For this wedding I collaborate with Stefan Steenkamp of Exclusive South African wedding photography studio Zarazoo . Stefan is in the UK for two months covering a number of weddings here. This was my first Asian Wedding and I absolutely loved it. The colours, the vibrancies, Manju’s gorgeous asian wedding make-up, the Hindu wedding ceremony or Shaadi. The majority of the wedding ceremony took place within the Mandap (the four-pole canopy). The sacred fire in the Mandap symbolises not only the illumination of the mind, knowledge and happiness but is also a clean and pure witness to the ceremony as it progresses. The ceremony itself is a collection of rituals performed by the bride, bridegroom and their respective parents and close relatives. The priest chants “mantras” from the Vedas. He will also use the following in his ceremonies:

Fresh flowers – to signify beauty;
Coconut – to signify fertility;
Rice, jaggery and other grains – to signify the food necessary for sustenance of human life;
Ghee (purified butter) – to feed the sacred fire;
Kumkum (vermilion) – red powder used for marking the forehead to signify good luck and to say that your soul (husband) is with you.

Flowers and Decor by: Flower Power

Here are my photographs from the hindu wedding preparations and hindu marriage ceremony. Creative shoot to follow.

Asian hindu wedding bangles

Asian Wedding modern style sari

Hindu Wedding Photography, bride make-up

Wedding Photojournalism at an Asian Wedding in London

Indian wedding bridal preparations

Asian Wedding Photojournalist

Asian wedding natural photographer

Asian Wedding Photography in a documentary style

Hindu cremony wedding photography

Asian wedding at Chiswick Moran Hotel London

Scroll handed out to the guests at an Asian Wedding

Layout of Hindu Wedding Ceremony Venue London

Hindu wedding procession starts with the parents

The family steal the Groom\'s shoes during Hindu Wedding

Hindu wedding documenatry style photography of the ceremony

Documentary photography of the hindu wedding ceremony

Bride\'s father winking at family during hindu marriage ceremony

Hindu marriage Ceremony in London

Shilarohana (stepping on the stone). The bride places her right foot on a stone. The bridegroom tells her to be as firm as the stone in his house so that the can face their enemies and the difficulties of life together.
Shilarohana (stepping on the stone)

Black and White wedding photography Hindu Wedding

Hindu Wedding photography of details during the ceremony

Hindu bride feeds Ghee to the Groom during ceremony

Hindu bridesmaid photography during the asian wedding

Wedding photography of the bridesmaid with fresh flowers at Asian Wedding

Indian wedding photography of the Bride

Child at Indian Wedding

Guests are thanked during hindu wedding

Asian wedding photography of details of the Hindu Ceremony
Asian Wedding Photographer in Surrey
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