Company Press Release

Celine Dion and Rene Angelil renew their vows

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5 /CNW-PRN/ - At five o'clock this afternoon,
January 5, 2000, five years after their Roman Catholic wedding in
Montreal, Que., Celine Dion and Rene Angelil renewed their vows in
a religious ceremony conducted by Monsignor Michel Sayde of the Melkite 
Byzantine Eastern Catholic rite. The ceremony, the ritual itself and the
prayers recited by the celebrant and the couple served as a precedent in
the history of the Byzantine rite.

Because of their profound devotion to family life and friendship, it was
very important to Celine and Rene that they be surrounded by family and 
friends for this celebration. Some 235 guests were brought together at
Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, for this lavish event.

The decor, the music and hymns (both religious and secular), the reception
and the banquet all reflected the Lebanese and Syrian origins of Rene 
Angelil. Prevalent in the decorations were the star and the crescent, 
central symbols of Middle Eastern culture; as well, various Arab cultures
were represented with music, dance and costumes. Just as evocative of 
this culture were the camels and exotic birds.

The chapel where the religious ceremony was held had been redesigned to
evoke the architecture and atmosphere of an Arab mosque. The ballroom 
of Caesars Palace was transformed into a beautiful Oriental garden. 
Six Berber tents were set up, each representing a scene from A Thousand
and One Nights. The magic and the mystery of the Orient were re-created
with dancers, jugglers, musicians and singers. Even camels and exotic birds...

Seated Oriental-style on brightly colored cushions, the guests were served 
a five-course meal prepared by Lebanese, Syrian and Moroccan chefs. The 
men were dressed in black; the women wore the colors of precious gems: 
emerald, sapphire, ruby and diamond. The groom was in white; the bride
wore a golden gown by Givenchy. The entire event had the magic of a 
fairy tale, and, for this extraordinary couple, was the perfect beginning
to their sabbatical. 



    Celine et Rene tiennent a souligner le travail remarquable des personnes
    suivantes sans qui cet evenement n'aurait pas eu lieu :
    Celine and Rene would like to thank the following people who have worked
    to make this event a wonderful memory for all who attended.

    Caesars Palace : Arthur Goldberg, Anna DeMartino, Linda Crane, Paul
    O'Neil, Danielle Strong, Deborah Munch, and all their co-workers. Chefs
    Greg Waldron & John Hui and staff. Chefs invites/Guest Chefs : restaurant
    Daou, Montreal.
    Decor/Set Design : Johanne Dastous, designer
    Realisation/Production : Destinations by Design : Joyce Sherman, Jim
    Nelson, Andrew Erskine, Tami Hance.
    Coordination : Ian Donald, Suzanne Gingue, Shari Weber, Simon Watkins,
    Yves Aucoin, Denis Savage, Michel Dion, Eric Burrows.
    Rituel oecumenique/Ritual Ceremony : Mgr Sleiman Hajjar assiste de Boulos
    Officiant/Priest : Mgr Michel Sayde.
    Chanteuse/Singer : Vera Loutfi.
    Musiciens/Musicians : Muchid Alkhalaf, Monir Sabet Nosseir, Youssef
    Abdalla Magdy. Merci a Eddie Alepin.

    Alexander McQueen de la maison Givenchy a cree la robe de Celine et le
    costume de Rene. Dress and suit for Celine and Rene were designed by
    Alexander McQueen for Givenchy.
    Styliste/Stylist : Annie L. Horth.
    Coiffeur/Hair : Peter Savic
    Maquilleur/Make-Up : Stephane Marais
    L'animation musicale est signee Claude Challe assiste de Hovanes Kakanian
    & Fruly. Claude Challe came from Paris to illuminate this night with his
    choice of music.
    Danseuse de baladi/Baladi dancer : Samia.
    Logistique : Sylvie Beauregard.
    Coordination : Normand Leblanc, Jacqueline Deslauriers, Celine Fontaine,
    Michel Lapointe, Pierre Trepanier, Karen Marquardt, Guillaume Kelly,
    Josee Lacroix, Philippe St-Aubin, Fabienne Benita.
    Presse : Francine Chaloult, Kim Jakwerth.

    Cette soiree, hommage de Celine a Rene, a ete concue par Paul Sara,
    Johanne Dastous et Mia Dumont.
    This evening is a tribute to Rene from Celine and was made possible by
    Paul Sara, Johanne Dastous and Mia Dumont.

    CONTACT  Celine Dion and Rene Angelil

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