Reem Acra, the Lebanese designer well-known for creating wedding gowns for women of celebrity and civilian status alike, was wed to plastic surgeon Nicolas Tabbal on Dec. 14 in a civil ceremony at city hall in New York. Of note is the fact that Acra, who launched her business in 1997, opted to be married in everyday clothing, as opposed to one of her gowns for which she is known. News of the marriage was kept a secret for several months, only having been revealed early this week.
“My husband and I decided we wanted to have a private, civil marriage before holding a wedding celebration with our close friends and family,” Acra told WWD from Paris, of her decision to not be married in a gown at her December ceremony. “Currently, I am designing a custom wedding dress for myself to wear at our wedding celebration.”
She declined to reveal the date of the other wedding.
Acra’s gowns have been worn by many celebrities, including Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé, Cara Delevingne, Jennifer Lopez and Halle Berry. She recently created the maid-of-honor dress Taylor Swift wore to serve in her friend Britany Maack’s nuptials. Maack also wore an Acra gown.
Fans of her bridal creations will no doubt be eager to see what the designer creates for her own big day. She’s previously dressed Jenna Dewan-Tatum when she married Channing Tatum in 2009, and Marcia Cross in 2006, for her marriage to Tom Mahoney.
Though her work schedule is demanding, she hopes to take a honeymoon in the near future. “I am constantly traveling for work,” she said. “But I do hope to take some time after the spring 2017 Bridal Show in April to relax and enjoy time together as a couple.”