Wedding in RAK Hotel, Ammar & Mariam AlNuaimi

Last weekend….
Oh My…GOD!
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.

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Love,

~ Rima

Wedding in Fujairah – Fatimah & Abdulla

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.

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Love,
~ Rima

Wedding in Jumeirah, Dubai – Amna & Saleh

“I am hiring you for your personality.” She announced before signing the contract. I smiled and thanked her. I saw a hint of myself in her. Open. Honest. OUTSPOKEN.

On the wedding day, in the middle of the makeup, hair styling, laughing over bride’s maids’ jokes, and photographs, I watched her body language. She couldn’t stop dancing. As if her nervousness, panic, and happiness; all the mixed emotions were overflowing out of her in the form of dance. To top the sight was the groom, Saleh, who joined his bride, Amna, for dance in front of my camera. I couldn’t help but smile behind my camera.

They looked like pieces of two different puzzles yet make a perfect picture when put together. And by perfect, I really mean perfect.  When she was worried about her entrance, he comforted her. When she got too carried away to listen to the poses I was explaining her, Saleh held Amna’s hand and put her into the pose. Flawlessly. I smiled again.

In that moment I understood why Amna chose Saleh as her soulmate. He has the personality to calm & comfort her yet was willing to join her for some dance moves. He was remarkably loving to children and noticeably respectful with the elders. No wonder their families adored and loved both of them so much.

As far as the thank yous go, here is a HUGE thank you to Fida from Beil Group who was my backbone for the wedding. To say there was a lot going on would be a major understatement (the venue was beautiful, there were tons of details, and time constraints), but she made sure I was in the loop throughout the process. The flower arrangements were done outstandingly by Nadine from Mesopotamia Flower.  The furniture was provided by Catertainment. I couldn’t have been more proud to work alongside such an amazing wedding team & couple.

Unlike the traditional weddings, Amna opted for a stunning colored wedding dress instead of the white. She chose to celebrate her big day with close family & friends. Amna & Saleh had an intimate wedding in Jumeirah, Dubai, which was full of details, colors, flowers, pearls, and lots of dance, laughter, & love.

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Amna & Saleh, I wish both of you a lifetime full of love, laughter, and dancing with each other. Forever and ever and ever…

Stay Fabulous,
~ Rima

P.S. Photos from Amna & Saleh’s milcha+henna party can be found here.

Wedding in Kempinski Ajman Hotel – Alia & Rashid

The tears rolled down my cheeks as I photographed their exit.
She was crying while hugging her mother & sister.
Not a usual sight at the local weddings I cover in UAE.

The joys of my work includes meeting fun couples, crazy couples, shy couples, loud and hilarious couples, and the list goes on but my favorite type are the crazily-in-love couples and Alia & Rashid are a perfect example of it.

They share the quite-romance like we see in classic movies. Love that melts your heart. Love that has no language. Talk-with-the-eyes type of love. Love that makes everyone else believe in LOVE.

I immediately connected with Alia during our first meeting.  I refer to her as my The Most Photogenic Bride. As far as Rashid is concerned, he is handsome with The Most Perfect Teeth (mashaAllah x 32) with a sparkling White smile like we see in commercials. (I’ve decided never to drive a car if Alia & Rashid are both in it because they both have beautiful white flashing smiles that can be very distracting hence life-risking :D)

Alia & Rashid had a gorgeous wedding in Kempinski Ajman Hotel located on the coast of Persian Gulf with a private beach. Their day was full of shinning jewelry, gorgeous dress, grand kosha & beautiful centerpieces by Special Moments, and lots of love from her family & friends. The wedding was as graceful as Alia & as perfect as Rashid’s teeth :D

See it for yourself!

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Love,
~ Rima

Blind Devotion

When I saw this short film, I was completely smitten.

If love was given a definition, this video would explain it all. It is so heart-touching. Although it is almost 9 minutes long but you’ll wish it were longer once you start. It gave me butterflies in my tummy.

Have a look and feel free to share <3

Video credit: Jubilee Project

Jumeirah, Dubai Engagement – Amna & Saleh

“I do photography too…” she told me as I unpacked my lenses from the bag.
“Really? What type of photography? Landscape, portraits, …?” I asked interested in knowing.
“I like taking portraits. Weddings are not my thing.”
I stopped, looked up, and laughed in disbelieve. “But I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeee weddings. I like photographing them because everyone looks beautiful and happy and everybody is laughing…..” I said in one breath.
“But sometimes the laughs look fake…” She said with a frowning face.
Her best friend entered the room and they got busy with meet&greet while I took mental notes of what to focus on.

Amna is certainly not like my other brides. Pretty, yes, but with an open personality, style, ease, an amazing sense of humor, and danced the night away. Her dance moves couldn’t be outshined. As much pleasure as it was photographing her & Saleh’s formals, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and documenting her family.

Right before leaving, I sat down next to her on the stage and asked “…you remember how you mentioned the laughs at the wedding sometimes look fake?” She looked at me with questioning eyes. “Well, I just want you to go through this.” I held my camera forward.

OMG. omg. Oh-My-God! OHhhh-my-gowdddd….She said in every way possible as we went through the photos. All of those were candid photos of her and her family & friends laughing, hugging each other with love, dancing, and having fun. “That’s why I love documenting weddings!” I said. She hugged me tight & thanked me.

Here are some photos from her colorful engagement party. Full of colors, gold, and completed with love & laughter.

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Love,
~ Rima

Wedding in World Trade Center, Dubai – Faisal & Fatma

She was in sajda (prostrate) finishing her prayers when I walked in the bridal suite.

While folding her prayer mat, she looked at me & her extremely talented makeup artist Zareen & admitted that she was very nervous. Zareen & I smiled. I hugged her tight and told her she’ll make a gorgeous bride and that she didn’t need to worry because she hired the best team of Dubai for her big day.  She smiled big and said “Oh Rima, I so0o0o needed that hug.”  ‘Oh gosh, I adore this girl,’ I thought to myself.  “Well, I’m here to give you hugs whenever you need” I offered gladly and all three of us laughed.

That’s Fatma!
I photographed Faisal & Fatma’s engagement party few months ago and have never had a single dull moment every time we met. She’s a shy girl who is very loving, fearful of God, and I must say she has keen eye to details because she’s an impressively talented Urban planner (and a graphic designer because she designed a beautiful invitation card for her wedding). She completely deserves allllllll the love and care Faisal has for her.

I must add, Fatma is one of those brides who really spent time in finding & hiring the best team of professional wedding vendors of Dubai.  When I got to know she hired Zareen for the makeup and Jean as a hairstylist, I knew I didn’t need to worry about the retouching because the makeup will be perrrrfect & every piece of hair will be in the right place. Omar‘s imagination and expertise in creating unique kosha (stage) designs need no introduction. A gorgeous bridal gown from Solida Bridal Fashion was cheery on top of the icing. I felt honored to be a part of this wonderful team.

Following are photos from Faisal & Fatma’s stupendous wedding which took place at Multaqua Hall in World Trade Center, Dubai.

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Faisal & Fatma, may each day of your married life bloom with warmth of your love. I wish you a long life full of allllllllll the happiness you both deserve, today and always…..

Love,
~ Rima