Some time back in September I had a chance meeting with Navtesh whilst carrying out a health screen at his place of work. Yep, I have another day job and I am grateful for it too as I get to meet lovely people like this one..
We got chatting about India (I need little excuse to bring up that topic) and somehow we got on to the subject of weddings and Navtesh revealed he was very soon to get hitched. Naturally I enquired as to weather he had a photographer and when he replied "No" I swiftly produced a business card and inside got very excited at the potential possibility of shooting my first Indian wedding.
One month later I find myself up in Leicester, armed with full camera kit, an extra Kelly (more the merrier) and an Italian Russell Brand look-a-like named 'Paolo' who flew in all the way from Italy to video the wedding.
The beautiful wedding of Sanjeet and Navtesh took place on Saturday 11th October 2014.
On the morning of the wedding Paolo and I headed straight to the Sanjeet's home to shoot the preparation of our lovely bride. The atmosphere in the house was very calm, not quite what I had imagined from a traditional Indian affair. Much to my surprise there was a distinct lack of pre-wedding chaos, just a very relaxed bride in the very capable hands of her hair and make up artist. In the back of my mind however, I had the last text message I received from Nav rattling around:
"get some rest for tomorrow, you'll need it". He said. My reply was naturally confident.. "bring it on, I have back up AND flat shoes".
Nav's response was a simple one. He concluded our conversation with; "you have no idea…."
Speaking of hands….
Sanjeet's bridesmaids were her three GORGEOUS Sisters who were draped in the most incredible saris (of which I am a huge fan). I didn't realise in fact that these were to be worn only for the official ceremony and that there was to be a change for the party later. I think it was safe to say I was quite possibly already in my element and we hadn't even left the house yet!
Time to get the dress on .
Kelly B was off spending the morning with the Groom's family. Perhaps looking serious at this point but I can assure you this is a man who knows how to bust some moves on the dance floor… just you wait...
Soon enough it was time to head off to the ceremony..
Is it me or does Sanjeet look like a film star?
The official stuff
It was a beautiful venue and short and simple ceremony. Nav and Sanjeet walked down the aisle together, the official vows were exchanged and they officially became MAN AND WIFE! Hoorah!
THE MAIN EVENT
Held at The Empire I have to say is one of THE most beautiful venues I have had the pleasure of shooting at….
And no Indian wedding would be complete without a big entrance….. DRUMS PLEASE!
So the party was started! MORE DRUMS!!
Picking out images for this blog has been hard. SO many smiles. SO much dancing. SO much colour and SO much beauty in absolute abundance. All that really remains for me to say about the reception is WOW. I'll let the photos and Paolo's video do the story telling...
As for shooting weddings, I honestly love them all and I was so happy that Kelly Bloss was able to come up and shoot this one with me. When we first arrived at The Empire and the drums kicked off she had to contain the urge to jump up and down with excitement and even stop herself from crying. I said to her early in the evening "it doesn't get much better than this". I honestly don't think it does.
It was a totally infectious day, ceremonious, beautiful , vibrant and certainly the most colourful experience l have had as a photographer so far. This wedding encapsulated everything I love about India, the colours, the food the Bhangra and above all the endless hospitality.
I am sure we'd all do it all again tomorrow if we could.
Huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Nihal. Considering your short time frame, you guys know how to put an incredible bash together. Thank you so much for having us.