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Hindu Wedding at the Ramada, Birmingham

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Hindu Wedding at the Ramada, Birmingham

Ramada Sutton Coldfield Weddings

Beautiful Hindu wedding photography at the Ramada, Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield).

When Sima & her fiancé Raj, first spoke to me about their upcoming Hindu-Punjabi wedding, I knew theirs would be a special & fun wedding to photograph. Firstly Sima had explained how she wanted to concentrate on the spiritual & religious aspects of the Hindu wedding ceremony; secondly Sima & Raj had both chosen to invite only their nearest & dearest, which implied that the participation of the guests would be all that more intimate & meaningful. I was not disappointed, I appreciated the esoteric, spiritual moments during the ceremony as well as the families’ love & dynamics. The bride’s siblings & sister/brother-in-laws kept me entertained throughout the day, from putting chillies in the ladoos (Indian sweet) that they fed the groom, to extorting every last penny in his pocket during the doli (bride’s farewell). It was a memorable day to say the least. I would like to thank Sanjay Gohil for shooting alongside me during this wedding & I think it is fair to say, that together, we captured some really special moments. I hope you enjoy viewing a few selected images from Sima & Raj’s wedding gallery…

Sima & Rajit
Hindu Punjabi Wedding
Ramada, Sutton Coldfield
Tuesday, 4th February 2020
Sima & Rajit
Hindu Punjabi Wedding
Ramada, Sutton Coldfield
Tuesday, 4th February 2020

Beautiful Hindu wedding photography at the Ramada, Birmingham (Sutton Coldfield).

When Sima & her fiancé Raj, first spoke to me about their upcoming Hindu-Punjabi wedding, I knew theirs would be a special & fun wedding to photograph. Firstly Sima had explained how she wanted to concentrate on the spiritual & religious aspects of the Hindu wedding ceremony; secondly Sima & Raj had both chosen to invite only their nearest & dearest, which implied that the participation of the guests would be all that more intimate & meaningful. I was not disappointed, I appreciated the esoteric, spiritual moments during the ceremony as well as the families’ love & dynamics. The bride’s siblings & sister/brother-in-laws kept me entertained throughout the day, from putting chillies in the ladoos (Indian sweet) that they fed the groom, to extorting every last penny in his pocket during the doli (bride’s farewell). It was a memorable day to say the least. I would like to thank Sanjay Gohil for shooting alongside me during this wedding & I think it is fair to say, that together, we captured some really special moments. I hope you enjoy viewing a few selected images from Sima & Raj’s wedding gallery…

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Whilst Sima’s family were rushing around the house pulling last minute things together, Sima was sitting in the front room taking selfies & anticipating her final look as Zens Bridal transformed Sima the “project manager” into Sima the “Royal bride”. I enjoy photographing morning bridal preps as you get to discover a side of the bride & her family, which is more personal, genuine & devoted. The rest of the day they are destined to be on their “best behaviour”, but for that short period in the morning they are themselves & it is great fun!

My assistant photographer Sanjay, was meanwhile busy capturing Raj’s morning preps followed by a small but sweet groom’s procession into the venue. That was until Sima’s family aka “team-bride” barricaded the entrance & demanded an entrance fee :P.

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Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Sima’s bridal entrance was incredible, her smile was lighting up the room as she walked down the aisle. I’m sure it was the day she has been dreaming about her whole life, finally coming true.

The Hindu wedding ceremony was performed by Pandit Purohit-Ravi Sharma, a Hindu priest, who I was already well acquainted with as he had 5 years previously facilitated my own wedding. Purohit-Ravi Sharma does well to educate both the couple & the guests in the meaning of each aspect of the ceremony & he does so in a very down to earth & charming way. In my experience, Purohit-Ravi Sharma is arguably one of the most authentic, well versed & humble priests that I have worked alongside. I personally would highly recommend him for any wedding ceremony where appreciating the spiritual essence of the Hindu ceremony is priority.

Beautiful Hindu Wedding Photography
Birmingham Wedding Photographer
Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Just when everybody thought Sima had won the “who can sit down first” game, they realised that she had actually sat down on the wrong throne making her forfeit. Sure that was funny…

But it wasn’t long before Raj realised the ladoo (sweets) being fed to him were a tad bit spicy. Trust team-bride to put red hot chillies inside them … ouch!

Birmingham Wedding Photographer
Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Being a winter wedding at the beginning of February, we were not sure how the weather would treat us. To our satisfaction it did not rain & the overcast grey clouds worked in our favour as it created nice soft flattering light during the couple portraits. Despite the cold chills, Sima & Raj were awesome to work with, they were both responsive to us as photographers but more importantly they were naturals & shared some awesome chemistry between themselves. I was so happy with the portraits we created in Ramada’s gardens.

Sima & Raj decided not to have a “full-on” evening reception, inside they had a lovely lunch during which there were some emotional speeches given by the bride’s siblings & the groom himself.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer
Birmingham Wedding Photographer

The wedding shananigans did not stop there, team-bride were fully prepared to extort the groom one final time as he arrived back to the bride’s home for the doli (bride’s farewell). They barricaded the front door & showed that they know how to negotiate, even mummy got involved. Once again they force fed him ladoos (sweets) stuffed with red hot chillies. I guess jokes like this just summarised the mood of the whole day; it was fun, memorable & a pleasure to be a part of!

Birmingham Wedding Photographer
Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Whilst Sima’s family were rushing around the house pulling last minute things together, Sima was sitting in the front room taking selfies & anticipating her final look as Zens Bridal transformed Sima the “project manager” into Sima the “Royal bride”. I enjoy photographing morning bridal preps as you get to discover a side of the bride & her family, which is more personal, genuine & devoted. The rest of the day they are destined to be on their “best behaviour”, but for that short period in the morning they are themselves & it is great fun!

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

My assistant photographer Sanjay, was meanwhile busy capturing Raj’s morning preps followed by a small but sweet groom’s procession into the venue. That was until Sima’s family aka “team-bride” barricaded the entrance & demanded an entrance fee :P.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Sima’s bridal entrance was incredible, her smile was lighting up the room as she walked down the aisle. I’m sure it was the day she has been dreaming about her whole life, finally coming true.

The Hindu wedding ceremony was performed by Pandit Purohit-Ravi Sharma, a Hindu priest, who I was already well acquainted with as he had 5 years previously facilitated my own wedding. Purohit-Ravi Sharma does well to educate both the couple & the guests in the meaning of each aspect of the ceremony & he does so in a very down to earth & charming way. In my experience, Purohit-Ravi Sharma is arguably one of the most authentic, well versed & humble priests that I have worked alongside. I personally would highly recommend him for any wedding ceremony where appreciating the spiritual essence of the Hindu ceremony is priority.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Just when everybody thought Sima had won the “who can sit down first” game, they realised that she had actually sat down on the wrong throne making her forfeit. Sure that was funny…

But it wasn’t long before Raj realised the ladoo (sweets) being fed to him were a tad bit spicy. Trust team-bride to put red hot chillies inside them … ouch!

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Being a winter wedding at the beginning of February, we were not sure how the weather would treat us. To our satisfaction it did not rain & the overcast grey clouds worked in our favour as it created nice soft flattering light during the couple portraits. Despite the cold chills, Sima & Raj were awesome to work with, they were both responsive to us as photographers but more importantly they were naturals & shared some awesome chemistry between themselves. I was so happy with the portraits we created in Ramada’s gardens.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer

Sima & Raj decided not to have a “full-on” evening reception, inside they had a lovely lunch during which there were some emotional speeches given by the bride’s siblings & the groom himself.

Birmingham Wedding Photographer
Birmingham Wedding Photographer

The wedding shananigans did not stop there, team-bride were fully prepared to extort the groom one final time as he arrived back to the bride’s home for the doli (bride’s farewell). They barricaded the front door & showed that they know how to negotiate, even mummy got involved. Once again they force fed him ladoos (sweets) stuffed with red hot chillies. I guess jokes like this just summarised the mood of the whole day; it was fun, memorable & a pleasure to be a part of!

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