Traditional Sikh Ceremony for Untraditional Couple

Singh said many Indians returned to India to get married because they thought they could not have a traditional ceremony...

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'DREAM COME TRUE': Amrit Singh and Isa Zhao met when they began working at adjoining restaurants 12 years ago.


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12/11/2014:
Amrit Singh and Isa Zhao met when they began working at adjoining restaurants in Parklands 12 years ago.

Yesterday, the couple married in what was thought to be the first traditional Sikh wedding to be held in Canterbury.

Singh, 33, moved to Christchurch 12 years ago and met Zhao soon after. The couple had been together since, but did not decide to "settle down" until now.

Both were students when they met.

They later bought a house together after deciding to stay in Christchurch and become permanent residents.

Singh proposed last year and the couple were married in front of 110 guests at Terrace Downs Resort, near Lake Coleridge, yesterday afternoon.

"It's a dream come true," Singh said.

Zhao, 31, who moved to Christchurch from China, researched and planned a traditional Sikh wedding for her new husband, despite not following the religion herself.

Sikh ceremonies were usually held at a temple, but Christchurch's Sikh temple was still being rebuilt after Canterbury's earthquakes.

Singh said many Indians returned to India to get married because they thought they could not have a traditional ceremony here.

"We just want to prove people wrong. You can do it here," he said.

 

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