SIKH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY
Hi, I’m Soven, a multi-award-winning Sikh wedding photographer. Sikh weddings are energetic, large, colourful and lavish, with lots going on.
Sikh weddings are rich with traditional customs and ceremonies. I have extensive experience documenting Sikh weddings, and I’ve captured many stunning Asian weddings. So you are in safe hands with me. I will create lasting memories of your wedding celebrations.
I capture the beautiful colourful traditions of your wedding celebrations with a fusion of documentary-led images (un-posed and natural photographs of your day) with amazing wedding portraits.
Today’s portraits are a million miles away from the stiff, formal portraits of yesteryear. So I will capture you together beautifully, naturally – the results are stunning.
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SIKH WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
One of the highlights before the wedding ceremony is the ‘Sagai’ (the engagement ceremony), where the bride and groom exchange rings and the bride is presented with a chunni (ornate stole).
This is a great photo opportunity for the couple and the guests, as almost everyone wears elegant attire. The female guests wear beautiful and colourful lehengas and saris. At the same time, the men wear colourful sherwanis.
The other chief event before the wedding ceremony is the Mehndi party. Again, everyone traditionally wears bright and colourful outfits.
I love capturing the guests mingling and enjoying the party. Things get more frantic once the dancing starts. The groom and bride separately perform dances (usually!).
Followed by everyone jumping on the dance floor. There is so much energy and noise; capturing these moments is great fun for me and those having fun!
Several religious rituals are performed on the wedding day.
I always arrive early to capture the bride getting ready. I like the wedding party to get used to my being present and for them to relax.
Unless the groom is getting ready nearby, the couple should ask for a second photographer to capture the groom getting ready, especially the tying of the Turban and the ‘Sehra Bandi’ – the tying of a traditional embroidered veil to the groom’s turban.
As parts of the wedding preparations take place at different locations, it’s a good idea to have a second photographer to capture the different events happening around the same time.
The fun between the two families starts when the groom arrives at the Gurdwara. Family members are introduced to each other during the Milni. This is a beautiful photography moment; sometimes, the younger family members try to lift each other.
The bride’s arrival is another significant part of the wedding ceremony, and I love capturing these lovely moments for the couple.
A significant part of the ceremony is the Lavaan (‘four prayers’) ritual, where the bride and groom circle the Sikh scripture (Guru Granth Sahib) four times. This is a fabulous opportunity to capture unobtrusive documentary photographs from different heights and locations.
Besides the wedding ceremony, one of the biggest tear-jerking moments is the ‘Doli’, which marks the bride’s official departure from her family home. I have been lucky to witness this beautiful part of the celebrations and have even been fortunate to have won photography awards.
Choosing Your Sikh Wedding Photographer
Start looking for a wedding photographer as early as possible, as the best photographers get booked months, sometimes years, in advance.
What style of Wedding Photography do you want?
Photojournalistic (un-posed, documentary-style photographs of your day), wedding portraits (today’s portraits are a million miles away from the stiff, formal portraits of yesteryear but aim to capture you together in a beautiful, natural way – the results are stunning.
Do your research
Spend time reviewing the photographer’s work, and where possible, arrange to view a whole gallery to see how they approach an entire wedding.
How many photographers?
With so much going on at a Sikh wedding, check that your lead photographer has a second or third photographer so you get complete coverage.
Does the Sikh Wedding Photographer offer an engagement shoot?
An engagement shoot is a great way to get to know your photographer and ‘warm up’ to being photographed by them. Plus, you get extra mementoes to share with family and friends.
If you’d like to know more about my professional Sikh wedding photography, please get in touch. I photograph Sikh, Muslim and Hindu weddings throughout London, and Surrey and, as a professional overseas wedding photographer, often travel to wedding destinations worldwide.
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