Books, movies, articles, poems, songs….
I’d welcome everything & anything that has to do with love.
As the Valentine’s day marks the calendar today, I just wanted to say out loud how much I love LOVE! ❤
I hope you cherish & Celebrate Love not just today, but each & everyday… ❤
I cherish spending time with the couple beforehand as well as on the wedding day and getting to know their love story. I love watching their chemistry and writing about it. When I am unable to express my severe joy and/or sadness, I write – hence this specific post is a byproduct of my extreme happiness & dedicated to the bridesmaids who put their hearts and souls to make it the best day of their friend’s life.
This past weekend, I was honored to document wedding of a bride who was loved and cherished and taken care of beyondddddddddd measure. The bride’s family and school-friends since childhood, along with her teachers were so immensely involved throughout the wedding planning process. She had an entire army of absolutely adorable bridesmaids. Their love & compassion for the bride showed in every conversation & gesture.
Not only I thoroughly enjoyed watching their excitement, my heart was doing its happy-dance the entire duration of the wedding and even until now for being able to observe them take love to a whole new level…
Sometimes, reading between the lines leave me speechless. It’s not about how much money is being spent on the stage, decorations, overall wedding. I absolutely enjoy to witness care & love of the family and friends for the bride and the groom. It shows how good-hearted the people giving the love are, but it also shows that people receiving that love are more than deserving.
And that is exactly the type of brides/couples I feel humbled & honored to work with. Who give and receive love with pure heart. Who do things selflessly. Who see beyond what is visible. Who see things worth seeing….
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….
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! ❤
I pray that the Almighty fills your life with happiness, your heart with love, your soul with spirituality, and your mind with wisdom. May Allah bestow glories, successes, and happiness to you and your family.
May the noor of Eid illuminates your heart, mind, & soul and brings you lots of joys, health, and especially peace in the world. May your wishes are fulfilled, prayers are answered, and your wallet gets filled with Eidi, ameen.
Be very kind to each other…
Eid Mubarak to all of you!
She wore the last piece of her jewelry and her long eyelashes lifted up slowly – as hands go up while making a dua (prayer) – and she smiled. Her deep dimples added authenticity to her beauty. I smiled behind the camera.
Only if one could see behind his beard, I was sure he had a dimple if not dimples. He also had the same soft smile, polite gestures, and love for her in his eyes. Looking at both of them together, I smiled behind the camera. Again.
They were so very similar. Well mannered, educated, soft-spoken, and sharing lots of love. There was just one difference. He was cracking jokes and she was the laughing one. It was a perfect difference. They were similar yet still complimenting each other. Flawlessly. I smiled behind the camera throughout the night.
Farida & Khalid celebrated their wedding in Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai. The stage/kosha and ballroom was decorated by Essa AlHadad. Farida wore a gorgeous dress from Pronovias and Miss Selfridge shoes. Her bouquet was from Qasr Al Jori.
Dearest Farida & Khalid,
Ahhh….where do I start?!? Meeting, knowing, and documenting your beautiful wedding has been both my pleasure and honor. You two are one of my most sophisticated & fun couples whom I proudly call friends. May the Almighty always showers you with health, success, happiness, and keep your dimples deep with smiles.
I walked into the villa’s main entrance and stopped to admire the setup (and of course to SnapChat it).
White orchids were gracing the rustic themed centerpieces made of woods with baby’s-breath & candles. “So, what do you think…??” A guy asked me. “I’m loving this!!!” I said loud and proud and asked him what’s his name. “Abdulaziz” he replied. “OMG, you are the groom…” I said in semi-disbelieve & very impressed. He was running around to make sure everything’s perfect. And indeed everything was perfectly perfect.
I went inside the house to meet Aisha and announced “He’s a keeper!” She gave a million dollar smile as she knew it already. Her sincere smile was so alluring that I smiled too and had no doubt that it’ll be a great night for me and a great life for them, together.
Aisha & Abdulaziz celebrated their full of details engagement party in Sharjah. I loved their families and enjoyed every moment of watching them together. Aisha looked stunning in her purple dress, Jimmy Choo shoes, holding a white bouquet, and wearing the gorgeous diamond jewelry set. Abdulaziz looked handsome wearing a white Kandoora (traditional Arabic men’s dress) and was very popular amongst kids as they surrounded him while he hugged them lovingly.
Dearest Aisha & Abdulaziz,
Thank you from the core of my heart for trusting so much (without even meeting me) & hiring me to document your first day as husband and wife. Watching you two together made my heart full. Aisha, your beauty and Abdulaziz’s gentleman-ness is to the extreme. I look forward to see what you guys are planning for your wedding. Both of you are amazing human beings and when you are together, your awesomeness multiplies to a 100th power ❤
Cheers to Happiness & TarBoooooshas! 😀
As I looked from my camera’s viewfinder to photograph her getting ready shots, she looked up in the mirror and I gasped for breath. She looked so breathtakingly beautiful (mashaAllah) with the hair and makeup done although she was still in a t-shirt and yoga pants.
She smiled then asked “Chee wa choo?” leaving me utterly confused. I asked her what she meant by ‘chee wa choo’ and she looked in the mirror with wide smile saying this is ‘chee’ and then smiled a little less and said ‘this is choo.’ I bursted into laughter and told her she looks stunning with either ‘chee wa choo.’ It became our inside joke, made us laugh for the rest of the night, and oh yes, the photos came out amazing (courtesy of both chee & choo).
Ayesha & Tariq celebrated their wedding in Saint Regis, Abu Dhabi. Their ballroom was decorated by Hamasat weddings. Ayesha wore a gorgeous bridal gown by Ezra Fashion, Dubai & shoes from Saint Laurent. I really liked her idea of party favors with roses in a glass jar and logo of her and Tariq’s initials in Arabic letters were found in different details.
Dear Ayesha & Tariq,
Thank you for inviting me and trusting me for documenting you wedding. You two are so sweet and totally amongst the most politest people I’ve ever met. I pray that the Almighty showers his endless blessings & bounties on both of you. May you both live a life full of happiness, love, and laughter with Chees wa Choos 😉
She was smiling as usual despite her nervousness. I hugged her and told her that she need not to worry because she looks stunning. She truly did. In her light purple gown, Menbur shoes, and holding her bouquet – she looked even more beautiful.
I had been waiting for this day…
Fatma’s engagement was one of those parties I was enthusiastically anticipating since I met her. This always-smiling girl with a bubbly personality is an absolute pleasure to hang out with. Never a dull moment with her and I just couldn’t wait to meet who will be the lucky man. Her lucky man.
Yaqoub seemed swayed away by her beauty. And of course by her smile. He couldn’t stop smiling himself. Happy to know that his life was about to be lit up by Fatma’s beaming smile.
Fatma & Yaqoub got engaged in Uptown Mirdif, Dubai. I was in love with all the party decorations. From the love quote by the entrance and her jewelry display, to hanging flowers in tiny buckets, wooden tables, white roses in small vases, party-favors of tea leaves in tubes and mouth-watering brownies, every detail was thoughtfully put together.
Dearest Fatma & Yaqoub,
You guys are simply oh-so-awesome! Seriously. I thoroughly enjoyed photographing both of you, both sides of the families & friends, and your party details. I’m super duper excited to see what both of you are planning for your wedding. I’m sure it’ll be full of details, joys, lots of dancing, and sparkling-broad-smiles 😉
With utmost adoration,
They spent their entire lives as neighbors.
Not knowing that that the orbits of love were revolving around them – waiting for them to meet and be each other’s forever.
Once I heard that if you want to see how a man will treat his wife, see how he treats his mother. When I saw the relationship Eissa shared with his mother and sisters, I knew for sure that Roudha will be treated like a queen.
Roudha certainly looked like a queen as she sat on her wedding stage. I couldn’t wait till Eissa sees her because I knew the feeling from their engagement and henna party. As he entered the ballroom and walked towards the brightly lit stage to take his place, he didn’t take his eyes off of her – not even for a split of a second. There was something spectacular about the way he looks at her. As if no one else exists but her.
She looked shy but her smile was dazzling, reaching the corners of her eyes; knowing that the love in his eyes is absolutely raw. My little heart did a happy dance. It made me believe that no two people in the history have ever looked happier than they did in that instant. Couples like them make me fall in love deeper with what I do. I literally took their wedding booking so I can watch them look at each other. To watch love in its purest form. Young, without boundaries, audacious love….
Eissa & Roudha got married in Al Bustan Rotana, Dubai. Their black and gold kosha/stage and ballroom was decorated by Special Moments. Roudha looked breathtaking in her customized bridal gown from Arushi Couture. She carried a beautiful bridal bouquet from Fiore Designs and her Menbur shoes carried her elegantly. I loved the mini dresses, shoes, and crowns for the flower girls.
Dearest Roudha & Eissa,
Thank you for choosing me to be a part of your wedding day and letting me witness your love. I feel beyond honored to be able to photograph you both three times (engagement, henna, and wedding) and my heart feels so content with watching your love story unfolding before my eyes. You both are gems & shine more in each other’s presence. May your love grows exponentially but stays as pure & raw as I saw it…
P.S. A hugggggggggge shout-out to all the ladies of both AlJassmi families!!! I know you all have been waiting for the blog. I can’t thank you enough for the hospitality you girls show towards me and always make me feel like a part of the family. I adore all of you from the bottom of my heart ❤
I read somewhere that just as we feed our bodies with good food, we should feed our minds with good quotes. Following is a list of 10 quotes that I believe can be life lessons and my take on them…
- Don’t let your difficulties fill you with anxiety. It is only in the darkest nights, stars shine more brilliantly. – Imam Ali
- You are stronger than your difficulties
- Seek respect, not attention. It lasts longer.
- Stop pleasing people. Do your thing & you’ll earn the respect
- Whatever you are, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln
- Be the best version of yourself
- Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you, and if you are alive they crave your company. – Imam Ali
- Be a listening ear, a reason for someone’s smile, a shoulder to cry on…
- Be somebody who makes everybody feels like a somebody.
- People should always come first – regardless of their status, bank balance, and influence.
- Money doesn’t make you rich. Attitude does.
- Be with those who support your being. – Rumi
- Be around people who lift you up and also be the one lifting others.
- A flower doesn’t compete with the flower next to it. It just blooms!
- Jealousy never does good to people.
- Life is fragile. Handle with prayer.
- Pray regularly. Your faith should overcome the fear…
- Take risks. If you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.
- The key is to be brave and do it. Done is better than perfect…
You may follow the hashtag #RimaSays on Instagram to follow up with my collection of quotes.
I would love to know which one of the quotes stuck out to you most and why….and if you have any of your favorite quotes / life lessons, feel free to share in the comments below.