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Paul & Jessica - Feb 2020

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Our fairy-tale began 5 years ago when we connected in the most common way this day and age, on Facebook. Through conversation after conversation, we began to realise how like-minded we were and a simple friendship flourished into our love story. We have grown together from a high school student about to sit her HSC and an entrepreneur juggling the family business while completing his university degree to a husband and wife with nothing but high hopes for our future together. 

Coming from two middle eastern families, our morals and values blended instantly! Paul followed my family rule of ‘no boyfriends in high school’. Paul waited untill I finished my HSC to officially ask my dad if I could be his girlfriend, up until this point our parents considered us as ‘special friends’.  Time went by, I got accepted into the same university as Paul and we motivated each other to finish our degrees and look forward to a potential life together. We faced many challenges in our 4 years of dating, family deaths, sickness & unexpected circumstances, but our resilience as a couple made us grow stronger and show nothing but love and support for one another. 

On February 15th, 2018 Paul took our relationship to the next level and proposed in an extravagant way, surprising me with a Lebanese flash mob in the middle of Sydney’s busy Pitt Street Mall.  We arrived to a quiet street decorated in theme for Chinese New Year and suddenly a saxophonist began playing an offering me bouquet flowers, just like that Paul bent on one knee and 10 traditional Lebanese drummers from Zaffet Lebnan surrounded us and created a moment we will never forget. 

https://youtu.be/zTID5fCxilU Proposal Link 

We instantaneously began planning the wedding of our dreams with event stylist and Coordinator Mia (Events by Mia) guiding us through every step along the way. Paul being the first male in his family to get married and me being the youngest of three girls, we were in stall for a huge wedding. Our 514 guests were wowed by the renovations at Miramare Gardens and every detail they provided right down to the canapés. Because Paul is in the hospitality industry and we are both foodies at heart, we took allot of time creating a menu for our guests that would leave them full. This included the appearance of a burger truck (burger head) and mini gelato cones (gelato bliss) served as a late-night supper. All guests received a burger token on their Champaign flute and were welcomed into the gardens to enjoy their midnight snack. This was one of our favourite parts of the night! We are also a couple who loved comfort so in bringing to life an old traditional, Paul and I decided to change into ‘going away’ outfits before leaving the reception. These were far from the usual, we had matching tracksuits made customised with our wedding date and new family name. Little personal touches like this made our wedding feel that much more special to us. From the very beginning we agreed everything we chose would be because we loved it, this can be hard when planning a middle eastern wedding. 

Each supplier that took part in our special day blew us away and we embraced what was nothing short of a perfect wedding day for us, we have both married our soul mates and we can’t wait to see what life has to offer. 

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