Reena & Andrew – Canberra, ACT
It’s been billed as “Australia’s biggest multicultural wedding” at Parliament House in Canberra.
And it was certainly a massive, joyous event – one the happy couple described as “an example of how people from different faiths and cultures can come together and equally celebrate each other’s background”.
“I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up,” Reena said.
“We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”
The wedding featured everything from Reena’s 10-metre veil to an eight-tier cake to elaborate dance routines enjoyed by the 170 guests.
For the reception, Reena wore a traditional silk lehenga by her favourite Indian designer Sabyasachi.
“It was a perfect outfit to pay homage to my Indian roots,” she said.
Reena, who is a journalist and pageant organiser, met Andrew, who works for Microsoft, through work.
The happy couple has settled in Canberra.
“After couple of postponements and a pandemic, our wedding was happening, and we didn’t want to miss this opportunity to make it the biggest day of our lives,” Reena said.
“As international borders were closed, we had guests from Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane, Melbourne and Adelaide. It just happened on the right weekend as masks were introduced a week later and now in new year COVID cases have gone up.”
Bride – Reena Koak
Groom – Andrew Zarb
Originally published on: https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7587932/biggest-ever-multicultural-parly-wedding/?fbclid=IwAR0lESN8gB8WHboRp1ssq6BOsUiX-eas1QI6KUkxBV-zJB3hj70a7W2eyQ4
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