Vatna applied to the groom during theIndian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

London Indian Wedding Photographer – Sikh Maiyan Ceremony

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Indian Wedding Photographer in Croydon, London

How I came to be Inderdeep’s London Indian wedding photographer for his Sikh Maiyan Celebrations is slightly unusual.  I had a number of years before documented his sister’s baby shower celebrations, so his mother reached out to me to see if I was available for his actual Indian wedding ceremony.  I was and she went ahead and booked me but unbeknown to her, the father of the bride had also booked another wedding photographer.

A sign directing guests to an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Helpful directions towards the ceremony.

South London Wedding Photography

So, in the end, I was asked if I could instead photograph the Groom-to-be’s pre-wedding ceremonies, the first of which was to the Sikh Maiyan Celebrations at the family home near Croydon in South London.

The weather brightens up for the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Male guests congregate before the ceremony.

A Documentary Wedding Photography Approach

Of course, I’m fully aware as a London Indian wedding photographer that Sikh wedding ceremonies can be very traditional and formal events.  Given the number of more formal portraits that are normally expected on the day a documentary wedding photography approach is not always the first consideration.  However, Inderdeep’s family were really keen for both pre-wedding ceremonies to be completely shot in a wedding reportage style.

Guests start to assemble for an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The guests start arriving ahead of the Maiyaan ceremony.

Sikh Maiyan Ceremony

Arriving at the family home, I found a marquee up in the garden all ready for the traditional Sikh Maiyan ceremony.  As expected it was a hugely colourful affair – from the guests in their traditional Indian garments through to the coloured flour and powders for the traditional ceremony.

Making the traditional rangoli during theIndian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The traditional rangoli starting to take shape.

The Ragnoli & the Vatna

It starts with female guests creating the rangoli, a design made of colourful powder and flour which is placed at the feet of the groom.   Then the groom carries in the vatna, which is a thick yellow paste made from turmeric and mustard oil. A red scarf is then placed over the groom and the vatna is rubbed onto his face, chest, arms and legs.  Afterwards an auspicious red thread that is tied  around the groom’s wrist.

Young and old enjoying the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Young and old during the ceremony.

Once this formal part completed then the traditional Indian wedding music and dancing begins and the Henna tattoos are applied in celebration.

A guest's Henna tattoo during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A guest admires her Henna tattoo

As a documentary London Indian wedding photographer its central to my approach to naturally capture the beauty that already exists within the story of the Maiyan celebrations.  As with all the weddings I photograph in a storytelling way, its really about the people, the relationships, the emotions and the moments than about the ceremony as an event in itself.  That’s so important in maintaining the integrity of the moments from the day.  So it was fantastic to have free reign to document the amazing Maiyan celebration as it evolved and happened.  As a documentary wedding photographer I couldn’t ask for me.

London Indian Wedding Photographer

I hope you enjoy a small selection of photos from Inderdeepp’s Maiyan ceremony.  If you are looking for an documentary London Indian wedding photographer, or you think my natural and documentary approach would be a good fit for your wedding day, then you can find more details of my wedding photography services and fees here.  If you are ready to have a chat about your wedding plans you can call me on 07920 422144 or send me more details by email here.

The religious set up for an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London.

Getting ready for the Maiyaan ceremony.

Rain on the window during an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London.

The weather starts to take a turn for the worse.

Powders for use during an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Some of the amazing coloured powders to be used during the ceremony.

Male guests chatting during Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Male guests chatting ahead of the ceremony’s start.

Mobile phone photo during Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London.

The obligatory smart phone portrait.

Guests take a selfie during an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The must have guest selfie!

The groom relaxes ahead of the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom is very relaxed ahead of the ceremony.

The groom looks on during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom looks on as his relatives play around.

Female guests arriving for the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London.

Female guests welcoming one another.

Waiting for the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Getting into place for Maiyaan ceremony.

Female guests creating decorative rangoli during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Female guests create the traditional rangoli with coloured powder

Making the traditional rangoli during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Continuing to make the decorative rangoli for the ceremony.

A hand with coloured powder on during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Creating the rangoli is a messy affair

The colours of an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The amazing colours of traditional dress and ragnoli.

Revealing the patterns of the rangoli during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The rangoli starts to take shape

The groom and rangoli during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The rangoli is finished as the groom looks on.

Unveiling the traditional red scarf ahead of the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The traditional red scarf is unveiled.

The goom on his phone beneath Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London.

The groom makes a last text message before the ceremony.

The groom is joined by his nephew during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom and his nephew during the Maiyaan ceremony.

The groom carries the vatna during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom carries a tray with the traditional vatna upon it.

Vatna is applied during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The vatna is applied to the groom’s body.

The mother of the groom applies vatna to his face during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom’s mother applies some traditional vatna to his face.

The groom has vatna applied during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Now for the arm to be applied with vatna!

Traditional red thread is tied around the groom's wrist during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

An auspicious red thread is tied around the groom’s wrist.

The groom's face with vatna during Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom with yellow vatna on his face and in his beard.

Vatna is wiped onto the groom during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

More and more vatna is applied to the groom.

More vatna applied to the groom during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom squirmishes under the application of vatna.

Vatna on the groom's arm during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Rub that vatna deep in!

Vatna on the groom's face during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Enough vatna on the face yet?

Flour is applied to the groom's face during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Now it’s the turn of flour on the face.

Messy remains during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Its a messy affair!

Clearing up after the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Clearing up after the ceremony.

The groom looking serious during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom looks a tad serious afterwards.

A guests has a Henna tattoo done during an Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A Henna tattoo is applied to a female guest after the ceremony

Checking a phone for types of Henna tattoo during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Checking out different Henna tattoo style on a smartphone

Inks for the Henna tattoos during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Tools of the trade for the Henna tattoo artist

A young boys plays with tambourines during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A young guest plays with tambourines during the ceremony

Guests listening to traditional Indian music during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Listening to traditional music

The Indian wedding singer points to a guest during theIndian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

I think it’s your turn to dance!

A guest laughs during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Wedding guests enjoying the celebrations.

Guests dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Guests dancing during the celebrations

Guests look on at the dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Looking on at the dancing.

The groom's parents dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The parents of the groom take to the dance floor.

The groom on his brother's shoulders during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom is carried on to the dance floor.

The groom and guests singing during this Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Singing traditional Indian wedding songs

The groom during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The tattooed and handsome groom to be.

Guests dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Shaking some moves on the dance floor.

A Henna tattoo during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A tattooed hand during the celebrations.

The groom's mother dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The mother of the groom and his brother on the dance floor

The mother and the groom during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Mother and groom share a moment.

Males guests dressing up during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The guys have fun dressing up

The groom enjoying the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom has fun.

Guests dancing during this Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

All the fun of the dance floor.

A young guest during a Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A young guest looks on during the celebrations.

Guests taking a selfie during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Always time for a selfie amongst the colour of the celebrations.

Guests dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Busting more moves on the dance floor.

Playing the drums during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A £10 tip is folded and placed in one of the musician’s drum

The mother of groom smiles during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The mother of the groom enjoys the celebrations.

The groom waves at the camera during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom waves up at the camera

Emotions and expressions during a Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

A great expression on the dance floor.

A guest in great light during a Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Great light falls on a guest.

The dancing mother of the groom during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The mother of the groom dancing

The wedding singer in a boa during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The wedding singer makes a fashion statement

A husband and wife cuddling on the dance floor during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

Guests get romantic on the dance floor.

The groom is recorded dancing during the Indian Wedding Sikh Maiyaan ceremony in London

The groom is recorded shaking out some moves on the dance floor.

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