Sally Barnes and Kaushik Murali
Sally Barnes and Kaushik Murali.
Sally Barnes and Kaushik Murali
Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast
Lofty and little, bashful and boisterous, patient and well, not.
Indian-born Kaushik, who is 6 foot 4 and Australian-born, Sally who is 5 foot 3 are
quite a couple. But, these self-confessed opposites balance each other beautifully.
"We both share a general curiosity about the world and love reading, discussing
current affairs and travelling together exploring new places," Sally says. "Kaushik
never stresses out or gets upset, so he is a pleasure to be around and he enjoys
my sense of humour and energy. We both share a sense of what the French call
'joie de vivre'!"
They met while Sally was in the Southern part of India on a six month work project.
Set up by a mutual friend, it took a while for composed Kaushik to get in touch, let
alone make a move. Meanwhile, Sally, who was instantly "smitten" by the "very
charming" Kaushik, was left spinning in circles. "He didn't give away any clues that
he was keen on me that first night," she says. Even after a second meeting, again
with their mutual friend in tow, Kaushik still didn't give anything away.
"It took me running in to that mutual friend a few weeks later who then reminded
Kaushik to call me," Sally says.
Her persistence paid off.
When her contract was over in India she returned to Australia, only lasting four
months before returning to be with her laid-back love.
"I was hoping for a proposal pretty much straight away after I moved over to India,
but he kept me waiting for a few years," she confesses.
Indian tradition meant Kaushik wanted to follow certain protocols so that their union
This involved a meeting of both their fathers.
"It all went according to plan and we got engaged a few months after they met,"
Sally explains. "He proposed on a specific day that was meant to be auspicious for
While he took her out to dinner one evening and she knew something was up, he
waited until they got home to pop the question. "In typical Kaushik style, he
proposed while sitting on our couch at home."
Coming from polar opposite cultures could have been a challenge to reconcile at
the wedding. But, again Sally and Kaushik embraced the differences and instead of
choosing one style or destination, they chose both.
The first, a traditional Hindu ceremony in Kaushik's hometown kicked off at 7am in
the morning and was "chaotic, loud and hot, but also beautiful, joyous and full of
tradition and rituals."
It was in complete contrast to the relaxed, beachy Gold Coast wedding, an intimate
affair with just 45 guests who had flown from around the world to help them
Having both her parents walk her down the aisle made the day particularly special
as did seeing tears in the eyes of consistently collected Kaushik. It was, Sally says,
the "first time I had seen him tearing up."
A princess ball gown with floral lace tulle and a ruched dupion silk waistband in
blush & ivory.
A three-tiered cake with chocolate mud, strawberry and caramel layers by The cake that ate Paris.
Kashmir in Northern India
Photographs were taken by Peter Crichton Photography