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