|NEWCASTLE INDIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER:|
RICKY'S FAMILY LEAD THE PROCESSION TO THE GOSFORTH MARRIOTT HOTEL
|GOSFORTH ASIAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY:|
RICKYS MUM JOINS IN THE PROCESSION
|ALL ABOARD! RICKY AND HIS NEPHEW DHILAN HANG ON TIGHT!|
|RICKY IS READY TO GO TO HIS WEDDING CEREMONY|
|LOTS OF COLOUR AND MUSIC AS RICKY'S WEDDING PARTY HEADS TO THE HOTEL ENTRANCE FOR INTRODUCTIONS TO ROHINI'S FAMILY|
|NEARLY THERE ..... ROHINI IN THE CHAIR WITH REHANA APPLYING THE SPECTACULAR MAKE-UP|
|LAST OF THE LIPSTICK IS APPLIED TO ROHINI|
|ROHINI'S BEAUTIFUL WEDDING SHOES|
|HENNA DETAIL WITH NAIL MAKE-UP BY SHAJ GHOR - REHANA|
|DETAIL OF ROHINI'S BEATIFUL INDIAN WEDDING DRESS|
|LAST MINUTE CHANGES - SEEN IN THE MIRROR IN HER HOTEL BEDROOM IN NEWCASTLE - PHOTOGRAPHED BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|THE AMAZING HENNA DETAIL BY REHANA - SHAJ GHOR MAKE-UP ARTIST|
|GREAT SCENES AS FAMILY MEMBERS OFFICIALLY GREET EACH OTHER IN NEWCASTLE|
|ROHINI'S BROTHER GETS THE BIG WELCOME - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|FUN ALL THE WAY AS RICKY USES HIS £50 NOTES TO TRY AND GAIN ACCESS TO HIS OWN WEDDING!|
|RICKY IS MADE TO HAND OVER THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY ....|
|THE CEREMONY ROOM ALL READY FOR THE WEDDING AT GOSFORTH MARRIOTT HOTEL|
|THE WEDDING CEREMONY ROOM IS READY FOR ROHINI AND RICKY|
|SPECTACULAR HAIR AND JEWELLERY FOR ROHINI - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|SO BEAUTIFUL .... ROHINI SHOWS OFF HER EYE MAKE-UP|
|DETAIL OF HENNA, HANDS AND DECORATION AND BANGLES|
|SO, SO BEAUTIFUL ON HER WEDDING DAY ... ROHINI IS READY TO BE MARRIED - PHOTOGRAPHY BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY|
|HAPPINESS ALL ROUND FROM RELIGIOUS LEADERS, ROHINI'S FAMILY AND RICKY AS THEY AWAIT THE BRIDE|
|SYMBOLIC BANDS ARE TIED TO RICKY'S WRIST|
|COLOURFUL PART OF THE CEREMONY AT GOSFORTH MARRIOTT HOTEL|
|TEARS FOR HER FATHER .. ROHINI REMEMBERS HER FATHER DURING THE CEREMONY|
|HAPPINESS AND SADNESS AT THE SAME TIME AS ROHINI IS MARRIED|
|THE CEREMONY IS READ FROM SANSKRIT TEXTS|
|A TENDER MOMENT FOR THE YOUNG COUPLE|
|HAPPINESS ETCHED ON ROHINI'S FACE AFTER HER MARRIAGE|
|UNVEILED .. RICKY IS FREE TO VIEW THE WORLD FROM OUSIDE A VEIL AFTER HIS MARRIAGE TO ROHINI|
|THEIR NAMES ARE EASY TO SEE ON THE WEDDING BREAKFAST TABLES|
|DETAILS FROM THE BACK OF THE CHAIRS|
|PART OF THE HUGE ROOM AT THE GOSFORTH MARRIOTT HOTEL IN NEWCASTLE DRESSED FOR ROHINI AND RICKY'S INDIAN WEDDING|
|SOME OF THE 43 MEAL OPTIONS STAND READY FOR GUESTS|
|MENU FOR THE WEDDING BREAKFAST|
|THE CELEBRATIONS START - LED BY RICKY'S FATHER (BACK, LEFT) AND RELATIVES - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|THE HAPPY COUPLE FRONT AND BACK!|
|IT ALL GETS EMOTIONAL AS ROHINI'S BROTHER EMBRACES HER - PHOTOGRAPH BY DIRK VAN DER WERFF|
|CONFETTI FALLS AS THE YOUNG COUPLE TAKE TO THE DANCE FLOOR FOR THE FIRST TIME|
|ROHINI TAKES THE APPLAUSE ON THE DANCEFLOOR|
|YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH A BIG CAMERA IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS ENTHUSIASTC DANCING!|
Two changes of dress for the bride last time was swapped with two changes of suits for the groom this time, add to that a traditional white horse, spectacular make-up, colour, music, a beautiful sunny day, guests from around the world, amazing food, a bride that blew away her guests with her beauty and the madest, badest dancing you will ever see at any wedding.
It was great to catch up with the happy couple again, four weeks after their first wedding and two weeks after their pre-wedding portrait session on the beach at Whitley Bay .. they're so made for each other.
Rohini was much more chilled out than for her first wedding when nerves got the better of her at times, and was chatting away to me as ace make-up artist Rehana was already an hour into her make-up, and I told her not to look out of the hotel window as I spotted her Uncle and friends putting a big pink bow around a new VW Beetle outside!
Ricky was due from Nottingham shortly and I headed to the car park where the white horse for his spectacular entrace was being prepared, followed closely by coaches with his family and guests from Nottingham and the groom himself in a spectacular traditional outfit in gold and red.
The horse may have been cool as a cucumber as it stood in the blazing sun under blue skies, but Ricky was definitely nervous about his first time on the back of the horse with his nephew Dhilan!
The noisy colourful procession tothe entrace of the hotel was filled with music and dancing before the formals of introducing key members of the family to each other was underway - the men often picking each other up and whirling around in celebration.
The £50 notes pinned to Ricky's chest were for him to 'buy' his way past female members of the family who would 'allow' him into the hotel for his own wedding! There were lots of laughs as he bargained and bluffed his way in.
While the newly arrived guests were tucking into a scumptious Indian buffet, I headed up to the third floor to check how Rohini was getting on.
She already looked spectacular with her gold jewellery and spectacular makeup and traditional facial jewels. Nerves were beginning to tell and she had convinced herself that she was running very late. Rehana and I tried to convince her that Ricky had to wait for her and he wasn't going anywhere else and passed a message from her mum who had told me to tell her "It's alright to be late form your wedding".
I manged a few photographs on her own, before another two photographers came into the room. In total I was one of SIX videographers and photographers from both sides of the family to be documenting the day - that's Asian weddings for you!
The traditional wedding ceremony was enhanced by religious guests from India, and once that was out of the way, Ricky headed off to change into a 'normal' suit for the rest of the celbrations and Rohini headed off to chill in her room for a while.
When they appeared I followed them as they met and greeted their guests from around the world, and we all managed to grab some more spectacular buffet food which was now on offer.
Eight hours into my day, and the evening celbrations were soon underway with male relatives dancing in the foyer to the band which had appeared from their role earlier in the day with the white horse parade and we were all led into the spectacular huge room at the Gosforth marriott which had been draped and dressed beautifully. The couple's entrance was noisy and happy before they cut their cake, and traditional feeding of the bride and groom was underway by relatives followed by the speeches - with tears and laughter as ever!
The dancefloor was filled with guests after their own first dance with Ricky being hoisted onto the shoulders of hs freinds and the young couple really getting into the amazing dance music beating out of the speakers
The third meal of the day was now on offer to guests with FORTY THREE options as well as five amazing desserts, chocolate fountains, fruit bars and even a beautiful ice-sculpture bar, but it didnt take long before the dancing started with the party heading off into the early hours.
It was time to leave .. I said my farewells to close family and guests who had been so hospitable to me, a cuddle for the bride - and then Ricky insisted on taking MY photograph with his new bride!
A BRILLIANT day for everyone ... such happiness.
Enjoy my sneak peek of their lovely wedding at Gosforth Marriott Hotel , just 30 or so photographs from the final edited 500 images which tells the story of their day.
If you were a guest, when the happy couple return from the Bahamas and Florida on their honeymoon, they will email out the LINK to where you can see all their photographs with the password.
VIEW THE FIRST PART OF ROHINI AND RICKY'S WEDDING IN NOTTINGHAM HERE
VIEW JAGDEEP AND MARTIN'S SIKH WEDDING IN DURHAM HERE
VIEW RITU AND VEN'S INDIAN / SRI LANKAN WEDDING COVERAGE IN CHESHIRE HERE
SEE AJAY AND TEEDAH'S ASIAN WEDDING AT SLALEY HALL IN NORTHUMBERLAND HERE
If you would like me to photograph your Indian / Pakistani / Bangladeshi / Thai / Chinese / Sri Lankan wedding I would be delighted to be told of your plans anywhere in the UK or abroad. I photograph in a contemporary relaxed way, making sure that tradition and heritage are key parts of my coverage as well.
Telephone me on 0778 7150966 anytime or in the office until 6pm and tell me how I may help you?
DIRK VAN DER WERFF