Robert and Dhati's wedding. Photos by Chris Dolinny,

The Vow

Real Irish Weddings: East meets West at Dhati and Rob's Kerry nuptials

Rob from Cork met Dhati from Chennai, India on a night out at a whiskey bar in Sydney in 2012.

Rob, a mechanical engineer, quickly began to court Dhati with dinner in a tapas restaurant followed by drinks at a good, old fashioned Irish pub! The pair, who've been in working and living in Australia for the last eight years, travelled to India and Ireland to meet each other's parents and it was then that Rob seized his opportunity to propose to Dhati - by getting down on one knee in horizontal rain on Inch beach in Kerry.T

he pair decided on a winter wedding with Dhati saying, "Since I'm Indian and Rob is Irish, we wanted to have a ceremony that was a bit of a 'doff of the cap' to both traditions - while we were happy to have a religious ceremony, we didn't want to exclude anyone by reference to a specific faith." So with that in mind the pair wrote their own ceremony including both Hindu and western marriage traditions, choosing Killarney's stunning Muckross Park Hotel as their venue.


The colours used throughout the day were important to this couple and they used green, cream and gold as a take on both the Indian and Irish flags to represent their union of cultures. The bridesmaids wore traditional hand-woven Indian silk saris and Dhati's talented sister Arati designed the wedding invitations and thank you cards, which were a beautiful combination of Celtic knot work and henna bridal designs. Dhati put together a display of family photographs in an ornate frame for the entrance to the drinks reception for the perfect personal touch.

Rob and Dhati honeymooned in Thailand for 10 days on their way back to Sydney after the wedding, which Dhati says was "a glorious 10 days of lying by the pool, drinking cocktails, soaking up lots of sun and doing absolutely nothing!"

* Photography by Chris Dolinny, visit

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