Rosana and Michael

Oct. 10, 2009, at St. James Cathedral

On their first date, at Musashi’s in Wallingford, Rosana knew that just because they came from different cultures didn’t mean they didn’t have one major thing in common: “I loved that he talked a lot about his family,” says the 27-year-old bride, whose parents are Egyptian. Michael, 26, of Chinese ancestry, proposed at the Conservatory in Chicago a year later. Two close friends snapped pictures. “When they drifted off with my camera, I didn’t think twice about it,” Rosana says. Their wedding was a beautiful blend of both of their cultures. The place cards featured the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness, and guests danced to an Egyptian band all night. Rosana and Michael, both dentists, temporarily live in Yakima.

“Our traditional zeffa entrance into the reception was a lot of fun,” Rosana says of their celebration at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue after the ceremony. “We walked in with Egyptian folkloric dancers and drum players. It started the night off with a lot of energy!”

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