Hold Everything, Laila Gohar Just Set a New Standard for Summer Destination Weddings
With donkeys, fig tarts, and custom Simone Rocha, it was everything a summer wedding should be.
This summer has been a busy one for fabulous weddings across the globe, having seen the marriages of Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis, Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash, Arden Wohl and Jonah Freeman, and, for the second time, Penn Badgley and Domino Kirke, among many others. But with just a month to go, summer wedding season is nearing its conclusion—and during her wedding over the weekend, culinary star Laila Gohar set a high standard for the nuptials to follow.
Gohar, who married Apartamento magazine founder Omar Sosa in the region of Andalusia, Spain, over the weekend, had a bit of everything. For the ceremony, she wore a custom Simone Rocha dress, a sheer, asymmetrical ivory design with broderie anglaise embellishments, her veil adorned with a scattering of pearls. In one hand, she held a red floral fan; in the other, a white parasol. Oh, and she rode in on a donkey. Judging by photos, the wedding party took place in a bull ring, tables lined up across the dirt arena with strands of paper lanterns dangling overhead. At some point, Gohar changed into a short Céline dress to pal around with frisky Andalusian horses. It was perhaps to be expected that the wedding cake was an inventive one (her Instagram handle is, after all, @lailacooks): a fig tart, in lieu of a tiered, frosted confection. Gohar was spotted that night slicing into the tart with a cigarette dangling from her lips, as you do. Also to be expected, there was, naturally, a hashtag: #jamonhalal.
The Most Photogenic, Over-the-Top, And Globe-Spanning Weddings of the Year
Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis during their wedding at La Mamounia resort in Marrakech, Morocco, May 2017.
Brendan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman celebrate their first day as a married couple in the best way possible—crystal blue pool water and a bright green inflatable lime.
Tommy Hilfiger’s wife Dee Ocleppo captured the wedding of her stepdaughter Ally Hilfiger and longtime boyfriend Steve Hash, with whom she already has a daughter, Harley.
An intimate shot of Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash before their wedding on the private island Mustique.
And for the ceremony itself—she captioned this one “OUI OUI OUI”—Courtin-Clarins opted for a straight-off-the-runway Jacquemus tunic and straw hat, quite the fashion-forward alternative to the classic white wedding dress.
Beauty scion Claire Courtin-Clarins celebrated her wedding in Mykonos, Greece, last month.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their wedding at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, May 2017.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, leads the pack of children at the ceremony in Englefield, England, May 2017.
Tracee Ellis Ross attended the wedding of her 29-year-old brother Ross Naess, June 2017.
Ross Naess married girlfriend of 11 years Kimberly Ryan, with whom he was then expecting his second child, at a camping-themed, “shoes optional” ceremony in the woods last month.
Zac Posen designed Arden Wohl’s ethereal, antique-looking wedding dress for her wedding to art star Jonah Freedman in Williamsburg, New York, June 2017.
Director Tara Subkoff was also in attendance at Arden Wohl and Jonah Freedman’s Williamsburg wedding—and she made sure to document the ceremony.
Domino Kirke poses with sisters Jemima and Lola, both actresses, at her civil ceremony wedding to Penn Badgely in Brooklyn, New York, February 2017.
Victoria Swarovski, the Austrian singer and heiress to the crystal fortune, married mogul Werner Mürz in Portopiccolo, Italy, wearing a dress designed by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, featuring 500,000 Swarovski crystals and a five-meter train.
Victoria Swarovski at a fitting for her Michael Cinco-designed dress for her wedding to Werner Mürz, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi at her wedding to Filippo Richeri in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Actress Fiammetta Cicogna and guests at the wedding of Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri at their wedding in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri, newlyweds, ride off into the sunset after their wedding in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Nina Dobrev and Maude Hirst attend Julianne Hough’s wedding to Brooks Laich, the “most fun wedding I’ve ever been to,” according to Dobrev, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Actress Maude Hirst with newlyweds Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich wed in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Miranda Kerr with Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior, who designed her custom couture gown for her wedding to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
Model Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on their wedding day—Kerr in a custom Dior couture gownand Spiegel also in Dior.
Sarah Staudinger of Staud at the wedding of former DJ Cassie Coane in upstate New York, with fellow bridesmaids Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Harley Viera-Newton, July 2017.
In another outtake from the same group portrait, Harley Viera-Newton captioned, “We all got married!!!!”
“When your wedding vision is George Harrison finding God in India,” Lily Waronker captioned her Instagram from Coane’s wedding.
Naomi Campbell in Hussein Bazaza for the wedding of Carol Sabbagha in Beirut, Lebanon, July 2017.
Naomi Campbell in Ralph & Russo at the wedding party of Carol Sabbagha in Beirut, Lebanon, July 2017.
Sophie Lasry’s wedding to Alex Swieca may have been the only one this summer to feature two Clintons, J.Lo, and a real housewife, despite its quotidian location at Cipriani Wall Street.
The Instagram documentation is an integral part of the summer destination wedding—even, and perhaps especially, if social media is verboten during the ceremony, as some have been (if you don’t Instagram a wedding, did it really happen?)—and Gohar’s wedding had ample photo evidence. Here, see a few of the highlights.
An intimate moment with Ciara, right before her wedding to Russell Wilson: