I had an excellent opportunity to shoot a traditional Sikh wedding. In fact, I participated in two most amazing events, which was the couple's engagement ceremony and the actual wedding.
It was a two day wedding in Bristol. I have experienced truly amazing colours, customs and traditions, and certainly most friendly and welcoming family.
First day I arrived at the bride's parents house where various customs took place. All the family members and friends actively participated in all the preparations, such as food cooking, decoration, and other traditional rituals such as vatna and gana.
In the evening all the ladies arrived to the local city hall where the first day celebration took place. Everyone participated in dancing, singing, and praying for the young couple. The bride stayed at home and got ready for the evening rituals. In the evening, family members and closest friend returned to the house where the bride stayed in, and applied henna on the bride's hands and feet. It was the most emotional part of the day, since it was the last night when the bride stayed at the parents' house. The following day she will become a wife.
The following day, the bride was up early and was getting ready for the most important event. Her family and friend helped her to get ready, get dressed, apply make-up and jewellery. In the afternoon the groom’s side of the family arrived.
The street was filled with the guests, and the groom’s family and friend who accompanied him to the house where the bride stayed in. The walk to the house was filled with dance, sounds of music and singing. Finally, when the groom approached the house, he had to buy his way in. The family of the bride greeted the groom and his family members, they exchanged the presents and prayed together.
Later in the afternoon all the guests headed to the local Gurtwara in Bristol to get married in the eyes of the Guru. The ceremony was an emotional and happy event not only for the couple but also for their guests.
The wedding reception took place in Bristol Grammar School – an amazing construction, suitable not only for scholarly events, but also definitely for wedding receptions. The guests enjoyed lovely music and food. In the end, the bride said goodbye to all her family and left with husband to start a new family life.