This is probably as far removed from the wedding featured on my previous blog post but this variety really keeps us fresh and creative. Our documentary wedding coverage of this amazing Sikh wedding began in mid 2011 at Gurj and Pavan's small civil ceremony, only their closest family attended the event at Alexander House Hotel in Wiltshire.
After seeing the resulting images, they commissioned us to document a further three events in 2012. The first two were small 'Maiya' ceremonies, one for either family. These are always great fun and provided the action for Martin Phelps and Ian Jeffrey, two great wedding photographers I've had the pleasure of collaborating with in the past, to create some particularly strong reportage work. The very next day I started 16 hours of non stop documentary coverage working alongside Alexis Jaworski and Ian Martindale - another two very talented documentary wedding photographers that I'm working closely with over the next couple of years.
The main Sikh wedding day had well over 800 guests and took place in a large Gurdwara followed by the cavernous function hall at Cheltenham Racecourse so it was great to have three wedding photographers working simultaneously, even though we barely saw one another because of the scale of the event.
Reportage wedding photography is perfectly suited to Asian weddings, it's just a shame there's still so much out of date, overly traditional work being produced in the industry, it needn't be. Asian weddings are a roller coaster of emotions - at times they're quiet and tender and in others, elaborate and loud. There's often so much going on you very quickly become part of the crowd and can document the true essence of the day.
The colour is brilliant too, obviously. In fact there can be too much of it, sometimes creating too many distracting elements in a composition. I usually convert 50% of the final images to black and white wedding photography in order to simplify and strengthen, all of a sudden focal points are clear and compositions are stronger. Black and white wedding photos are carefully selected and must offer an improvement over colour.
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Prior to the main event, smaller Maiya ceremonies take place at both family homes.
Here's a little of my favourite Wiltshire wedding photography from the event.
Groom ceremony, the later stages of this event were at The Steam Museum in Swindon.
Main day - preparations at home:
Main day - arriving at the Gurdwara:
Main day - reception:
Main day - back at the start where we finish our coverage with the Doli: