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Tamil Wedding & Reception | Northbrook Park | Surrey
Part two of Dinesh & Sarah’s wedding celebrations, and this time round it was their stunning Tamil Wedding followed by an incredible reception to remember forever.
A week on from their catholic church wedding (which I had the pleasure in documenting too), Dinesh & Sarah were ready for the final part of their celebrations – their Tamil Wedding. The venue, Northbrook Park in Surrey, provided the beautiful backdrop for, what will prove to be, an absolutely epic occasion.
A Calm Start
About five minutes walk from the venue, both the couple and their families were getting ready in a nearby AirBnB. Everyone was in a chilled but excited mood, preparing themselves for the day ahead. Soon, they would make their way over to venue to add the finishing touches to the Tamil Wedding setting in the Vine Room.
The stage looked incredible, and nothing like I have seen in any wedding. Bud & Flower provided the stunning arch and fresh flowers, which framed the stage beautifully. It definitely made for some amazing photos later on in the ceremony.
The Start of the Ceremony
It was turning out to be a perfect day – mild and bright. Dinesh and his cousin entered the grounds in a classic white wedding car, where they were welcomed by Sarah’s family outside the Vine Room. After a short ceremony, Dinesh entered the venue to await his bride-to-be. It wasn’t long before Sarah made her entrance with a beaming smile in her face.
In more recent years, I have been privileged to photograph a few Tamil Weddings, and they are always a joy to document. There’s so much colour and emotion, you just can’t take your eyes off what is happening for one second. However, it was such a relaxed ceremony. This allowed the families involved and their guests to really understand what is happening and have a great view of the ceremony. Both Dinesh & Sarah looked like they were having the best time, and you could tell all their hard work was paying off.
Exploring the Grounds
With the Tamil Wedding and family portraits concluded, the good weather held out for the couples portraits session. As mentioned in previous posts about Northbrook Park, there are many locations to create beautiful portraits. The one place I particularly enjoy is at the front of the house. There are some lovely rustic backdrops to be found which we experimented with.
Time was of the essence however, as Dinesh & Sarah both departed to get ready for the evenings entertainment.
A Party to End all Parties
This wedding was all about personalisation, and making it how the couple wanted it. And that theme carried on to the reception. Moments from the past, in the form of polaroids, were scattered amongst the round tables. It was a beautiful touch as they represented who were sitting on those particular tables. This brought out amazing reactions from their guests, making it was a lot of fun to capture.
The live band, Goldn Global, were also ready to go. I’ve had the pleasure of photographing wedding receptions with live music before, and I was really looking forward to hearing them play (especially after hearing them rehearse!). With everyone seated, Dinesh & Sarah made their grand entrance with the band kicking into gear, and the guests giving their appreciation.
Great food, speeches and intimate moments amongst guests, the night carried on the theme of the day, which was essentially sheer joy. The first dance was the catalyst for everyone to come onto the dance floor and for Goldn Global to keep it full all night, providing amazing entertainment.
There was also time for everyone to head outside for some sparkler shots. The light drizzle didn’t dampen any spirits or even extinguish the sparklers!
An Incredible Wedding For An Incredible Couple
Being an Asian Wedding Photographer, I am blessed to work with awesome couples. Dinesh & Sarah are right at the top of that list. They were an absolute joy to work with, and truly trusted my vision and creativeness to capture their day how they wanted.
Sarah was the one who found me via a featured wedding on Rock My Wedding of Jigar & Charlotte. She loved the classic and candid feel to the imagery as well as the natural, yet vivid colours and tones. So with that brief in mind, I set about capturing their day with the same intentions. But to be honest, that’s my intention for all my weddings.
I was treated not like a photographer, but as part of their family. Having worked with Dinesh & Sarah over three different events, that’s exactly how I felt.
It was a tricky task, but here are some highlights from their Tamil Wedding at Northbrook Park. Enjoy!