Two days before closing the chapter on 2015 and welcoming a new year, Maryam Ganjineh and Ralph Tabet still had what was arguably the most important task of the year to tick off their to-do list – and that was to say “I do”.
Along with 55 of their closest family and friends, Ralph and Maryam jetted from Dubai to Paris for three days of celebrations. When asked about their decision to get married in the City of Lights, Maryam explains to Savoir Flair, “We spent the last few days of 2014 in Paris the year before, which was full of romance and love and a great start to the New Year. When we got engaged, we decided to take our family and close friends to Paris to share the same sentiments with them.”
The festivities kicked off with dinner and dancing at the newly refurbished and not-yet-open-to-the-public Hotel Mathis. The following day, on December 30th, the wedding party gathered in one of the heavily gilded, jaw-droppingly beautiful rooms of the Shangri-La Paris, Le Grand Salon. The bride wore Maison Rabih Kayrouz and the space, which was formerly part of Napoleon Bonaparte’s private residence, was decorated with beautiful bouquets of pale-pink Ranunculus, white anemone, cream and pale-pink roses, Delphinium, Jasmine, and purple Lisianthus. During the intimate ceremony, the celebrant shared stories that had the couple and their guests alternating between fits of laughter and bursts of tears.
Thinking back to that afternoon, Maryam recalls, “The whole day was very special to both Ralph and myself. One of the best moments wasn’t even a part of the wedding. Ralph had decided that he didn’t want to see me before I walked down the aisle, and I agreed. However, our wedding planner came to me about an hour before the ceremony to tell me that Ralph was very nervous, so I changed our plan and asked him to meet me on the roof of the Shangri-La as soon as I was ready. He waited there with his back to the door and I walked up to him and tapped his shoulder. His face when he turned around is my favorite moment of the entire day.”
Later that night, guests made their way to the beautiful Baccarat Museum in the prestigious 16e arrondissement for cocktails in the museum’s Cristal Room. Hours of dancing pre-dinner were guaranteed by the acoustic sounds of four-man band The Troubadours. Next door, the mood in the Maison Baccarat Ballroom was dark and regal, with bouquets of black Baccarat roses, dark purple Ranunculus, purple Lisianthus, and plum Callas rising up to meet the room’s decadent crystal chandeliers.
Dinner was prepared by three-Michelin starred chef Guy Martin and featured a lobster Caesar salad, a black-truffle risotto, and a veal medallion served with sweet turnips and Sichuan pepper.
When the clock struck twelve, Ralph, Maryam, and their guests were still dancing the night away under the sparkling lights and gilded ceilings of the Musée Baccarat, while outside, the Eiffel Tower put on her own spectacular show.
Browse through the gallery below for an exclusive look inside the wedding.
Close-up details of the bride’s Maison Rabih Kayrouz gown and Paolo Bongia engagement ring