A Syrian refugee couple had more to celebrate at this reception than just a wedding. They were feting new friendships with sympathetic strangers in Saskatchewan, a place they now call home.

A CBC reporter had interviewed the couple about a story on mental health and refugees. Chatting after the interview, Eman Bare learned Mohamad Al-Noury and Athar Farroukh fled bombings in their hometown just days after their wedding and spent their honeymoon in a refugee camp, before making the journey to Canada.

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Athar had mentioned she didn’t even get the chance to have wedding pictures taken, so Bare offered to snap some of the bride in a few days.


Once the story hit social media, people in Saskatoon decided to set things right.

One woman baked a wedding cake, another donated a wedding dress and suit for the groom, and a hotel gave the party a banquet room.

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The couple thought they were on their way to their impromptu wedding photo shoot when Bare surprised them with the news, as they opened the door.

“We’re blessed that we’re in Saskatoon and we’ve seen a lot of great things and met a lot of great people and it’s a dream come true for us,” Farroukh told CBC News.

Photo: Eman Bare, Twitter

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