Wedding in JW Marriott Marquis, Dubai – Ahmad & Ebtesam

As I gave directions to them, I watched how adorably he picked up a loose piece of her hair and carefully put it behind her ear. She smiled and looked at him with gleaming eyes. No words were spoken yet – in that moment –  the promise of taking care of each other for a lifetime was made.

It amazes me that the more weddings I document, the more I love & cherish my work. The couples play a major role in making me realize, treasure, and fall deeper in love with what I do. Through my camera’s small viewfinder, I watch their big-grand-immense-love.

Ebtesam & Ahmad are one of those lovely couples I had the pleasure of documenting on their big day. Their gorgeous wedding was held at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Business Bay, Dubai. Eventra Events did a spectacular job with the stage/kosha decoration. The well thought centerpieces were made with real Jasmine flowers that made the entire ballroom smell of alluring fragrance.

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Dear Ebtesam & Ahmad,

Thank you for letting me photograph the joys of your first day as husband&wife. Both of you are adorable together. I pray that you always see your reflections into each other’s soul & fulfill the promise of loving and taking care of each other.  May you both always walk hand in hand & discover your magical realm – together, ameen!

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Booking Weddings for 2016

As a lot of inquiries have been filling up my inbox for 2016 and a handful of my past clients and their friends who have been referred to me already started to book, I feel beyond grateful & excited to officially open the wedding photography + videography bookings for 2016!

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You may reach out to me by following+commenting on my blog, connecting on Facebook, following me on TwitterInstagram, and/or filling out the Contact Me form.

I’d be honored to chat more about your wedding, so feel free to email me at info@rimahassan.com for more information.

You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm ;)

Love,
~Rima

Wedding in Atlantis the Palm, Dubai – Nikki & David

Soulmates. Instead of their names, that’s how they both should be referred to as: soulmates. Their union was nothing but love. Inspiring True Love. Full of devotion & passion. For which the greatest sacrifices may seem as sweetest delights.

Nikki contacted me few months ago from UK and expressed that she was having a wedding in UK but the couple wanted to have their blessing done in Dubai as they both love the city and its culture. Sharing her love for Dubai, of course I had to say yes! Upon meeting her, I realized that she’s even more lovely in person and she made an absolutely stunning bride. Her prince charming, David, was in awe by her beauty. These love-birds were surrounded by their close friends who witnessed them make vows of eternal love.

Nikki & David chose to have a destination wedding and celebrated their union, fiery and as pure as they themselves are, at Atlantis The Palm, Dubai.

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Dearest Nikki & David,

Thank you for your trust in my work & for letting me share the joys of your wonderful day. I feel beyond honored to document your wedding. You two have everything before you. You shall do very great things as I have perfect faith in both of you. I pray that you love each other more passionately. Share each moment of your lives more cheerfully. Embrace each other more tightly. Fulfill each other’s existence with more strength, faith, happiness, and love. Always….

Love, ~ Rima

Eid Mubarak – 2015

On this auspicious day of Eid-ul-Fitr, I pray that the Almighty fills your life with happiness, your heart with love, your soul with spirituality, and your mind with wisdom.  May Allah bestow glories, successes, and happiness to you and your family, ameen.

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I wish you good times, great fortune, & shining days ahead.  May HE bless you with success in whatever you do.

Be kind to one another…

 

Wedding in Al Boom Tourist Village, Dubai – Marwa & Jassim

It felt like their thought process was aligned.
They were reading each other’s mind without uttering a single word. They knew what the other one wanted without asking. There were times they were naughty and annoyed each other but it always ended with laughter and embracing each other. With love.

Marwa, the quite yet friendly bride had exquisite eyes & gorgeous features. She had the personality anyone can easily talk to. No wonder she had Jassim head-over-heels for her. As much pleasure as it was capturing Marwa’s gorgeous face, Jassim – the tall handsome groom – was truly natural in front of the camera.

Their beautiful wedding took place at Latifa Ballroom in Al Boom Tourist Village, Dubai. As fun & colorful their henna party was, Marwa & Jassim had an elegant wedding with all things pretty. A printed-circle dance floor was creatively made a step below the actual stage so the bride’s friends can cheer and dance without blocking her view of the ballroom. I particularly liked their initials [MJ] on the details.

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Dear MJ,

Thank you! It was an honor to document your big day. Your love inspires me. The day was perfect in every sense and I couldn’t be more happier to be a part of it. I’m sure great things are in store for both of you. May you always find each other by your side & realize how lucky you both are. May you never take each other for granted & conquer the world – together!

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Wedding in The Meydan Hotel, Dubai – Nabil & Haneya

It was my first time meeting her because she hired me on the phone. Haneya is a cousin of my past bride who referred her.  Her too much calmness was surprising.  I asked her if she’s nervous and she said “It’s not hitting me that today is my wedding.” We both smiled and I assured her that was about to change as soon as she’ll get into her wedding dress.

True as it was, Haneya’s smile got wide as she got into her wedding dress and even wider with each delicate piece of jewelry she wore. From behind my camera, I enjoyed watching her intense nervousness turned into streams of happiness.  Her grace, gratitude, and love showed in every move – especially when Nabil made his entrance into the bridal suite. I think that’s what love does to people – it gives them power.

Their intimate wedding was hosted at the very tech-savvy Meydan Hotel, Dubai. Surrounded by family & friends, Haneya & Nabil announced their I DOs, shared some custom-made delicious chocolates, and promised to be at each other’s side forever….

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Dear Haneya & Nabil,

Thank you so much for your trust and for the opportunity to document your big day. I loved how each of your family member and friends present at your wedding joined in your happiness and celebrated your union cheerfully. May you both always hold hands, give each other strength, bring positive change into each other’s life, and try to be the better half of the other.

Much love,
~ Rima

Things I Cherish the Most

“Why should I hire you? I mean, what makes you different?” she asked over the phone.

My mind started running a 100 miles per second.

UAE_Dubai_Wedding_Photography_Female_photographer_Rima_HassanI wanted to tell her that she should hire me because it was a once in a lifetime event of hers.
Because I pour my heart and soul into my work.
Because I take care of the delicate details, relationships, and customer services along with the confidentiality of the clients.
I craved to tell her that ninety percent of my clients, both brides and grooms, have became my close friends.
I wanted to show her the messages I receive after the wedding and when the brides see their albums.
I wished she saw how my clients’ families treated me. Invited me for food-tasting and also to their homes and made karak-chai because they knew that I love their tea.
I desired to say that her wedding was not a workday on my checklist or a bundle of money. Her big day was not a contract for me.
I wanted to say that she should hire me because I Do Care!

But I didn’t tell her any of that.
Simply didn’t.
Because it didn’t matter to her at that moment. She didn’t know me personally. All this information would have been irrelevant to her.

Instead I said “Let me ask you something. How did you get my number?” As expected, she said she got it through a friend (my past bride) who highly referred me.

“You know, she was referred to me through so&so, who was referred to me through so&so, who was referred through so&so. [I gave her names of all three brides]. If they are all referring me, I must be doing something right.”

I can’t remember the rest of the conversation other than the fact that she did hire me to document her big day. Not only that, after her wedding, she also referred me to another friend of hers.

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It is easy to get caught up in ever so dense wedding industry and its intense competition. I believe that if I don’t book a certain client, it means one of the two things [1] I wasn’t the best fit for them or [2] They weren’t the best fit for me. Either ways, both I and my business would have suffered. It might sound ingenious but I’d rather wait till the right brides who share my creative vision and believe in my work find me so there is better connection, trust, spark, everlasting memories, and lifelong friendships because those are the things I cherish the most.

Stay fabulous,
~ Rima

Henna Party, Dubai – Jassim & Marwa

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

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Custom made shoes designed and brought from Bahrain? Totally swoon-worthy <3 Henna_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_shoes Henna_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_gold_jewelry_earring Henna_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_gold_jewelry_necklace_detail Henna_Wedding_Female_photographer_Dubai_UAE_Rima_Hassan_bridal_gold_jewelry_Quran

Marwa & Jassim,

May both of you fill each other’s lives with compassion, happiness, colors, harmony, and of course love. Always & forever…..

Love,
~ Rima

 

FlashBack Friday – FlipBook

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

Wedding in Al Ain Convention Center – Nasser AlDarmaki & Afraa

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.

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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…

Love,
~ Rima