The New York designer best-known for making wedding dresses for celebrities, socialites and Middle Eastern royalty, Reem Acra, has quietly tied the knot at Manhattan’s wedding bureau, wearing civilian clothes. (Reem is also known for her modesty and unpretentiousness.) She kept the nuptials a secret from even her closest friends, until the last few days.
The lucky bridegroom is Nicolas Tabbal, a prominent plastic surgeon based on Park Avenue. Both he and Reem are Lebanese-Americans, so break out the hummus and the baba ghanoush.
Take it from Hello! magazine, which wrote on February 22, 2016: “Reem Acra is synonymous with red-carpet glamour, chic pret-a-porter and dreamy bridal design. The common threads through her collections are ladylike elegance, flattering tailoring and gorgeous embellishments that make her a favorite of stars like Angelina Jolie, Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. Reem couldn’t be more content with her celebrity fan base, which includes everyone from Halle Berry to Madonna.”
Born in Beirut, Ms. Acra has been based in New York for the past 31 years. Her downtown loft, actually two that she combined, is a sumptuous seraglio, containing her vast collection of women’s clothing dating back to the 18th century.
The designer is particularly active in Dubai, where she dresses the royals and sponsors her own equestrian trophy. Lately, she has begun appearing on Dubai TV, in “an Arabic take on Project Runway.”
It is said that Dr. Tabbal also has admiring clients at lofty levels in the Middle East. Talk about synergy— this will be a full-service couple.
Wedding gown designer ties the knot in ‘civilian clothes’
by Emily Smith
The Queen of wedding gowns Reem Acra has tied the knot with little fanfare — and a modest outfit — at New York’s City Hall.
The fashion designer, famed for her dreamy eponymous bridal line, red-carpet gowns and ready-to-wear collection, married prominent plastic surgeon Nicolas Tabbal, Orbmagazine reported.
The mag added that Acra — who easily could have opted for an extravagant or breathtaking gown — wore “civilian clothes,” is “known for her modesty and unpretentiousness,” and “kept the nuptials a secret from even her closest friends until the last few days.”
The Beirut-born designer has been based in New York for 31 years and is a favorite of stars including Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé and J.Lo.