Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Shamma & Ali

If they ask me what Flamboyant is? I’ll say HER name.
If they ask me what Modesty is like? I’ll say HIS name.
If they ask who is Strikingly Beautiful? I’ll say her name.
If they ask me what Respectful means? I’ll say his name.
If they ask me who is Perky?  I’ll say her name.
If they ask me what Sincerity is? I’ll say his name.
If they ask me who is Life of the Party?  I’ll say her name.
If they ask me who is HIS life?  I’ll say HER!

Shamma & Ali’s wedding was celebrated at Al Jawaher RCC in Sharjah. The wedding decorations were done by Gardiana. Shamma looked stunning in her Hazar Couture bridal dress, D&G Shoes, and carried a beautiful bouquet from Fiore Designs.

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Dear Shamma & Ali,

Thank you for having my team & I to document your first day as husband and wife. I feel honored to be trusted so much and utterly grateful for the warm welcome by your families and friends. I pray that the Almighty showers you both with exceptional love and care that both of you deserve. May your affection and care for each other grows exponentially, forever, ameen!

If they ask me what love is like…I’ll say YOUR Names!

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

A Step Forward…

She had tons of questions…
Being the first one amongst her siblings to get married, she was lost in all the wedding planning process. As I was answering her questions, a past bride of mine came in to meet me. I asked her to join in and the conversation went to a whole new level.

I sat back and watched both of these amazing girls. It was like watching an amateur meeting an experienced one. The crazy idea popped into my head and I asked the bride-to-be if she’d be interested in meeting my other past & future brides to help her plan the wedding. She agreed in a heartbeat. Before leaving, she turned back and said thank you several times to my past bride and myself for being the reason that so much of her stress was reduced.

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In that moment, I felt like I was the missing link! I decided that I haddddddd to take a step forward & plan a friendly get-together for my future brides-to-be. To help them connect the dots, help each other with the tiring wedding planning, bring and share ideas to plan and have the best day of their lives.

With that being said, I feel sooooo very nervous & super excited at the same time because I actually did take the step…..the venue has been booked, invitations have been sent, and I can’t wait to see what this small step will result into…

Cheers to a step forward!

The Missing Link,
~ Rima

Aloft Hotel, AD Wedding – Asma & Mohamed

I’m blessed with the most beautiful clients, Alhamdullilah.
But these twoooooo…..they both are something extraordinary.
She looked like a mixture of Anjelina Jolie and Ashwariya Rai. Deep eyes, model-like features, courteous nature, a smile to die for.  He looked like a prince charming; strong jawline, polite attitude, and a smirk that turned into a sincere smile every time their eyes met.

It won’t be wrong to say that the sparks turned into flames when they both are together in the same frame. They complete each other. As in Picture Perfect! Or Perfect Picture. Whatever you call it, the beauty definitely doubles because they are together. In love, forever!

Asma & Mohamed celebrated their lovely wedding at Aloft Hotel, Abu Dhabi. The kosha/stage/ballroom was decorated by The Wedding Venue. Asma wore a breathtaking bridal gown customized by Jacy Kay and Louboutin shoes. My team, I, and allllll the guests had to take deep breaths to take in so much of beauty mashaAllah. I can only imagine what happened to Mohamed’s heart…

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Dear Asma & Mohamed,

You both are not only beautiful on the outside, but inside as well. On behalf of my team & I, a hugeeeeeee Thank You for introducing us with so much beauty and love. I wish and pray for your joy, peace, love, happiness, health, prosperity, and alllllllllllll the good things. Because two beautiful human beings like you deserve nothing but everything beautiful ❤ ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Ritz Carlton, Dubai Wedding – Basma & Mohamed

He came in slightly after her for our first meeting and shook hands with her.
It was a very simple gesture. Yet so0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o0o meaningful….

Because there was something special about the way he was looking at her.
As if the flowers bloomed a little extra,
His eyes sparkled a little extra,
The sequins shined a little extra,
The stars twinkled a little extra….
Everything was extra. A lot of it. In abundance. Except for one thing…
His ❤ …because it skips a beat when he looks at her.
Every. Single. Time.

I watched them closely during our first meeting (as well as the wedding day) and told her that I just can’t wait to write the blog for them. I wanted to write it about the first meeting and she laughed. That’s how intense their chemistry is. Basma & Mohamed made me believe in fairytales again.

Basma & Mohamed’s exquisite wedding was celebrated at Ritz Carlton Hotel in DIFC, Dubai. Haifa AlMarri from Afkar Events did a remarkable job with the stage & ballroom decorations. Basma wore a stunning bridal gown by Esposa, shoes by Sarah Jessica Parker, and carried a very unique bouquet by Moz Flowers. Everything was perfect because the entire night was surrounded & celebrated with sincere love.

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Dearest Mohamed & Basma,

I abso-freaken-lutely adoreeeeeee you both!!! You both are the epitome of awesomeness. Seriously! Ever since our first meeting, I have been thinking about writing this blog because there is so much to say but I just can’t find the right words to express how utterly grateful I am to the Almighty that out paths crossed and I found wonderful friends in both of you. May Allah keeps showering you both with eternal love. I pray that you both continue to love and respect each other & find the happiness & pleasure in this sacred bond you share, forever. Ameen!

Believer of Fairytales,
~ Rima

Al Bustan Rotana Wedding – Alia & Mohammad

I asked him to hold his bhisht (traditional black robe) from the middle but he seemed distracted. “Hands a little bit down Mohammad.” I repeated again. He didn’t do it. His eyes were fixated upon something. So I turned and looked behind me.

She sat there in her stunning white bridal gown and was fixing her veil. Her hands looked even more beautiful with sparkling diamonds and henna.
I turned back to look at the groom, smiled, and asked jokingly “Hey Mo. Are you okay?!?”

Without taking his eyes off of her, he replied, “She was worth the wait!”
“Han…?!?” his answer caught me by surprise.
Without taking his eyes off of her, he repeated again. “She was worth every second of the wait.”  Confused, I turned around to the breathtaking bride again for an answer and asked “how long did he wait?”  She beamed and held her hands up and said “10 years!” leaving me surprised yet again. At that very moment, I fell in love with their love.

Alia & Mohammad celebrated their union (finally) &  wedding day at Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai. The ballroom/stage/kosha was miraculously decorated by Forever Events. Zareen Shah did her magic with the make-up and Alia looked absolutely gorgeous in her Esposa bridal gown & Manolo Blahnik shoes. I personally loved the Micky & Minnie Mouse prop and the manequin challenge done perfectly on the kosha/stage was just cheery on top of the icing.

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Dearest Alia & Mohammad,

I don’t know where to begin? While most love stories give me ‘awww’ moments and others leave me speechless, yours gave me a reason to smile every single time I think of you; and of love. You two are one the most lovable couple I had the pleasure and honor to document. Thank you from the deepest core of my heart for choosing & trusting me to photograph your wedding and love. My heart feels so full that I met you both and watched your first day as husband and wife. I have no words to tell you how thankful I am for your friendship ❤ May your love grows more everyday and you never have to wait for anything that your hearts desire, ameen.

Much love,
~ the photographer+friend who is in love with Your Love! 

Thorns

Past few hours daaaays have been bizarrely restless for me.
I was up and down the emotional roller coaster for apparently no reason.

Sometimes I felt like I was stuck in quicksand that was taking me in deeper and deeper. Other times I knew the only person who can help me is my own self. Trust me, I tried everything I could. I tried reading the unfinished book, constantly flipped through TV channels, aimlessly wandered the mall, and tried to find anything that might consume my time.

dubai_wedding_photography_female_photographer_rima_hassan_uaeWhen nothing helped….I did what I do best in such situations.

I cried and I wrote.
I wrote and I cried.

I wrote because that was the only anti-drug left. When I can’t give voice to feelings, I write. And I write until there is nothing left to say.

Sometimes life is not all happy-happy journey. Not at all!
In fact, most of the prettiest flowers are the ones with the thorns.

When you do come across such flowers (& their thorns), remember that ‘what doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger…

 

JW Marriott Marquis Wedding – Hind & Yousef

He looked stunned.
Because she looked jaw-dropping stunning.
Her perky jokes, flawless beauty, attention to details, and tons of swag was making the bells of his heart ring louder than Big Ben.
Every time he sneaked a look at her, we all heard the sounds of his heart go louder. Again n again n again…

Hind & Yousef’s big grand wedding was celebrated at JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai. Dream Wedding Services did an impeccable job at decorating the ballroom.  Hind’s remarkable Pronovias‘ dress & Manolo Blahnik shoes added authenticity to her royalty.  She carried a beautiful bright yellow bouquet from Moz Flowers & wore an alluring diamond jewelry set.

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Dearest Hind & Yousef,

Thank you might sound repeated but it’s all I can think of to show my gratitude for your trust and friendship. You both are kind, cheerful, and perfect for each other. I wish nothing but the bestestest to both of you and pray that Allah showers his immense attention, love, and blessings upon you both. Again n again n again…. Forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Happy New Year – 2017

2016 – I just have one word for you – EXTREME!

The goals were overly achieved and ridiculously missed, I cried my eyes out some nights and most days I laughed unstoppably, documented oh-so-amazing couples & met mind-blowing creatives, my social media followers, and made new friends that I’m so utterly grateful for. I lived life to the max and accepted myself as Glorious Mess.

2017, Ima make you MY year. I’m already daring to dream even bigger. Wishing for the impossible. And trust me Habibi, I then will wish for more. I am ready to live out Louder. Boldly. Fearlessly!

Thank you, yet again, for following along my journey.  Cheers to moving forward, new beginnings, taking risks, dreaming big, loving and living out loud….because I strongly believe that the best is yet to come 🙂

Happy 2017!!!

Al Mizhar, Dubai Henna – Hind & Yousef

I was impressed by her attention to details.
More than that, I admired her style and swag. Every single thing she chose for her henna and wedding was a reflection of her unique flair. To top it all, her witty & fun personality made the day even more glorious.

Hind & Yousef’s henna party was celebrated at Al Mizhar Wedding Hall in Dubai. The ballroom was turned beautifully into a traditional Arabic night themed party  with tons of details by Dream Wedding Services.  Hind wore a stunning red dress customized from Bahrain paired with SJP‘s shoes. I absolutely loved the lantern she carried instead of a traditional bouquet.

Dear Hind & Yousef,

Thank you for your trust in me and my work. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you, your families and friends at your super fun henna party. I can’t wait to share your grand wedding blog with the world. May Allah keep you both happy, surrounded by love, laughter, and makes your lives as colorful and fun as your henna party was.

Love,
~ Rima

Ritz Carlton, Dubai Wedding

Upon bride’s special request, I will not be sharing any of the jewelry photos or names of the couple. But my super talented associate photographer and video team did a splendid job with the ballroom details which was decorated by Haifa Al Marri from Afkar Events so here is the gorgeoussssssssssss wedding of two lovely souls celebrated at Ritz Carlton DIFC, Dubai.

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Dearest you-know-who 😉

Know that I adore you and wish you both nothing but happiness, health, success, and tons of unconditional love. Forever & ever…

Love,
~ Rima