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You may remember Sunita and Ravi from their engagement photographs in the vintage clothes shop and Ravi’s Sangeet at the May Fair Hotel in London. It was great to see them again and a real privilege to record their Indian Wedding day. After a bit of a crazy start (the whole wedding party, guests and us stuck in traffic for about two hours!!) everyone eventually made it to Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire and their Hindu Wedding got underway. The day started with the ‘tying of the Sehra‘ a ceremony where the Grooms sisters prepare him for the wedding and tie a veil of pearls over his face. This ceremony took place on the coach, it was really funny, I was perched on the drivers seat with Shaun squeezed in next to me to record the action! Ravi then made a spectacular entrance on a Asian white wedding horse called Rachel!! It was fab! Then we ate the first meal of the day prepared and served by the lovely Jush Events, it was great to work with these guys again, they managed the day brilliantly. Kay was a star organising all the group photographs, no mean feat I can tell you!
Kelham Hall is a really interesting venue with lots of different spaces all with a completely different feel and decor. The room where the Hindu ceremony was held had a big domed ceiling and as the Groom entered the sun shone through the windows at the top and created a haze in the room, brilliant light for photography. The mandap was beautiful, I was really impressed with the guys setting up and their attention to detail, it was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. Sunita got ready at Kelham hall, she looked beautiful. A to Z Gifts in Leicester is where Suntia got her jewellery from. It was custom made by Dipen the designer and owner of the shop who incorporated Sunita’s particular ideas. Sunita was collected by the Mama’s (Sunita’s mums brothers) who are responsible for giving her away. The Mama’s put on all the brides bangles which have to go on a particular way because they are wide at one end and thinner at the other. After half the bangles were on Sunita noticed they were the wrong way around and they had to start again!
I asked Sunita and Ravi what their favourite memory was from the day and they both said it was when they saw each other for the first time in the Mandap. Ravi said he hadn’t seen Sunita for a few weeks as she had virtually moved back in with her parents to organise the wedding! They said they couldn’t stop staring and smiling at one another! The ceremony was beautiful and both Sunita and Ravi made their vows to each other, Sunita made some promises about looking after Ravi and always preparing delicious and nutritious meals! thank goodness this wasn’t in my wedding vows I think I burnt about three sets of pans in the first couple of weeks!! Anyway enough chat, enjoy the wedding pictures!
A horse with a sweet tooth!
Instead of having family pictures in the mandap Sunita decided to have these pictures taken outside which worked really well. Often the mandap is quite dark and it can be difficult to get good pictures of large groups. Sunita and Ravi left in a really funky 70′s car, being a girl I only noticed the cool lemon colour not the make but apparently it was a Citroen DS. I think it cost Ravi a few notes to take Sunita away but she’s definitely worth it. Congratulations to you both, hope you have a brilliant life together.
I asked Sunita and Ravi a few questions about their day and here are their answers
1) What do you love about being married?
It has been pretty hectic since, so we haven’t had a chance to find out! We’ll keep you posted.
2) Any advice for future Bride and Grooms?
Yes, relax and try to take it all in.
3) Why did you choose beautiful life to capture your day?
We had a clear idea of what we wanted and you were it. We love the fly on the wall concept. Each photo has its own depth and captures the privacy and intimacy of the moment. Some of the Wedding Suppliers used by Ravi & Sunita
Some of the Wedding Suppliers used by Ravi & Sunita
Car Hire by Citroen DS
Wedding Photography by Beautiful Life