“I can’t wait to be married… The name just rolls off the tongue… Mrs”, she laughs excitedly coupled with descriptive hand movements.
The atypical or ‘non-typical’ wedding proposal nowadays may comprise of a flash-mob dance set in the middle of a cinema viewing. Its tradition is ingrained in one of the most popular dancing styles; hip-hop. A modern proposal, perhaps a modern wedding – yet the Lebanese heritage of Robbie and Mona has stayed intact – reaffirms the diversity of weddings, and how traditions and contemporary culture may be mixed.
Wearing a custom-made dress by Steven Khalil which she describes appreciatively, “couldn’t be more perfect”, was an understatement to the high-running emotion of feel-good ‘nobody can get me down’ attitude. Proudly and reflectively she states that everything was exactly how she dreamed it and even better than what she could have fathomed. “All I could think of”, she said was, “I get to marry my best friend”.
On the day of the wedding, with her best friend’s brother playing the drum – otherwise coined as tabel – they left to the church and accordingly to Mona, “…the celebrations were just starting”.
Opposed to being the frantic one, she maintained herself and sustained a calm energy with everybody around her. Carrying a soft and relaxing aura, she is guilty of actually enjoying her wedding day; remembering all the insanity including those somewhat 200 wigs likened to Robbie’s infamous ‘fro’.
Mona’s preliminary and current views of marriage remains the same: “I really love everything about being married. We grow up with this notion of finding Prince Charming and living happily ever after…”, in which marriage for her is something not of trivial nature. She goes on to state: “Marriage to me is sanctifying my true love in front of God for the one man I want to spend every second of every day with him and have a family”.
Holding marriage as a great spiritual, emotional, mental, and even physical entity, Mona believes: “That’s marriage. It’s very important to compromise in marriage as well… so many people get married for the wrong reasons and it doesn’t work out for them”.
With eyes and a smile beaming pearly whites Mona was entranced once she saw Robbie waiting for her serenely. She smiled her largest smile yet and became rightfully impatient to say ‘I do’ when her eyes met with his soft-spoken cheeky lips and innocent eyes. With a beautiful ceremony, family singing in the choir, playing guitar and piano, Mona couldn’t have asked for a greater ceremony.
Mona, a 26 year old Executive Assistant (EA) to a prestige car dealership, holds the demeanour of a multi-tasker with many loves and hobbies. One standout for her is cooking; “mostly savoury foods ”, a passion for spending her time with Robbie as ‘big kids’ playing gaming consoles – definitely a current-age trend – indicative of many young realists up to date. Her favourite movies consisting of classic Disney movies Aladdin, Beauty & the Beast, and finally The Little Mermaid was only telling of her theme song; ‘A Whole New World’ at her reception .
Reiterating the evident upbeat nature of the wedding, choreography surprising to Robbie was just the bare-minimal of funky entailments of the night from Mona and her bridal party.
This is expressive of Mona’s idea of marriage; “My idea of marriage is seeing myself with my husband - old, wrinkly and grey – and feeling like I did when we first met”. After four years of being together with Robbie she feels her love has been positively exacerbated moreso than ever. In saying so Mona believes it is important to get married and that she personally couldn’t remember her life before she met Robbie.
Now that Mona and Robbie have married, they are excited to produce a big family (preferably) of 6 children and a dog (whereby they have opposing wants be it big or small). She says: “I want to do what God created me to do and be a great mother and wife”, this speaking highly of her loving and affectionate nature.