Real Wedding: A Traditional Chaldean and Lebanese Winter Wedding in Sydney

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When asked how the beautiful couple met, Rebecca told Wedded “We both met at work, he was a lawyer who interviewed me for a paralegal role. He turned me away because I didn’t have extensive experience but he had second thoughts and called me back for a second interview – I guess he couldn’t resist”

For Rebecca’s 25th birthday, Joseph surprised her with quite the romantic dinner at the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel. Once arriving to a table that sat seemingly along the breathtaking views of Sydney, Rebecca was welcomed with a gathering of red roses. It being her birthday however, Rebecca presumed Joseph had been spoiling her and didn’t think beyond it. It wasn’t until countless trips to the restroom that Rebecca became suspicious of Joseph’s unusual behaviour. On his final return, he had finally worked up the courage to kneel on one knee and propose! The couple were later joined by friends to celebrate their engagement throughout the night in Sydney’s city.

Secure and snug in her fabulous long-sleeve Steven Khalil gown, Rebecca felt prepared for the long day ahead. Including a 500 person guest list, hers and Joseph’s winter wedding was no exception to the customary Lebanese and Chaldean traditions. As part of Joseph’s Chaldean background, women accessorised their outfits with colourful handkerchiefs embellished in beads and bells. Traditionally referred to as the ‘Yalikhta’, it is then used to dance with, as it spreads joy and cheerfulness.

When asked, Rebecca told Wedded “the most heart-warming moment would be my husband talking about his mother during his speech. He has so much love for his mother and knowing that warms my heart and reassures me I have married a true gentleman.”

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Article written by Alison Donnellan

Posted in Glam, Location, New South Wales, Real Weddings by wedded wonderland

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