Abirami and Dilshan’s Elegant South Indian Wedding

Abirami and Dilshan’s Elegant South Indian Wedding

Here are BravoBride, we love to share some of the wonderful weddings submitted to us. Today, we are celebrating Abirami and Dilshan’s beautiful South Indian wedding! Make sure to take a look at the beautiful photos of the event and read on to learn about the couple, their wedding, and their advice for future brides and grooms.

Their wedding events took place at the beginning of September 2016  in Sydney, followed by an overseas Reception in Colombo, Sri Lanka in December:

  1. Mehendi Lunch – Saturday PM, Private Residence, Sydney, 60 guests.
  2. Hindu Wedding – Sunday AM, Miramare Gardens, Sydney, 300 guests.
  3. Poruwa Ceremony – Friday PM, Sergeants Mess, Sydney 200 guests.
  4. Wedding Reception– Friday PM, Sergeants Mess, Sydney 200 guests.

Overseas Reception Soiree – Dec, The Kingsbury Hotel, Colombo, 120 guests.

About the Couple

How we met

We both met in our graduate year at Deloitte, our first meeting could not have been more unromantic. Despite us having very contrasting personalities, we became good friends over the year. It took a long time for us to admit our feelings, despite our closest friends subconsciously pushing us towards each other. Our friendship evolved into love, and as they say, ‘The rest is history’.

When I knew he was the one

We both knew that we had a good thing quite early on into our relationship. We were good friends before we started dating, which made us comfortable around each other, whether it be acting the fool, debating those serious topics, or laughing out loud at a good dad joke. 

The proposal

During the year leading up to our engagement, Dilshan had moved to Melbourne for work. At that time, we had both met each other’s parents and we were starting to discuss the prospect of sharing our lives together. Our six-year anniversary came and went. We had a romantic dinner reflecting back on our relationship. A mid-dinner call from my father to Dilshan’s phone did arouse my sneaky suspicions, but at the end of the evening, there was still no proposal, nor a ring.

A couple of weeks later, my girlfriends wanted to organise a catch up at my apartment, but little did I know that Dilshan was orchestrating this ‘catch-up’ behind the scenes. Friday night came, and the girls played their roles well, routinely texting me saying they were on the way. When the doorbell rang, I buzzed the girls up and was busy doing some last minute frantic cleaning. I was mid-way through unloading my dishwasher and in bursts Dilshan, who had secretly flown in from Melbourne that afternoon!

I was in such a state of shock that I didn’t even register the fact that he was down on one knee, holding in his hand the most beautiful diamond ring, set in a rose gold band (exactly like the one I had dropped so many hints about). When it all finally sunk in, of course, the answer was yes! I did love that he was successfully able to outwit my cluey and suspicious nature. He told me to pack an overnight bag and whisked me away to a romantic dinner at Flying Fish Jones Bay Wharf, which boasted magnificent views of Sydney harbor.

About the Wedding

It was most important to me that…

Making sure that our personality as a couple was reflected in our wedding events. We wanted to keep things simple, fun and above all, we wanted our loved ones to relax and enjoy the celebrations.

Our favorite moments of the wedding…

Our favorite moment was when we first saw each other at the Hindu wedding, we could not stop grinning at each other. We were completely oblivious to all the other wedding commotion happening around us.

 We had the most fun…

We had epic levels of fun during our first dance. We had choreographed a special number to the song You Give Me Something by Jamiroquai, which incorporated plenty of twirls to show off my layered lehenga skirt. It was such an upbeat way to open up the dance floor for the evening.

The Mehendi Lunch

We did all the styling on our own. I bought silk florals and cascading greens from Spotlight; outdoor furniture and cushions from Ikea and used some playful decor found around the house to create a relaxed outdoor environment for the girls. The sun was shining bright but it was still a chilly September day so we created a warm outdoor cocoon using a king size quilt.

The Hindu Wedding

Modern, elegant with traditional Indian elements. Irene from VIP Decorating did all the styling in the ballroom. She was able to bring to life my vision of reflecting elements of the gardens indoors, with florals and greens decking the top of the mandap structure and delicate crimson drapes edged with vines. We opted for an indoor ceremony, as we were concerned about the unpredictable weather in Spring. After the conclusion of the ceremony, our guests moved to the outdoor area to enjoy the gardens. 

Poruwa Ceremony and Wedding Reception

Modern and elegant with vintage touches. Drosia from Flowers by Drosia dressed up our venue with white florals and cascading greens. For the bridal table, we opted for a lush floral hedge. For the centerpieces, we wanted that touch of vintage, choosing golden candelabras with cascading florals down the stems. Drosia also created an entrance feature for us with florals and vintage candleholders. The decor was perfect and not overdone, letting the elegance of the venue shine through.

Most valuable advice for future Brides?

  1. Make decisions together and back each other. with Indian weddings, it’s not unusual to find yourself in a position where you feel like you need to balance everyone’s views on how things should be.  Make sure you prioritize own vision as a couple, above all else.
  2. Take it all in. Your wedding day will fly by in the blink of an eye. Make sure you have meditative moments to revel in the energy, the love and the fun of your wedding day.
  3. Look at the bigger picture. There will be things that go wrong, despite all the meticulous planning. On your wedding day, just breathe and let these little issues pass. After all, the day is only as fun as you make it!
  4. Communicate your vision with confidence. Don’t be shy to articulate your wish list with suppliers, they’ve seen it all before and can provide valuable advice. Where possible, meet with your suppliers in person. Putting a face to a name will help with all your subsequent dealings.



Miramare Gardens – http://www.miramaregardens.com.au

Sergeants Mess

The Kingsbury Hotel

Photography/ Cinematography

Splendid Photos & Video – http://splendid.net.au

Invitations & Stationary

BWedding Invitationswww.bweddinginvitations.com


InkTank Printing.com- www.inktankprinting.com


VIP Decoratinghttp://www.vipdecorating.com.au

Flowers by Drosia

Miramare Gardens


Bride’s Outfits

Shyamal&Bhumika – http://www.shyamalbhumika.com

Sundari Silks


Gather and Stitch Couture – http://www.gatherandstitch.com

Payal Singhal


Bride’s Jewelry


GRT Jewellers

Suhana Art & Jewels


Bride’s Accessories

TariniNirula – http://www.tarininirula.in

Bride’s Shoes

Nine West – https://www.ninewest.com

Hair & Makeup

Gather and Stitch Beauty

Henna Artist

Reema’s Henna Designs

Groom’s Outfits


Joe Black – https://joeblack.com.au

David Jones

Groom’s Accessories



Groom’s Shoes


Aldo – https://www.aldoshoes.com

Bridesmaids Outfits

Nalli Silks

Vogue Loving – https://www.facebook.com/VogueLoving/

Groomsmen Outfits

Myer – https://www.myer.com.au

DJ & Live Music

Systematic Solutions


Surjit’s Indian Restaurant

Taj Caterers


Paintbrush Patisserie


JC Limousines – http://www.jclimousines.com.au


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