Grand Hyatt, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Ahmad

If I were to describe how beautiful she looked in her white bridal gown, stunning would be an understatement. She was taking breaths away as she made her grand entrance into the ballroom yet her delightful smile was working like oxygen – for people who’s breath she took with her beauty. And also for her soulmate, whose life she was entering.

Venue: Grand Hyatt, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Dream Wedding Services ✨
Makeup: Ayesha AlSuwaidi💄
Dress: Hazar Haute Couture 👗
Shoes: Jimmy Choo 👠
Bouquet: Dream Wedding Services 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Aisha & Ahmad,

Thank you for everything! My team & I thoroughly enjoyed your wedding day from the moment we entered your wedding venue till the left because it was full of joy, happiness, dance, and absolute love. May Allah continues to bestow His blessings & bounties upon both of you forever and ever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Park Hyatt, Dubai Engagement – Elham & Adel

They are soooooooo adorably cute (mashaAllah).
She’s beautiful, bubbly & giggled through. He’s handsome, calm yet made her laugh & laughed with her. And me, I smiled behind my camera and my heart danced through the night ❤

Elham & Adel’s beautiful engagement was celebrated at Park Hyatt, Dubai 🏰. The stage/kosha was decorated by 198 Events ✨. Makeup was done by the darling Dona💄. Elham wore a stunning dress by Ayesha Depala 👗 and carried a bouquet from Florist Boutique 💐. And of course the photography was done by yours truly Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Elham & Adel,

Thank you super much for your trust, a warm welcome, and friendship ❤ I had immense fun at your engagement party and can’t wait to see what you both are planning for the wedding day *happy dance*. May you both cherish each other’s presence in your lives – always & forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Barsha Hall, Dubai Wedding – Noora & Abdulla

Her polite gestures, sparkling eyes, and beautiful smile was lighting up the entire room. He was sneaking peeks at her. As if scared to stare at her continuously and being caught. The best part was, each time he looked at her, it ended up bringing a sincere smile on his face. And I secretly prayed in my heart that they both continue to always smile like this because of each other.

Venue: Al Barsha Hall, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Wish Events ✨
Makeup: Nada💄
Desserts: Pistacio Box 💚
Bouquet: Magna Flowers 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Noora & Abdulla,

Thank you oh-so-much for being awesome & for trusting me to photograph your engagement & wedding celebrations. I feel so much joy in being a part of your first day as husband & wife. May Allah protects you both and showers you with happiness, success, eternal love, & all smiles. Always & forever, ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

How to Price Your Wedding Photography Services

Often I get questions from photographers asking about how to price their photography services. Although there isn’t one specific answer to this question because several things need to be considered while pricing your services (such as: different markets, clients’ spending on weddings, your experience, demand, etc). But following principles may help you with pricing your wedding photography services.

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  1. Costs must be covered.
    Make sure your fixed costs are well taken care of (studio rental, assistant/second shooter, online gallery, album printing, etc). Know your fixed costs, variable costs, and then add your salary so you don’t end up working for free.
  2. Demand of your services.
    As tempting as it is to compare yourself to other photographers, don’t establish your worth based on their work/pricing. If you think you are worth $5000 and your clients are willing to pay, kudos to you.  If you are in high demand & seem overbooked, it is about time you raise your prices a little but If your bookings are decreasing, there is a good chance you’ve raised your prices too high.
  3. Adjust pricing over time. 
    If you are starting out my friend, it is okay to test the waters. Don’t hesitate to adjust your pricing gradually overtime as wedding season & demand fluctuates. Adjustments is also required if your fixed costs increases. Try at your own pace and improvise your pricing based on what needs to be done.

I hope this blog helps & wish you much success with your business.

Your friend,
~ Rima

5 Tips to Rock The Wedding Dress

Dear Brides,

It may sound simple if I say to “Practice your Dress” but if it was this simple, I wouldn’t be writing an entire blog post about it. Trust me on this one! 🙂

It is very usual that I come across brides who have trouble wearing the dress. They don’t know how the crinoline/jiboon is supposed to be worn. I’ve seen broken zippers and buttons, and what not. To make your wedding day stress-free, here are 5 tips to prepare and practice your dress beforehand.

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  1. Practice wearing your dress at least 3-5 times before the wedding day to be comfortable with the fitting, buttons, zipper, lace, ribbons, etc.
  2. Know how to wear the dress with the crinoline (aka jiboon – the underskirt to make the ballgown fluffy).
  3. Try the dress with undergarments to make sure nothing shows & everything fits perfectly. Choose undergarments wisely (ex: strapless garments for strapless dress, etc).
  4. Wear the shoes/heels to practice walking in the dress. It will also help you be sure that the dress’s length is what you like.
  5. Last but not least, PLEASEEEEE try sitting in the dress to be 110% sure that it is possible!

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Lovely Brides, I hope this blog post is helpful to you. May you shine in your dress like a rockstar princess!

Your UnOfficial Bridesmaid,
~ Rima

Rotana Beach Hotel, AD Wedding – Afaf & Mohammed

They are the cutest. With lots of giggles, wide smiles, and promises of “fdaaaaaitch” (I can die for you). With love in the air, they were spreading joys to whoever came near both of them ❤

Venue: Rotana Beach Hotel, Abu Dhabi 🏰
Decorator: Dream Wedding Services ✨
Makeup: Salama💄
Dress: Hazar Haute Couture 👗
Shoes: Dolce & Gabbana 👠
Bouquet: Amaryllis Flowers 💐
Photography: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Afaf & Mohammed,

From the bottom of my ❤ , Thank You!!!! My team & I had utter pleasure of photographing you both and your wedding day. I pray that Allah protects you both from all evil eyes and showers you both with His highest blessings and bounties, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

Aloft, Abu Dhabi Wedding – Mariam & Naser

Her bubbly personality & warm friendly smile was lighting up the room.
Surrounded by her friends, she was the life of the party. I had no doubt this gorgeous girl, with her beautiful heart, will bring party to his life – as his bride.

Venue: Aloft Hotel, Abu Dhabi 🏰
Decorator: Mona Sabaat ✨
Makeup: Layaly 💄
Dress: Aisha Almuhairi 👗
Shoes: Charles & Keith 👠
Bouquet: Amaryllis Flowers 💐
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Maryam & Naser,

Thank you for being so welcoming, warm, and adorable. It had been super fun to document your big day with lots of joy, laughter, and love. May Allah showers you both with best of the best because you two don’t deserve anything less.

Love,
~ Rima

Tea Party at John Lewis – MyList Event

It is always such a pleasure to be invited for MyList.ae‘s events. Their team is warm, welcoming, and sweethearts to say the least. And their events are fun, educational, and useful especially for the brides-to-be. This time, MyList.ae hosted a wonderful tea party in collaboration with John Lewis at Robinsons Department Store.

d4798df9-576e-4c92-b33b-3cc7341b3264 The attendees enjoyed TWG’s delicious tea, mouthwatering mini-treats, a photo-booth, and took part in raffle draws worth AED 4000+ of beautiful products from John Lewis.

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P.S. The past three MyList.ae’s events that I attended & spoke at can be found HERE (Ethan Allen), HERE (Mall of Emirates), and HERE (bloomingdale’s).

P.P.S. Follow MyList.ae on Instagram for future events. I hope to see you at their next event ❤

Ajman Wedding – Hamda & Mohammed

It felt like watching elegance at its peak.
Her simplicity mixed with utmost style had everyone is awe. As she made her grand entrance into the ballroom, people couldn’t take their eyes off. She looked effortlessly grace. Divine. Giving him yet another reason to love her outer beauty as much as he loves her heart of gold.

Venue: Umm Al Momineen, Ajman 🏰
Decorator: Tahani Al Khaleej ✨
Makeup: Fathya Mohammed 💄
Dress: Ezra Couture👗
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik 👠
Bouquet: 4U Bridal Bouquet 💐
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Hamda & Mohammed,

You two are such sweethearts ❤ My team & I had utter pleasure in documenting your wedding day. Thank you for being the amazing human beings that you both are. May you both cherish each and every moment of your married life, together. Forever! ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Al Barsha Hall, Dubai wedding – Maryam & Abdulla

She looked like a doll.
Pretty. Picture perfect. And perky.
Posing for the camera, dancing around with happiness, with a smile to die for.
He continued to smile while looking at her liveliness. Knowing that their new journey is about to get filled with joy & happiness because she is entering his life. As his wife! ❤

Venue: Al Barsha Wedding Hall, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Forever Events ✨
Makeup: Rose 💄
Dress: Esposa 👗
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik 👠
Bouquet: House of Garden 💐
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Maryam & Abdulla,

Thank you for your trust, and letting us witness & document your wedding. Your families and friends have been nothing short of amazing. My team & I will always be grateful for the hospitality and love everyone showed towards us. May Allah always shows His utmost attention, love, and mercy towards you both, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima