Warm, breezy locations can be a wonderful choice for pre-wedding photo shoots as the climate lends itself to languid silhouettes and cool splashes in the pool or the ocean. Zainab and Murtaza opted to head to Oman for their pre-wedding photo shoot to capture that essence of a romantic summer soiree.
With swaying palm trees, striking traditional architecture and bougainvillea blooms brightening up the landscapes with their pops of colors, Oman served up a range of breathtaking backdrops. WeddingSutra Favorite WhatKnot captured the couple’s romance, and here, Zainab shares their love story and some highlights of the experience.
How We Met
“Murtaza is from Muscat but was studying in Boston when we first connected, while I hail from Mumbai. I mistook him for somebody else, which is how we got talking on Facebook. We never thought our paths would cross, but we developed a special connection with each other. He and I started confiding in each other and began sharing things via text messages. The first few months we simply talked a lot, but not once did we think that it would lead to anything more. However, one day we just touched upon the topic of us being together, and that’s what marked the beginning of our relationship! Our first video chat was an unforgettable moment. The expression on his face with that twinkle in his eyes made me realize that what we had was special. Our chats and calls continued for months until December! The moment Murtaza completed his semester, he flew down from Boston the same night to meet me. Our deep connection made it easier for us to tell our parents that we had found our soulmates in each other. They were supportive and thrilled, and could not believe how we managed to pull everything off. We got engaged the following week!! As the saying goes, ‘When you know, you know,’ seemed apt in our case.”
“When I was in Muscat, Murtaza planned a very thoughtful proposal for me at Sifah beach. A very romantic setup was arranged under the beautiful starry skies where it was just the two of us, the ocean and glowing candles. Everything was perfect! Murtaza sent me a voice note and asked me to hear it. The voice note is significant since that’s how I had heard his voice for the first time when we were getting to know each other. He then went down on one knee and asked me to marry him. It was all so dreamy!”
Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot
At first, Murtaza was not keen on a pre-wedding photo shoot but agreed to do it for Zainab. She shares, “Murtaza isn’t a great fan of getting himself clicked but agreed to go ahead with a pre-wedding photo shoot for me. We picked the gorgeous Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa in Oman as our photo shoot venue. The property is situated on a cliff that overlooks the beautiful Gulf of Oman. Eventually, I could also see Murtaza warming up to the idea, and he was playful and jovial with the crew which helped out a lot. ”
The couple posed against traditional archways, in front of the calm waters of the gulf and on the lush gardens of the property. The WhatKnot team captured a series of images that fused sun rays, shadows and silhouettes in a compelling manner, thereby making this pre-wedding photo album a uniquely aesthetic one.