Congratulations are in order for rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer Ahmad Balshe – better known as Belly – and his now fiancé Dina Rabadi! The Canadian musician and resident doctor, respectively, announced their engagement on their Instagram accounts on Monday, May 31, 2021.
Dina shared the happy news alongside a photo slideshow of the proposal, starting with an image of her kissing Belly as "Marry Me?" can be seen written in the sky, with the caption: "I always imagined what this day would be like and you made it even better than I ever dreamed of. Got your back forever." Belly posted the same photo with the casual, light-hearted, and loving caption, "She said 'YES, duh' haha i love you and I’d choose you every time baby. I can’t wait to spend this life with you and hopefully the next one too."
The couple met at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop in New York City during the summer of 2017 when they were introduced by mutual friend, DJ Duffey. "We bonded over our similar backgrounds and got along from the beginning," Belly tells Inside Weddings.
Prior to meeting his future wife, Palestinian-born Canadian rapper secured a record contract with XO in 2015 and an additional contract with Roc Nation after co-writing popular songs for top artists, including The Weeknd and Beyoncé. In fact, The Weeknd's "Earned It" – cowritten by Belly – was nominated for Best Original Song at the 2016 Academy Awards and Best R&B Song at the Grammy Awards.
The week before the proposal, Belly called Dina's parents over FaceTime to ask for their blessings – since her parents live in New York, while the couple resides in Los Angeles. "My dad actually told him that he had his blessing since day one," smiles the bride-to-be. With a trip to Big Sur planned for Dina's birthday over Memorial Day Weekend, Belly knew it would be the perfect opportunity to propose. Thus, he worked with a team of professionals to plan the proposal on a private cliffside site overlooking the ocean at Post Ranch Inn.
"I told Dina I had the perfect lookout spot near our villa to watch the sunset and take photos," remembers Belly of the special moment. "We shut off the trail to the overlook, so it was completely private, lined with rose petals leading out to a cozy setup with blankets and pillows to enjoy the view." Catching his beloved off guard, Belly soon got down on one knee. Of course, she said yes. "Looking up at the sky to see an airplane writing out 'Marry Me' and our initials in the sky once Belly proposed was something we'll never forget," Dina smiles.
View more photos of their picturesque proposal below. With an engagement setting so beautiful, we can't wait to see what they plan for their Summer 2022 wedding at their home in Los Angeles!
Photos by Shannon Laurine
Planning & Design by Wife of the Party; Floral Design by Rendezvous Florals; Location: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur; Videography by Luciano Picazo; Bride's Attire: Jean Paul Gaultier (vintage dress), Gianvito Rossi (shoes); Jewelry: Jason of Beverly Hills (engagement ring & bracelet); Hair & Makeup by Erika Taniguchi; Groom's Attire: Olla Naber (custom silk set)
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