Wow, 2018 has totally flown by so fast! Its only feels like yesterday when it snowed back in February and then the week after I was photographing my first wedding of the year at Oshwal centre.
The 2018 wedding season has been epic and I’ve really enjoyed being part of my couples’ special days, I continuously say it, but I’m totally grateful to be doing something that I love to do every day!
Weddings for me are about capturing moments, I want my couples to relive their wedding day every time they look at their pictures from the details, to the different emotions, whether its laughter or tears, joy or sadness, wedding photography is a documentation of their day which I’ve had the honour of capturing and I know in years to come everyone will be able to relive the day.
This year was a little extra special for me as I hit a HUGE milestone, it was 10 years ago (in November) that I shot my first Indian wedding under my own name and I didn’t think I would be where I am today 10 year ago…what a journey it’s been and continues to be.
Throughout the year, I always like to pick my best pics as I go along, but it’s only when I was culling my fav pics for this post that I was able to fully appreciate and relive the weddings I captured. It was really hard going from approx. 20,000 photographs down to 900ish and now down to just over 150 of my favourite photographs but I couldn’t cut down any more and I’m absolutely Loving what you’re about to see and really excited to share something from each of my shoots.
It’s been a pleasure to work alongside some of the Best suppliers in the Asian wedding industry, there are too many to mention, but thank you all for your support through the year and I look forward to working along side you all next year and beyond.
I’ve grateful to have great people in my life who support me in what I do including my friends, family and of course, my wifey. With all of my shoots, I’ve been fortunate to have some amazing people helping out and you guys all know me better than I know myself, so a MASSIVE shout out to Tejas, Meheer, Parag, Sailesh, Dee, Guv and Jay who have all helped me throughout the year, you people are all epic!
And finally, to my couples from 2018, Thank you So much for choosing me to capture your wedding day, you’ve all been amazing and I’ve had a lot of fun hanging out with you and your closet people capturing your most special day. To my 2019 couples, I cannot wait to be part of your wedding events and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
So here we go, in no particular order, my favourite moments of 2018. I’m now off to chill, relax, eat loads and recharge for 2019.
Have a great day everyone x
I’ve met some crazy fun couples during my time as a wedding photographer, but I have to say, Nikhil and Jasmine are probably in the top 3 of my craziest couples!
I remember Jas and Nik’s preshoot in London on a GoBoat which was total madness! The shoot was more like 4 friends hanging out than a pre wedding shoot, we all cracked jokes as we sailed from Paddington to Camden, it was very fun, chilled out shoot taking in the London scenery watching Jas and Nik getting merry!
Fast forward to July this year in the middle of the amazing hot summer we had in the UK, Jas and Nik’s Hindu Wedding took place at The Manor – Weston On The Green, it’s a stunning venue in the middle of Oxford surrounded by amazing scenery, so it’s the perfect setting for an outdoor Hindu wedding.
I knew the Hindu Wedding ceremony was going to be a lot of fun to capture, but it’s all the little moments from the day that really stood out for me and this really made Jas and Nik’s wedding unique – from the champers in the morning and in the afternoon (lol), Nik’s awesome, the HUGE smiles on everyone’s faces, the moments between Nik and his gran, Jas’ laughter and expressions, the crazy connection between Jas and Nik…the list goes on and you’ll get to see all this shortly.
I won’t type much more as the pics really best describe Jas and Nik’s wedding day better thank I can type up!
Jas and Nik, what can I say…You guys are totally nuts and absolutely made for each other, I had a complete blast being part of celebrations and I wish you many many many years of fun together
Enjoy the moments everyone!
Big Shout out to Dee for his assistance on the day.
Wedding suppliers on the day
Venue: The Manor, Country House Hotel
Wedding Decor: Gayatri Wedding & Events
Hindu Wedding Priest: Milan Mehta
Music: Dynamic Roadshow
MUA: Maggie – Roshni Hair and Makeup
Videography: Finesse Studios
I remember when Seema messaged me on Instagram asking about my availability for her wedding in June, I painfully had to say I was booked up. A few weeks later, Seema messaged me again saying the wedding was now booked for August and I was happy to say, that the date was available! Seema and I spoke for ages soon after and I loved hearing about her wedding plans and getting to know more about her and Kushal. Seema pretty much said to book them in for the day and a few weeks later, when Seema and Kushal came over, we got on really, really well! I knew this wedding would be special.
A few weeks before the wedding, Seema excitedly told me about all the small details they’ve put into the wedding and I love it when couples put in the extra touches to make their wedding that bit more personal to them.
Seema and Kushal’s wedding took place at Sopwell House in St Albums which is a stunning venue! The setup by Shagun Weddings looked gorgeous and I spotted all of the small personal item which were snapped away! I saw Seema while she was getting ready and when her friends and family were in and out and everyone’s reaction to Seema was WOW! It was fun capturing the little moments between everyone who came in to say hi, it’s the little key moments that add to the story of the day.
Kushal and his entourage arrived in true style, making lots of noise and dancing before the Hindu Wedding ceremony started, what a top entrance dude!…Kushal looked super smooth with his sisters, all with their sun glasses on and the biggest smiles!
The Hindu wedding ceremony was perfectly conducted by Gajendra Mehta and the ceremony was full of fun, laughter and amazing emotion, this is something I really picked up on from the day and loved it! One of my fav shots from the wedding is when Seema hugged her dad after the wedding, the smile on her dad, and the tightness of the hug is priceless!
In the evening, it was time to drink up, enjoy the celebrations and party hard! With it being a hot day, the drinks reception took place outside and I remember having to hide Seema and Kushal as we were taking portraits, we pretty much walked pass everyone, but thankfully, not many people saw us, PHEW!
As expected, Kushal was ripped apart by the best men and the reactions all around were awesome! When the dancing started, the whips were out along with wigs, inflatable items, hats, glasses, frames, it was a full on rave! It was also great to see other friends at the wedding and my previous couple Anika and Nikhil which is where Seema and Kushal saw my photographs.
Seema and Kushal, wow, what an amazing wedding day you guys planned! Every little thing was carefully planned and I had an incredible time photographing your big day. A huge Thank You to you and your families for being incredibly welcoming, I felt more like a friend than just your photographer and I look forward to hanging out with you both soon!
Enjoy the moments everyone!
Huge Thank you to my Bro Tejas for his assistance on the day!
Other suppliers on the day:
Wedding Planner – Karishma Manwani Events
Wedding Priest – Gajendra bhai Mehta
Wedding day music – Shiv Gopal Music
Mandap and Decor – Shagun Weddings
Catering – Preeti Catering
DJ – Musical Movements
MUA – Paruls Beauty
Flowers – Floco
Venue – Sopwell House
Videography – Samsara
I love shooting at Oshwal centre, it’s definitely one of my favourite wedding venues in London.
Back in March the wedding season kicked off and the first wedding I shot was Naimisha and Shyamal’s Civil and Hindu wedding ceremonie. I was really excited with the civil wedding as it was outside and for those that have visited Oshwal centre, you’ll know that the grounds are stunning so it’s a perfect place to hold a civil ceremony.
It was a crisp sunny morning for the civil ceremony, and I specifically remember the sun being the in the right place while Naimisha was walking towards Shyamal…I was So excited as I knew the photographs would come out stunning and yes, I had goosebumps throughout! The civil was beautiful, both had written their wedding vows and read them out together other while their closest friends and family surrounded them, well done everyone for braving the bitter winds, absolutely worth it!
After the Civil, it was time to get ready for the Hindu wedding. I ended being postman for these guys as they hand written love letters to each other which was really sweet. Although I’m not sure what was written, Naimisha’s letter was defeintly meaningful as I could see that Shyamal was doing well to hold back the tears. Naimisha gave Shyamal a watch as a wedding gift, and Shyamal gave…the photolist! She wasn’t too impressed but then soon after a better gift in a Tiffany’s box was given!
I loved capturing the fun light-hearted spirit of Naimisha and Shyamal (and their family and friends) throughout the day and it was a FUN day to capture as everyone was happy and this is how it should be at weddings. Below are a few of my personal favourite moments and I’m sure you’ll love looking through the all.
Naimisha, Shyamal, what can I say? I really enjoyed being part of day and capturing the moments, you guys are definitely made for each other and I wish you both a lifetime of happiness together as Mr and Mrs Vyas! Enjoy the memories and I look forward to seeing you both soon
Huge Thanks to Sailesh for his assistance on the day!
Other suppliers on the day:
Photographing wedding events are fun and it’s even more fun when you have a couple that you really get on with, and in all honesty, I’m fortunate to have a great relationship with all of my couples as it means my work doesn’t feel like ‘work’, it’s simply fun.
What can I say about Dipali and Viks? We hit it off the moment we spoke on the phone, there were serious amounts of banter before the big day, during the wedding events and it’s still the same after the wedding events! As you can guess I really enjoyed being part of Dipali and Viks’ wedding events. I’m really pleased with the moments captured, lots of emotion including laughter, tears, love and tons of FUN! Just what I love to see at weddings. You can see how close these two really are and it was a joy to show that in the photographs.
The Hindu wedding ceremony took place the morning and was beautifully conducted by Milan Mehta. As Dipali was walking up the Iisle, I could see the nerves kicking in, but as soon as she got closer to the mandap, the nerves got left behind and it was just smiles and laughter throughout the ceremony.
The vidhai was quite ‘raw’ and you could see how close Dipali is with her brothers and parents, sometimes I find vidhai’s difficult to photograph but it’s always important to capture them as the moments always mean a lot to the couples.
During the short break, I sat down (with a cuppa) and started to select and edit some of the wedding pics which were going to be played out on the big screens…more on this later on!
The reception party kicked off with some awesome speeches and a great dance performance by Viks’ cousins, soon after food was being served, I patiently waited for the slideshow to start playing on the screens, but no joy! There were some technical issues and it looked like the images may not be shown, not a problem. The dancing was about to kick off and I asked the AV guys again if they had any luck with getting the slideshow to work…still no luck! I was a bit gutted but didn’t let it get to me as the dancefloor went crazy and I wanted to focus on that more than anything else.
Around midnight, my colleague Meheer went to the AV guys and he managed to get them to start playing the slideshow! I only realised as everyone stopped dancing and started looking at the huge screens! I was totally shocked and the reaction on Dipali and Viks faces were timeless, naturally I kept photographing their reactions and at the end, they came over and gave me a huge hug, I didn’t realise but David from Zenith Cinematography filmed it and kindly shared the clip with me.
Diplai, Viks, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you both. You make an amazing couple and it was an absolute pleasure capturing your wedding events. I wish you both all the very happiness in the world and I look forward to seeing you both soon.
So for now, introducing, Dipali and Viks’ wedding moments.
For those that may have not seen this on my Instagram and Facebook page, this is the reaction to the clip, thank you Zenith Cinematography for sending me this clip.
A Huge THANK YOU to Meheer for your help on the wedding day and being persistent in getting the slideshow to work on the AV screens! Ash from Annapurna caterers, Thank you So much for the introduction to Dipali and Viks.
Here’s a list of the other vendors on the that helped with Dipali and Viks’ wedding:
Priest – Milan Mehta
Wedding ceremony music – Shiv Gopal Music
Cinematography – Zenith Cinematography
MUA – MarUsh Artists
Decor – Wed in Style
Cake – Asian Wedding Cakes
DJ – Maharaja Music
Wedding lunch catering – Annapurna Caterers