Wedding in Aloft Hotel, Abu Dhabi – Suhail & Reem

I warned her.
I told her that she should call him and ask to bring an oxygen cylinder for himself (and may be for me as well) because she looks wayyyyyy toooooo gorgeous. She laughed and shrugged.
He entered the room and stood speechless. Breathless. Eyes wide open yet full of happiness.
I whispered to her “I told you…….”
She remembered that I did warn her and laughed. Watching his gorgeous bride, his slightly dropped jaw turned into a smile as well and he took slow steps towards her.  He held her hands like a prince-charming who was ready to take his princess.

And why wouldn’t he? She did look like a princess.

While photographing him, I said “I hope you know how lucky you are….” He gave a trimphant smile and said “I know!” I liked him double for knowing and being proudly appreciative of my darling bride whom I called my friend.

Reem & Suhail’s absolutely ah-mazing wedding was celebrated at Aloft hotel, Abu Dhabi. From the stage, hanging crystals and candles, real flowers, to my personal favorite  perfume table, Reem & Suhail’s wedding was perfect example of a fairytale.  Reem is a poised, confident, friendly, and absolutely lovable girl. Her beauty was even more enhanced with the gorgeous makeup by Layaly, long sleeved ballroom grown and Miu Miu shoes. Reem opted for a beautiful imitation flower bouquet with crystals and pearls.  And of course a crown is a must. Because every fairytale must have one. Obvs.

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Dearest Reem & Suhail,

Thank you for inviting me and letting me document & be a witness of your absolutely perfect day. Being present at your wedding was like watching a real life fairytale. I pray that both of you spend the rest of your lives surrounded by singing birds, colorful flowers, rainbows, chasing dreams, selfless love, and happy times. May your love story never encounters any twists and each chapter ends with ‘happily ever after….’

~ Rima

Wedding in Dubai World Trade Center – Maitha & Abdulla

I met her at a past client’s engagement and wedding.
She was fun, bubbly, and loved to talk.
That’s how I remembered and expected her to be until…..

He entered the room and she was the quietest one. I was surprised. The girl who I knew to be a talker, couldn’t find words. She constantly put her hand to her mouth to hide her shyness and smiles. On the other hand, the groom, whom I thought to be a quite guy, was all smiles and became talkative around her.

Their personalities changed around each other – of course, in the best way possible.  I stood there and thought to myself….so this is what love does to people?!?  They balanced each other out and seemed absolutely perfect together. Like a summer and ice-cream. Like shell and pearl. Like smile and dimple. Like Maitha & Abdulla.

The beautiful wedding of Maitha & Abdulla was celebrated in Multaqua Hall at Dubai World Trade Center (DWTC).  Maitha gorgeous dress was designed by Solida Bridal Fashion and she looked gloriously stunning as a bride.

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Dear Maitha & Abdulla,

You two are adorable! Thank you for giving me the opportunity of photographing your wedding day and witnessing how love can transform two good people into two great souls. I hope you both are enjoying Switzerland and spreading some love there.


Wedding in Ras Al Khaimah – Saeed & Haifa

“We met at the court.” She said while fixing her bridal gown.
My jaw dropped as it was a first time I was hearing this one…

“Well, I’m a lawyer. He came in for his friend’s business…” she said looking up and smiling.  “And……?!?” I asked very interested in the story. She figured my interest and laughed out loud “he proposed several times but I said no.” she said and stopped pretending to figure out how high or low to hold her bouquet. She was having as much too much fun in making me anxious to know the story.

“Aaaaaannnnnnnnd…..?!?” Omg I feel guilty of being nosy but I’m a sucker for love-stories.
“He didn’t rest his case. So finally, I said Yes! And here we are!”
She was all smiles.

I knew Saeed and Haifa, the two most funniest people, couldn’t just have a regular good-old-story. Saeed, the charmer, won the bride of his bride Haifa, a confident lawyer. Their love sparked at a court. How crazily-awesome is that?  It was a laughing riot during their wedding photo-shoot. Their beautiful wedding took place at Corniche Wedding Hall in Ras Al Khaima (RAK). Haifa’s dress was designed by Dar Sara Fashions and shoes were by Manolo Blahnik.  and I was beyond excited to be a part of their big day.

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Dearest Haifa & Saeed,

Thanks a whole bunch for inviting me to document your big day. It was nothing short of fun. I pray that the Almighty showers you with love and happy times as both of you spread these two things wherever you go. Hold onto each other’s hand and….well…..never rest your case! May LOVE always wins!!!

~ Rima

Wedding in Sharjah Ladies Club – AbdelRahman & Khadija

I have never, in my 3 years of business, ever, witnessed anything like that.

As my assistant opened the door for him, the bride waited for him to enter the room.
He entered and paused as she slowly turned around, radiating in her bridal gown.

He just stood there, staring at her, unable to hide his meaningful smile & spark in the eyes.
It felt like a thirsty man finally found oasis in the desert. A tree in scorching heat. Cool breeze on a summer night. As if he found hope. Direction to his dreams

The time seemed to be moving very slow. My palms got sweaty, thoughts went blank, and after taking several shots of their first look, I felt frozen myself. The bride, my assistant, and I were as much speechless by his reaction as he was by his life-partner’s beauty.

Several moments passed by when I asked him “ummm….are you okkaay?”
I felt guilty of bringing him back to reality. Without moving his head, he walked towards her, held her hands in his, and said “I waited five years for this day….”

She stared back in his eyes and said “…..more like twenty-five years!”
He took her in his embrace. She happily gave her soul & existence to him.
I held my camera up and clicked through. Smiling. I live for moments like this…

I knew both of them since their beautiful engagement party and ever since, I felt part of their wedding planning process. Whether it was discussing timeline and perfect wedding dress over mouthwatering lunch at P.F. Chang’s, or sharing macaroons while we spoke about the lighting on the kosha, Khadija thought keenly through every detail. And I mean, E-V-E-R-Y DETAIL! (yes, in big bold capital letters).

Khadija & AbdelRahman’s wedding took place at Sharjah Ladies Club and depicted their months of hard work. The ballroom was beautifully decorated by one of my favorite kosha/stage wedding planners Dream Wedding Services. Khadija got a beautiful, easy-to-move-in dress from Esposa, her bouquet was made by one of my favorite florists in Dubai & Abu Dhabi – Crochet Flowers, and the delicious cake was made by Sweet Lane Cakes. I personally loved the perfume table outside of the ballroom with extremely beautiful decoration and fragrances by Rose Kazan Perfumes.

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Dearest Khadija & AbdelRahman,

Thank you for making me a witness of your first day as husband & wife and adding moments to cherish for a lifetime in my memory. Your wedding day is a definition of Perfection! I felt like I was watching a love novel come to life. I feel extremely honored, yet again, that you both chose me as your wedding photographer to document real life moments. I’m still stunned by how this much awesomeness can be condensed into one day? And how this much love can be condensed into two hearts? Looking at both of you, my heart assures me that love alone is worth waiting & fighting for.

Much appreciation, dua, & love,
~ Rima

P.S.  Enjoy The City of Love! You two picked a perfect place for honeymoon – Paris.

Sabahiya in Markaz Al Rasool, Dubai – Hassan & Sara

She is a walking-talking definition of elegance.
He has a heart full of love for her.
Ever since the first day I met them, the experience was nothing short of amazing. Their wedding was full of beauty, love, flying butterflies, and indoor fireworks.

I was thrilled when she told me about her Sabahiya (valima).  I’ve always liked those. The valima day is generally relaxed. I was excited to see what Sara & Hassan have planned for the celebrations after the wedding. I wasn’t wrong to be so excited when I saw that Sara chose a gorgeous pink dress & pearl jewelry that enhanced her beauty. My awesome associate photographer documented Sara’s smile while she twirled in her dress, which made her look like a fairytale princess.

Sara & Hassan’s sabahiya (valima) took place at Markaz al Rasool, Dubai. The interior and huge chandeliers gave an edge to the beautiful kosha/stage. The choice of hot-pink, baby-pink, and green flowers made the decoration look more extravagant.

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Dear Sara & Hassan,

Thank you for being the best!!! I found not clients but friends in both of you. Lifelong friends that I love and will cherish forever. You both are adorable and make this world a good place to be in. I can’t wait to see all the great things the future holds for both of you. May you love each other more and more each day, everyday! Ameen.

~ Rima

Wedding in Saint Regis, Abu Dhabi – Alyazia & AbdelRahman

I loved how sure they seemed of everything.
Her: she listened keenly, spoke softly, smiled brightly, and was open for ideas.
Him: he just watched her. Smiling as wide as he could. Sure of his decision of marrying her.

Me:  I watched both of them. And smiled! They are beautiful both inside & out, with great sense of style, and choice of venue, dress, jewelry, and always smiling. In Love! Yes, that’s what mattered the most. Clients like Alyazia & Abdel Rahman make my heart tingle.

Their beautiful wedding was hosted and celebrated at Saint Regis Saadiyat Island Resort in Abu Dhabi.  The wedding decoration and bouquet were done exclusively by Lazord Events,  gorgeous shoes by Badgley Mishka, and photography & videography were done by my super talented team.

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Here is a video trailer with loads of more details from Alyazia & Abdel Rahman’s wedding.

Alyazia & Abdel Rahman,

Thank you from the core of my soul for your trust and please know that I appreciate our friendship. I loved everything about the two of you, especially the energy and love you both posses when around each other. I pray that your love for each other grows like flowers in the field. May anyone who comes near you feels the warmth, beauty, and fragrance of that love, ameen.

~ Rima

Wedding in Sharjah Ladies Club – Sara & Leon

We sat in a coffee shop, laughed constantly, and talked about zodiac signs. That’s how I remember our first meeting. On the wedding day, we discussed how ghetto of a bride she was for wearing her gorgeous heels in a hurry as if she was a school girl about to miss her bus. Yes, the topics of the conversation were totally different yet we laughed the same. Or may be more….

I tend to enjoy documenting & photographing parties where either there are tons of details or each member of the family seems to be genuinely happy. In Sara & Leon’s case, both were true. She made her entrance and totally rocked the stage. Sara looked so gorgeous that Leon couldn’t take his eyes off of her. Sara’s friend sung such a beautiful song for her and later all their family and friends danced and the party was lit up even more by everyone’s smiles.

I totally loved how she chose a dark purple theme for her wedding decoration. Many thanks to Ekleel Designs for transforming the ballrooms of Sharjah Ladies Club with gorgeous purple flowers, candles, and countless details. The menu cards, little flowers, table setup, tableware, party favors, jewelry, and shoes, everything was keenly put together and seemed magnificent.

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Sara & Leon,

Your day was incredibly fun. Your party pulsed all night with all the dancing, happiness, toasting, cheering, and celebrating your union. I adored how in the midst of all the dancing, Sara was able to enjoy some special moments with her mom. Leon, something makes me so sure that your life is about to rock with Sara’s presence in it. I wish you both a life full of happiness, fun, laughter, and loads of more celebrations. In short, I wish you both your own version of happily ever after….

~ Rima


Wedding in InterContinental Hotel, Dubai – Abdulla & Marwa

He entered the room and half-announced-half-requested that he wants to pray before we begin the photo-shoot. Secretly, I gave him an extra point for being awesome. He went into the other room and my team & I continued to photograph & make video of the ever so stunning bride.

It wasn’t even 10 minutes into the photo-shoot that I took a photo of her, looked at the back of my camera, and said out loud “Oh My Goshhhhh…..Marwa! You look go00oo0o0o0rg!” Next thing we know, the groom screamed from the other room “You look Hot, baby!” and the entire room bursted into laughter. And yes, I gave him 20/10.

Abdulla made jokes through out the night. They weren’t just funny jokes. They were hilarousssssssss jokes. Hilarious yet respectful. Playful. Marwa kept on giggling and pretty much denied everything Abdulla said. Except for one….

He said she was crazy about him. She giggled and denied.
He said she was dying to marry him. She laughed and denied.
He said it was love at first sight. She laughed. We all did.
But no one in that moment noticed that she didn’t deny him.
I smiled and gave him 100/10. For his loud-&-proud love.
Love that is visible through small gestures.
Through real smiles.
Raw Love….

Some weddings are perfect. Some are beyond perfect. Marwa & Abdulla’s wedding was the later one. As much joy as I felt during our first and second meeting, I was overjoyed with excitement when I entered her bridal suite at InterContinental – Festival City Hotel, Dubai.  Makeup done on time by Haifa Safar. Hair made on time by Amy. Stage/Kosha, ballroom decoration, and bouquet were ready, perfectly in place, and on time by O&M. Stage lighting was beyond perfect. The amazing live-singer Wafa & her band brought life to the party. So much that even I, myself, danced on the stage. Marwa nailed every detail, including hiring the best set of professionals and her punctuality won my heart. Alllllll over again. I swear I was about to tap-dance. Only if I knew how to…

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Dearest Marwa & Abdulla,

Where do I start? From our initial meetings to your perrrrrrrrrfect day, it was nothing short of amazing! Even days after your wedding, I couldn’t help but smile. That’s what your love has done to me. If not me physically, my heart still does a little tap-dance every time I think of both of you. So pure. So full of life. And so much in love. I pray to the Almighty that He always keep you both happy. May He gives you more than you ask for. May He showers his blessings upon you far more than you pray for. Marwa, I’m sure Abdulla’s score will increase as he continues to make you laugh. Forever. Cheers to your happily ever after…

I am in love with the love you both share!
~ Rima

Wedding in Multaqua Hall, DWTC – Hassan & Sara

She delicately looked down at her dress and picked it up from one side.
I asked her to freeze right there and took a photo.
She smiled, stood straight, and fixed her bouquet.
I gasped for breath and asked her to hold onto the pose and took another photo.

Most of the weddings, I direct the bride into posing. Sara was a rare gem. Her subtle moves were inspiring the poses. They were simple yet exquisite. Soft gestures, sparking eyes, and a smile to die for. Making her look even more beautiful.

Hassan himself was left in awe by her beauty. Speechless, to say the least. He was constantly trying to sneak peeks at his gorgeous bride. As if, despite of his best try, he was not getting enough of her.  I put them together for formal photos and the smiles got wider. We all felt invisible butterflies flying around them & fireworks happened within the bridal suite.

As she entered the Dubai World Trade Center‘s Multaqua Hall, the heads turned and all the guests looked at her with admiration. In her gorgeous Esposa bridal gown & Fiore Design bouquet, she seemed like a princess making her grand entrance. Her tiara made the feeling more authentic. The ballroom was beautifully decorated by Decor4Life. Sara & Hassan, surrounded by their family and friends, held hands and promised to be by each other’s side for…..eternity!

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Dear Sara & Hassan,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for inviting me to witness your love. To say that your day was perfect would be an understatement. I appreciate your thoughtfulness, love, and the box of chocolates with the sweetest note ever. I absolutely loved your families and couldn’t be more thankful for their warmest welcome & hospitality towards me. I pray that the Almighty showers his blessings upon both of you because you deserve nothing but happiness. May you both always hold each other’s hands and fulfill your promise of loving each other….continually & forever!

~ Rima

Wedding in Dubai World Trade Center – Yazan & Amna

He was polite. Soft spoken. Respectful.
She was outspoken. Hilarious. Bubbly.
I thought to myself….Opposites DO Attract.

As he patiently listened to my posing directions, from the corner of my eye I saw her cracking jokes, laughing out loud, dancing in front of the cameras. I smiled and continued to take his photos while my awesome team documented her beauty.

The fun began when they were put in front of my camera. Together. It was amazing to see how she calmed down into a girly-girl and he couldn’t hold back his wide-smile. Her laugh turned into shy giggles and his calmness was turned into charm. It was like a chemistry lab experiment. When two totally different elements put together – like H2O, made a universal symbol of survival. In their case, they both put together in the picture made a symbol of love.

Bubbly, respectful, classic love.

He was careful when holding her hands. She seemed more cautious by his touch. Their eyes spoke a thousand words – all beautiful adjectives – without actually saying them. My heart did a little dance and I smiled through the rest of the night.

That’s how I remember them. Both Amna & Yazan. That’s how I recall their perfect wedding day which took place in Zabeel Hall of Dubai World Trade Center.  To top things off, their wedding was beautifully decorated by Joelle Wedding. Amna’s gorgeous bridal gown was by Elie Saab. I absolutely loved Amna’s unique Manolo Blahnik shoes and her beautiful bouquet by Fiore Design. Her makeup was done by Haifa Safar and I was honored to document Amna & Yazan’s flawless day along with my team.

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You two…you two should be in a profession that has to do with chemistry. Seriously! With the sparks you share when in each other’s presence has affected my heart. In a great way. Your love made me believe in love all over again. And I love my job even more. If it revolved around meeting such amazing couple who are immensely in love, I wish and plan to be a photographer even at the age of 187.  I wish both of you endless success in every step of life. Both of you are beautiful in your own unique way and I love it even more when you guys are together. Never, ever, change! Ever…

~ Rima