Kelham Hall Wedding Photography
Kelham Hall Wedding Photography. When Sweeda and Chirag asked me to photograph their wedding at Kelham Hall, I was delighted.
From experience, I know traditional Hindu wedding celebrations are vibrant and energetic affairs, creating many authentic moments for me to capture.
An Early Start
We had an early start to the wedding day, giving me plenty of time to photograph the bride and her bridal party getting ready. The ladies took the preparations in their stride as they helped each other with make-up and jewellery. It was clear that this shared experience provided a vital foundation for the rest of the day, and I was happy to record it for Sweeda.
Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire
I may be a Surrey Wedding Photographer, but I am allowed out of the county !!!
And although it was quite a trek to Kelham Hall, it was well worth the journey. The building was designed in 1861 by the internationally famous architect George Gilbert.
If some of the archways, windows and rooflines look familiar, that may be because he also designed St. Pancras Station and Hotel.
Equally captivating are the 42 acres of landscaped gardens and parkland surrounding the main buildings. I was spoilt for choice when it came to backdrops.
Traditional Hindu Wedding Celebration
The wedding venue was stunning, to begin with, but once the elaborately carved pillars, Ganesha statues and Mandap were in place, the effect was spectacular.
The groom arrived in a Mercedes then, as is custom, danced his way the last 20 metres or so to the wedding venue.
Throughout the ceremony, the bride and groom sat under a mandap, similar to a small marquee, lowering the lighting level, making it challenging to get clear photographs.
To ensure I produced high-quality, consistent images, I used an off-camera flash, which involved pointing two lights towards the Mandap, with the flash diffused using an umbrella.
If you are planning on using a similar structure at your wedding, you must discuss with your photographer beforehand how he or she plans to adapt to this.
Or, better still, ask me to photograph your wedding.
Once the ceremony concluded, the guests enjoyed a lively reception with plenty of dancing and some fun photography in a (not-so-traditional) photobooth.
Tired But Happy
By 11.30 pm I was ready for my bed.
Like all the guests, and the bride and groom, I was tired but happy.
Thanks go to Sweeda and Chirag for inviting me to be part of such a vibrant, energetic, and memorable day.
A big thank you to my friend and fellow photographer Chuck for second shooting and assisting.
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