It all starts normal, a beautiful bride posing in a video footage, on what was meant to be the best and luckiest day of her life. Both the videographer, Mahmoud Nakib, and the bride were completely unaware of what was about to happen.
The smile is swept away as an explosion is heard, stirring up her wedding dress and knocking down the camera, just after Nakib is heard praying to Allah. The square where the wedding photoshoot was taking place was just around 0.75 miles away from the port where the explosion occurred.
The 29-year-old Lebanese bride Israa Seblani stood smiling and posing for her wedding video before, all of a sudden, the deafening shockwave swept through Beirut. Israa and her husband, 34-year-old Ahmad Subeih, were struggling to process all the horror that happened.
The bride told the Guardian that she had been preparing for her big day for two weeks and was so happy to finally be getting married, like all other girls.
Meanwhile, her husband Subeih said that there are no words to explain what happened. “I was shocked, I was wondering what happened, am I going to die? How am I going to die?”
The bride and her husband are still in shock. “I have never heard anything similar to the sound of this explosion.” Luckily, the bride and photographer were not injured. After the blast, the newlyweds tried to compose themselves and proceed with celebrations.
Images: Mahmoud Nakib