WELCOME

Congratulations! You have made it to our wedding website. That means you are a very important person in our lives, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being there for us.

וואליס ועמנואל

מאושרים ונרגשים להזמינכם לחגוג עמנו את יום נישואינו

שיערך ביום שבת, י׳ בתמוז התשע״ה

27.06.2015

באינטרקונטיננטל קו-סאמוי, תאילנד

קבלת פנים                         16:00

חופה                                 17:00

נשמח לראותכם

הורי הכלה                                                     הורי החתן

איידה ואוליבר צ׳אן                        אביטל וגבריאל בנעמי

Wallis Chan

&

Emmanuel Benami

request the pleasure of your company

at their wedding

Saturday, the twenty-seventh of June,

two thousand and fifteen

at four o’clock

InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort

295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach

Koh Samui

Thailand

謹訂於

西曆二零一五年六月二十七日

農曆乙  未  年  五  月  十  二 日

(星期六)下午四時

長男  Emmanuel

長女  綽姿

於泰國蘇梅島洲際酒店舉行結婚典禮 

並是假座該酒店

敬備喜酌

恭候光臨

 Gabriel Benami

  Avital Benami

陳電生

   陳鄧錦萍

敬約

四時恭候

六時半入席

OUR STORY

Let us tell you a little story…

Emmanuel proposed on the fateful day of April 12th, 2014 in Israel.

Collaborating with his family, Emmanuel asked Wallis to go out for coffee with his parents. She didn’t wear any makeup. She wore the most casual outfit. She didn’t even bother bringing her phone with her, thinking it would just be a few hours. In any case, she wouldn’t need a phone to call anyone (oh boy, she was so wrong).

Unsuspiciously, Wallis got into the family car and headed to downtown Tel Aviv. Wallis was a bit surprised when the car pulled into the Hilton. “Mmm that’s not an everyday coffee place…” Wallis thought. She got out from the backseat and took a moment to look around this beautiful hotel. She then turned back, only to see the car peeling out of the driveway, leaving Emmanuel alone on the pavement, lugging a carry on suitcase behind him.

“Surprise! Let’s spend a night together alone before the busy Passover, overwhelming with guests.” Emmanuel grinned. Even the most naive Wallis knew something was up. Once they checked into their suite, a picnic basket, with nibbles, chocolate and wine magically appeared. Emmanuel then suggest to snuggle in bed, which was strategically positioned to face the balcony that had the Mediterranean as backdrop.

Once settled in bed, he pulled out the most beautiful ring Wallis had ever seen, and proposed, lying down. “Will you make me the happiest man on earth?” he asked earnestly.

The only words that came out from Wallis’ mouth after a moment of shock were “You-Are-So-Stupid!”. What was in her head was “You are so silly! You didn’t have to do any of this. I would marry you anyway!”, but somehow, in the midst extreme emotions, she was only able to call him stupid.

To this day, Wallis has yet to say “Yes” officially. So here we are, wedding coming Jun 27th, 2015, Koh Samui, Thailand. Hopefully Wallis will be able to keep her poise and say “I do” in the wedding.

GALLERY

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WHAT FRIENDS SAY?

EVENTS

Family Luncheon

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Amber Restaurant

Who should attend: The Chans and The Benamis

Attire: Smart Casual

Let’s kick start the day with some spicy Thai food. Food is the staple of festivity and celebration in both Jewish and Chinese culture. So let’s respect our cultures, and fill our tummies with delicious food before we dive into the intense wedding celebration (and more food to come).

Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony

Time: 2:30pm

Location: Couple’s Beachfront Villa

Who should attend: The Chans, The Benamis, extended families, bridesmaids and groomsmen

Attire: For the parties involved – Suit Up! Dress Up!

There are many Chinese wedding traditions that are still practiced in this modern day. The most popular one is the Tea Ceremony. This is an intimate occasion, when the bride and groom get down on their knees and serve tea to their elders. The tea is infused with lotus seeds and jujube, symbolizing a lifetime of sweetness and fruitfulness (babies!). The elders will then present the couple with token gifts like Lai See (Red Pocket), gold, blessings, and well-wishes.

Welcome Canapés

Time: 4:00pm

Location: Club InterContinental

Who should attend: Everyone

Attire: Cocktail and your Sunday best, Black-Tie not required; Kippah not mandatory, but if you wish to wear one, we will have one prepared for you.

We are welcoming our guests from all over the world. Some of you we haven’t seen in a long time, some of you we see almost everyday. Either way, we thank you for making the trip over to Koh Samui to be here with us, on one of the most important days in our lives. So relax, enjoy the sun, the air, and the smell of the sea. You will be served with finger food (see, we promised more food) and drinks. Feel free to mingle and share stories, we are sure there are plenty.

Wedding Ceremony & Capturing Memories

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Club InterContinental

Who should attend: Everyone

Attire: Cocktail and your Sunday best, Black-Tie not required; Kippah not mandatory, but if you wish to wear one, we will have one prepared for you.

Be our witness in our matrimony. We will be exchanging our vows and rings in a simple yet earnest ceremony. We kindly ask our guests to switch their mobile devices to silent. A professional team flown in from Hong Kong will be taking plenty of photos and video during the event; but we understand your excitement, we are pretty excited too! So feel free to take as many photos as you like, snap snap snap! We would love to see your photos too. May we ask you to send us the photos you have taken? We really appreciate it.

Dinner Reception, Entertainment & After Party

Time: 6:30pm onwards

Location: Infinity Pool

Who should attend: Everyone

Attire: Cocktail and your Sunday best, Black-Tie not required; Kippah not mandatory, but if you wish to wear one, we will have one prepared for you.

Now we get the formalities out of the way, it’s time to feast! Join us in the Infinity Pool for some live BBQ action. We understand each of you have different dietary requirement, so we try to have a bit of everything for everyone – hot, cold, red meat, poultry, seafood, vegetables, sweet, savory, and spicy. Please, indulge yourself. We love to eat, and we love to see our guests enjoy themselves. Don’t forget to take advantage of the three-hours free flow beverages. We are serving soft drinks, juice, local beer, red and white. If you desire something stronger, there is a bar at your service.

Once we get our guests sufficiently stuffed and tipsy, it’s time to be entertained. Let’s keep what’s in store a secret for now, and hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised. The hotel requires us to lower the volume after 11pm, but guests can remain at the bar till late; come on, it’s Samui after all.

SAMUI

Location

For the wedding, everything will take place under one roof in the InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort (295 Moo 3 Taling Ngam Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand). It’s about 40 minutes away from Chaweng and the Samui Airport without traffic.

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Getting In

For guests coming in from Hong Kong, there are two daily direct flights to Koh Samui Airport (USM) operated by Bangkok Airways. You can also transit via Bangkok. Please remember to check visa requirement for your passport, and make sure your passport will be valid for at least three months before traveling.

Getting Around

Easiest albeit slightly pricer way to get around is to utilize public taxi or hotel limousine service. There are also many car hire options on Samui, including local arms of international companies such as Budget and Avis. You can pick up or drop off at the airport or some other locations. There are small local car hire companies dotted throughout Samui. If you feel a bit more adventurous, motorbikes maybe your cup of tea. Motorbikes can be rented virtually anywhere on Samui. But beware, most motorbikes don’t have insurance, and motorbike shops will likely want you to leave your passport as collateral. This is a common practice in Thailand. Most government travel advisory services advise against leaving your passport anywhere as a deposit for obvious reasons. If hiring a bike doesn’t appeal to you, then there are motorbike-taxis willing to take you around for a fee, but remember to negotiate a set price in advance. Remember to arrange an International Driver License with your local authority if you will be driving.
Don’t forgot to purchase travel insurance before you fly!

Accommodation

There are over three hundred hotels listed on TripAdvisor for Samui. We would love for you to stay with us in the InterContinental. However, there are other options for different needs. Hotel price range from under USD100 to astronomical, from hostel to deluxe multiple rooms family villa. The choice is yours. But if you do decide to stay with us, we have negotiated a deal with the InterContinental. The price per night is 9,021THB for Ocean View Room, 20,773THB for Beachfront Villa, and 22,553THB for Two Bedroom Villa (prices are inclusive of service charge, VAT and provincial tax currently at 18.7%). Please download the Accommodation Form, fill in appropriate details, and email back to reservations@ickohsamui.com. Please put the subject of the email as “Wedding of Wallis & Emmanuel”. If you have any questions, please contact our Event Planner, Ms Petra Nahlikova on petra.nahlikova@ihg.com.

A glimpse of the rooms

Ocean View Room:

http://www.samui.intercontinental.com/ocean-view-room

Beachfront Pool Villa: 

http://www.samui.intercontinental.com/beachfront-pool-villa

Two Bedroom Villa:

http://www.samui.intercontinental.com/two-bedroom-villa

To See & To Do

Chaweng Beach is the major beach on Samui and one that has developed tremendously. The place is swamped with hotels, Italian pizzerias, Irish pubs, and even go-go bars (if you don’t know what go-go bars are, don’t go to one). Samui’s night life is booming, and Chaweng is the place for a rowdy reckless party scene.

The (in)famous Full Moon Party will be on Jun 30th, 2015, only three days after the wedding. It will be on Had Rin Nok beach, situated in the south-eastern part of Koh Phangan island. There are boats leaving several times daily from Big Buddha Pier (Bang Rak) and Maenam. Just book your ferry ticket in any travel agency on the island, or directly on the pier. You can also go by a speed-boat from the piers at Bo Phut or Maenam, in northern Samui. It is recommended to wear shoes or strong and robust sandals and avoid dancing or walking barefoot. Don’t ruin your holiday by stepping on broken bottles. Don’t wear anything expensive, and expect to have UV color on your face and body. For more information, please refer to the internet and your travel guidebooks.

For as long as you are on Samui, you do not have to worry about food. Street food, small eateries, candle-lit beachside restaurants… you name it. To eat like a local, try Krua Nathon Restaurant, Napratuwat Noodle Shop, Haad Bang Po Restaurant, and Jun Home Restaurant. For something different, try The Boudoir. It’s a French restaurant ranked #1 on TripAdvisor.

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REGISTRY & GIFTS

We do not have a wedding registry. Your presence is a great gift. Having said that, we do accept Lai See (Red Pockets) in major currencies. We do not prefer receiving gifts in Samui, as it will be a logistic hazard for both parties. If you do want to give us something (thank you very much), please present your gift before or after the wedding in Hong Kong.