I have documented a variety of Asian weddings before, but it was myÂ first time as a Sikh wedding photographer in Berkshire. Berkshire is after all the county I reside in but I have mainly workedÂ in other areas in the UK, London and Coventry in particular. It is in Coventry that I capturedÂ the wedding of Prab’s sister and I was so grateful when Prab and Jas contacted me to document their wedding. It was lovely to see a few familiar faces on the dayÂ again! I met Jas and Prab a few months ago at their pre-wedding shoot and I knew from the first moments that we were going to get on very well! Both Jas and Prab are lovely people, very kind and we had a good laugh too!
The day started for me at Jas’ house as she was getting ready. In my blog posts, I showcaseÂ only a few frames and it has been difficult to summarise such a long and fab day in 40 frames. The first frame, I chose it as it was a very special moment. Ronnie is the family dog and he must have sensed that Jas was leaving the house. He spent most of the morning next to Jas and I just love this frame of him, keeping her company as she gets ready! After getting ready and a few small ceremonies at home, we headed to the Gurdwara for the wedding ceremony. I like seeing the two families greeting each other at the Milni. Â After a short breakfast, we headed for the religious ceremony. After the ceremony, we drove a short distance awayÂ for the wedding reception and meal at Riverside.
After the starters, we had the cutting of the cake and the first dance followed by some dancing, before the main course and then some more dancing after that. Many Sikh weddings tend to finish early (around 17:00) to then go the brides’ house for the Doli, which is the ceremony that marks the bride leaving the parental home. It is always a very emotional moment but that I enjoy documenting, as discretely and tactfully as possible. It shows the real emotions, both at the beginning with the laughter at the door games (the groom is not allowed in unless he pays some money) and then the tears as the bride leaves the parental home.
Below are some of my favourite images, I hope that you like them and please feel free to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you. If you are getting married and looking for a Sikh wedding photographer in Berkshire, or anywhere else, I would love to hear from you.
Thank you so much Alexis for such wonderful photos captured on our wedding! With so much happening on the day everything is such a blurr and so to see these memories captured in all those special moments is so wonderful to see. Me and Prab are so grateful and have loved seeing the first few in your blog! Cant wait to see the rest!