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It was love at first flight for doctors Raniah Bogari and Ayman Elmeligy who met while travelling to Georgia for a medical conference … and sealed the deal in style with marriage in Bahrain.
The sweethearts celebrated tying the knot with a dance as a violinist played the couple’s favourite song Can’t Take My Eyes Off You followed by a party with family and friends at Reef Resort.
“To be honest, it was love at first sight above the clouds,” said Raniah, who graduated from the medical school in Berlin and specialised as a dermatologist at the Charite University of Berlin before starting a career in aesthetic dermatology. “It was our destiny to meet up unexpectedly and fall in love in an airplane on our way to Tbilisi.”
Raniah, of Saudi Arabian and Lebanese descent, boasts more than 22 years’ experience working in dermatology in Germany, and moved to the kingdom with her 13-year-old daughter, British School of Bahrain student, Ranim, three years ago to work alongside her sister Rim, a dentist, at the Bogari Denta Derma Centre.
She had graduated from the medical school in Berlin and specialised as a dermatologist at its Charite University, before starting a career in aesthetic dermatology.
Ayman, a consultant plastic surgeon and a university associate professor, gained his medical education at the University of Michigan and Ain Shams University. His career flourished working between the US and Latin America.
The two were flying to a congress of Aptos thread lifting trainers, a non-surgical treatment for minimally-invasive skin rejuvenation.
The highly-respected medics, who are often invited to speak at international conferences and congresses, are both popular on social media and boast thousands of followers which was one reason they decided to keep their special day ‘close and intimate’.
“Our wedding day was just for us, our families and closest friends in an intimate atmosphere full of love and happiness,” explained Raniah. “Besides, a wedding celebrates the start of two hearts joining together in love and harmony.”
The couple danced into the sunset cheered on by the guests. Afterwards, there was an outdoor candlelight dinner before they took to the floor again for a sizzling salsa routine which they had been secretly practicing for the past two months.
Raniah added: “Now we are not only considered as the ‘professional doctor couple’ but we are also known as the ‘salsa duo’, dancing with love and passion.”
The couple are enjoying a quiet honeymoon at home in Hamala after months of travelling to congresses around the globe and preparing for the wedding. They will set off on a romantic holiday away at a later date.