INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Hi, I’m Soven, a multi-award-winning Indian wedding photographerIndian weddings are energetic, fun and brimming with beautiful traditions.

I have vast experience documenting exclusive and exquisite Indian weddings, and I’ve been fortunate to capture many stunning Asian weddings. So you are in safe hands with me.

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“…YOUR PICTURES DON’T LOOK POSED OR ARTIFICIAL. THEY LOOK LIKE SCREENSHOTS OF SOMEONE ELSE’S SPECIAL DAY FULL OF EMOTIONS.”

Indian Wedding Photography Specialist

My discreet and fun style combining story-telling moments with natural portraits attracts couples who want high-quality authentic, honest, fun photographs of their wedding celebrations.

I capture every moment and emotion as it unfolds, from the quick and small intimate looks between you to the bigger moments throughout your wedding.

You will receive beautiful wedding photographs of your celebrations and remember how you felt during that time as you look through your pictures.

From the moments of you getting ready. The joyous laughter of the arrival of the groom. The heartfelt emotions of the bride’s parents as they watch their daughter get married, the tears as the bride leaves as a married woman, and end-of-party hugs.

I will be there to capture it all. So you have the best memories of your wedding day.

Whether you’re planning an Indian wedding in London, Surrey, or India (I’m a destination wedding photographer also!), I’d love to hear about your wedding plans.

 

Kew Gardens Wedding Photography

Indian Wedding Photography

As an experienced Indian wedding photographer, I understand the importance of the various traditions of Indian weddings.

Indian weddings are well known for their sizeable guest lists.

For this reason, booking a suitable size venue is a must.

As an Indian wedding photographer in London, I have been lucky to photograph large Indian weddings in and around London. Popular wedding venues in and around London are Porchester Hall, Addington Palace, Boreham House and much more.

If your heart is set on a smaller location but you have a big guest list, check to see if the venue has a marquee available.

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koda kodi at addington palace surrey

As an expert Indian Wedding Photographer, one of the key elements to a fun and lively Indian wedding is allowing plenty of time to incorporate the different rituals and customs.

Due to the diverse nature of Indian culture, the traditions and rituals depending on the couple’s background, religion, culture, personal preference, and family.

As a photographer who photographed diverse cultural weddings, I will ensure that nothing is missed and all the moments are captured.

There are usually a few pre-wedding events before the main wedding celebrations. These can include The Sangeet, Mehndi and Haldi ceremonies.

The Haldi ceremony is fun, crazy and full of energy. I love capturing all the expressions, not just of the bride and groom but also of their family and friends. It’s a big highlight of the wedding celebrations.

The Haldi Ceremony
Haldi Ceremony

The Mehndi party is a high-spirited, fun celebration full of music and dancing.

It’s commonly believed that the darker the henna colour, the more intense the groom’s love for his bride.

The Sangeet is sometimes combined with the Mehndi. Members of the family sing traditional and popular wedding songs, accompanied by tabla and other musical instruments.

The dancing routines here are crazy, high-spirited and high-energy, and performed with great panache and skill. Capturing this level of energy keeps me on my toes!

The Haldi Ceremony
Haldi Ceremony

After capturing the getting ready photographs, one of my favourite parts of an Indian ceremony is The Baraat, also called The Jaan. I love the varied nature of this tradition, from grooms arriving by foot, car, and, more traditionally, on a horse.

One thing is common. You can feel the energy and fun as the processional dance to the Dhol players. With so much going on, having a second photographer is handy. The second photographer can capture different angles, the anticipation of the bride’s family waiting to greet The Baraat (The Jaan).

The Baraat
The Baraat at Kew Gardens
Haldi Ceremony
The Baraat Party at Kew Gardens

After the arrival of the baraat, the Bride’s closest relatives welcome the groom with garlands and gifts.

This is another playful and joyful moment to photograph as members of each side meet each other. Many times, the men will hug and try to lift each other. I have also photographed female relatives hugging and trying to lift each other.

The Milni

The Pokwanu is another great opportunity for fun photographs. The next part is frantic. The younger members of the bride’s family try to steal the groom’s shoes. At the same time, the groom’s family tries to prevent this from happening.

The only time the bride’s parents will touch the feet of the groom is during the Vaarpooja, which is a significant moment to capture.

The Milni
The VaarPooja
breaking the clay pot pokwanu
Stealing the groom's shoes

One of the keenly awaited moments is Kanya Aagman, The Arrival of the Bride. The bride is escorted to the Mandap and then the bride and groom exchange garlands.

One of the most touching parts of an Indian wedding is the Kanyadaan – where the bride’s parents place her hand on the groom’s, symbolising the gift of their most beloved possession. It’s usually accompanied by lots of emotions by the bride’s family.

The Milni
Kanyadaan at Addington Palace
The bride and groom exchanging Garlands
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan

Once the Havan and Magal Fera is complete, we come to the significant ritual, the ‘Saptapadi’, where the couple take seven steps together around a small, sacred fire (‘vivah-homah’), reciting a vow with each step.

After the Sindoor and Mangal Sutra, the Akhand Saubhagyavati, and Aashirwad is the Koda Koda, which is boisterous and fun to photograph. I love watching the reactions of the couple and the family members getting involved!

The Vidaai is a tear-jeaker. So many hugs and wiping away of the tears. It’s a beautiful and emotional portion of the wedding ceremony.

Once the Vidaai is over and the couple has left, it’s time to party!  Indian parties are fun, loud affairs with plenty of music and dancing (traditional and modern)

 

Saptapadi Kew Gardens
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Saptapadi Heythrop Park
Kew Gardens Saptapadi
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan
Kew Gardens Kanyadaan

THREE EASY STEPS TO BOOK ME AS YOUR INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

CHECK MY AVAILABILITY

Get in touch with some information about your wedding celebrations. I’ll let you know if I’m available.

IT”S GOOD TO TALK

We’ll jump on a Zoom call to discuss all your wedding plans and learn more about my approach, and ask me any questions you might have.

GET BOOKED IN

Once you’re ready, let’s get you booked in. You can tick one more thing off your Wedding To-Do-List.

 

CHECK MY AVAILABILITY

I would love to hear from you, and if you do have any questions at all before booking, please do feel free to give me a call at 07961 410413.

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