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Monday, 28 May 2012

The beginning of a love affair...



It's true.  I am totally blown away by the experience of shooting my first Hindu Ceremony.

The wedding of Hetal and Dzuy was on Friday so these are literally just a handful of images because I'm desperate to edit them all but can't due to the many other edits that I must complete first.

I was recommended to Hetal's cousin and I am very grateful that Hetal trusted me to photograph her wedding as she knew I hadn't experienced a Hindu Ceremony before.  The wedding began for me on Wednesday evening when I photographed some of the Mehndi ceremony.  Below you see the artist, Bhavna Patel of b-exquisite writing the groom's name in henna as part of the design.



Dzuy is Vietnamse so they began the day with a Civil Ceremony outside where they both wore the traditional ao dai wedding clothes and khăn đóng headdresses.   

 After this ceremony Hetal and Dzuy changed into traditional Indian costumes - Hetal's saree was beautiful and I was fascinated to watch her transformation for the Hindu Ceremony.  The ceremony is full of rituals - here are images that capture details of the Varmala and Saptapadi.


After the ceremony I asked Hetal if I could take some bridal portraits of her because she looked incredible.  




I love this picture of them both.

 
 Both Hetal and Dzuy changed outfits once more for the evening reception.  It was an incredibly hot day and the sun was relentless so I had avoided shooting any imagery of them outside during the afternoon and instead persuaded them to come outside just before sunset.



 


I am shooting another Hindu Ceremony on Saturday at Hampton Court Palace and I really can't wait.

Thank you Hetal and Dzuy for trusting me with this special day - I look forward to sharing the rest of the images with you soon.

 And thank you to all of the family and friends who were just incredibly friendly and welcoming.

5 comments:

  1. Gorgeous. I love the rich colours. The bride looks stunning and you've captured the tenderness between them beautifully.

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  2. Beautiful, love them! Hindu weddings should be your dream, so many gorgeous details and colours!!!

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  3. Ooh, I love the colour at Hindu weddings. Brilliant photos.

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  4. amazing photos kate. Thank you for the lovely shots...

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  5. Thank you so much Kate to you and Becky for capturing our special day! Cannot wait to see all the pics!

    xxx

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