The Hindu Wedding of Sonia & Prakash at Shendish Manor

I’ve loved every wedding that I’ve photographed this year and with the great we’ve had, I was itching to photograph my 1st outdoor wedding and in July I got that opportunity.

Sonia and Prakash’s wedding was like a family wedding to me as I’ve had the pleasure of photographing a lot of their family and friend’s weddings (from Chinmaya Mission) in the past so I knew quite a lot of people there, also I’m sure Prakash and I have a family connection from a few generations ago.

In addition to the Hindu Wedding, I photographed their Civil wedding, Engagement and Sangeet night which were all great fun. Like most Indian weddings, Prakash insisted that I ruin my diet while doing the Insanity workout and tuck into some Gulab Jaman…which I then burned off the next morning as expected! During the sangeet night, I even managed to do some Garba which isn’t the easiest thing to do when you have 2 camera’s attached to your hips

So the big day arrived! The stunning Shendish Manor in Herefordshire was the venue and behind the Manor in the grounds is where the wedding was going to take place. Gayatri Mandaps had done an amazing job in setting up the mandap and seating area, the sun was beaming down and it was going to get hot! Thankfully there was a massive tree with lots of shade so as expected, a lot of guests moved over as the mid-day sun came over us, sadly I could not move over to the shaded so I ended getting a bit of a tan!

The wedding was great fun, everyone was in high spirits, Prakash’s gran even mimicked Prakash’s famous dance move (There’s only one which is easy to follow!) Sonia looked stunning and I love how everyone in Sonia’s family get involved, especially the Naran sister helping her get ready, this definitely shows the closeness of all 8 sister, and who can forget the help from the 5 brothers and 3 brother in laws, have I got that right? 😉

So now, presenting my 1st outdoor Hindu Wedding conducted by Mahdvaji. Sonia and Prakash, I wish you both all the very best for the future, may the moments captured fill you both with emotion every time you look at your album.
Shendish Manor

Gayatri Mandap Outdoor wedding

Hindu Wedding Bride getting ready in mirror

Wedding Jewellery

Bride getting ready

Bride's sister smiling

Jasmin flowers

Gujarati Bride getting ready

Gujarati Bride getting ready shot through Sari

Guest dancing during Bhaarat

Hindu Bridal family waiting outside Shendish Manor

Guest dancing during Bhaarat

Guest dancing during Bhaarat
Baa doing Prakash’s dancing move

Guests laughing and hugging at Hindu Wedding

Bridal side walking to greet hindu groom

Hindu Groom laughing in car

Hindu Wedding welcoming ceremony

Hindu Wedding welcoming ceremony

Gauri Pooja

Gauri Pooja

Dad hugging bride

Priest starting wedding

Hindu Groom approaching to mandap

Hindu Bride approaching to mandap

Hindu Bride in wedding mandap

Hindu Bride and Groom in wedding mandap

Wedding guest
The fans came to great use!

Ghee being poured into havan during Hindu Wedding ceremony

Phera, Bride and groom walking around the file while being showered with petals

Bride's toe on stone

Bride and groom looking at each other

Seeds being poured into havan

Phera, Bride and groom walking around the file while being showered with petals

Phera, Bride and groom walking around the file while being showered with petals

Bride and groom looking at each other during satapati ceremony

Bride and groom looking at each other during satapati ceremony

Bride and groom getting blessings from priest

Groom putting on Mangal Sutra
Like a lot of grooms, (including myself) Prakash had trouble putting on the Mangal Sutra and needed a bit of extra help, thanks Bina!

Sindoor being put on Hindu Bride's forehead

Ladies blessing

Hindu Bride and Groom hugging Grandmother

Bride's Gran crying

Koda Kodi Games

Koda Kodi Games

Groom praying before leaving, Bride looking at groom

Bridal Party waiting to say goodbye

Vidhai ceremony

Vidhai ceremony

Bride, groom and family leaving Shendish Manor

Closeup of Ganesh and lit candle

Bride laughing in car

Bridal side bargaining so Prakash can get his shoes back

Groom's shoes
Bina wore Prakash’s shoes and hide them under her Sari and demanded that he dances if he wants them back…

Bride laughing inside the car

Groom's shoes
…Which he did!

Hindu Bride crying as they leave

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Hindu Wedding couple portrait at Shendish Manor

Thanks for viewing everyone 🙂 Until next time!

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