Bhaktivedanta Manor wedding ceremony
Hardik and Ria are friends of the couple from a previous fun Indian wedding I photographed who held their wedding in two parts to make sure they had enough time to enjoy themselves fully. Often Asian weddings can end up with a packed schedule for the couple, so they had their Indian-Nepalese wedding ceremony at the Bhaktivedanta Manor earlier on in the week. Whenever I shoot an Asian wedding it can really vary in what traditions people adhere to, but generally there's some religious blessings by the bride and her family, whilst the groom makes his entrance procession and there's usually some fun games of sorts such as his shoes being stolen (or attempted stealing!) by the bride's family, whilst being fiercely defended by his own family. Funnily enough Hardik and Ria were very low key in setting my expectations, and I think they didn't eve anticipate the gusto at which their friends and family would do everything! I really enjoyed witnessing some of the most competitive elements I'd ever photographed in an Asian wedding ceremony, including both the bride and groom being lifted up onto shoulders in order to stop the other from garlanding them.
After the ceremony the couple took part in a Nepalese tradition of gift giving which is usually silver, before another traditional leaving ceremony where the bride's family don't let the couple leave until the best man has paid an adequate dowry. It's similar to the morning games played in Chinese weddings.
Wedding reception at The Hive, London
Later on in the week, they held their wedding reception party in North London at the event space called The Hive. I started the day at the groom's parents' house because I specifically wanted to photograph Hardik's huge dog Simba. So cute! They had welcome drinks, a dinner and a series of speeches and dance performances from family and friends, before opening up the dancefloor for a mahoosive party!
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Modern London wedding
I started the day with this couple in a beautiful artistic rental property close to their Loft Studios wedding. The bride and groom got ready together with the groom leaving early and the bride getting ready with her sister, father and daughter. The bride wore a cool modern two piece Jesus Peiro dress and the classic blue Manolo Blahnik Hangisi wedding shoes and the groom wore a blue suit with yellow details. The bouquets, buttonholes and venue floristry were done by Jar and Fern.
Loft Studios wedding ceremony
After getting ready, we all headed over to the incredible Loft Studios wedding venue that also holds numerous types of events. It's a fantastic white painted brick industrial space that has several rooms on two levels and a covered courtyard. The couple decorated the ceremony space with a gorgeous copper pipe and greenery arch. During the wedding ceremony, which was conducted by the couple's friend Helen, a Welsh choir sang, as the bride is proudly Welsh. They had several readings from friends, and following the ceremony everyone headed into the courtyard for drinks.
Rainy wedding plans
It was a bit of a stormy day, so periodically we all huddled over the covered section to enjoy the drinks and canapes whilst the Welsh men's choir sang a range of songs including the Welsh National Anthem
Before going in for dinner, the bride, best man, father of the bride and groom all gave speeches in the courtyard
Loft Studios wedding reception
After the speeches all the guests went to the upper floor to the beautifully decorated space that was styled by the in-house team who take care of the Loft Studios weddings. The long wooden tables were decorated with elegant white flowers and tulips in vintage glassware, with silver helium numbers for the table markers. The cake was made by one of my top bakers, fashion designer turned baker ARD Bakery.
The dinner consisted of yummy sharing tapas starters and steak provided by the fab Social Pantry...
They stocked the dancefloor with inflatable props and glasses for the kids, although the adults are big kids really at heart!
If you loved this industrial party wedding check out this Village Underground wedding
and this wedding at Trinity Buoy Wharf.
Green Wedding Dress
Eli and Tom found me through a usual and then a rather unusual route, where I'd shot a Jewish wedding they'd previous attended, including this Jewish wedding in London, but then when we came to have our meeting we also realised we had all attended the same university, and were in the same halls but had never properly crossed paths! This fab couple got married at the Siobhan Davies Dance Studio where I started the day with Eli getting ready on site with her make up by Kayleigh Keen and hair by Cassandra Rizzuto. The whole wedding was planned and styled by London wedding planner Holly from Join The Revelry with the AMAZING floristry from Katie from Worm. Eli wore a gorgeous custom dark green wedding dress that settled into an ombre grey fade and was completed with a green cape with gold beading on the shoulder detail by Danielle Windsor. They had a first look in the corridor before heading out to do their group and couple photos pre ceremony
London Jewish Wedding Ceremony
Before the ceremony they held a Bedeken with their witnesses and family. Then they held their Jewish wedding ceremony under a chuppah styled out with modern floral decor. Both the bride and groom smashed the glass together!
Wedding Reception at Siobhan Davies Dance Studios
After their Jewish wedding ceremony all the guests spilled into various parts of the venue to enjoy a brief drinks and canapés reception before coming back into the main hall where the ceremony was held for their sit down dinner which took place on four long trestle tables.
Surprise wedding performances
After the dinner everyone went to the drinks and canapes room to a
llow the venue to turn the dinner room into the dance floor. During this time Eli and Tom had planned to give their speech to keep their guests occupied, but what they didn't know was that Eli's sister had organised a medley of musical theatre themed surprise performances with many of the guests where they tailored the lyrics to tell the story of the couple's relationship. After this joyous surprise, the speeches then followed as planned
Jewish wedding party
The dance floor opened up with live music from The Balkanoes, and although the couple didn't plan any Jewish dancing their friends took charge again and had a spell of hora and traditional dancing.
If you loved this post and wanted to see more fun Jewish wedding then check out this outdoor Jewish ceremony