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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Al Jawaher, Sharjah Wedding – Sultan & Alya

They were both aware of their surrounding & peoples’ presence,
yet so lost in each other.
Exchanges of smiles, lovable gazes, frequent giggles, and promises of a lifetime.
They both seemed ready to fall Rise in Love!

Venue: Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Center (JRCC), Sharjah 🏰
Stage/Ballroom Decorator: Forever Events
Perfumes: Tibru Weddings
Desserts: Ashk Catering
Dress: Esposa 👗
Shoes: Sarah Jessica Parker (SJP) 👠
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Alya & Sultan,

I am absolutely smittennnnnn by you two ❤ Both of you are just oh-so-adorable mashaAllah that I couldn’t stop smiling throughout & even after your engagement party & wedding day. Thank you for having my team & I to document, photograph and videograph, both your parties and showing us your delightful personalities and love story.

Lots of love and bestestest of wishes for both of you ❤
~ Rima

Wanna Talk about Business?

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?

If you answer YES to at least 2 of the questions above, you wouldn’t want to miss this chance. I’m hosting the very first Rima Hassan Photography’s Mixer on 9th December 2017 from 3pm-5pm in Jumeirah area, Dubai, where I will be answering all of these (and some more…) questions. And YOU are cordially invited. Only a couple of seats are left & registration will close on 7 December 2017. All you need to do is fill out the form on THIS LINK.

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

GirlBoss,
~ Rima

Let’s Celebrate Photography – First RHP Mixer

I felt alone…
Nowhere to turn to, no one to ask for help.
Refreshing the inbox every 5 minutes waiting for the enquiries’ email is frustrating. Very frustrating.  Starting a business wasn’t easy. I didn’t know where to look for the ideal brides, how to reach them, how to price the packages, and the list goes on.

Five years later, as I enter the 6th year of business, I can proudly say that I have established not only a successful business (Alhamdullilah) with the bestest of clients (double Alhamdullilah), I continue to try my best to help both (the brides & the photographer friends) who need help with photography and business.

In honor of my consistent photographer-followers, who ask me questions about both photography and business, I am hosting my First Rima Hassan Photography’s Mixer!

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If you are a photography lover, especially wedding photography, I cordially invite you to join me for a fun event on 9th December 2017 from 3pm-5pm in Jumeirah area, Dubai. Yes, I will be answering questions about building a brand, social media, running a business, photography, and marketing your wedding services. There will be lots of food & lotsssssssss of fun & informative chatting involved! ❤

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This event is FREE but highly private, RSVP is must as the seats are very limited. More details & venue of the mixer will be sent via email to the confirmed attendees.

I hope to see you there & don’t hesitate to bring in allllllll the questions that you need answered.

Let’s Celebrate Photography!
Because together we go farther… ❤

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

Wedding Planning & Setting Expectations

Hello lovely Brides-to-Be,

When I spoke at the Pre-Wedding Extravaganza event hosted by MyList.ae, I shared insights on how to prepare for the wedding, setting timelines, communication, and expectations.

Here is another installment of UnOfficial Bridesmaid‘s post, for those who weren’t able to attend the event, to help brides-to-be with the pre-wedding planning & how to set expectations for wedding vendors & for yourself!

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1. Setting Time

  • remind all the vendors of your wedding date and location.
  • discuss timeline with the decorator, makeup artist & hair stylist, photographer, ballroom staff, DJ, etc. All of Them!
  • make sure the checks/payments are made/cleared a week before the wedding.
  • keep grace period for everyone. If the makeup artist told you she will be there by 4pm, don’t expect that your makeup is starting at 4pm. She needs time to arrive, parking, setup her stuff, and then she starts her work.
  • set aside plentyyyyyyyyyyyy of time for the photoshoot.

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2. Communication

  • please make sure to discuss details with all appropriate vendors.
  • ask questions & explain yours concerns so the vendors can answer them.
  • if you have a certain concern about photography, like one side of your face better than the other, don’t like the curtain colors of the bridal suite, make sure you discuss it with your photographer.
  • don’t assume you will receive things (projectors, screens, extra pages in the album, extra tables/chairs in the ballroom) that are not mentioned on contract. If you want/need something, discuss the details beforehand with the specific vendor.

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3. Setting Expectations

  • how you set expectations of the wedding vendors is what you will receive. If you are late for a meeting, the vendor might think it is okay for you if they are late. Set their expectations right.
  • make sure to explain each vendor how important time is for you. If everything is going in a timely manner, you will enjoy your wedding to the fullest. I PROMISE!

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I hope these tips help you plan a wedding of your dreams. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to ask them in the comments section and I will be more than happy to answer them.

Your UnOfficial Bridesmaid,
~ Rima

 

Crowne Plaza, Dubai Wedding – Aisha & Saif

He look at her surprised.
She swung her body every 3-5 minutes and it looked like she’s dancing. My team and I knew the reason behind her swinging (or as I called it “wiggle“) & we smiled every time she wiggled but the most hilarious thing was the groom didn’t know and couldn’t figure out 😀

She caught him by surprise every time she wiggled in-between poses. His expressions were priceless and she was enjoying them too much. Her crinoline slip (jiboon) wasn’t settled so she had to do the wiggle dance to make it set in place. I adore Aisha’s lively personality and how she tackled the mishap, resulting in a joyous moments and laughter, mainly because of Saif’s expressions as he tried to solve the puzzle 😉

Venue: Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai 🏰
Decorator: Ariel Wedding Designs
Makeup: Jawaher 💄
Dress: from Oman 👗
Shoes: Steve Madden 👠
Bouquet: Ariel Wedding Designs 💐
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography 🎥

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Dearest Aisha & Saif,

Wiggle Wiggle Baby! 😉 I can’t explain in words how joyous and full my heart feels to meet and document both of you ❤ Thank you for your trust, a warm welcome, and for your friendship. May you both love & cherish each other; always & forever, ameen. Wiggle all the way!

Love,
~ Rima

Al Barsha Hall, Dubai Wedding

Upon my gorgeous bride’s humble request, I won’t be sharing the name of the couple. But the wedding is toooooo exquisite and was planned so thoughtfully that I needed to share it with the world. So with the bride’s permission, here are the highlights from the wedding of two beautiful people, who became one!

Venue: Al Barsha Hall, Dubai
Decorator: Saif from Al Boom Village
Makeup: Dona
Dress: Dar Sara Fashion
Bouquet: Dantel Flowers
Photo & Video: Rima Hassan Photography

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Dearest You-Know-Who,

Thank you for being a darling couple! You both were easy to work with & managed time so incredibly that I will always be grateful to you both. May Allah increases to bestow his blessings upon both of you and fulfills allllllll that your hearts’ desire, ameen ❤

Much appreciation,
~ 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.

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