Happy couple Phyo Thandar and Linn Htet Kyaw with their wedding party Drs Sandy Kyaw, Miriam Athayde, Khin Htet Htet Thu, Roya Arabi and Brendra Kananpathippillai.
International flavour for Hamilton wedding
Traditional Burmese folklore considers love to be destiny.
Phyo Thandar and Linn Htet Kyaw fulfilled their destiny by making wedding vows under the trees in the Hamilton Botanical Gardens.
Phyo and Linn met at university in Burma while studying to be doctors.
They moved to Australia six months ago.
Having no family here and not knowing many people, Phyo and Linn asked their Western District Health Service workmates to help them celebrate.
Due to the ever-increasing diversity of people working for WDHS it became a multi-cultural event.
Director of Medical Services John Christie gave the bride away.
Doctors Sandy Kyaw (Burma), Miriam Athayde (Brazil), Khin Htet Htet Thu (Burma) Roya Arabi (Iran) and Brendra Kanapathippillai (Sri Lanka) attended the couple. Dr Roya’s daughter, Paradisia, was the flower girl.
Many other WDHS staff members attended the wedding with their families to welcome Phyo and Linn into the local community.