|NOTTINGHAM INDIAN WEDDING AT THE BELFRY:|
THE VENUE FOR ROHINI AND RICKY'S WEDDING
|ROHINI'S BEAUTIFUL WEDDING GOWN FOR THE FIRST PART OF THE CEREMONY ......|
|THE BEAUTIFUL ORCHID THAT WAS PART OF ROHINI'S 2ND OUTFIT CHANGE OF THE DAY|
|JUST ONE HOUR TO GO AND ROHINI STILL HAS TIME TO CHAT|
|TIME FOR RICKY'S FATHER TO HAND OUT BUTTONHOLE FLOWERS|
|ROHINI LOOKING STUNNING AS REHANA APPLIES THE LAST OF HER MAKE-UP - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
|A LAST LOOK IN THE MIRROR BEFORE HEADING UPSTAIRS TO THE CEREMONY|
|ROHINI'S FAMILY BRING GIFTS FOR RICKY'S FAMILY BEFORE THE CEREMONY|
|ROHINI HEADS TO THE CEREMONY FOLLOWED BY HER BROTHERS|
|A VERY NERVOUS RICKY AND HIS BROTHER AWAIT ROHINI ....|
|ROHINI ARRIVES AT RICKY'S SIDE ESCORTED BY HER PROUD BROTHERS|
|IT WAS GETTING A BIT MULTIMEDIA AT THE WEDDING!|
|THE LOOK OF LOVE FROM ROHINI TO RICKY AS THE RINGS COME OUT - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THE COUPLE AS THEY ARE ANNOUNCED AS MAN AND WIFE|
|A TENDER MOMENT FROM GUESTS AT THE CEREMONY|
|A LITTLE BIT OF CONFETTI ... WHY NOT?|
|A FEW FREE MOMENTS BEFORE ROHINI DASHES BACK TO HER ROOMS TO CHANGE OUTFIT!|
|... AND, WE'RE OFF ... A DASH BACK DOWN THE STAIRS FOR THE NEXT OUTFIT|
|THE ENCRUSTED WEDDING GOWN IS READY FOR PART TWO OF THE WEDDING! PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
|RICKY AND ROHINI'S BROTHERS TAKE PART IN A CEREMONY, WHILE ROHINI GETS HER NEW OUTFIT FITTED|
|INTENSE THOUGHT AND CONCENTRATION DURING THE CEREMONY|
|ROHINI'S BEAUTIFUL OUTFIT AND JEWELLERY|
|RICKY'S MUM ADDS NEW BRACELETS ROHINI'S COLLECTION|
|A BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT OF ROHINI AS SHE SMILES AT HER MOTHER IN LAW|
|TIME TO TRY ON THE NEW GOLD EARRINGS|
|TIME FOR SOME HENNA TOO ....|
|CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS WELCOME ROHINI TO THEIR FAMILY|
|HAPPY FAMILIES ... RICKY'S PARENTS SHARE A JOKE WITH THE HAPPY COUPLE|
|HOT PINK WAS THE ORDER OF THE DAY FOR DRESSING THE ROOM|
|MORE PINK ANYONE?|
|ROHINI ENJOYING MEETING HER 300 GUESTS|
|RICKY AND ROHINI - MAN AND WIFE - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|ROHINI WITH HER BROTHERS|
|MORE DETAIL FROMTHE WEDDING BREAKFAST TABLES|
|AND MORE DETAIL TOO ...|
|DETAIL OF ROHINI'S HAIRPIECE|
|THE ENTERTAINMENT GETS UNDERWAY|
|FIRST DANCE ANYONE?|
|TIME FOR A TWIRL?|
|ROHINI'S MUM GETS CLOSE WHILE FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHER AROUND TO WISH THE COUPLE GOOD FORTUNE AND LUCK|
|... AND SO THE DANCING BEGINS!|
|RICKY AND HIS NEW MOTHER IN LAW AND BROTHER IN LAW IN A DANCE OFF ....|
|ALL AGES ON THE DANCE FLOOR PLEASE .... PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|THE DANCE FLOOR IS FULL|
|RICKY AND HIS BROTHER IN LAW ON SHOULDERS AS THE FUN REALLY STARTS!|
This was the first day of a two day Indian wedding celebration with family, friends and guests of Rohini travelling from Newcastle and beyond for her civil wedding ceremony and introduction of family and friends to Ricky's Nottingham based family and friends and viewed as an engagement by extended families.
When I had my first meeting with Rohini back in January, I felt we made a connection, and she was attracted by the way my contemporary relaxed wedding photography capturing moments of fun and happiness blended so well with modern Asian weddings, similar to Newcastle born bride Ritu's wedding I photographed at the end of last year in Cheshire.
Ricky, being based in Nottingham and intensely busy with a new job, never actually met me until the day of his wedding, but we had chatted on the phone a few times!
I travelled down on Saturday evening and checked into the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, so that I would be on site for the start of the day with no worries about being held up in traffic (my personal nightmare..), and was ready to meet with Rohini for a last minute chat. She unfortunately had her bouquet delivered later than expected and was running behind time, and finally arrived at 11.20pm .. so, we had our chat at midnight in the lounge ... I said that Indian weddings could be chaotic!
It was great to see her, she was a little nervous that the wedding was upon her.
Next morning was bright, if cold and I met up with Rohini in her rooms where Rehana Ahmed was well underway with make up and hair with Mum and Rohini.
The Nottingham Belfry was a new wedding venue location for me, and it is a modern hotel complex just 4 years old, but there are a few nice areas for photography, bright and airy with limited grounds, but such a lot of Indian wedding photography takes place indoors, it didn't really matter.
By this time I had actually met Ricky, a smiling confident young man, but I knew that would change as he saw Rohini in her stunning white Mori Lee wedding gown, I suggested he may need a paramedic when he turned around to see his bride to be as she came down the aisle!
By now all the Nottingham guests had gathered and the bridal relatives and friends from Newcastle had arrived and the formal greetings and giving of gifts meant that we edged closer to the ceremony time .... and Ricky was looking more nervous!
Back at Rohini's rooms, she was ready to face the 300 people at her wedding and her brothers arrived to escort her to the ceremony, and she too was starting to look very nervous!
Working with a two man video team and another photographer working for Ricky's family meant that it was a bit more crowded than my normal weddings, thought it's pretty much the same at many asian weddings, and Rohini looked fabulous as she strolled down the aisle on a bed of rose petals.
The ceremony itself was over pretty quickly, and I followed the other photographer and video team outside for a few minutes (literally) and then I dashed with Rohini for her to get ready for the next part of the day in a beautiful pale fuchsia two piece outfit encrusted with so many jewels and sparkly bits (you can tell I'm a man...) that I joked it weighed more than her!
At the same time Rohini was getting changed, there was a more formal religious ceremony for Ricky with Rohini's brothers so it was a bid mad dashing from one end of the hotel to the other at this point .. but it was fun.
Rohini enteredt the main ceremony room looking stunning, and was made a real fuss of by Ricky's Mum and sister and all his family as they presented her with beautiful giftsd, and shortly after both Rohini and Ricky were on the dias as more formal family photographs and presentations of gifts were made by extended family and friends.
Such is the tight schedule of many Asian weddings, that it's rare to get more than a 5 or 10 minute spell alone but I managed to grab a few frames in between them meeting and greeting their 300 guests as a married couple ......
Soon enough, it was 5.30pm and time for the speeches and entertainment and, more importantly, the dancing!
There was laughter and tears at the speeches with a particularly poignant speech by Rohini's brother, and then the entertainment with two brilliant dancers .. one shorter than the other!
The great thing about asian weddings is the dancing .. everyone from seven years old to seventy years old get on the dance floor and really goers for it .. and it's always my favourite part of the day, and rather than stand on the outside looking in, I prefer the dangerous bit of being right in among it all ...... brilliant!
Then it was time to say my thanks and goodbyes and a cuddle for Ricky and Rohini and head up the motorway home ...... VIEW their INDIAN WEDDING in NEWCASTLE HERE
ENJOY THIS SNEAK-PEEK OF JUST 30 IMAGES FROM THE 500 OR SO IMAGES WHICH TELL THE STORY OF THEIR WEDDING
DIRK VAN DER WERFF
If you would like me to be a small but important part of your Indian or Asian wedding, bring relaxed contemporary images as well as traditional images from your modern British Asian wedding, then ring me on 0778 7150966