Dalian and Priya - Sikh wedding at the Britannia International

Dalian and Priya – Sikh wedding at the Britannia International

August 2, 2010  |  Weddings
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Even for me, this one’s a bit unusual.

Most wedding photographers have an exclusivity clause in their contract.  Mine states that unless agreed otherwise I will be the sole professional photographer at the wedding.  For Asian weddings we always “agree otherwise”.  With hundreds and sometimes thousands of guests and not one but several elaborate ceremonies going on there’s generally too much for a sole photographer.  Add to that the fact that the bride’s family and groom’s family generally have different ceremonies for part of the day and require different coverage and it’s very common to have “his” and “hers” photography teams.

Even in that context, this was a little unusual.  Both families already had a photographer and videographer.  I was hired by Dalian’s family to add ” a little extra” to the coverage.  They had seen my work on other weddings and loved my easy going story telling style.  With dozens of family shots to do it can be easy to miss little details and the whole feel of the day.

So I left the traditional coverage to the other guys.  And I got to play.  Sound like fun?  It was….

weddings  Dalian and Priya   Sikh wedding at the Britannia International

First stop was the Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara in Erith.  I spent a couple of hours both outside with the families and inside during the ceremony.  Here are some highlights.

Then we went on to the Britannia International in Docklands.

weddings  Dalian and Priya   Sikh wedding at the Britannia International

Here are a few of my favourite shots from the afternoon.  You can actually see a few of my pictures from the morning running on 100 inch projection TVs in the background.  Nothing to focus your mind like knowing you’ll have 10 minutes to select pictures and no time to edit before showing them off to 300 guests and 4 photographers….

And yes, I absolutely loved it.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like me to bring a unique perspective to your celebration.


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  • http://www.tantrumsandtiaras.org Kelly

    Fabulous Jonathan, really colourful and you’ve captured the day wonderfully.

    Kelly

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rkspics/ Bob

    Great series of images, I love the “giving each other food” shot I’m sure they will be more than delighted with the result.

    Bob

  • Joyce

    Fabulous photos! You really captured everything about this wedding.

  • http://www.momentsofelegance.com Melissa

    Fabulous shots. The photos captured the wonderful family feel to the wedding as well as all the gorgeous details around them.