Photographer Bride Beirut Explosion
Israa Seblani, a 29-year-old Lebanese bride, figured that it would be just another Tuesday as she stood smiling and posing for her wedding video. Little did she know that moments later, the world around her would be shattered by a powerful shockwave that nearly blows her off her feet. In just seconds, all of the structures around her and the photographer are covered in piles of smashed glass from the blown-out windows. Read more for the footage and additional information.



Seblani had just arrived in Beirut around three weeks earlier to prepare for her wedding. Fortunately, she was able to visit the damaged hotel on Wednesday to retrieve belongings and passport, stating that despite her love for Lebanon, living there is not an option at this time.

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I have been preparing for my big day for two weeks and I was so happy like all other girls, ‘I am getting married’. My parents are going to be happy seeing me in a white dress, I will be looking like a princess,” Seblani told Reuters.