21 posts categorized "Asian Weddings"

May 25, 2012

Turban | Groom preparations | Sikh wedding

Usually, when a Sikh boy reaches a certain age, usually 11 to 16, a turban ceremony is performed for the child. This ceremony can be held at the Gurdwara or at any place where the Guru Granth Sahib is installed. This time - groom preparations, just before the wedding

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May 17, 2012

One Photo | Mother of the Bride


One Photo | Mother of the Bride



May 10, 2012

Photo of the week | Details, found


Details | Found



March 07, 2012

Asian Sikh Wedding | Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Salangor Club


The gallery of 133 pictures from the wedding of Jasveen and Siamak (with whom I had a pleasure to work during their wedding in London at Hyatt Regency Hotel).

Their second wedding organised in the Sikh tradition took place in Kuala Lumpur last year. My adventure with the family of Jasveen and Siamak lasted almost a week.  Starting from the family reunion which was filled with emotions (some family members have not seen each other for a long time), and ending with the traditional wedding at the temple after which the wedding reception was held at Salangor Club. That place is a historical one as in the year 1957 The Federation of Malaya announced independence there.

On the first day when the whole family met, there was one, big spontaneous party which started in the early hours with eating, taking and signing and lasted long after midnight. That day can be described just in three words: eat, sing and laugh.

On the next day the traditional mehndi and dholki/sangeet ceremony took place. That day can be described with four words: eat, sing, laugh and dance.  All of it was mixed with beautiful colours and aromas. On that day women intricately made mandalas. The symbol of harmony between a man and space. The bride was decorated with henna ornaments on hands and feet. The person doing those ornaments does not follow a special pattern but does it spontaneously so the ornaments are never twice the same. Then the selected bracelets were put on the bride’s hand in a special order, nothing is random here.

On the third day there was a traditional wedding. Although singing and dancing lasted long the previous night – the bride and groom started their preparations early in the morning. The preparation of the bride is a completely different story. The make-up, hair, wedding dress, shoes and jewellery are equally important here. Nothing can be ignored. And once again – aromas and colours, laughter and concentration. The ceremony is about to begin.

The ceremony; concentration, laughter, prayers, attention of the others. Then, waiting for the evening reception at the Salangor Club.

The reception at Salangor Club can be described with three words:  eat, dance, and love. There was fantastic cuisine and dancers. All of it filled with tears of happiness. Parents were crying for their daughters, a brother for a sister and a wife for her husband.  

As for me it was a fantastic time spent in Malaysia with the whole family of Jasveen and Siamak. It was magical, filled with aromas, discussions, laughter, singing, dancing and praying. It is something that you will remember for the rest of your life every time you take a picture.

Possibility of taking photographs barefoot in the Malaysian climate – priceless.

Please take a look at some picture from the three days of this unforgettable adventure:

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February 09, 2012

Sikh Wedding | Temple Shri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend

Firstly, there was a pre-wedding photo session. Then, there was a fantastic wedding near Leeds in Hazlewood Castle. Now, the adventure has repeated for the third time. Neil and Nunu participated in a beautiful ceremony together with their families and friends.  As it comes to me, I had again a pleasure to be in the centre of something beautiful and traditional-the traditional wedding, which took place in Sikh Temple Shri Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara, Gravesend. It all started early in the morning in Kent with preparations of Nunu, but after a short while we were on the way to the temple. The place itself is amazing for many reasons. I can say that all that the photographer needs for good pictures is this couple and that place.

Right after the ceremony we went to Frasers Coldharbour Farm in Kent.This is a perfect place for small family ceremonies where love, family, dancing and chillout means everything. Once again it turned out that people create the atmosphere a well organised wedding reception. All day was very relaxing and full of positive energy. I also cannot forget the fantastic food which was also served in Gurdwara Temple and Coldharbour Farm. It was definitely another wonderful day with N&N – take a look:

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December 28, 2011

Wedding Photo Booth - a great idea to make your wedding day even more special

Here are some photos from the wedding of Simla and Anvyl, who got married last Sunday. They are definitely extraordinary pictures, and I will show only the last part of the session –photo booth for young couple and the guests. Everything took place in Nonsuch Mansion in Surrey, which is a beautiful place itself. At the end of a day all I had to do was to arrange lamps and the stand, and wait to see what happens. Take a look at some photos that were taken spontaneously and without special posing. Photo Crazy Booth it is.

If you are considering having photo booth at your wedding, you have to remember about a few important issues: time, space, accessories, and good humour of the guests.

Time – think of the best time during your wedding day to organise one hour photo both session. From my experience I can tell you that the best moment is after the first dance and after the cake has been served. When the dance floor is not so packed anymore, it is a sign to suggest guests to enjoy photo both. The place is important for many reasons, both technical and safety ones. The guests need to feel free to fully enjoy themselves, and a photographer needs to feel safe. A photographer has to make sure that the place for photo booth is not situated directly at the passage between reception rooms and the hall, and that the cables, lamps and a stand are not in a way of people who are walking by or dancing. However trivial this may sound now, during the wedding, when everything happens so fast, it turns out how important is to stick the cables to the floor so no one would stumble over them.

Accessories – these are usually wigs, hats, masks, moustache, glasses, funny clothes. You can also add some more stuff to your bag of accessories. If you, or your friends, are a fan of a certain movie, TV series or book, try finding a few additional items that would add colour to your session.

Photo booth is definitely a great idea to make your wedding day even more special, and your wedding photo album, even more joyful and interesting. Make sure that your photographer knows how to prepare a “photo booth” and go for it. Good luck!

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