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Sift through Ziad Raphael Nassar’s lavish bashes.

Once Upon a Time

Behind every fairy-tale wedding there’s a creative genius who devises the unforgettable evening. Ziad Raphael Nassar, the Lebanon-based founder of famed event company Once, is the mind behind more than 100 weddings worldwide, 50 of which were created for Saudi Arabian royal families. One look inside Once Weddings ($695, Assouline), the lush new tome covering a decade of his past fêtes, and it’s obvious that Nassar knows how to throw a party. From piles of deep red roses cascading down a decadent nine-tier chocolate cake, to halls done up in gold plating, to temporary lounges worthy of an Ian Schrager nightclub, his environments are sure to inspire.