Chamkaur & Lisa’s The Starship’s wedding on Sydney harbour

Signing the marriage register









Couple’s name: Chamkaur & Lisa Dhaliwal

Location of ceremony & reception: The Starship, Sydney harbour

Brides dress: Carla Zampati

Bridesmaids dresses: Karen Millen

Feel of Ceremony: Everyone feeling comfortable, Not too long, sincere, not cheezy

Number of guests: 150

Music - Down aisle: Escala – Chi Mai / Signing the registry: Wiyathul – Gurrumul Yunupingu / Recessional: Love is in the air – John Paul Young

Time of Wedding Ceremony: 6.30pm

The bride Lisa, her bridesmaids and I boarded the magnificent Starship at King Street Wharf, Darling Harbour at 5pm. The ship is amazing with three levels of luxury with 360 degree panoramic views of Sydney harbour, (the entire boat is made of glass).

It was a perfect amount of time for us to check the last minute details and relax whilst we sailed under the Sydney Harbour bridge and docked at the Opera House Man of War stept to let the groom, groomsmen, family and guests board. The Stars Ship then floated into Farm Cove to anchor for the twilight ceremony.

It was a spectacular evening with the sun lazily setting and the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as our backdrop. The ceremony was held on the top deck.

The groom’s side is Indian and all the sari’s were dazzling in the sunlight. I spoke a short Punjabi welcome – ‘Sat Sri Akal,’ that Chamkaur and Lisa had taught me – the guests loved it!

During the ceremony we performed three rituals, the 1st ritual was drawn from the Sikh wedding tradition. Bride Lisa was presented with three ornate gold bangles which were given to her given to by groom Chamkaur’s mother and her two sisters. This ritual symbolises welcoming the bride to their family.

The second ritual was also from the Sikh wedding tradition where groom Chamkaur gave his Lisa’s sister a gold ring which symbolized a welcoming to the family as well.

The final ritual was a merging of Chamkaur and Lisa’s two different cultures performed at the conclusion of their wedding ceremony. Chamkaur and Lisa had placed their wedding cake, (which Dalvinder from Masterchef series 4 had made), on a small table close to the ceremony area. This ritual symbolised the joining of two families from their two different cultures: through the Western tradition of cutting the wedding cake, and the Indian tradition of feeding one another something sweet.

The ceremony buzzed with excitement and happiness and the swirl of bright coloured saris and gold is etched in my memory. A wedding that I will never forget.

After the ceremony everyone celebrated late into the night floating around the spectacular harbour. I slipped away by water taxi – so much fun but slightly treacherous in stilettos sleeping from one boat to another in the middle of the harbour!

Kate: “Chamkaur, do you take Lisa to be your wife and soul mate? Do you promise to love her, comfort her, nurture her spirit and respect her throughout your life together as husband and wife?”












Chamkaur: ‘Lisa, I give you this ring in celebration of my love for you. Wear it in the knowledge that wherever you go, my love goes with you.”










Lisa being presented gold bangles by Chamkaur’s mum and sisters










Post ceremony with newlyweds Chamkaur and Lisa










Chamkaur and Lisa are such a vibrant couple. I loved being able to create a ceremony that represented two different cultures and perform it on the magnificent Starship.


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