I had the absolute pleasure in photographing Meinhard & Roopa’s Hindu wedding at the intimate Avenue Halls, near Kew Gardens in London.
They couldn’t have picked a nicer day with the hot, dry weather continuing for their big day. Guests started to arrive in the early afternoon for the ceremony and were able to take advantage of the lovely, intimate grounds at the venue. It was a great chance for me to capture unobtrusive shots of the guests mingling, and enjoying the light refreshments on offer. I love documenting this part of the wedding day as it gives you a chance to capture the guests in a relaxed and laid back environment.
Once everyone was refreshed, it was time for the groom and his Jaan to make their entrance. With the dhol player ramping up the volume, Meinhard made his way around the venue to meet Roopa’s family. It was lovely to see his family dressed for the occasion and really embracing the culture.
With the traditional ceremonies of the meeting of the two families complete, it was time to move inside the venue and into the Mandap. The beautiful decorations were provided by Shagun Weddings.
Soon after the ceremonies were performed by Priest, Sanjay Radia, it was time for Roopa to make her entrance. She looked stunning as she made her way down the aisle with her flower girls in front leading the way. It was an emotional time for Roopa’s parents seeing her in her wedding dress about to be married.
The day was getting warmer by the minute, and guests were taking advantage of the leaflets explaining the rituals by fanning themselves (and reading them of course!). However they remained silent and focussed as the Priest performed the religious ceremonies that finally made Meinhard & Roopa husband and wife.
Avenue Halls is literally a 5 minute walk to Kew Gardens, and we headed there after the ceremony for some portraits. As expected, the gardens were packed full of people enjoying the sunny weekend. So myself, Meinhard and Roopa explored the gardens to find quieter parts. Lucky, Kew Gardens has beautiful spots everywhere so it wasn’t hard to find locations suitable for portraits – a creative wedding photographers dream! Both were natural in front of the camera and we captured some gorgeous portraits within the grounds.
Back at the venue, while Meinhard & Roopa were getting ready for the evening dinner, guests were once again enjoying the atmosphere outside with much needed refreshments. None more so than the quirky Ice Gola Shack, who provided crushed ice with a vast array of flavours. I think they were the only reason I managed to survive the heat so thank you guys!
Everyone made their way back into the venue for the evening dinner, ready for the newlyweds to make their entrance and cut the cake. It was an amazing wedding to be part of with plenty to capture, and it is clear to see that Meinhard & Roopa make an awesome couple. I had a brilliant time documenting their day, and here are some highlights from their Indian wedding and reception:
It was an absolute pleasure being their Asian wedding photographer in London. If you have liked what you have seen, please feel free look at my other work as well. I would love to hear about your big day and how I can help, so contact me today!