Syrian couple thanks Saskatoon for surprise wedding party

A young Syrian couple are thanking people for a wedding party they will never forget.

Local people donated cake and dress to refugee couple

Athar Farroukh finally gets her wedding photos. The CBC's Eman Bare offered to take her photographs when she heard that Farroukh and her husband Mohamad Al-Noury had to flee Syria before they could get any images from their wedding. (Submitted by Eman Bare)

A young Syrian couple are thanking people for a wedding party they will never forget.

A group of people in Saskatoon organized a surprise wedding party for the young couple. Volunteers donated a dress, cake and photography services.

"Thank you to the people in Saskatoon," said Mohamad Al-Noury. "Thank you for all the help. I don't know how I can say thank you to the people."

Surprise wedding reception

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People in Saskatoon throw surprise wedding party for Syrian couple.

Al-Noury and his wife, Athar Farroukh, were forced to flee Syria 10 days after they were married. They weren't able to record or photograph the ceremony.

So, on the weekend, a group of volunteers organized a ceremony that could be documented.

"I shared it with my friends on WhatsApp?" said Al-Noury. "All my friends saw the video, and they were happy. And surprised."

Surprise wedding reception for Syrian refugees

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People come together to host surprise wedding reception for Syrian refugees in Saskatoon.

While the couple arrived in Saskatoon as refugees last year, many of their family members are still in the Middle East.

Al-Noury's family is in Lebanon, and his mother has serious health issues.

"I hope that people in Canada help me and Mohammad get his family here," said Farroukh. "Mohammad's mother is very sick, she has lost two toes. She needs to go to the hospital, she needs help."

The Canadian Embassy recently refused the family's entry into the country. However, the couple are hoping to find a solution soon.