Sharjah Engagement – Shaikha & Hazeem

It seemed like everything was happening in slow motion.
The way she fixed her dress. Gently carried the bouquet. Steadily secured her hair behind her ear. Slowly raised and lowered her eyelashes. Assured smiles in between each action.

Her simple movements and elegant gestures were becoming the picture-perfect poses. Spreading smile across my face as I clicked through. And of course, spreading a continuous smile on her soul-mate’s face.

Shaikha & Hazeem’s intimate engagement party was celebrated at private villa in Sharjah. The decorations were done by The Purple Chair. Shaikha wore a stunning baby-pink gown by Hamda al Fahim, Dior shoes, and carried a bouquet by Moz Flowers.

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Dearest Shaikha & Hazeem,

Thank you for your trust in myself and my work ❤ I can’t thank you & your families enough for the very warm welcome. May the Almighty showers you both with His utmost attention, mercy, care, blessings & bounties. Can’t wait to see the all-things-amazingggg you two are planning for your big day inshaAllah *happy dance*.

Love,
~ Rima

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Most people look at successful photographers/studios and think it is solely because of their amazing skills and techniques. Let Me. Tell You. The TRUTH!!!!

Honest equation of being a successful photographer/studio =  20% of Photography and 80% BUSI-NESS! (get it, busy-ness/business 😉 )

I’ll tell you what…if you are an aspiring photographer, it is easy to find photography techniques on Google. You may also learn by trial-&-error & self-teaching. But one thing that most people will not teach you is how to run the photography, or in fact ANY, business!

Very very fortunately, I graduated with a business degree (majors: marketing & management – graduated with honors – on full scholarship!) So here is my humble proposal to YOU!

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  1. Do you want to learn about photography business?
  2. Need help with marketing & social media?
  3. Wanna learn how to write emails/contracts?
  4. Need help selling your services?
  5. Want to build a brand?
  6. Want to be your own boss?

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I hope you join me to celebrate photography & talk business!

GirlBoss,
~ Rima

Armani Hotel, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Abdulla

They love each other for who they are.
How they are. How they made them feel about themselves.
Making this world more colorful. More joyous. More lovable.
Filling and fulfilling each other’s lives, presence, & purpose.

Aisha & Abdulla’s super romantic wedding was celebrated at Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa, Dubai. The ballroom & kosha/stage was decorated by Dream Wedding Services. Aysha’s makeup was done by Donna and she looked breathtaking in her white bridal gown, YSL heels, and carried a bouquet made of fresh red roses by Only Roses.

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Dearest Aisha & Abdulla,

You two have been nothing short of amazing! Its my honor that I got to document you both and took great pleasure in it. I hope you both continue to rock each other’s lives with your lively personalities. May Allah fills your lives with more colors, more laughter, more success, and more love. Always & Forever, ameen.

Love,
~ Rima

 

RAK Engagement – Haya & Mohammed

She looked exactly like Huda Kattan.
Stunning, poised, and lots of fun.
Her smile was lighting up the room, making everyone around her joyous.
The very beautiful bride’s lovable personality & heartfelt laugh was the reason behind everyone’s smile Especially his…

Haya & Mohammed’s engagement was celebrated at Ras Al Khaimah Hotel. The ballroom was decorated by Mohannas. Haya wore a cute baby pink dress from Baloushi Couture, heels from Christian Dior, and diamonds with pearls jewelry.

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Dearest Haya & Mohammed,

Thank you super much for being absolutely lovely! I feel so grateful to be able to document your first day as husband & wife, for your friendship, and for the warmest welcome by your family and friends. I pray to Allah that he showers you both (as well as your families) with His love and mercy, forever.

Love,
~ Rima

Pre-Wedding Extravaganza – Bloomingdale’s Dubai

I feel so humbled when MyList.ae invited me to speak again (for the third time to be exact) at their Pre-Wedding Extravaganza event to help the future brides-to-be hosted at Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall.

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I was able to speak alongside some wonderful wedding vendors including We Do Weddings & Events (wedding planner), Pret A Papier Design (invitations & stationary), MyList.ae (party favors & gifts), Magnolia Bakery, The White Boutique (catering), Bloomingdale’s professional team of makeup artists & jewelry specialist, and florist. All the wedding experts gave extremely useful tips to the future brides to help them plan their fairytale wedding.

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I spoke about how to prepare for the wedding, timelines, budgeting, communicating with the vendors, and setting expectations. I will blog about these in details under UnOfficial Bridesmaid category for the future brides who were not able to attend.MyList_Event_Wedding_Female_Photographer_Dubai_Rima_Hassan_0001

Thank you super much to Line & Stefanie from MyList.ae for inviting me to speak at the event & for such an educational and successful event. I hope the brides use all the ideas, tips, and tricks while planning their wedding day and it helps them achieve the day of their dreams.

Love,
~ Rima

P.S. The past two MyList.ae’s events that I spoke at can be found HERE & HERE.

Mina A’Salam, Dubai Wedding – Amna & Mohamed

The anxiousness was gone.
Her stress was relieved and she seemed calmed.
She smiled more.
Danced more.
Loved more.
Everything changed as he walked in.
Both in the room & her life.

Amna & Mohamed’s wedding was celebrated at Al Johara Ballroom, Jumeirah Mina A’Salam, Dubai. The ballroom was decorated beautifully by Dream Wedding Services. Amna wore a customized dress from Turkey, Saint Laurent shoes, and carried a pink color bouquet from Only Roses.

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Dearest Amna & Mohamed,

Thank you for being YOU! My team and I are so grateful for your trust, for your gracious hearts, and for letting us document your beautiful love story & big day. May Allah showers you both with his blessings and join you together in goodness, always! ameen ❤

Love,
~ Rima

Emirates Palace, AD Wedding – Ghaneema & Haitham

There was something about them…
Something very special!
Their body language around each other was absolutely adorable that
I couldn’t held back but smile at their every gesture.
As he sat next to her on the stage,
she moved her big ballgown on the side to make room for him.
He smiled at her with gratefulness. She smiled at him with shyness.
And of course, feeling my heart full, I smiled at them! ❤

Haitham & Ghaneema’s grand wedding was celebrated at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi. The super talented Haifa AlMarri from Afkar Events impressed all the guests with the creatively executed kosha/stage design and extra attention to details of ballroom entrance and centerpieces. Ghaneema looked breathtaking in her Jacy Kay bridal gown, Miu Miu heels, and carried an immensely unique bouquet ❤

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Dearest Ghaneema & Haitham,

I absolutely & unconditionally adoreeeeeeeeeeee you both!
I give complete credit to your mothers for raising you both so well (mashaAllah) because you both are suchhhhh amazinggggggg human-beings!!! May Allah showers you both with His utmost care, mercy, and love. I pray that you both bloom in each other’s presence and reach the peak of perfection. This world is truly a better place because of sweethearts like you both ❤

Lots of Love,
~ Rima

Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Dana & Waleed

Every time they met after the engagement,
he wrote the date and a short message on a lock.
And kept the keys safe with him.
For he wanted to remember each date & every meeting,
that reminded him for how fortunate he is,
to have her in his life….

Dana & Waleed’s wedding was celebrated at Al Jawaher RCC, Sharjah. The ballroom and stage/kosha decoration was done by Essa AlHaddad.  Hind AlAmeri did Dana’s makeup. Dana wore a stunning Esposa‘s bridal gown, heels from Menbur, and carried a Qaser AlJoori‘s bouquet. The locks and its stand was bought from Bee Events.

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Dear Dana & Waleed,

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your joyful wedding day and your love story with me. I had immense fun and feel so grateful to be able to photograph your first day as husband and wife. I wish you both a lifetime of health, joy, and deep affection. May you both continue to open the locks of happiness and love for each other, forever. Ameen.

Much appreciation,
~ Rima

Hamlet, NYC Valima – Khadejah & Sami

I love writing about love,
but theirs couldn’t be described in words…
Their love was felt in the air, by everyone who took breath in their radius of a mile.
I feel honored to document and present to you,
the wonderful sweethearts,
perfectly made for each other! ❤

Khadejah & Sami’s valima reception was celebrated at Hamlet Golf & Country Club, NYC. The Cinderella-themed decorations were done by Stylist Events NY, henna by Henna for All NY, and the entire event was planned by non-other-than Events by Khadejah herself. Khadejah looked absolutely beautiful in her light blue & gold long-shirt from Pakistan, Kate Spade‘s golden heels and clutch, and her make-up was done by Beauty By Tamanna.

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My dearest Khadejah & Sami,

It may sound repetitive but I can’t express my gratefulness in other words than these two: THANK YOU! For EVERYTHING! From your first email to the latest Whatsapp message, you have been nothing short of a sweetheart ❤ May Allah showers you both with his utmost care and mercy & increases your emaan, happiness, success, love, and provides you with alllllllllllllllllllll that your hearts desire. And much more…..ameen ❤

Abundance of love,
~ Rima

Sharjah Engagement – Alya & Sultan

They were like two peas in a pod.
Gracing the stage like a royal prince and his princess,
yet so lost in each other’s eyes.
She giggled shyly when he made a joke.
He smiled upon seeing his success of making her laugh, promising to keep her smiling. For eternity and beyond….

Alya & Sultan’s beautiful engagement party was celebrated at Alya’s villa in Sharjah. The beautiful stage and decorations were done by Tahani Al Khaleej. Alya wore a beautiful engagement dress from Dar Rutoosh, heels from Menbur, and carried a bouquet from Awraq Al Jory, and makeup was done by the extremely talented Zareen Shah.

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Dearest Alya & Sultan,

Meeting, documenting, and watching you both together makes my heart dance with joy. You both are such beautiful & wonderful human beings making this world more beautiful with your presence and love. Lots of best wishes and duas for you. May Allah showers you both with his mercy, happiness, joy, success, and love, for eternity & beyond…ameen!

Love,
~ Rima