Gül family sets marriage date
The wedding of President Abdullah Gül's daughter Kübra, which was previously postponed due to the general elections and the illness of her father-in-law to-be, Abdullah Sarımermer, is set to take place on the third day of Eid, the holiday following Ramada
Gül will be a father-in-law for the first time when his 22-year-old daughter Kübra marries Mehmet Sarımermer, the son of Gül's friend Abdullah Sarımermer, the owner of Özipek Rugs. The last phase in the planning of the wedding of Bilkent graduate Kübra and 29-year-old Boğaziçi University graduate Mehmet -- who were engaged in a modest ceremony in April of 2006 -- has began. The bride and groom's outfits have already been prepared for the wedding, to be held in İstanbul on Oct. 14; the bride's dress will be decorated with Ottoman motifs, and the groom is to wear a simple suit.
Abdullah Sarımermer is known as a businessman with a large network of acquaintances in İstanbul, hence the wedding's taking place there. The wedding venue will be the İstanbul Gösteri Merkezi (Show Center). Following the ceremony a presidential invitation to Çankaya Palace is also expected to be extended to the newlyweds.
July 22 was the original wedding date, but this date coincided with Turkey's snap national parliamenntary elections. Due to this and the illness of the father of the groom, the ceremony was postponed.
Gül and Abdullah Sarımermer were dormitory roommates at university and are also childhood friends. Due to their acquaintanceship, Gül had wanted to bring his companion into the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) as a founder in 2001, but as the number of founders was slashed from 250 to 72, Sarımermer was taken off the list.
Though he is actually a lawyer, the Sarımermer senior entered the trade world and founded the Özipek Rug Company in Kocaeli.
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