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Chaitanya and Sameer put a spin on tradition for modern Indian wedding


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Every part of Chaitanya and Sameer’s story is unique, down to their Tinder meeting and Sameer’s proposal on the bow of a ship while the pair toured Antarctica.

The Sydney couple, both 32, chose to incorporate modern Australian elements with a blend of both their cultures, as their families come from different parts of India with very different traditions.

“We wanted our wedding to reflect us as Australia-born Indians. We wanted a more intimate style wedding with our closest family and friends. After much negotiation with our parents, we settled on a ‘small’ modern Indian wedding of 200 guests!” laughs the bride.

Chaitanya and Sameer solidified their commitment to one another with a traditional Hindu ceremony at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney CBD. Then, after a quick outfit change for the bride and groom, the reception commenced at The Calyx.

We personalised our wedding to make it true to us. It was a difficult task that we successfully accomplished.”

Photos courtesy of Splendid Photos & Video.

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Even Chaitanya’s hair put a spin on tradition! “Traditionally a South Indian bride wears her hair in a plait with lots of gold and flowers placed in it. I wanted to keep the tradition but modernise it, with simplicity. Hence I went with a French plait with only a few flowers and jewels in it.”

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As tradition, the bride wore her mother’s 35-year-old wedding sari for her and Sameer’s Hindu ceremony.

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The team at Splendid Photos & Video made sure every colourful element of the day was captured on camera and film.

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As doctors, Chaitanya and Sameer found it hard to meet people with their busy schedules. Luckily, it only took a few swipes right on Tinder to bring the two together, whose workplaces were actually only a hundred metres apart!

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“Words cannot describe The Calyx. We fell in love with it. The dance floor was set amongst garden beds with a backdrop of a 51×60 metre flower wall, incorporating over 18,000 plants.”

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