Zabeel Ladies Club Wedding – Zainab & Hussain

I had met her several times before at weddings.
Clearly remembering her alluring style, I was extremely excited to see what she has planned for her wedding. Only that I didn’t expect to be left in awe & fell short of words...

Suddenly, it was like all the love songs were written for them.
It was adorable how every time she looked up at him, he was already staring at her. She was becoming the smile for his face, beat for his heart.

I couldn’t decide who was more lucky? Hussain for having the ever so gorgeous Zainab by his side? Or Zainab, for having Hussain as her loving life partner. I knew one thing for sure, I myself feel immensely lucky to witness them – looking perfect together!

Zainab & Hussain celebrated their wedding in Zabeel Ladies Club. The elegant kosha/stage was decorated by Flower Boutique and cake was designed by LuCake. Zainab looked even more stunning in her customized bridal gown with drapes of white net around her shoulders instead of a traditional veil. I fell in love with her bouquet, headpiece, and shoes. Everything was as unique & elegant as Zainab.

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Dearest Zainab & Hussain,

You two are oh-so-lovable!
I thoroughly enjoyed documenting every single moment of your enchanting wedding. It gave me such joy to meet 5 of my past brides (again) who I proudly call friends and dancing with them on the stage made your wedding day so much more memorable for me. I pray that you both always choose to love, honor, respect & adore each other.  May you both make each other feel complete & perfect, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

My Thankful List – Dreaming Bigger

Today I celebrate the third birthday of my blog (and my own as well – yes yes, still in the 20s :D), just wanted to pencil down things and people I’m profoundly thankful for.

I’m thankful to the Almighty – a thousand times I failed yet his mercy remains.
I’m thankful for being able to listen to my mom’s laugh.
I’m thankful for friends – they understand things without explanations.
I’m thankful for food in the fridge.
I’m thankful for running water.
I’m thankful for books – they are my favorite escape.
I’m thankful for another successful business year.
I’m thankful for vacations – they broaden my horizons.
I’m thankful for my home, bed, clean sheets.
I’m thankful for ordinary things – they help me appreciate life more.
I’m thankful for being able to accept mistakes.
I’m thankful for my clients – I’m blessed with the best ones.
I’m thankful for everything I once longed & prayed for.
I’m thankful for laughing and living out loud.
I’m thankful for my husband – for embracing my craziness.
I’m thankful for being able to be myself.
I’m thankful for another year – and for dreaming bigger.

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Please know that I’m immensely thankful for having you (my blog readers) along on my roller-coaster of a life. As my blog & I start another year full of hopes & dreams, I want to write how thankful I am for my blog – for providing a platform to share my work & for giving me a voice.

Happy Birthday Dreamer…

Zabeel Hall, DWTC Wedding – Maryam & Mutar

It is very rare for me to see a bride and groom so relaxed and comfortable on their big day. It is quite normal for anxieties to run high on your wedding day but, Maryam and Mutar, the two interacted with each other in such a calm, gentle, and loving manner was proof that they completed each other and were truly made for each other.

I couldn’t help but admire how Mutar kept Maryam engaged in conversation all evening. The whole room was filled with the family and friends, but these two could not keep your eyes off each other! The saying is true- “when your beloved is by your side, nothing else matters!”

Overall, the beautiful couples’ wedding was the epitome of CLASSY and TASTE! The banquet hall was regally decorated in hues of purple and gold, and the kosha/stage was draped in golden leaves that bounced off different shades of purple lights creating a stunning visual effect, enhancing my photos for the evening. Maryam, in her classy white and lacey gown looked breathtaking.  She dazzled in her diamond jewelry but I have to say her tiara stole the show. It was so unique and glamorous and looked like Frozen’s Princess Elsa’s crown.

Dear Maryam & Mutar,

I pray that you forever find each other a source of peace and tranquility like I witnessed on your wedding day! Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your wedding day and trusting me to capture those moments that you will cherish for years to come, inshAllah. Ameen.

Love,

~Rima

Hilton, RAK Engagement – Fatma & Saeed

Oh boy, where do I begin? From the moment I entered the venue I knew this engagement would be one vibrant and lively occasion. Fatma was in the midst of being dolled up when I arrived so I turned to the banquet hall to cover the decor and kosha/stage shots first.

They say “everything that glitters is not gold” but that was not the case here. Everything glamorously glittered because everything WAS gold! From the beautiful ornate candelabras to the little delicately packaged wedding favors everything was gilded in gold and looked STUNNING. The decorators did an excellent job bringing to life the hall at Hilton Ras Al Khaimah.

…and that was only the beginning. I was just about finished shooting the decor when I was informed that Fatma was ready. Upon entering her bridal suite, my jaw dropped. I had yet to see such a bold and daring engagement dress. Fatma wore it confidently, like no other. The royal blue dress was adorned with colorful peacock feathers and Fatma paired it perfectly with matching blue Christian Dior heels. To top everything off, Fatma’s jewelry dazzled from across the room and was hard to miss.

Dearest Fatma and Saeed,

You both made my job so fun that day. Both of you had such bubbly and attractive personalities and I only pray you bring even more life, vibrancy and color to each others’ lives, ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Aisha & Abdulaziz

It was so obvious how much he tried to contain his excitement and extreme adoration for her as he first laid eyes on her. How could he possibly contain himself when his beloved Aisha, adorned with dazzling diamonds, looked like she stepped right out of a magical fairytale. She coyly and lovingly looked up at him and just like that their love lit up the whole room.

“Like ‘helwa'” my videographer whispered when I asked her how the newlyweds looked in the videos she was capturing. She could not have said it better. Aisha and Abdulaziz made one super sweet couple, like helwa! True love, indeed!

Aisha and Abdulaziz celebrated their eternal love at Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah. The ever so sweet bride and groom’s families danced and laughed the night away in the tastefully decorated ballroom done by super talented Haifa from Afkar Events. The mellow mint green and light lavender decor filled the room with peace, tranquility, and love – very reflective of both Aisha and Abdulaziz’s personalities. Aisha’ fairytale gown was designed by Esposa-Dubai and she excellently paired the dress with a killer pair of  Manolo Blahnik shoes. Her dazzling jewelry, I have no words for. I will let the photos do the talking.

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Dearest Aisha and Abdulaziz,

I vividly remember your engagement & had been waiting to see and photograph to capture your big day since then. Thank you again for your trust and friendship. I felt absolutely honored to be a part of your big day. What I felt in that room, I know was true love. May you both find a true companion within each other, somebody to share good and bad times with, to lean on, and with time to fall deeper in love with (if that’s even possible!) and most importantly, stay for ever sweet ‘like helwa’ ;) I pray that your loving gazes and super sweet smiles continue to grow with time, forever & always. Ameen.

Love,
~Rima

Madinat Jumeirah Wedding – Afra & Mohamed

Her face lit up as soon as he entered the bridal suite.
“Hiiiiiiiii…..I missed you!” She said meaningfully with a gorgeous smile. “I haven’t seen him in a month.” She explained as all the girls present in the room smiled at her excitement. “MashAllah! MashaAllah! You look like a flower…” he uttered when looking at her. Of course, his wide smile was speaking much more than he did, describing his feelings for her.

“He’s cute right?!?” she turned around to ask everyone.
I laughed out loud and said “that’s the last question you want to ask so many girls…” to which she replied “No, I get flattered!”she literally was on cloud nine. Uber cute, I thought to myself. The bride and groom, their reaction upon seeing each other on the wedding day, and their love story, was so intensely unique hence resulted in two things: (1) a grand wedding day that was a reflection of them (2) my heart beamed and did the happy dance.

Mohamed & Afra celebrated their majestic wedding in Madinat Jumeirah Hotel, Dubai. The ballroom was luxuriously decorated with all real flowers and the stage was done in a special 3D projections by LeMariage. Afra wore a stunning bridal gown by Sanja Millican and Christian Louboutin heels. I had utmost fun photographing her absolutely unique breathtaking jewelry.

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Dearest Afra & Mohamed,

If dictionaries would have photos next to the words to explain them, I would put your wedding photo next to Cuteness. And Love. Thank you for letting me witness your love and giving me the honor of documenting your first day as Mr. & Mrs. I pray that you both alwayssssssssss cherish each moment of your lives together. May you both feel immense excitement upon each other’s sight & always find comfort in it. Forever. ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

A super especial shout out to Sumayya (Mohamed’s sister) from being so incredibly awesome!!! I absolutely adore you Sum. Second, shout out to Stephanie (from LeMariage) who made my job easy and was super fun to be around. You rock girl!

Live a Good Story

Sometimes all you need is time to yourself.
Laughing with friends, eating what you desire, reading a good book, and exploring new cities can have long lasting impact on your life.
Live simple. Dream big. Be extremely grateful for what you have.
You only have one life. Make it worth while by living it right.
More importantly, live a good story.
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DWTC Wedding – Moza & Majed

“I want 15 kids!” he announced during the photo-shoot, laughing.
The bride’s eyes widened. We all laughed both because of Moza’s reaction & his joke. “Why 15?” I asked, jokingly.
“Because I want 5 of them in Gems school, 5 in Ittihad, and 5 in Latifa school” he said and we laughed even more at his quick witty answer.

That’s how I remember Moza & Majed’s wedding. Full of jokes, laughter, fun and endless joy. Majed made us all laugh with his light hearted humor that relaxed Moza before her grand entrance. The genuine smiles resulted in absolutely gorgeous photos and I couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Moza & Majed’s wedding was celebrated at Dubai World Trade Center‘s Multaqua Hall. The stage/kosha and ballroom was decorated by Joelle from Sharjah. Moza looked even more stunning after the talented Layali and her team did her hair and makeup. Moza’s beautiful bridal gown was from Aroos Al Aneeqa and she carried a bouquet by Fiore Design. I absolutely loved her wedding cake from Katrina Sweets.

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Dearest Moza & Majed,

You two….and your jokes! Wallah I dearly miss your wedding day, all the Majed jokes, and Moza’s beautiful laugh. You two can write an entire book on them. I pray that you both love each other immensely and keep making each other laugh. May Allah blesses you both with every breath you take and showers you with his mercy & rehmat today, tomorrow, and always. Oh and yes, 15 kids….ameen😀

Lots of love,
~ Rima

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Mahra & Ammar

She occasionally flickered her eyes upwards to meet his and casted them down again. They both seemed lost in their own world. Sometimes by choice & other times by force beyond their control.

It was a sight.
The way she sneaked looks at him with eyes full of love.
His smile spread across his face. She lowered her eyes in shyness when caught starring at him and smiled too. He embraced her in a tight hug and she buried her face and gave herself to him.

My heart seemed to be jumping up and down an invisible trampoline. I was grateful that my camera wasn’t able to record the loud thump-thump echoes of my heart. Watching so much love makes me love my job. Even more.

Mahra & Ammar got married in Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah. The ballroom was decorated by Special Moments. Mahra wore a gorgeous Carolina Herrera bridal gown, Prada shoes, and a beautiful white and hot-pink bouquet. Surrounded by their families and friends, Ammar & Mahra celebrated their wedding day with real smiles & dancing the night on songs of love.

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Dearest Mahra & Ammar,

Thank you super much (again) for having me (yet again) as part of your wedding celebrations. It feels like yesterday that I met and documented your beautiful engagement party under-the-starry-sky and today my heart feels joyous to be able to share some details from your beautiful wedding. May your hearts feel fuller by looking & enjoying each other’s presence. Always & Forever! ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Hyatt Regency Creek, Dubai Wedding – Sumaya & Ibrahim

He hugged his mother so tight in the middle of the ballroom and couldn’t hold back. A few tears of happiness rolled down his cheeks and his embrace got tighter. Then he went back up on the stage and hugged his wife.

Being an advocate for loud and proud love, my heart was smitten. I was throughly impressed by his  abilities to keep a healthy balance between his mom and newly wedded wife. She hugged him back and both sides of the families happily cheered for them. He held her hand for the rest of the night.

Sumaya & Ibrahim celebrated their wedding in Hyatt Regency Creek Heights Hotel in Dubai surrounded by their close family and friends. Their kosha/stage and ballroom was decorated by Masaya events. Sumaya looked even more elegant in her beautiful bridal gown with intricate handwork detail from Fistan Ameera couture. I fell in love with her gorgeous diamond jewelry because of its unique design.

Dear Sumaya & Ibrahim,

You two are uber cute. I feel so fortunate to be able to call both of you my friends. Please know that I’m so grateful for your trust and for being able to document your wedding and witness your love. May Allah blesses you both with all that your hearts desire and fill your lives with happiness, health, success, much more love which makes you both hold each other’s hands – forever. Ameen.

Love,
~ Rima