InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Wedding – Kaltham & Tariq

They stood in front of each other and couldn’t stop smiling.
Somewhat in disbelieve as to how they lived without each other so far. Mostly super excited for finally being officially each other’s and spending the rest of their lives together – as One.

I took a step back and watched.
Her shyness.
His admiration for her.
Their exchanges of glances & smiles.
Promising each other. A Lifetime of Happiness. Friendship. Love. 

Tariq & Kaltham celebrated their first day as Mr. & Mrs. at one of my favorite venues, InterContinenal Dubai Festival City Hotel. Their kosha/stage was decorated by Hydrangea Weddings.  Kaltham looked absolutely jaw-dropping in her Hazar Couture‘s bridal gown, Sarah Jessica Parker shoes, carrying a flower bouquet from Fiore Design.

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Dearest KoKo & Tariq

You two are the BEST!!! Blessed with the best of families, best of friends, and loved ones. And indeed you two are BEST for each other❤ I feel so fortunate that you chose me to document your henna and wedding day. I witnessed immense love, compassion, and warmest welcome everrrrrr… May Allah always showers you both with bestest of the best in life and grants you whatever you both wish for, ameen.

Lots of Love,
~ Rima

 

Al Mizhar, Dubai Henna Party – KoKo & CO.

I love henna parties.
Especially when the bridesmaid are like those of Kaltham’s.
Known as KoKo by her friends, Kaltham is an absolute sweetheart. She looked like an Indian princess in her breathtaking purple skirt embroidered with traditional Indian thread-work and a pink dupatta. I fell in love with her bangles/bracelets.  She celebrated her  super colorful and fun Indian themed henna party surrounded by her giggling & dancing friends.

A huge shoutout to KoKo & Co. for rocking the henna party and showing what selfless and genuine love means. I whole heartedly adoreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee you girls from the bottom of my heart❤ (yeah, 20 e’s for ya’ll).

I can’t wait to blog photos and videos from Kaltham & Tariq’s stunning wedding. Stay tuned!

Your Dream Wedding Workshop

I feel so fortunate to work alongside wedding industry professionals who are one step ahead of the game & are always willing to help their clients – the Brides-to-Be.

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Just like last wedding workshop by Mylist.ae, I was invited to speak to future brides regarding the latest wedding and photography trends. And yes, I will be blogging about it in my UnOfficial Bridesmaid for those who missed.

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The workshop was held at the beautiful venue of Ethan Allen in Dubai.

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The amazing wedding professionals who took part in this workshop included:

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart to Julie & Anne for inviting me (again) for this workshop and putting together yet another helpful & successful event. Also, a heartfelt thank you to Ethan Allen for being an amazing host, to all the vendors who participated and shared their expertise, and to all the brides who attended the event.

I hope this event was educational, fun, and full of ideas for you and helps you with Your Dream Wedding, ameen.

Until we meet again…

Love,
~ Rima

Hyatt Regency, Dubai Wedding – Hind & Ghazi

She was sitting on a white sofa, in her white dress, looking stunning. Like a princess of some WhiteLand. He entered the bridal suite and smiled wide upon first sight of her. Then he came down on one knee to be on her eye level, held her hand, and shared what was in his heart. Although it was all in Arabic but all I could see & hear was love…love….love…. and more love…

I absolutely adore first-look before the entrances. They leave me lost for words. Every. Single. Time. There is always something so exciting and intimate when bride and groom see each other before everyone else does & share compliments and promises. Ghazi & Hind’s first look is definitely amongst my favorites  <3

Hind & Ghazi celebrated their wedding in Dubai’s Hyatt Regency Hotel. Their beautiful wedding was decorated by Stayle Essa AlHadad. Hind looked absolutely gorgeous in her white bridal gown from Solida Bridal Fashions and Prada shoes.

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Dearest Hind & Ghazi,

You both are adorbs!!! The smiles & love you both shared made me saying ‘awwww….’ every other second. You are two beautiful people that Allah made for each other. Thank you for letting me watch and document your love story. I wish you a lifetime of happiness, health, success, abundance of cheerful moments to hold hands, to make and fulfill promises of love – together & forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Things Worth Seeing…

I cherish spending time with the couple beforehand as well as on the wedding day and getting to know their love story. I love watching their chemistry and writing about it. When I am unable to express my severe joy and/or sadness, I write – hence this specific post is a byproduct of my extreme happiness & dedicated to the bridesmaids who put their hearts and souls to make it the best day of their friend’s life.

This past weekend, I was honored to document wedding of a bride who was loved and cherished and taken care of beyondddddddddd measure. The bride’s family and school-friends since childhood, along with her teachers were so immensely involved throughout the wedding planning process. She had an entire army of absolutely adorable bridesmaids. Their love & compassion for the bride showed in every conversation & gesture.

Not only I thoroughly enjoyed watching their excitement, my heart was doing its happy-dance the entire duration of the wedding and even until now for being able to observe them take love to a whole new level…

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Sometimes, reading between the lines leave me speechless. It’s not about how much money is being spent on the stage, decorations, overall wedding. I absolutely enjoy to witness care & love of the family and friends for the bride and the groom. It shows how good-hearted the people giving the love are, but it also shows that people receiving that love are more than deserving.

And that is exactly the type of brides/couples I feel humbled & honored to work with. Who give and receive love with pure heart. Who do things selflessly. Who see beyond what is visible. Who see things worth seeing….

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Lamya & Mohamed

His heart was like a glass.
Clean. Spotless. Filled to the brim with love for her.
When he thought he can’t love more than this, the sight of her as a bride must have added more love to his heart. Because it spilled in the form of tears.

It took Mohamed at least 4 minutes to get himself together again. He wasn’t to be blamed though. Lamya truly is a stunning girl with a heart of gold. It was like a moment of shinning stars and light when blessings were bestowed from the sky as they became each others, forever. They deserved love in the purest of forms hence they found each other.

If I am ever given a chance to write a novel, I would keep them both in mind as my modern day’s Romeo & Juliet….with a happily ever after!

Mohamed and Lamya celebrated their grand wedding in Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Center, Sharjah. Dream Weddings did a splendid job at decorating a geometrically artistic kosha/stage. Lamya wore a remarkable bridal gown from Monique Lhuillier topped with a crown by Dar Tijan, and Gina heels. She carried an exceptionally unique bouquet from Moz Flowers.

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My dearest Lamya & Mohamed,

I have no words to describe how I absolutely, whole-heartedly, adoreeeeeeeeeeeeee both of you – and your love! You two have a very special place in my heart. Meeting, watching, and documenting your love has left me speechless. And utterly grateful! Yes, I feel very very grateful because of you & your trust in me and my work. I am indebted for you for opening your hearts and letting me watch & document your love story unfold in front of my eyes. May Allah showers you both with his highest favors & may your love grows deeper and stronger with every passing millisecond, ameen.

Tons & tons of love,
~ Rima

Brand New Ending…

One of my hobbies is to binge-watching YouTube videos.
While doing so, sometimes I stumble upon videos that uplift me to a degree that I feel more resolute. More curious. More determined to pursue my dreams.

If you are in search of some kind of revival, definitely check out this gem of a video by Price Ea. He is a very talented American artist, rapper, and music video director. I absolutely loo0o0ove his videos’ cinematography and more than that, the concepts and messages behind them.


I hope this video makes you write a good story of your life….and your own Brand New Ending

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Amal & Saeed

The stars definitely shinned brighter that night.
She did a full twirl as he held her hand, followed by a hug.
It looked like a perfect ending of a fairytale Disney princess movie. The only difference was that it was the beginning of their happily ever after…

She seemed to come straight out of Elle or Vogue magazine.
With model-like features yet poise of a princess, and a beauty mark under the lower lip, Amal made a phenomenal bride. As much as I was amazed by Amal’s beauty & Saeed’s love for Amal, I was impressed by their choice of details and style. The intricate henna on her hands, a unique hairstyle, the laced bridal gown, and a remarkable bouquet represented her keen sense of beauty and creativity.

Saeed & Amal celebrated their beautiful wedding day at Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah. The ballroom was decorated with lots of red & gold colors by Forever Events. Amal designed her own wedding invitation cards and stationary very artistically. She wore a beautiful lacey dress from Esposa, shoes from YSL, a stunning crown from Dar Tijan, and carried a very unique bouquet from Qaser Al Joori.

Dear Amal & Saeed,

Thank you super much for trusting and choosing me to document your wedding day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself photographing your beauty, love, and adorable chemistry. I feel beyonddddddd honored because you both gave me full permission to be creative. I pray that your love always be like a shinning star brightening even the darkest of times. May Allah bestows all the happiness & love upon you and keeps you both amongst his most blessed ones forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Zabeel Hall, DWTC Wedding – Huda & Ibrahim

Her phone rung and, busy as she was in makeup chair, she requested me to see who it was.
Instead of a name, it said ‘My One & Only <3’.
I smiled and told her. A bigger smile came as her reaction.

When Ibrahim came in the bridal suite, he was beaming so much that the room didn’t need any lights. The exchange of smiles & unspoken promises of a lifetime between them were a vision. My heart melted as I clicked through it all.

Huda & Ibrahim celebrated their wedding in Zabeel Hall of Dubai World Trade Center. The kosha/stage and ballroom decorations were done by Klassna Events. My personal favorite was the ramp/catwalk of the stage that seemed like thousand of stars lined up for the bride’s entrance. Huda wore a stunning Hazar Couture bridal gown & Manolo Blahnik shoes. The super talented Layali‘s makeup added a perfect amount of awesomeness to the day and made Huda look even more stunning.

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Dearest Huda & Ibrahim,

Both of you are gems that shine even brighter near each other. I adore you two and your chemistry both on and off cameras. Thank you for giving me the honor of documenting your wedding day. I pray to Allah that you both always love, cherish, and live your lives to the fullest together, each other’s One & Only! Forever. Ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Eid Al Azha Mubarak – 2016

May on this EID
The Plate of your life is filled
With juicy Kababs & Tikkas topped
With Chatni of Happiness and
Covered with Salad of Love.

May the auspicious occasion of Eid
Bless you with peace
And bring joy to your heart and home.

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Don’t forget to include the less fortunate ones in your happiness.

Be kind to one another…❤