With a strikingly composed & caring personality, Hind was a bride who was sure of what she wanted. From her dressing style, putting the details together for her parties, to designing her own kosha (stage) & engagement/milcha party & wedding dresses, Hind is a creative mind whom I took absolute pleasure in photographing.
Khaled, the guy who looked tough when he walked into the room, but as soon as he started talking, the entire night was full of jokes, hilarious punch-lines, and some more jokes. He was successful in making his lovely bride laugh without a single dull moment.
Their amazing henna party was held at Hind’s parents’ villa in Sharjah. Hind designed the gorgeous stage herself that looked like a traditional Arab gold head-piece for the bride. The decorations were brought to life with her family’s endless hard-work and love. I must add about the kazillion types of party-favors put together according to the theme that the guests enjoyed. From her beautiful gold jewelry to impressive dress, and Prada shoes, Hind’s night was nothing short of perfection!
Dearest Hind & Khaled,
Thank you for everything! I feel so much joy to call both of you my friends. My heart was fulfilled to see your chemistry and love through my camera. Hind, you are adorable. I love your smile, sparking personality, and care that you show to your loved ones. I pray that every time you look at the spaces on your fingers, you always find Khaled’s fingers locked with yours. Reminding you of his immense love. Always….
Today marks the second birthday for my love, my blog.
And around 25+ish-th birthday of ahem – yours truly.
I want to take this opportunity to jot down my thankful list for this year so I can compare it with 2014 thankful list along with years to come.
I’m thankful to the Almighty – who has always given me more than I have asked.
I’m thankful for family & friends – for everything that they are & do.
I’m thankful for surprises – regardless of their size.
I’m thankful for a successful business year – I can’t imagine where I’d be without it.
I’m thankful for mini-vacations – they recharge my energy level back.
I’m thankful for being able to travel to foreign countries – it increases my wanderlust.
I’m thankful for Skype – it connects me back to family & friends.
I’m thankful for working from home – love karak-chaye while writing blogs.
I’m thankful, yet again, for a blog itself – it gives me a voice.
I’m thankful for tough times – they have made me stronger and wiser.
I’m thankful for being my own boss – its the best feeling!
I’m thankful for having the best team of professionals – I wouldn’t be where I am today without my awesome assistant(s), associate photographers, videographers, and editors.
I’m thankful to all the blog readers – 61,989 views and still counting.
I’m thankful for being able to read – a good fiction book is you need on lonely days.
I’m thankful for not having to get up at 6am, get ready, go to work and make loads of money for someone else.
I’m thankful for my having the best clients – brides who changed my perspective on life.
I’m thankful for my husband – for being my strength, my back bone.
I’m thankful for another year – bring it on!
As both my blog & I start a new year, I wish my blog & business blossoms because they help me do things that I cherish the most & I get to meet some of the best human beings this planet has to offer.
Happy Birthday Love!
He turned around and his bisht (Arab’s traditional robe) did a full swing.
It looked like a cape. Then he fixed his ghatra (white head piece for men) and flashed a smile at his princess. Everyone knew the new Arab super-hero was there to take his princess with him. To make the fairytale story more authentic, I gave him a name – ‘The Ghatra Man’.
From the time Khadija sat on the super talented makeup artist Zareen‘s makeup chair, I remember nothing but laughing. It was a laughing riot. Without a single dull moment. Khadija’s much-anticipated-wedding was a dream come true. Zareen’s magic made her look even more stunning. Everyone who looked at Khadija couldn’t take their eyes off of her (mashaAllah times a billion).
People gasped for breath when Khadija made an entrance wearing her breathtaking wedding gown by Michael Cinco and holding her gorgeous bouquet by Fiore Design. With tons of details such as bird-cages, park benches, flowers, water-fountains – my favorite – cushions that looked like wood-logs, The Great Ballroom in Le Meridien Hotel was spectacularly decorated and turned into a magical garden by Al Mahad Events.
Here is a quick video trailer with decoration of their beautiful Dubai wedding.
Mr. & Mrs. GhatraMan
I can’t express how happy and emotionally invested I was throughout your wedding celebrations. Yousef, I’m sure you are super happy to have your princess always by your side. I can see the happiness through your SnapChats. Khadija, your family is the mosttttttt welcoming one I have ever met. From discussing the packages over amazing karak-chaye at your house to inviting me for food-tasting at the hotel way before your wedding, it was always a party hanging out with them. You are an incredible friend+sister who finds & spread the joy in life’s simplest moments. Always. I’m sure you’ll make Yousef’s life full of love, care, and laughter with your
awkward awesome dance-moves :D
Love you to the Pluto and back,
Click on the respective links to see Yousef & Khadija’s engagement/milcha party and henna party.
As a photographer, I absolutely loOoOoOove themed parties.
Especially when the party is thoughtfully put together with enormous amount of details and colors. I jumped with joy when Khadija told me that she was to have an Indian themed henna party. I knew something extravagant was in store because Khadija won’t settle for less.
When I entered the venue, my jaw dropped, eyes sparkled, and my heart did a happy dance. From the entrance with little decorated elephant hanging, to kosha/stage, to the tables setup with traditional Indian pots with Gota handwork and real jasmine flowers, everything represented perfection. I must give all the credit to the kosha decorator Al Mahad Events for their extra ordinary attention to details. They stuck to the theme and put together every single detail with elegance and style.
After their engagement party, I was honored to photograph the gorgeous Indian themed henna party of my darling bride+groom+friends > Khadija & Yousef. Their party was nothing short of awesomeness with tons of details, fun, hugs, and immense love.
Khadija rocked her gorgeous shalwar-kameez customized, made, and delivered allllll the way from India.
The details!!! <3
I throughly enjoyed the Arabic traditions and rituals performed where an elderly lady of the family puts attar/perfume on bride’s hands.
Yousef didn’t want to let go of Khadija’s hand…
Khadija & Yousef,
Ahhhh…what do I say to both of you? Thank You!!! For Everything. You guys are the best!!!! May you keep making and laughing at the silliest jokes. Endlessly. Climb the stairs of success. Together. Hold each other’s hand. Always. Love each other. Eternally. Forever. And Ever. And Ever…..
He sat through the entire bridal session calmly and watched her.
As she turned around in her gorgeous dress and laughed at a silly joke, he smiled.
The way he was smiling, the way he watched her, it showed that he knew what his jaw-dropping life-partner was thinking. He was ready to gather up the rainbows for her. To hold her hand and chase her fears away. He was ready to take care of their love. Ready to nurture it more. Honor it. Strengthen it.
Shahira & Salem make a perfect couple. With a gorgeous bridal gown and a very unique veil from Riman Fashion, off white Manolo Blahnik shoes, Natasha‘s on-point hair and makeup – the very pretty Shahira looked beathtaking. I was sure Salem’s heart skipped a beat during their first-look because after that, he just couldn’t take his eyes off of her.
Shahira & Salem’s beautiful wedding was celebrated by their family and friends at Hyatt Regency, Dubai. The kosha/stage was made by Wish Event. Fiore Design made a gorgeous bouquet for Shahira which I used as background for her *bling* aka diamond jewelry!
Dear Shahira & Salem,
Thank you for making me witness your love. Your love is very unique and the most important part of it is both of you. As the years pass, may you find more and more profound reasons to love each other. May you both dream and help each other achieve those dreams. May you touch each other’s hearts in a special way and make each other look to tomorrows expectingly, thrilled for the good things to come.
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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I’d be honored to chat more about your wedding, so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
You know what they say, the early bird gets the worm ;)
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.
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
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.
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…