Sandra Abi Chahine & Rami Mansour

Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Photography by Yastikt
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
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The stunning bride choose Elie Saab S/S16
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
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Sandra Abi Chahine and her new husband Rami Mansour
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Bohemian, laidback, and with a touch of Dior was the mood behind this Lebanese couple’s waterfront wedding

Working for Christian Dior, Sandra Abi Chahine knows a thing or two about aesthetics, so it is no surprise that her destination wedding to civil engineer Rami Mansour was an entirely stylish affair. Choosing the picturesque Rixos Premium Villas in Gocek, Turkey as the location, all rustic decking accented with pretty bougainvillaea, an oceanfront wedding was an obvious choice for the couple who met at Las Salinas beach resort in Lebanon six years ago.

Sandra and Rami become husband and wife

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Their entire love story in fact has been centred around the magic of the sea since meeting on the beach. Five years later, Sandra, 25, and Rami, 28, were dining at Ossiano in the Atlantis hotel in Dubai when she noticed a diver inside the aquarium waving at her, “At first I thought it was part of the entertainment, but then the diver unwrapped a banner which read ‘will you marry me?’” Rami then pulled out a diamond proposal solitaire in yellow gold and popped the question.

Overlooking the intimate wedding setup

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Decidedly low maintenance, Sandra found the wedding planning a breeze, from the dress to the dinner. “It was the first dress I tried on and the ‘coup de foudre’ as they say in French. Very bohemian; perfect for a beach wedding,” she recalls of the spring/ summer 2016 lace confection she selected from Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s Dubai Mall boutique.

Sandra dances surrounded by her friends

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The rest of the planning went just as smoothly. “Believe it or not it took me two months to organise the entire wedding,” says Sandra, who enlisted a wedding planner based in Turkey to assist her, planning the entire event over email and one Skype call. “My friends thought I was crazy as usually people start planning a year ahead, but when you know what you want, it doesn’t take so much time to execute it.”

Sandra's best friend gives a speech during dinner

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The couple’s one wish for their 30 guests of close friends and family was that everyone enjoy themselves. “The wedding was more of an experience that we offered to our guests,” explains Sandra. “We stayed in a beautiful hotel for three days and did a lot of fun activities like sailing, brunches and parties. It felt like being on a vacation with no stress or formalities. It was really unforgettable and we still reminisce over it.”

The groom dancing with his family at the afterparty

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The day itself was a laidback affair – Sandra even choose the flowers on the morning of the wedding. “I woke up and saw a large variety of flowers on my room terrace. The arrangements were made on the spot so nothing was prepared ahead of time. It was very fun, creative and had my personal touch in every single detail.”

Stressing that it is attention to detail that made everything come together, Sandra kept personal touches and simplicity her focus, even making customised hats and gypsophila crowns for all the guests. “Working in the luxury fashion industry taught me the importance of being attentive to details in everything,” she says. And as a result, given the chance would redo it exactly the same way. “I did something that reflects who we are and I wouldn’t change that.”


BRIDE’S BLACK BOOK

DRESS: Elie Saab S/S16, +971 4 330 8222

SHOES: Gianvito Rossi, Levelshoes.com

WEDDING RING: Dior ‘Oui’ Ring, +971 4 323 5322

VENUE: Rixos Premium Villas and Suites, Gocek, Turkey, Premiumgocek.rixos.com

WEDDING PLANNER: Dodia Events, Dodiaevents.com

INVITATIONS: Flat lay invite designed by Zahra Lyla, info@justlyla.com

PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER: 1 Yastikta, 1yastikta.com

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Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Photography by Yastikt
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Photography by Yastikt
The stunning bride choose Elie Saab S/S16
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Photography by Yastikt
Sandra Abi Chahine and her new husband Rami Mansour
Sandra Abi Chahine, Bride, Wedding, Dior, Rami Mansour, Real Weddings
Photography by Yastikt
Sandra and Rami share a moment