For Begüm and her family, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is a magical place. So it was a natural fit when she and her fiancé, Ahmet Cemil, were searching for their dream wedding venue. “It’s a modern palace with stunning views, an amazing staff and delicious food,” she says. “Without a second thought we decided to get married there.”
The Scene: The couple chose a fantastical design for their formal affair: “I have a spiritual soul,” Begüm explains. “But I live my life as if I will never grow up, so Neverland inspired the wedding’s design.” The venue was decorated with plants, mirrors and various wooden elements, including a giant wooden sculpture. White tulips adorned each reception table, and the bride carried a bouquet of the same blooms. At the end of the night, guests received giant four-leaf clovers as wedding favours.
The Bride and Groom: Begüm first noticed Ahmet, a Formula Three driver, when she was still a teenager. A fan of Formula 3 racing, she watched him in various championships. Eleven years ago, the two were introduced by a mutual friend and quickly developed a relationship, which soon evolved into a romance. Years later, on vacation in Thailand, Ahmet proposed while he and Begüm were riding an elephant.
The Bride Wore: “One day I saw an Inbal Dror dress and I said, ‘That’s it! I want her to make my dress,’” Begüm says. “My mom and I flew to Tel Aviv, and Inbal made my dreams come true.” For her wedding celebrations, Begüm chose two figure-hugging Inbal Dror gowns with plunging backs, and she worked with the designer to create a dramatic train for the ceremony dress. Designer Sevan Biçakçi created a jade and diamond leaf-shaped headpiece for Begüm to wear both with and without her veil.
A Personal Touch: For the reception, the bride changed into her second Inbal Dror gown and accessorised with a diamond necklace and earrings—a wedding gift from her parents.
Photography Müjgan Culfa, Müjgan Culfa Photography