Mary-Anne and Charbel got married at the Embassy Plaza on 8th August 2015. Mary-Anne is from Malaysia and Charbel is from Lebanon. She tells us all about their story and how they first met on facebook through mutual friends. It started out as messages and from that point on the fairytale led it’s own way.
“It happened on our second year anniversary getaway at Mont-Tremblant on the balcony of Hotel-Du-Lac that overviews the colours of fall on the trees! While I was breathtaken by the view and trying to capture a panoramic picture, he hugged me from behind. I turned around to look at his face, hoping that it reciprocated the same as my feelings of that precise moment – instead what I saw was him slowly kneeling down and hearing his profession of love!”
“As Charbel a.k.a Charlie K is an owner of K.O Entertainment, he has hosted and MC’ed many weddings, private and corporate events – planning this wedding was as simple as just showing up in a white dress on that very day! Knowing that he would take care of everything with 100% care made the experience very easy going even though at times may feel overwhelming due to the idea of perfection.”
Favourite part of the day
“My favourite part was the Chinese Tea Ceremony where my family had flown in from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, London England and California. It was touching to be able to share this special moment in my life, and paying respect to them in return. It was also an honour to have Charbel’s immediate family there and serving them tea and showing them a part of our Chinese traditions.”
Wedding planning obstacles
“The guest list was my most challenging part as it interlinks with the table setup, the bonbonniere count, the printing of place cards etc… Coming to an agreement with your significant other in those terms is very difficult at times!”
Easiest part of wedding planning
“Honestly, I couldn’t express how bless we were as the engagement was fairly long and it allowed a lot of time to visualise the day and to reserve and order all the things involved. With the essence of time and my now amazing sister-in-law, Jouliana Khoury, she was a wedding fairy-godmother any girl should have! She made the planning like it was a spa. Nothing to worry about, you ask and pouf! It happens!”
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc?
“A few months before the wedding, I went to baptized myself as the same denomination as Charbel as a Maronite Christian. God has always been close to my heart and although it wasn’t a requirement, it made me feel even more closer to Him than I ever have felt, knowing that His arms was always wide open no matter where I went. I do not fully understand the masses in Arabic, but then again you don’t need a language to show your love to God. I truly wanted to be part of Charbel and his family’s values and love them as my own. It was my own personal decision and the best one yet!
Pleasing both family is not easy at all but when you think with an open heart, it is very easy to come to a compromise. In the end, we honoured my tradition with the Chinese Tea Ceremony and we had the traditional Christian Wedding at church!”
Multicultural wedding planning advice
“Always remember that both families have their own respective traditions and values and it is important to pay tribute to them and to love them as your own. You may not always agree or you may not always want to follow in the same footsteps, but know that when you are married you are literally as one.
You have to learn to accept things because you love that person and you see what it means to them!”
Church: St. Maron Cathedral
Florist: La Grace des Fleurs
Reception Hall/Catering: Embassy Plaza
Décor (Furniture & Lighting): Fiesta Entertainment
Bonbonnieres: Elby Gifts
Desserts & Cake: Le Party Shoppe
Limos/Transport: Autobus Mont-Royal
Photography: La V image
Wedding Planner: Juliana Khoury
Wedding Dress: France B. Pronuptia
Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DHGate
Groomsmens’ Suits: Moore’s
Hair: Luxy Hair Extensions
Makeup: Gabrielle Vo