Lebanese-Canadian superstar Sari Massari Abboud, better known by his stage name Massari, and longtime partner Canada-based fashion influencer and jewelry designer Sahar Golestani have officially tied the knot in a magical wedding ceremony in Los Angeles.
The couple, who have known each other for nearly a decade, exchanged vows at LA Banquets in Los Angeles surrounded by family, friends, and loved ones from around the world.
There to share their special day were music moguls such as Wassim Sal Slaiby, former Miss USA Rima Fakih, and Jordanian musician Issam Alnajjar, along with several others from the music world.
With the help of wedding planner Edgar Hay, the couple turned their dreams into reality with a celebration to remember.
“We’re so grateful to have someone like Edgar Hay, a true artist who was such a key player in putting together this wedding for us… Such an incredible human being,” they said in a statement.
To celebrate the newlyweds, Palestinian-Chilean Musician Elyanna, who counts the groom as one of her closest friends, took to the stage for a special performance.
Elyanna sang “El Kawn Jani” as Massari and Sahar enjoyed their first dance together as a married couple.
To make the day even more memorable, Massari surprised his bride with an emotional performance of his new song, “Jamalo” (Her Beauty), which he wrote for her.
The song was written with inputs from Ali Doghan and produced in collaboration with Kemyst and Majd Fahma.
“Being nervous is a natural part of an artist’s career when revealing new music,” Massari added. “I’ve always loved performing, especially when it’s a song that means so much to me and a gift to the woman who means the world to me,”.
He continued: “I wrote this song for Sahar in 2020 as the world went into quarantine. We had planned to get married that same year, and to cope with the delays, I turned a negative into a positive by pouring my heart into a song for her. Music has the ability to heal in almost every situation.”
“The first version of this song was acoustic, with a chord progression played on the piano. It was heartfelt, and I remember the first time she heard it, we both had tears in our eyes. We realized that as long as we had each other, we could overcome anything the world threw at us. We found comfort in believing that whatever is meant to be will be in its right time,”.
As for Golestani, the moment couldn’t have been more special, she said: “Every time Massari shows me a song he made, I get goosebumps. When he told me this one was written for me, I couldn’t help but cry. It was a very emotional moment. Massari has the ability to make me fall in love with him every day.”
For her bridal look, the multihyphenate went with Lebanese designer Yasmin Mallah of Yasmin’s Bridal.
The decision came from the duo’s immediate feeling of warmth for each other. “I met Yasmin, and we instantly became sisters,” the bride said.
“[She] showed me some designs, and I knew I wanted her to make the dress. I gave her all the creative reins and told her to do her thing,”.
The final look was a romantic pearl white gown with a body-skimming bodice and billowing skirt, completely doused in beadwork. Golestani paired the dress with a matching veil and fresh white tulips to walk down the aisle.
As for her beauty look, Golestani followed the same process as she did with her ensemble, opting to go with someone she shared a personal connection with celebrity makeup artist Ash K Holm.
“It’s an honor to have my best friend do my makeup for my big day,” she elaborated, also highlighting the fact that both the women she worked with for her look come from the same country as her husband.
“I love that I had an entirely Lebanese team getting me ready to marry my Lebanese king, and it’s a bonus that they’re two of my closest friends!”.
In February 2021, Massari announced their engagement with the release of a new single "Be Mine" and the music video makes it very clear who the love ballad is about.
The final shots of the almost two-and-a-half-minute video show the singer down on one knee as he proposes to Golestani, who says yes as the video closes in on the happy couple with her showing off the ring on her finger.
“After spending the most beautiful nine years together, we’ve decided to take our relationship to the next [level]. Sahar Golestani and I are officially engaged, I’m proud to share this moment with all of you,” the singer wrote on Instagram.
“I do. Every day feels like the first day we met. Can’t wait to be your wife," Golestani commented.
Massari was born in Beirut, but his family relocated to Canada when he was 11 in the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War. Signing with Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur Wassim Slaiby's CP Records, he released his self-titled album "Massari" in 2005. Two of his tracks from that album, "Be Easy" and "Real Love", topped the Canadian top 10.
He has since released two more albums, 2009's "Forever Massari" and 2018's "Tune In". He has also collaborated with many international artists and Arab musicians such as French Montana, Mohammed Assaf, Shaggy, Afrojack, and Maya Diab.