Bournemouth wedding photographer – image of the week 33
As we move from January into February, the mainstream wedding season gets a little closer. Lots of wedding fairs to exhibit at, lots of enquiries and lots of meetings with couples. At this rate I’m going to need a weekly caffeine detox after my weekends – so many meetings in fab coffee shops and bistros! Anyway, I diverge … here we are again, another Friday, and time for Bournemouth wedding photographer – image of the week 33.
This week’s image is from Rushmi and Dean’s lovely Hindu wedding ceremony in Norfolk that I photographed last year. As it was a large wedding (around 400 guests) I decided it would be good to have a helping hand, so I enlisted the services of the talented Tatum Reid who lives in Norfolk to be my second shooter on the day. This worked out to be a great combination, because Rushmi’s family were more comfortable with a female photographer shooting the Bridal prep. So whilst Tatum was busy with the ladies, I nipped off to shoot Dean and his family preparing at a lakeside cabin in the woods.
We met up again at the wedding venue in King’s Lynn and joined forces to cover the formalities of the ceremony. If you’re not familiar with Hindu ceremonies it can come as quite an eye-opener if you’ve only been to Anglican or Catholic weddings. To start with, it was an absolute riot of colour, with the ladies wearing a dazzling array of beautiful saris. Unlike Church weddings, the guests actually mill around the Mandap (where the ceremony takes place), taking photos at will. This caught both Tatum and I by surprise and we quickly adapted to shooting right from the edge of the Mandap staging, capturing the events as they unfolded. It was quite surreal, almost like being in the pit at a concert and shooting the lead acts up close! How different from the formal and prescribed processes that we have when we shoot Church weddings!
But, just like a Church wedding, the Groom arrives first at the Mandap (the equivalent of a Church altar) with his family. Now, in a Church or civil ceremony the Groom usually turns around to sneak a peek at his Bride as she walks down the aisle. Not so with the Hindu ceremony! A member of each family holds a silk sheet to prevent the couple seeing each other, and it’s only when both families are in place that the sheet’s removed. There’s always a bit of fun as the respective family members pull on the sheet, so the couple don’t actually get to see each other right away! This leads to a lot of fun and laughter and this shot perfectly captures the joy and happiness at the moment when their eyes meet for the first time. Such a fun moment!
Wedding photography in Bournemouth and Dorset
I’m delighted to be a recommended photographer for Beach Weddings Bournemouth and Sopley Mill in Christchurch. Based in the Bournemouth area, I photograph weddings across Hampshire and Dorset – even further as well! If you’d like to learn more about my wedding photography then please get in touch for a chat about how I might be able to help you on your special day.