Guru Nanak Gurdwara Wedding Photography
Guru Nanak Gurdwara Wedding Photography.
As a Surrey Wedding Photographer living close to the centre of London, a real melting pot of cultures – I have photographed many different kinds of cultural weddings.
I love Indian weddings because of the bright colours, and fascinating rituals and the photographic challenges they present.
Over the years, I’ve become an experienced Sikh Wedding Photographer, but I’m yet to attend a Sikh wedding that doesn’t make my jaw drop to the floor.
Beautiful outfits, an abundance of delicious food, and hundreds (sometimes thousands!) of friends and family – it’s fantastic, and this wedding was a definite favourite of mine.
As I arrived at the Shri Guru Nanak Gurdwara car park, I could already see that this day was going to be very energetic, very vibrant, and very fun. There were bright silks draped around as decoration, and happy guests mingling and socialising, waiting for the bride and groom to arrive. Not even the rainstorm that suddenly appeared from nowhere could dampen the spirits.
I managed to catch a quick glimpse of the beautiful bride, dressed in red and gold, and showing off her choora bangles (a symbol of her newlywed status) just before the Milni ceremony. The bride left before any of the guests spotted her. Their first look of the bride is during her grand entrance for the ‘Anand Karaj’.
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The ‘Milni’ is a fabulous ceremony where the two families formally, and sometimes mischievously, greet each other.
For this Sikh Wedding Photographer, the ‘Milni’ is a great chance to get some candid shots of the families relaxing before the wedding.
Before long, it was time for the ceremony. I was fortunate to get some fantastic shots of the groom holding his kirpan close by, and of his sehra bandi before having it removed before the bride’s arrival.
While the ceremony had been quite formal and classic, the reception was much more of a ‘let your hair down’ event with lots of dancing although there were still a few traditional aspects, including the dhol drum which brings any party to life.
The reception continued until the guests couldn’t dance anymore, which is when I accompanied the couple to the bride’s home for the bartering ceremony, took some more photos of the happy (but tired) couple, and said goodbye.
I enjoyed a fantastic day with this couple and enjoyed the opportunity further to hone my skills as a Sikh wedding photographer.
Do get in touch if you’re looking for a Sikh Wedding Photographer.
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