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!
It was certainly not the best first-impression I made.
She called me a day before our meeting when I was at the gym (good-old-days) and mistakenly I saved her name as Latifa hence I kept calling her with the wrong name.
That’s how I remember our first meeting.
It was like meeting a close friend who knows your embarrassing stories and is absolutely okay with it. Full of laughter for her & full of embarrassment for me. Nonetheless, the chemistry and great vibes were there.
While going through the timeline with her, she warned me of the great deals of details because she knew how crazy I am about them. This piece of information was enough to get me extra excited for her engagement party.
It was a privilege to get to know the families & document the engagement party of AbdelRahman & Khadija. Both of them are absolutely perfect for each other. Cute. Delightful. Lovable. They were surrounded by immense love which could be felt by everyone around them.
Their engagement kosha/stage was decorated by 198 Events. The birdcages, lovebirds, and delicious macaroons added sweetness and authenticity to their lovely day.
AbdelRahman & Khadija,
You two are adorableeeeeeeee!!! <3
Thank you for inviting me into your home, families, & lives to witness eternal love. I wish love & happiness always welcome you in every corner of the world exactly as both your families welcomed me with open arms. May you both cherish each moment of your beings together & embrace the opportunities life has in store for you. May you always laugh together, unstoppably, as you did on the first day as husband & wife, ameen.
Its like no one exist when both of them are together.
They were laughing, joking, talking like two childhood buddies.
As much pleasure it was watching them lost in their own world, although I had no idea what the conversation was about as it was in Arabic, I just had to bring them back to the real world before we ran out of scheduled time.
“Hey guys. FOCUSSSSSS!!! Oh and by the way, I’m eating that cake before leaving.” I said out loud trying to control my laugh. They both said in chorus together “Absolutely!”
That’s the type of relationship Layla & Humaid share. Amongst themselves & I. They are adorable.The five minute golf-cart drive was extensively fun migrating ourselves & my equipment from her bridal suit to the private villa where I photographed these two lovebirds with Burj al Arab as the backdrop. We laughed throughout the photo-session as they remembered all the DOs & DON’Ts of the poses from their engagement party.
I was honored to photograph their beautiful engagement party last year and have been loving these two since then. And Yes Layla, the first time I met both of you, my heart melted ;) Their wedding took place at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai. The best thing about their wedding was that they both surrounded themselves with vibrant, fun, and kind people…..loved them!
Humaid & Layla,
Thank you for choosing me, yet again, to share the best day of your lives (and the best cake of my life) with me. Sorry for eating it all :D I wish both of you always remain as true, honest, and fun human-beings as both of you are. Hope you guys are having fun in Australia. Bring back lots of photos and always remember: Chin out & down!
P.S. Great job Humaid for marrying the ever so gorgeous Layla. Home Run!!!! ;)
I was kinda surprised to see 5 ladies, a bunch of children, and 2 maids sitting in a coffee shop. It was the most number of people I have seen in the first client meeting. Her family & mother-in-law seemed super excited and helped her along the way with her wedding planning & I was beyond excited to photograph this gorgeous couple & their families.
Photographing Mahra & Muath was absolute joyous. Mahra’s beauty & style need no words. My camera was just as happy to photograph this stunning bride as I was. Muath is one of the grooms, when I asked him to tell Mahra a joke, he actually did. Mahra burst into laughter hence resulting in beautiful candid photos.
Their gorgeous wedding took place in Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai. Dream Wedding Services beautifully decorated their wedding & a unique dance floor was my personal favorite. Since Muath’s mother’s side of the family is Moroccan, some Moroccan themed decoration along with a live music band brought life to the party.
Muath & Mahra,
Beyond all else, I loved the way both of you shared your first day as husband & wife together. Both of you are fun, lovable, and absolutely adorable. I wish you both loads of love, success, happiness, and a lifetime of sharing jokes & laughter together.
Much love & appreciation,
There was something extra special about the way he looked at her.
While I took her solo beauty shots, I noticed his hands were fixing his bhist (traditional black robe for groom) but his eyes were ‘fixated’ on her. His smile was reflecting through his eyes. Proud. Deeply in Love.
Before I met Sarah & Saeed on their engagement day a month ago, I was nervous. Saeed’s aunt hired me for photography & album as a gift to the couple. Although their engagement was my sixth time photographing for their family, I was still nervous. Nervous because the bride wasn’t the one who chose me….
When I met both of them, I was absolutely smitten & loveddddddd them both. Sarah is a super easy-going girl with perfect tiiiiny parentheses-type dimples around her gorgeous smile that can light up the entire room. Saeed, the tall handsome guy has deep eyes which were overflowing with love for Sarah. Their families did a spectacular job at finding & combining these two beautiful souls. Sarah’s heart of gold deserves all the love that Saeed’s heart & eyes hold for her.
I was beyond thrilled when she called me after her engagement to tell me they both want to book me for their wedding. I did my happy dance. Their gorgeous wedding was my seventh event for the Fikri family. They call me their family’s ‘official photographer’. I felt so0o0o0o loved when in the busy ballroom, both sides of the family greeted me with love & respect, several of their cousins waved at me, hugged me, and I got to meet my past brides from their family. I did my happy dance again with camera in my hand. On The Stage!
Sarah looked absolutely stunning and was literally glowing. Saeed seemed extremely excited to finally take his dreamgirl with him. Their wedding day brimmed with anticipation and excitement for two amazing people. Friends and family filled their hearts with overflowing love and joy, making a perfect day even better….
Their wedding was held at Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Dubai & was decorated beautifully by Klassna Events.
Saeed & Sarah,
Thank you thank you thank you thank you. These words are too small to express my appreciation for both of you. Thank you for your trust & allowing me to document your first day as husband and wife. May Allah continues to bestow his blessings upon you & grants everything you both wish for.
I’m blogging your wedding today as the earth was graced with Sarah’s beautiful presence on April 8th & the heavens must have written her name as Saeed’s soulmate on this day. The world is truly a better place with both of you in it. You guys are the bestest. Truly! I adoo0o0o0o0o0o0ore you both.
In the middle of the photo-session, I heard someone clapped their hands with full force. Caught by surprise I asked the bride “What just happened?” She blushed and admitted “I’m happy!!!!” We both laughed out loud.
While Mariam got busy greeting her friends, I asked my assistant to put a chair behind Mariam so I can take her sitting down shots. As soon as she was done, I asked her to sit down. Not realizing the chair behind her, she sat on the floor. Loving her innocence, first I took some gorgeous aerial beauty shots of her and then told her that there was a chair behind her. We both laughed again.
That’s the way I remember Mariam. She is a petite bubbly girl who can cheer anyone up. Her eyes were gleaming when she laughed and the wawavoommmm eye-lashes added extra flare to her beauty. Ammar was no short of handsome either. He had an innocent smile just like Mariam. I throughly enjoyed photographing these two love-birds together. They constantly joked around, hugged each other, and laughed out loud – hence resulting in ah-mazingggggg photos.
Mariam & Ammar got married at Latifa Ballroom in Al Boom Tourist Village in Dubai. The wedding decoration and bouquet was provided by Sia Weddings. Following are some of the photos that might not do justice to how beautiful their day was.
Ammar & Mariam,
Thank you so much for inviting me for an experience which left me with countless memories. An experience of what it feels like surrounded by some of the most amazing family members and friends. There are no words for me to describe how much I loved your wedding day because the night was filled with fun, laughter, and lots of joy. Your love is beautiful, kind, and generous. Thank you for making me fall more in love with what I do.
One day I received a call from Mariam asking me my availability for a wedding date. I congratulated her but she said it isn’t her wedding. When I asked what’s the bride’s name, she said ‘Mariam’ and we both laughed. Then she explained that it is her brother’s wedding and her sister-in-law is also named Mariam.
I had the pleasure of meeting both of them (along with Anwar’s mother) later on and totally loved all three of them. We laughed, shared some great insights about wedding day, I walked them through the timeline & expectations for the wedding and felt at ease because of their down-to-earth personalities, openness for ideas, and of course for being confident in my services.
My amazing team also loved working with Mariam & Anwar because they were adorable, funny, willing to pose, in-love, and everything was taken care of according to the scheduled timeline. Following are photos from their beautiful wedding decorated by the ever-so-talented Omar.
Dear Mariam & Anwar, I wish both of you a happy married life full of love, laughter, and selfies ;)
Last weekend, I had bookings for 3 brides. All named Mariam. 2 of the grooms’ names were Ammar and the third was Anwar.
Irony of my life is that I was speaking on the phone to one Mariam asking for the directions of another Mariam’s ballroom. I know I know. I know what you are thinking…. Anyhow, this blog is for the first Mariam & Ammar in order of their wedding date ;) (Yes, all of them will be blogged so don’t get confused as I did :D ).
I had the honor of photographing Mariam, who was dolled up by none-other-than-my-favorite Zareen Shah. As I always say: When Zareen does makeup, I am the most happiest photographer in the whole-wide-world. FoReal. Mariam looked absolutely gorgeous. And Ammar, oh jeez. He was the funniest of all. He can have his own stand-up-comedy-show.
Following are some photos from their wedding which took place in Ras Al Khaimah Hotel, RAK. Their kosha/stage was decorated by Tejan events.
Dearest Mariam & Ammar, I wish nothing but the best for both of you. Ammar, may you always succeed to make your gorgeous wife laugh. Mariam, may you always fill Ammar’s life with beauty & love, ameen.
Boy, do they have an amazing chemistry or what???
I was absolutely smitten by everything they both were – together – and their love. They both were calm in each others’ presence although we were in a busy coffee shop. As I explained the packages, she continued to look at him and he nodded at her.
‘Oh Gee, they are so adorable!” I thought to myself as I picked up on their silent conversations. Fatimah, the beautiful, calm, & composed girl completed Abdulla with her positive energy & love. Within few minutes, they both announced that they want to sign the contract right there & then because they are sure of their decision.
I was honored to document their first day as husband & wife. Fatimah looked stunning & Abdulla couldn’t resist looking at her again n again. Their wedding took place in Al Mawada Hall in Fujairah surrounded by their family & friends.
Fatimah & Abdulla, I wish you both continue to complete each other with your calmness, positivity, and love. May your love grows each day…everyday! Ameen.