I recently had the great pleasure of photographing Amrita & Jag’s Sikh Wedding in Slough. When Amrita was looking for a Sikh wedding photographer I was delighted when she asked me if I was available, especially since I had photographed her friends wedding last year and it’s always great getting referrals. The big day was preceded by Amrita’s Mehndi and Jag’s Vatna and pre-wedding party, and followed the next day by one of the very best receptions I have photographed in ages – more on that in another post!
On the morning of the wedding I arrived at Jag’s house for some coverage prior to heading off to the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Slough for the ceremony. I love the energy and traditions of photographing Sikh weddings and soon enough things kicked off with Jag’s arrival with his family and guests dancing to the sound of the dohl drummer before the two families officially met and greeted each other during the Milni. The weather held up nicely so we had the Milni outside and needless to say there was some hilarious wrestling and lifting going on amongst the younger guys! We all headed off for some breakfast before heading upstairs for the ceremony.
Amrita looked absolutely stunning as Jag will no doubt attest to, judging by the look on his face when she entered. The ceremony also included a short civil wedding with an exchange of rings and was filled with emotional and touching moments. I sometimes tell my clients that the images I capture are not entirely down to me alone. I bring all my skills as a wedding photographer but fabulous images are also a product of what the bride and groom “give” so to speak, and Amrita and Jag gave in spades in terms of emotion filled expressions, moments and happiness.
After the ceremony everyone went downstairs for a delicious lunch. I will forever remember that lunch, for that is when I tasted the best naan bread ever. As in ever, with nothing even coming remotely close! It was being freshly baked in an oven outside the temple and brought in for all the guests to enjoy. Okay, this isn’t a blog post about my taste for delicious bread so I will get back on track…
We then all went over to Amrita’s house for the Doli. Amrita’s family really put up a fantastic barricade on the front door including orange cones and tape where Jag had to negotiate his way past by means of providing some good hard cash! After the Doli and Amrita’s emotional departure we went to Jag’s house where my coverage ended before going home to recharge and prepare for what was an amazing wedding reception at Froyle Park in Hampshire. What a brilliant day and reminder of why I love photographing Sikh weddings! If you are looking for a Sikh Wedding Photographer please get in touch for a chat about the plans for your big day!