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…❤

Dubai WTC Wedding -Mohamed & Maryam J.

She is pretty. She has always been…
What turned her prettiness into beautiful was her confidence.
He was stealing glances at her.
And smiled broadly every time he got caught.
I don’t blame him though. She looked remarkable and astonishingly beautiful.

Yes, with that much beauty, I had to use two adjectives to describe it.

Maryam & Mohamed’s wedding celebrations were held in Multaqua Hall of Dubai World Trade Center. The ballroom decorations left me speechless because of its grand stage/kosha by Omar & Mohamed. Maryam’s beautiful bridal gown was customized and brought all the way from Turkey. She wore Saint Laurent‘s white heels and carried Fiore Design‘s classic bouquet.

As the ballroom looked grand with all its glory, I was extremely impressed by Maryam’s attention to details and thoughtful props. Customized perfumes had Maryam and Mohamed’s logo printed on the perfume bottles for guests to take home as party favors. She had a cute calendar to mark her wedding date, uber cute cake topper, cushions, and dress hangers for her and Mohamed.

Before you scroll through this breathtaking wedding, don’t forget to say “MashaAllah”😉

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Maryam got Mohamed’s photo hand-drawn as nail-art.

Dear Maryam & Mohamed,

I feel so grateful to call you both friends! Photographing your engagement, henna, and wedding day has been nothing short of exciting. Maryam, all three days of your wedding celebrations were beyond perfect because you put your heart and soul into the planning and every little detail spoke for itself. I pray that Mohamed always spoils you with his utmost attention and care that you deserve. May Allah showers you both with infinite happiness, joy, more beauty, and love. ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Because of You…

As soon as I came back home from the wedding, I started transferring the data and went through the photos and videos. I desperately scrolled through the clips…
There it was…..the groom’s entrance.

I watched it over and over and over again.
When I couldn’t hold back, I cried.

It was an uncomplicated setting. Groom watching his life partner as a bride. HIS bride. What made it intense was how the tears rolled down his eyes and he covered his face. It was such a heartfelt moment and I was so glad that both I and my videographer were able to capture it with all its emotion.

I watched it several times more.
And cried a little more….

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I absolutely lo0o0o0ove my work.
I mean, witnessing someone else’s love story unfold before my eyes is like watching a movie, live. The experience is firsthand and leaves me speechless. Every single time!!! I feel blessed that people share their stories with me and I always give them each a little piece of my heart. My clients changed the trajectory of my business and life. They make me see and believe in love – again and again – in ways I read in books only. Pure emotions, raw moments, significance of the unspoken words, and much more than I could ever tell in words.

Dear clients who become friends,

I do what I love.
And I fall more & more in love with what I do…
Because of You!

Barsha, Dubai Henna – Maryam J. & Mohamed

People stared.
And she made it worth their while.

With incomparable style and months of planning, Maryam stunned all the guests with abundance of details, thought, and exceptional planning for her henna night. I already was a fan of her planning skills since her engagement day, but documenting her henna made me beyond excited.

Maryam & Mohamed’s henna night was celebrated at their hottest villa in Barsha. The decorations were done beautifully and with keen attention to details by Iqbal Wedding Events.  Maryam wore a stunning dress & shoes customized from Bahrain. Lots of gold & green details with bottles of kajal (khol) and atar (perfumes), lanterns hanging from the ceiling gave a sense of traditional henna party with a modern twist of barqah with Swarovski crystals and pops of hot pink color here and there.

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Dearest Maryam & Mohamed,

Where do I begin? I’ll start with my humble appreciation of you both for choosing me again. You two are adorable and I feel above and beyond honored for the opportunity of having you both in front of my camera. Thank you again for your trust and friendship. I will always, alwaysssss, alwayssssssssssssss cherish it  <3

Love,
~ Rima

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