Leanne Chiha and Ibrahim Chambour
It took Leanne and Ibrahim three meetings over four years before they finally got together. Photo: Saxon Cole Photography
LEANNE CHIHA AND IBRAHIM CHAMBOUR
ST GEORGE CATHEDRAL CHURCH, REDFERN AND GRAND ROYALE, GRANVILLE, NSW
It was third time lucky for Leanne and Ibrahim. They first met on a night out in Sydney when Leanne was 18. They went on one date but didn’t stay in contact. “Three years later I bumped into him at a beach party in Jbeil (Byblos Lebanon) where we spent three amazing days together,” says Leanne. Not having each other’s contact details in Australia, they lost contact again. It wasn’t until six months later that Ibrahim managed to track her down. He sent a Christmas gift and they finally went on another date a month later. “We are both Australian born Lebanese Christians who share the same cultural, family and religious values. We are each other’s first serious relationship and experienced many things as a couple together for the first time,” says Leanne.
Ibrahim took Leanne to Mosman for a gourmet post-work picnic. He set the scene with candles, cheese and wine and cooked a prawn and vegetable stir fry on a portable gas barbeque. “As I was praising his great cooking and effort he got on his knee and proposed,” says Leanne.
The wedding day
They had a big Lebanese style wedding with a modern twist and 400 guests. They tried to use service providers from within their circle of family and friends – the reception venue is owned by Ibrahim’s best friend and Leanne’s uncle did the flowers. The ceremony at the St George Cathedral Church was made personal by the priest who is a good friend of the couple. For something different they entered the reception venue at Grand Royale on a vintage scooter.
Leanne wore an ivory strapless, A-line gown with a sweetheart neckline. It featured a ruched bodice, a bustle skirt and an organza flower detail at the waist. It was from the 2011 Blue by Enzoani range and came from Caritas Yu Bridal in Leichhardt.
A three-tiered marble cake made from white and milk chocolate sponge. It was decorated with icing flowers and ivory fondant icing. It was made by Cake Art and Design in Rouse Hill and was based on a design by Sweet Art she saw in a magazine.
The photos were taken by Saxon Cole Photography.
They went to Thailand, Cambodia and Hong Kong.
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