This beautiful, warm day found me at Luton Hoo Mansion House, north of London for the wedding of Sadaf and Nassar. I love Indian weddings for the perhaps not so surprising colours and textures and opportunities to photograph a wedding ceremony that’s rich in heritage and long established customs. However it’s conducted, a wedding is still a wedding and it was a pleasure to capture this fast moving day with many events and unmissable moments that the bride and groom will look back on in years to come.
It’s been over twenty years since I tied the knot with my beautiful (and patient) wife and although it’s a huge cliché, I’m here to tell you that it’s true – the time goes dizzyingly fast and really, before you know it, a couple of decades have gone by.
That’s the point of the wedding photography of course, be it somewhere grand like Luton Hoo or smaller, more intimate wedding ceremonies in hotels, village halls and barns. I really do have a wonderful job; the variety of locations where you can get married is quite staggering. Needless to say, the backdrop of Luton Hoo and the associated venue of Warren Weir, where today’s ceremony took place, had an abundance of photogenic locations.
Here are some highlights of the day, more than I would usually post but it was hard to narrow them down. Here’s wishing Sadaf and Nassar all the best in their married life together!
The imposing frontage of Luton Hoo mansion house.
Warren Weir, nearby, was a peaceful lakeside hideaway from the main house.
I caught this image whilst the early guests were arriving. So much energy!
Inside, the preparations for the wedding are almost complete.
It’s always nice to document a little of the preparations that the bride and groom don’t always see.
Some favourite journalistic photographs of the wedding guests arriving.
I always feel this is the best way to capture the guests – discreetly and quietly without fuss as they mingle and chat. This approach says so much more about them, the family and friends of the couple.
Meanwhile outside, the groom is almost here…
Ah, what a shame – I was expecting at least an elephant… :)
The grooms flank the groom as they prepare to enter the building.
This beautiful white carriage and pair of horses can mean only one thing…
The lovely Sadaf arrives.
Sadaf’s brothers escort her in to her waiting groom
One last moment to take a breath. These kind of photographs are lovely for the groom to see afterwards, I always try and capture both sides of the story at this stage.
Well it has been a long day (top) and the paperwork at every wedding always has to be taken care of. (bottom)
A lovely part of the wedding ceremony is when the guests come and congratulate the bride and groom.
I love the tradition of the shoes – they are ‘stolen’ from the groom and LARGE amounts of cash changes hands before they are returned :)
Finally the bride and groom get to escape for a few minutes. We took a walk around the grounds of Luton Hoo for some wedding portrait photography.
I love the expressions :)
We went into the mansion house for some portraits in and around the amazing ground floor of this beautiful building.