The Wedding Story of Manelki & Surin

February 08, 2018 11:05 am


  • Your initial meet. How did it happen?

I was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman in a wedding back in 2006, and that’s where we first met. It was just a crush back then that we both had but never spoke of. He was 19, and I was 16. 

I lived in Canada, and he lived in the States, so a long-distance relationship at the time wasn’t realistic. We kept in touch via social media. Later in 2012, we started talking to each other online and realized we are kind of perfect for each other, and that’s how it all started. 

  • Who made the first move? How?

He made the first move. He came to visit me in Toronto in 2012, and asked me out on a date. Well, he told me we are going to dinner and the place was a surprise.

I said sure, and it ended up being at the rotating restaurant on top of the CN tower, which I thought was super sweet. 

  • What was your first impression of your spouse?

My first impression was that he was a party boy, funny, and outgoing. Later on I found out how sweet he was, and that he could potentially be the one. 

  • What's your most memorable date? Why?

When we were visiting New York, he said we are going somewhere in the morning, and that it was going to be a nice date.  I didn’t know where it was. I assumed it would be brunch at a nice place. We got in a taxi and drove to a big yard.

I didn’t realize that it was a Helicopter ride over New York City until the person at the counter asked for my ID to enter the building. It was such an amazing experience, and I thought it was so sweet of him to randomly plan a date like that - something I would never have imagined doing. 

  • Three things you love and hate about your partner.

I love – he never fails to show how much he cares, he will go above and beyond to make me happy, brings out the best in me. 
I hate – he is right most of the time, he still lives in a different country, a little too chilled about life. 


  • How did the proposal happen?

It happened in Hawaii. We drove up to this very high mountain overlooking Honolulu. When we got up to the mountain there was a little park with a panoramic view of the mountains, the city, and the ocean.

He had given the camera to someone to take a picture of us. I was posing for the picture and all of a sudden I turned around and I see him down on one knee asking me if I will marry him! 

  • What's your most memorable date? Why?? 

It surely was the drive to mount Honolulu, where he proposed to me. 

  • What are you most looking forward to in your future as a couple?

Living together in our own homeexperiencing milestones, traveling the world, making our own little family, and celebrating what life has to offer us. 


  • Most memorable moment from your wedding?

When I walked down the aisle at church towards my future husband. 

  • What's been the most fun detail of your wedding to plan?

The Décor, and picking the dress! Years of Pinning on Pinterest, I had to come down to a handful of ideas that would end up at the Church and the Hall on my wedding day.

It was fun imagining how it would be, and planning it all. Also, wedding dress shopping with my mom, sister, and girls - it was as fun as I imagined it would be. 

  • What's been the most difficult detail of your wedding to agree upon? 

He gave me the luxury of deciding the details, which was very nice. Something we had a bit of difficulty agreeing on was the wedding date, but we ended up with a date that worked for both of us and our guests.  


  • Where did you go for your honeymoon?

We went to the Maldives for our Honeymoon and it was the most amazing place. We stayed in a water villa on the ocean for 3 days. My best friend, her family, and my hubby made it happen and I am ever so grateful. Wish I can do it all over again! 

  • What is your idea of, “And they lived happily ever after”?

Both of us together with 2 kids in a happy home that we call our own, and doing what makes us the happiest. 

  • In the wake of disagreements, how do you find common ground? 

We have long discussions until we are both on common ground and we find a solution. 

  • Who’s good at forgetting and better at forgiving?

I tend to not forget things, and I think he is better at forgiving and forgetting. 


About the author

- Ruqaiyah Shabeen

I feel the same way about clothes and lipsticks, as others do about food!