Photographing a wedding is a stressful thing – fact. I love it with all my heart but there is pressure at every turn. In my experience that pressure level is actually higher when the couple are friends. Emily and Jig fall in to that category and so whilst I was incredibly overwhelmed and honoured when they asked me to be their photographer last year, I immediately felt that extra pressure – all self inflicted of course, but there nonetheless..
Their incredible wedding celebrations were spread over two days (well 3 if you account for the Ganesh Pooja and Griha Shanti rituals which happened prior) and the first major event was the Hindu Wedding Ceremony held at Bhaktivedanta Manor just north of London which is a Hare Krishna Temple. The grounds were actually donated to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness by George Harrison of Beatles fame.
This was my first Hindu Ceremony and I sincerely hope it won’t be my last. So much colour, vibrancy and wonderfully elaborate ceremonial steps it was a sheer joy to capture. At the centre of it all Emily looked simply stunning in her traditional dress and Jig scrubbed up pretty well too.
Looking at these images I think that any self imposed pressure did me no harm. This day was packed full of emotion on all sides, no doubt, but just wait until you see Day 2.
I photographed Emily and Jig a few days earlier on the Southbank in London. If you want to see those images follow this LINK
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