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!
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.