When I first met Nadia, she made me wish I had spent more time choosing my clothes for that morning and double checking that my hair was properly in place, because it never is. Nadia is just one of those women, that no matter what, exudes oodles and oodles of elegance and class, even when she isn’t trying. As she approached the cafe where we met, she just seemed to float in and I remember shifting my posture to make myself seem less slouchy, which I always am. I later learned she had been a top Russian ballerina, which explained so much. And as if she couldn’t be any more perfect, it turned out that she is such a lovely woman, too.
And so is her other half, Nadim. It was really exciting to meet them both and to hear their plans for the ceremony. I loved finding out about how they met and their different cultures and I loved more than anything that their names only differ by one letter – how meant to be is that! I loved that they bickered over details and that Nadim got a playful slap when Nadia announced they would be writing their vows and he had a bemused look on his face. I loved that he called her ‘Nadushka’ when he knew he had to get back into her good books! I loved their passion and Nadia’s fiery Russian-ness and Nadim’s laid back Lebanese-ness. So all in all, I couldn’t wait for the wedding ceremony, which naturally oozed even more class and elegance. It was, quite simply put, a modern day fairytale and I still have to pinch myself now to believe I was ever involved, even in my small way.
So, it’s over now to the super talented Owen Farrell, whose fabulous handiwork will tell the rest of the story.