My cousins and I used to play "wedding" in my basement. One person was the bride, another was the groom. I was 7 years old and usually the priest. Then, of course, there was the audience.
Looking back, it was kind of weird. I mean, we are all related. But coming from a big Lebanese family, marriage has always been an important part of life.
The girls and I have always dreamed of husbands who would love us as much as our fathers, be our best friends, share our morals and values and help make us better people. For my cousin Marylou, that's exactly what she's found. She recently got engaged to a guy who already feels like family, Hanna Moussa.
Marylou and I went to Lebanon together last summer, and we got to meet Hanna's family and see the small town he comes from. He grew up among hardworking, humble and faithful people. Ultimately, he moved to America to pursue a better life. He's become successful in his career and even found his dream girl.
I filmed their engagement party last month and spoke with Marylou's family about what the couple means to them. Hanna's immediate family is still in Lebanon, so they're not in the video. But we look forward to seeing them at the wedding!
PS: This is the first time I've shot and edited with my new camera, and I don't have a microphone. So the audio isn't great. Bare with me, and enjoy :)