I love photographing Hindu weddings. They inspire every single one of my senses with all the delicious colour and bling, the rich smell of incense, the incredible fabrics of saris and the intricate symbolic rituals. I love the way families are woven together and the deep sense of culture, tradition and spirituality that touch every part of each ceremony. This was the first Hindu wedding where I shot the Mendhi, Hurdhi and the wedding day and although it was a huge challenge from a technical and physical point of view it was an unforgettable experience. Shene and family welcomed us into their home like old friends and I felt so inspired by their closeness and the love that they share with each other.
The first time I met Simone and Keagan they were both in their work uniforms. The two of them work in the family business which is construction so I am sure you can imagine that the said uniforms were more practical than pretty. Despite the branded golf shirt I could see that Simone is a girly girl with a sweet softness to her heart. On the drive home from our meeting I wondered what type of dress she would wear on her big day and it was no surprise to me when I laid my eyes on her swirly, princess gown. Simone absolutely radiated in her floaty frock and despite the many happy tears her eyes beamed with joy. This pure delight was matched by her groom and every guest that attended. This was such a happy wedding and Kearsney Manor was the perfect venue for their I do’s.
Nadine and Lori took their time to get engaged but they did it in an unforgettable way in their favourite city on the Pont de Artes bridge, Paris! They love French culture and the magic of this European city and so Paris became the theme for their wedding as well as their engagement! Nadine and Lori would have loved to have got married in Paris but they are also extremely close to their family and friends and wanted to ensure that all their loved ones could be with them on their special day. There was also no ways that Nadine’s Dad would let her get away with a quiet elopement! Their wedding was an eclectic mix of Eastern and European rituals, outfits, traditions, and decor. They had a Hindu ceremony followed by a Parisian themed party which saw everything from fire dancers, glittered toffee apples to a sabrage ceremony being performed with aplomb by the groom. This was a wedding that was filled to the brim with colour, bling and a whole lot of love.
After the wedding was over Nadine and Lori jetted off to the UK where Nadine got to fulfil one of her dreams to visit Hogwarts. I think this best sums them up, they are a delightfully quirky couple who are adventuring through life in the search of magic!
Janine and Ryan’s wedding was beyond stylish. Think Vogue magazine meets Harpers Bizarre! Janine radiated hotness in her elegant Julia Ferrandi gown while Ryan smouldered like a James bond candidate in his tux! The decor was out of this world with the main feature being an enormous flower wall of red blooms. This was a wedding that sizzled but that’s where the heat ended. Nottingham road experienced a freak cold snap that weekend and temperatures dropped down to 3 degrees with an icy wind blowing through the Netherwood farm. This didn’t damper anyones spirits in fact it created a buzz which turned into one heck of a party!
This one is for my photographer friends …….
A good wedding photographer isn’t just a good picture taker. You need to have the people skills of a ninja, have an enormous sense of diplomacy, patience, assertiveness and humor. You will need to learn how to deal with different personalities whilst undergoing a huge amount of stress. No one wants to hire a bossy be –yatch and so much of your future business will happen as a result of word of mouth. The way you conduct yourself on a wedding day will sell you as much as your pictures.
How you deal with the wedding guests is as important as how you deal with your bride and groom. Whether you have a wedding of 6 people or 600 people you need to treat everyone with respect. They are an extension of the couple
Today I am going to take a tongue and cheek look at some of the guests you will encounter along the way.