I have documented many Indian weddings at the Oshwal Centre in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. It is a stunning location for Hindu religious weddings as it offers a beautiful Jain temple and grounds surrounding the Centre, which provide a wonderful backdrop to any wedding. There aren’t many venues in and around London for Hindu weddings that boast such beautiful Indian architecture either, and it was a pleasure to photograph Ayesha and Nishal’s Gujarati wedding there.
From the moment I met Ayesha and Nishal, I knew that I would enjoy working with this couple and they didn’t let me down. I photographed their civil ceremony and reception held in Southend-on-Sea and we had so much fun doing their portraits while they were playing on the bike. The “bike” theme continued onto their Asian wedding held on a lovely summer’s day at Oshwal Centre.
Soon after capturing some photographs of Ayesha getting ready, Nishal arrived with his friends and family in style. After a formal welcome by Ayesha’s parents, and as Nishal walked to the mandap, the bride’s side tried to steal his shoes. This was not the only time family and friends tried to tease Nishal – and this is customary in Indian wedding adding to the playful and happy atmosphere.
Not long after this, Ayesha made her entrance. As the Antarpat (a curtain held in front of Nishal to prevent him seeing his bride) was lowered, Ayesha was in a playful mood by pretending to search high and low for her handsome groom! During the ceremony Nishal also had to be on his guard as the ladies who came for the Akand Saubhagyavati (whispering a blessing for a long and blissful married life into Ayesha’s ear) tried to pinch Nishal’s nose.
After all the fun and games during the wedding ceremony it was soon time for the portraits and as I’m always looking for ways to use the surroundings to get some unique shots as well as all the traditional ones, so that in years to come, the couple will look fondly back at photographs of their day and remember just how special it was. As you see from these photos, the bike was the perfect prop to get some interesting photographs.
Ayesha & Nishal, it was a real pleasure to be part of your wedding celebrations. I wish you both the best for the future and may the moments that I captured bring back beautiful memories from all your wedding events. As always, it’s a joy to share a few photos from the wedding in this blog.