I love destination weddings! So when Karl contacted me in September 2014 for his wedding in Lebanon last August I was nothing less than thrilled. My excitement was even bigger when I checked my 2015 calendar and confirmed that the date was available, since I had already received a request for a wedding in Lebanon and I was booked.
From the first moment I felt a special connection with Karl who told me that photography was a very important decision for his wedding day and for that reason he was searching not only for Lebanese but also for international photographers.
I had already photographed many Lebanese couples in Greece and I knew that there are three words that describe Lebanese weddings; stylish, elegant and fun. Beatrice and Karl’s was certainly the epitome of these and much more!
I set off for Beirut with my assistant photographer, George, and from the first moment I stepped on this beautiful country I experienced the warmth and hospitality of the people. In fact I realised very quickly that Lebanese share many common characteristics with Greeks. In short, I felt like home!
The couple decided to have their wedding in Tannourine, Karl and Beatrice’s hometown, a stunning mountainous place 75 km from Beirut, filled with archeological sites and surrounded by spectacular landscape.
Saint Antony – Houb church, where the ceremony took place, was situated among Lebanon cedar trees, which are undoubtedly the most beautiful trees I have seen in my life. It was an outdoor ceremony at the church courtyard.
Following the ceremony, the guests headed to Il Ponte Grande di Tannourini to celebrate with the newlyweds in a very unique and impressive open-air reception by the river. The place was literary transformed by the very talented Georges Hayek “L’architecte Du Design” to a real-life enchanted forest. Art and Nature were alive in every detail from the altar to the dancing floor.
Surrounded by friends, family and the dazzling performance of RAND, Karl and Beatrice danced all night. Till the stars fell down…
When I asked Karl to write a small text about how he and Beatrice met I received what I can only describe as a touching piece of prose poetry, which I felt the need to quote below:
“It was a normal day, end of September. No rainbows in the sky yet.
Karl met Beatrice for the first time, nothing happened.
It took three months for the Universe to feel smaller…
She fell in love with him, he went under her spell… Spring started.
They shared their passion for Fayrouz. She sang her songs loud in the car. He yelled at her for changing the lyrics.
Five years later, they said yes in their enchanted hometown ‘Tannourine’, and vowed to love each other a little more every day.”
I had such a wonderful time in Beatrice and Karl’s wedding in Lebanon and I literally cannot wait to be back!