisters surprised her with a gorgeous cake with sparklers on top of it & the celebrations were doubled as she celebrated her birthday after 12 am.
Mohamed looked like an Arab version Adam Levine from Maroon 5 in suit.
Dearest Mohamed & Meera,
Meeting, knowing, & photographing both of you has been nothing short of a dream. From the moment we met first time, I knew we were destined to be friends. Your families made me feel like a part of the day and welcomed me with open arms which helped me document your love better. May you always love, cherish, & surprise each other – forever. Both of you have a very very veryyyyyy special place in my heart, “awanah” :)
Thank you for being you!