Christine & Ameen

Christine and Ameen Akel

The proposal didn’t go as expected, but the wedding day went off without a glitch.

CHURCH, PARTY, DRINKS—Christine and Ameen first met at the Saint Anna Greek Orthodox Church in Roseville, then attended the same Cinco de Mayo party, where Ameen selected the prettiest girl in the room—Christine, of course—to participate in one of his card tricks. Later, he asked her out for drinks.

IS THIS REAL?—Ameen intended to propose over a nice dinner on the San Francisco Bay. Just as he was working up the courage, Christine received a call about a job interview, and another opportunity never arose. When they got back to Ameen’s house, he couldn’t let another day go by, so he insisted Christine get out of the car “to say good night.” He knelt and brought forth the ring, and Christine was so taken aback that she blurted, “Is this real?” Definitely real, and definitely yes.

IN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN TRADITION—Their wedding ceremony included the exchanging of crowns (made by Christine). Another special touch: Three priests officiated—two from their childhood parishes and one from their current one. The dessert table had an assortment of traditional Syrian and Lebanese cookies made by their family members.

9.14.16 ANUNCIATION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH AND NORTH RIDGE COUNTRY CLUB
GOWN: Bride To Be Couture
HAIR: Atrium Salon
MAKEUP: Faces Adorned
MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse
DESSERT/CAKE: Freeport Bakery
FLOWERS: Violette Fleurs
ENTERTAINMENT: Waseem Rabih