Models, pop royalty gather at Lebanon’s wedding of the year

Christina Mourad wore a decadent wedding gown by none other than Elie Saab. Instagram/@parazarme
Updated 21 July 2019

Models, pop royalty gather at Lebanon’s wedding of the year

  • With 1000 guests attending the wedding reception, and a more exclusive cohort making it to the church wedding, the affair was one to remember
  • The bride chose a stunning gown by her father-in-law Elie Saab, who is known for dressing the world’s glitterati on their big days and pulled out all the stops for the newest addition to his family

DUBAI: Social media was abuzz Friday with videos and photos of Lebanon’s wedding of the year as Elie Saab Jr. and Christina Mourad tied the knot at the Church of Bkerke.

With 1000 guests attending the wedding reception, and a more exclusive cohort making it to the church wedding, the affair was one to remember.

Lebanese influencers Lana El-Sahely, Karen Wazen and Nathalie Fanj stood out among the well-heeled crowd and danced well into the night, serenaded by the likes of Nancy Ajram, Elisaa, Assi Hellani and Michel Fadel — some of the Arab World’s biggest names in music. Czech model Karolína Kurková and Portuguese runway fixture Sara Sampaio were also spotted taking a turn on the dancefloor.

The bride chose a stunning gown by her father-in-law Elie Saab, who is known for dressing the world’s glitterati on their big days and pulled out all the stops for the newest addition to his family.

For the religious ceremony, the bride wore a voluminous dress with a sleeveless, high-neck bodice and a 4.5 meter train, Vogue Arabia reported. The veil and headpiece were embroidered with both silk and lurex thread, while sequins glittered in the afternoon sun.

According to Vogue Arabia, the gown took a total of 450 hours to create and was worked on by three pattern makers, six tailors and ten petites mains.

After the religious ceremony, which guests documented thoroughly on Instagram, the couple danced the night away at an outdoor reception, with leafy green decorations and mirror elements.

Influencer Lana El-Sahely changed into a sleek black-and-white outfit — after donning a knee-length Elie Saab creation for the church ceremony — and she was joined by the country’s leading ladies of Instagram, including Nathalie Fanj, in a sea green, tulle-tipped number by Elie Saab, and Karen Wazen, who wore a floaty, off-the-shoulder look by the Lebanese fashion house.

As is to be expected, the guests paled in comparison to Mourad, who showed off a golden gown, complete with a veil boasting100,000 gold sequins. The voluminous dress featured 150,000 Swarovski strass pieces, a corset with a sweetheart neckline and a train of 3.5 meters, according to Vogue Arabia.

Three pattern makers, six tailors, ten petites mains, 12 embroiderers and three artwork designers worked on this dress — showing that it really does take a village to create such an opulent wedding gown.  



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Israeli court bars ‘racist’ candidates from September poll

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Israeli court bars ‘racist’ candidates from September poll

  • The court rejected petitions to ban the Jewish Power as a party and upheld the candidacy of West Bank settler
  • The court ruled that candidates Benzi Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, of the Jewish Power party could not stand

JERUSALEM: Israel’s Supreme Court has barred two members of an extreme-right party many view as racist from running in a September 17 general election.
The court ruled that candidates Benzi Gopstein and Baruch Marzel, of the Jewish Power party could not stand, quoting a law barring “incitement to racism” by candidates, according to a court statement late Sunday.
Jewish Power members are followers of late racist rabbi Meir Kahane, whose Kach movement wanted to chase Arabs from Israel.
The ideology of Kahane, assassinated in New York in 1990, also inspired Baruch Goldstein, who carried out a massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers in Hebron in 1994.
The court rejected petitions to ban the Jewish Power as a party and upheld the candidacy of West Bank settler Itamar Ben-Gvir, who heads its electoral list.
Ben-Gvir acknowledges having a picture of Goldstein in his living room, but has reportedly said it is because he was a physician who rescued Jews targeted in Palestinian attacks.
Indicted 53 times since his youth, Ben-Gvir boasts of having been cleared in 46 cases. He decided to study law on the recommendation of judges so he could defend himself.
He now represents settlers accused of violence, including those allegedly responsible for an arson attack that killed an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and his parents in 2015 in the West Bank, an incident that drew widespread revulsion.
Jewish Power advocates removing “Israel’s enemies from our land,” a reference to Palestinians and Arab Israelis who carry out attacks.
It also calls for Israel annexing the occupied West Bank, where more than 2.5 million Palestinians live.
Alone it was considered unlikely to garner the 3.25 percent of votes cast necessary to get into parliament.
But a deal mentored by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saw it entering an electoral alliance with two other far-right parties, improving its chances.
The pact drew disgust from many in Israel and among Jewish communities abroad, particularly in the United States.
For Netanyahu, the deal ahead of what is expected to be a close election was pure politics.
He defended it by saying he does not want any right-wing votes to go to waste as he plans his next coalition.