Looking back at the jaw-dropping weddings of the decade

Rym Saidi walked down the aisle in a Cinderella-like gown by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (Instagram)
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Updated 25 December 2019

Looking back at the jaw-dropping weddings of the decade

As the decade draws to a close, we look back at some of the Arab world's most talked about nuptials.

Dana Wolley



Congrats to our sweetest couple #Doonieandsamer @doooonie

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The influencer’s sparkling wedding gown by Esposa Prive made headlines across the region due to its thousands of Swarovski stones. She married Samer Zayat on July 25, 2016. 

Amy Samir Ghanem

After years of rumors, Egyptian actors Amy Samir Ghanem and Hassan El-Raddad tied the knot on Nov. 4, 2016, in El-Gouna, Egypt. 

Balqees Fathi

Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees Fathi tied the knot with Saudi businessman Sultan Bin Abdullatif on Dec. 29, 2016, at the Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa, Dubai. The star wore a glittering wedding dress by designer Tima Abid. 

Rym Saidi

The Tunisian actress and model married Lebanese television presenter Wissam Breidy on July 10, 2017. Saidi walked down the aisle in a Cinderella-like gown by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. 

Andrea Wazen

Not only was Andrea Wazen’s wedding a striking fairytale, but the Lebanese footwear designer also created her own wedding shoes. She married Anthony Zaatar on Oct. 20, 2018. 

Elie Saab Jr. 

In July 2019, social media was abuzz with news of Lebanon’s wedding of the year as Elie Saab Jr. and Christina Mourad tied the knot. 

Amal Clooney

Hollywood actor George Clooney offically bid adieu to his bachelor days in September 2014 when he married Lebanese barrister Amal Clooney (nee Alamuddin) in Venice.

Sabine Ghanem

The Lebanese-Egyptian jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem tied the knot with billionaire heir Joseph Getty at Castello Odescalchi in Rome in 2015 among guests that included Princess Beatrice.



Camila Coelho throws shade in Karen Wazen sunglasses

Updated 22 September 2020

Camila Coelho throws shade in Karen Wazen sunglasses

DUBAI: Blogger-turned-entrepreneur Camila Coelho was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a pair of sunglasses from Lebanese influencer Karen Wazen’s eponymous accessories line By Karen Wazen. The Brazilian blogger opted for the “Glamorous” shades, a pair of black cat-eye shaped sunglasses, which she paired with her husband’s oversized white button-up shirt and gold jewelry from APM Monaco.

With 8.8 million followers on Instagram and combined following of 4.7 million subscribers on her two YouTube channels, Coelho is one of the most well-known social media influencers of our time. 

She recently made headlines with the launch of her own beauty line, Elaluz by Camila Coelho. 

The lineup of lip and cheek stains and lightweight oils features sustainable packaging and effective, clean ingredients, sourced right from her native Brazil.

The Los Angeles-based entrepreneur, who got her start at a Dior makeup counter at her local Macy’s, launched her own fashion line — Camila Coelho Collection — last year. 

Coelho is also an Epilepsy Foundation board member who uses her platform to shed light on the neurological disorder, which she has struggled with since the age of nine. 

It’s not the first time Coelho has been spotted rocking Wazen’s designs.

The 32-year-old has been seen wearing By Karen Wazen on several occasions since the brand’s launch, opting for the “Harper” and “Skylar” shades in the past.  

The Dubai-based Wazen launched her debut collection of eyewear in December 2018. The first line of five styles came in acetate and stainless steel and in an array of colors, from neon to tortoiseshell. 

Less than a year after the official launch of her brand, her designs were picked up by major e-tailer Farfetch, which became the first online platform to offer her eponymous eyewear collection.


Another one @addisonraee seen in VICKYS IN NAVY

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Now with 44 stylish shades, the label has gained the nod of approval from international celebrities including British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, reality television star Kourtney Kardashian, French model Cindy Bruna and American singer Becky G, along with a number of regional influencers and trendsetters like Lebanese blogger Nathalie Fanj, Lebanese-Canadian actress Cynthia Samuel, Iraqi influencer Deema Al-Asadi and more.

Meanwhile, last month, Tik Tok star Addison Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances on the social media platform, was seen walking around the streets of Los Angeles wearing a pair of Wazen’s “Vicky” shades in navy blue.