A young couple has offered a glimpse into their dream wedding after putting together an extraordinary affair with thousands of roses, 50 sparkling chandeliers, 400 guests and an extravagant multi-tiered cake.
Linda Estephan married the love of her life Amanuel Khoury on October 14 at Sydney’s iconic Town Hall, and the newlyweds didn’t hold back when it came to luxuries.
Linda, 25, who works in hospitality, and Amanuel, who works in construction, approached their day with a chic, regal theme in mind. They also asked for a ‘Disney fairytale’ feel.
And they delivered.
The hall was decked out with 15,000 white and pink roses and sweeping green foliage to create a gorgeous indoor garden. It took a staggering 1,000 hours of work by Diane Khoury Events staff to set up the room; Amanuel has no relation to Diane or her team.
In addition to the dreamy garden features, there was also an ice sculpture with the couple’s initials engraved into it, a seafood station, a giant king chandelier and $12,000 wedding cake that stood 1.8m tall and had to be cut with a sword.
Speaking to FEMAIL, Linda said the day felt like a dream and went by so quickly she wishes she could relive it all moment by moment.
A young couple has offered a glimpse into their dream wedding after putting together an extraordinary affair with thousands of roses, 50 sparkling chandeliers, 400 guests and an extravagant multi-tiered cake
Linda Estephan and Amanuel Khoury married on October 14 in a dream ceremony that took 1,000 hours to set up
The couple knew each other for 18 months before exchanging vows. Linda met Amanuel, 33, at his sister’s wedding and the two instantly hit it off before going on a first date a month later in April 2022.
At the time, Linda was focusing on work and her university studies so wasn’t dating much, but Amanuel swept her off her feet.
‘We knew instantly that we had a connection so we went on a second date a week later,’ she said.
On her wedding day, Linda woke up plagued with nerves and was anxious to see it all come together.
‘The first half of the day I was quite nervous, especially because I’m so used to being only around mine and Amanuel’s family, so having 400 people gather in a single day just to see you, take photos of you and all the focus was about you and your husband… it was a bit overwhelming,’ she said.
‘But the moment I stood outside the church and knew I was walking in to see Amanuel to marry him, I was so relaxed and the nerves disappeared.’
The photographer captured the special moment Linda and Amanuel saw the reception hall for the first time, leaving them speechless.
The photographer captured the moment Linda and Amanuel saw the reception hall for the first time, leaving them speechless
When it came to entertainment, the pair was sure to give their guests the best of the best.
Six violinists stood on pedestals framing the walkway down to the bridal table and played as guests arrived to create a ‘heavenly feel’. At the end of the walkway were two cellists and two roaming dancers.
There were also four fanfare trumpets with custom-made flags which were played as the couple made their way into the venue, formally starting the reception. Throughout the evening, a 16-piece instrumental Lebanese band played, featuring three Arabic singers.
The bride and groom were welcomed in by a Zaffet – a traditional grand Lebanese entrance – with 12 drummers on the higher balcony level looking over the reception and four on the stage in front of the organ.
The guests were then treated to an aerialist performance by Couture Air, which featured a performer on custom chandeliers and two on silks.
The tables had incredible floral centrepieces that ran both horizontal and vertical (left). The chairs, tables and cutlery were gold and white to match the regal theme
Guests were served a delicious menu starting with Traditional Lebanese Mezza and fruit platters by the George Khouzame Group.
There was also a live seafood station with oysters, prawns, tuna, smoked salmon, Balmain bugs and fresh sashimi. It was resting on a custom-made ice sculpture by Mammoth Ice, which was six metres long and close to two metres high.
Entrees were stracciatella and pan-seared scallops, and mains were grilled beef filet au poivre and pan-fried Cone Bay barramundi. For dessert, pavlova and sticky toffee pudding was served, all of which was made by the caterers at Town Hall.
After footage of the event was shared online, many were dying to know the answer to one question: How much does such an event cost?
Linda did not wish to disclose how much they spent in total, but she did say the cake alone cost them $12,000.
On the menu was a delicious line-up of food including grilled beef filet au poivre and pan-fried Cone Bay barramundi for mains. There was even a seafood table with oysters, prawns, tuna, smoked salmon, Balmain bugs and fresh sashimi
Six violinists stood on pedestals framing the walkway down to the bridal table and played as guests arrived to create a ‘heavenly feel’ (left). The 11-tier cake stood 1.8m tall and due to the height, it was cut using an engraved sword (right)
The 11-tier masterpiece by Sweet Blooms stood 1.8m tall and due to the height, it was cut using an engraved sword. They chose two flavours – dark chocolate and passionfruit, and pistachio.
The bakers took inspiration from the historical organ backdrop at Town Hall and used elements of this on the cake. As the cake was cut, there was a grand confetti drop which framed the entire backdrop.
Linda looked like a princess in the gorgeous custom-made J’Aton Couture wedding gown. The Australian designer has been worn by the likes of Kylie Jenner, Kylie Minogue and Charlize Theron.
She paired the look with jewellery from Tiffany & Co., Cerrone, and custom rings from Jacobsons Jewellery. Her hair was done by Lizzie Liros.
When asked if she would do anything differently, Linda said she wouldn’t change a thing.
‘Everything was incredible and the memories and experiences I got from the wedding were just perfect,’ she said.
When asked if she would do anything differently, Linda said she wouldn’t change a thing
Linda looked like a princess in the gorgeous custom-made J’Aton Couture wedding gown. The Australian designer has been worn by the likes of Kylie Jenner and Rebecca Judd
Regardless of how the venue looked, Linda was most excited about marrying her best friend.
‘The way I see it, I was going to have an incredible day no matter what, simply because I was going to marry the love of my life,’ she said.
‘But what I wanted was for the guests to feel as happy as I was, to know that we cared about them and we appreciated their company and support on our day, and that their experience on the day was very valuable to us.
‘We have all been somewhere [that] made us feel so much joy and emotion, and I am hoping that this day made people feel that way and leave the wedding believing there really is such thing as true love.’
Footage of the incredible set-up was shared on the DK Events TikTok page, and one video caught the attention of more than 89 million people.
‘This is how I imagine my wedding,’ one person commented, while another wrote: ‘Fairytale wedding.’
‘Every woman deserves a wedding like this,’ a third added.
‘If this isn’t my wedding, I don’t want it,’ someone else said.