In her first solo photography exhibition, Emirati artist Alia Rashid Alshamsi takes us through a bride’s wedding journey.

The exhibition (Moments In Time) hosted The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC,  showcases 15 pictures inspired by Alia’s own wedding, which was held at the hotel, displaying the little moments that are often forgotten in the midst of all the tension.


“The photographs tell the story of a bride’s thoughts and feelings during the 48 hours surrounding her wedding day,” explains Alia. “I wanted to capture those simple, intangible elements that are often overlooked when we reflect on a wedding.”


The exhibition is a journey through the bride’s big day: at a henna party; the morning of the wedding, when she awakes to the scent of peonies from her bouquet; sipping her coffee, reminiscing about her childhood; making her last phone calls to girlfriends; the brief moment of calm as she prepares to leave her suite to greet her guests; and finally, when the groom lifts her veil.


If you’re planning your own big day, we recommend taking some time out to visit the showcase, if only to remind yourself of what really matters – those little moments.



Moments In Time will be on display at The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC here (the venue of Ali’s own wedding) from October 10 through to November.

Keen to get married at the hotel? The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC is able to accommodate both intimate celebrations and large scale weddings, thanks to its expansive ballroom and stunning outdoor terrace.  At the heart of the hotel is the impressive Samaya Ballroom, an opulent space that can accommodate up to 900 banquet guests, or up to 1,300 reception guests.  Located on the ground floor, it boasts a dedicated driveway with separate entrance, providing the utmost privacy and a heightened sense of occasion, providing the perfect setting for the perfect day. For wedding enquiries, email difcweddings@ritzcarlton.com or call (04) 372 2222.