Rima Ostwani Bridal Cover Shoot

As cliché as it may sound, Rima Ostwani is the type of girl that can immediately light up a room when she walks in. Simple and stunning, Rima, has got us bewildered by her beauty and sweet charm. And with a few days before she weds Jay Najjar, the love of her life, we get a chance to capture her in different bride personas–in all of which her elegance and exquisite beauty never wavers.

Here’s a glimpse of Rima–the bride.

How would you describe your personal style? Any favorite designers, color palettes?

Simple but elegant. Feminine most of the time, although I do throw in some trendy pieces once in a while. I veer towards pastels a lot–I feel they’re nice, subtle and happy colors. For bridal gowns, it would have to be Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Monique Lhuillier, and Francis Libiran. After our shoot though, I’m definitely adding Mak Tumang and Vania Romoff!

As someone who seems to be succeeding and standing out in different activities you’ve done in life (debate, charity, hosting, modeling, retail), what are your personal mantras that have helped you in: fashion, pursuing passion, relationships, and life as a whole?

  • Fashion – Stay true to your own personal style.
  • Pursuing passion – Never let anything come in the way of making your dreams come true.
  • Relationships – Value and treasure relationships always.
  • Life as a whole – Keep a positive outlook and choose to be happy always.

A lot may know you for all the different things you’ve accomplished, people you’ve dated, brands you’ve worked with and for, but can you tell us–who is Rima?

I’d say a simple, easygoing person who is passionate about everything she does, constantly wears a smile, and loves to spread happiness wherever she goes.

When you were younger, at what age did you expect to get married?


What characteristic for you is most important in a guy for him to be considered “the one”?


What do guys do that make you kilig?


How did you meet Jay and what were you first attracted to?

We were childhood friends and we would have intelligent conversations.

Can you share with us how the proposal went?

1,500 candles forming the words, “Rima, will you marry me?” It was simple yet so heartfelt.

Three words to describe your upcoming wedding?

Intimate, elegant, and meaningful.

What was the most unexpected thing that happened (so far) or that you found out about preparing for a wedding?

Not everything will end up going as planned.

What’s the most difficult?

Planning for a wedding while being a working girl. Balancing both is quite a challenge!

What do you think is most important when preparing for a wedding?

Planning way ahead of time.

What are some preparations you are doing for yourself for the wedding day?

I get regular facial treatments, go to the spa to relax, and avoid sleeping late.

Honeymoon location?

Lake Como and the Amalfi Coast

Wedding pet peeves? Fears?

I fear that my train will get stuck as I walk down the aisle! (Please, no! Haha!)

How did you know that you’ve found the dress?

I knew exactly what look and design I wanted and I also knew the designer who would perfectly execute it for me, while adding his own touch and aesthetic to it.

Tips for brides to be

Enjoy the preparations! And in order to do that, plan way ahead so you don’t get stressed.

Tips for grooms to be

Be supportive of your brides!

Now that you’ve found the man you will be spending the rest of your life with, what future plans or goals do you have for yourself and your new family?

First and foremost is being the best wife I can be and enjoy the journey together as a newly married couple. We then look forward to building our family and having babies soon!


Photographer: Pat Dy / Videographer: Project Mayo 7 / Event Stylist and Florist: Teddy Manuel / Hairstylist and Makeup Artist: Lindsay Co-Alog / Wardrobe Stylist: Rachel Felicia / Venue: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila / Caterer: Shangri-La at the Fort, Manila / Event Styling Rentals: Bella Banquets / Details Photographer: Caliber King / Cake: Cakeshop by Sonja / Jewelry: Denovo Diamonds
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