At last, we’ve found the time to showcase the Indian wedding photography from Bijal and Akash’s wedding day which was early in the summer this year. After the most rocking mehndi evening at the City Pavillion, East London, we always knew their Asian wedding, a few days later was going to be something special. And we were not disappointed – it was a real privilege to be the photographer and videographers of this Hindu wedding ceremony at the Sattavis Patidar Centre in North-West London.
The day dawned bright and sunny, and when we arrived, the breathtaking decor by Wed in Style, one of the UK’s leading event decor and Mandap company, was already in place. A bridge surrounded by water, and lined with the most gorgeous flowers led to the mandap which can only be described as magnificent. It’s style was simple yet stunning, and the light flooding in from the huge windows only enhanced its beauty even more. The scene had been set for a memorable celebration!
As we got some shots of Bijal getting ready, the groom’s family and friends arrived looking fabulous in their colourful sarees and suits. Akash was driven to the venue in true Indian style in an auto-rickshaw, with everyone singing and dancing alongside to the beats of the dhol. They were greeted by the equally joyful singing of Bijal’s family and Akash was led to the mandap. Once the early rituals were over, the priest asked for the bride to make her way. This was one entrance that no-one was prepared for! First, Bijal had recorded a message to her close family and there was not a dry eye in the hall as this was played. Click here to see why! Then, the youngest members of Bijal’s family carried some messages with important meaning to the mandap and finally Bijal herself made her long, reflective, walk to the mandap and everyone gasped at just how beautiful she looked.
The wedding ceremony was conducted in silence as guests took time to listen to the meanings of the rituals, and enjoyed the traditions from the exchanging of the garlands, to the wearing of the mangalsutra and sindoor. The playing of games was a time for some competitive spirit to come through but all too soon, it was time for the vidaai as Bijal said goodbye to her family and friends.
We were able to capture fantastic photographs and film footage to document this special day, and it’s a joy to share just a few of the photos from this truly memorable occasion here. Enjoy, and if you’re looking for someone to photograph or video your wedding, then do get in touch.