All the Happiness in the World: Darshy + Aurnen

After meeting 8 years previously through mutual friends, Auren proposed to Darshy in the most heartfelt way.

He thoughtfully recreated their first date, all to lead up to his heartfelt proposal. After a romantic dinner at Squires Loft and scene walk in Royal Botanic Gardens, Aurnen asked for her to marry him. Of course, she said ‘yes!’

What followed was a vibrant and colourful wedding day brought to life with deep purples, vibrant reds, sunny oranges and stunning gold. With a blend of Indian, Fijian and Assyrian traditions, the wedding was naturally going to be big. The newlyweds celebrated their memorable day with 250 of their family and friends. Take a look at this breathtakingly elegant wedding day complete with a white rose flower wall…

The Beginning

“We met through mutual friends about 8 years ago. I remember how funny and smart he was. That’s what drew me to him.”

The Proposal

“He decided to re-do our first proper date. Which was dinner at Squires Loft and a walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens. It was the most perfect warm still night.”

The Dress

“I walked in with a slight idea of what I liked. I checked out heaps of pages on Instagram. I was lucky enough to find my dress at the second store we tried. I had my bridesmaids with me and their reactions sealed the deal for me.”

Relationship Advice

“Communication and respect. You have to listen to each other and respect each other’ decisions and choices. You still need to maintain your hobbies and interests because those are the thing that made you fall in love with each other in the first place. Surprise each other randomly with cooking their favorite food or booking a spontaneous date night. Do things together that make you have a laugh together.”

The BIG Day

“I’m Fijian Indian and he’s Assyrian, so that automatically meant our wedding was never going to be small. We had 250 guests in total including the kiddies.”

Trends & Themes

“I wanted it to be elegant and fun. I had a wall to wall white flower wall by Melbourne Event Florals which really made the venue stand out. It was beautiful.”

Memorable Moments

“My favorite moment of the day was sitting in the car with my new husband on our way to the photoshoot (which was at the Royal Botanical Gardens). This was the first time where it was just the two of us, freshly married. Still makes me smile thinking about it.”

Special Thoughts

“As cliché as this sounds, I wouldn’t change a thing. If I were to go back in time I would do my best to soak up every moment as much as I could.”

Bridal Advice

“Before you walk down the aisle, just stop for a moment. Stand there and take a deep breath and just simply let the moment take you. All of those people are out there for you and for your happiness. This is your moment which you will remember forever. I know everything will seem like a blur at the time and your heart will be racing, but just be in the moment. You deserve all the happiness in the world.”




Bride’s Full Name: Darshy Shankar

Groom’s Full Name: Aurnen Mikhaeel


Wedding Date: 30 April 2017

How many guests? 250



Dress: Kylie J Bridal –
Makeup: Lajeen Artistry
Hair: Lajeen Artistry –
Shoes: Betts
Accessories: Twisted Jewelry
Bridesmaids Dresses: Dollhouse xo
Grooms Suit: Sacks Menswear & Formalwear
Photographer: Ferndara Creative –
Stationery Design: Giant Invitations –

Stationery Printing: Inktank –
Cake: Jessiecakes
Food: Catered by caterers at venue
Flowers: Elegant Occasions
Ceremony Venue: St Brigid’s Catholic Church
Reception Venue: San Remo Ballroom –

Any Other Vendors:
Flower wall: Melbourne Event Florals
Rings: Vera Wang
Transport: Triple R Luxury Car Hire
Flower Girl Dress: Dollcake

Ally Vogl

Ally is the Content and Social Media Exec here at WeddingDates HQ. Beyond being obsessed with all things weddings, she loves a good cup of coffee and splurging on beauty products.

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