If Tom Cruise climbed the Eiffel Tower in Paris to propose marriage to Katie Holmes, a Saudi man chose to exchange rings with his fiancé at Carrefour supermarket in Sulaimaniya, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
The supermarket was where they first laid eyes on each other, the Saudi Gazette reported this week.
“You can find love in the most unexpected places,” said Khaled Al-Maeena, Saudi Gazette’s Editor-in-Chief, adding that “Saudis are romantics at heart. The world should know that we are like other people with the same needs and emotions like others.”
On that fortunate day, Abdulla Alanazi, exchanged rings with his fiancé at the French supermarket, witnessed by other employees.
The report also added that the French Consul General Louis Blin was a witness to the momentous event. Rumors say the consul general himself has blessed the wedding, according to sources who attended the ceremony.
However, the French Consulate in Jeddah denied the reports to Al Arabiya, saying the Saudi press misinterpreted the presence of the consul general, who was present at that time because of the inauguration of the “French Week” in the Carrefour branch in Jeddah.
In a photo published by the Saudi Gazette, the consul general was shown holding a toast glass—with juice in it – smiling as the groom puts the ring on his fiancé’s finger.
However, despite their happily ever after, sources say the lady had to leave her job because Carrefour’s regulations prohibit married couples from working in the same place.
Carrefour Saudi Arabia was not available for comment when contacted by Al Arabiya.