Lebanese designer Sabine Ghanem marries billionaire oil heir

Billionaire oil heir Joseph Getty tied the knot with his Lebanese girlfriend Sabine Ghanem in a lavish ceremony in the heart of Rome. (Xposure Photos)

(ROME, ITALY) — Lebanese jewelery designer Sabine Ghanem married billionaire oil heir Joseph Getty in a extravagant ceremony at the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles in Rome, Italy on May 30.

Getty, 26, is the son of Mark Getty – the British businessman who owns picture agency Getty Images – and the grandson of philanthropist Sir John Paul Getty.

The Getty dynasty was started by J. Paul Getty, Joseph’s great-grandfather, who became the richest man in the world thanks to the Getty Oil Company.

Ghanem, 30, owns the Sabine G. jewelery collection, a London-based jewelery line of antiqued rose gold, diamonds, and rubies for headpieces, earrings, and bangle bracelets.

The Lebanese bride's gown required two assistants to trail at all times. (Xposure Photos)
The Lebanese bride’s gown required two assistants to trail at all times. (Xposure Photos)

Ghanem said her design company is a “mix of Eastern and Western cultures” which reflect her time growing up in Beirut, Lebanon and Geneva, Switzerland, before moving to the United States to study diamond grading at the Gemological Institute in New York.

Several news agencies are reporting that the wedding cost Ghanem’s father around $11 million. He is a Lebanese financier; while her mother is an interior decorator from Egypt.

The reception featured a wardrobe change among many of the wedding guests to reflect the theme of the 1988 film, Dangerous Liaisons, set in 18th century Paris.

In lieu of a traditional veil, Ghanem wore a hooded cloak hand created by the French house Lesage. Her dress was designed by Italian design line Schiaparelli.

The glamorous wedding weekend featured guests from Princess Beatrice of York, eldest daughter of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, and French model Julia Restoin Roitfeld.

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