Thank you so so so much Jilna & Henry for having me as your wedding photographer. This was my first Hindu ceremony and an absolutely amazing, beautiful experience. Jilna & Henry were married on the hottest day of the year at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) – a gorgeous Georgian house with a five acre garden that has somehow managed to remain quietly tucked away despite being in the middle of London, just a few minutes from Moorgate and the hustle and bustle of the city. I loved the elegant white steps and the perfect lighting, even in the middle of summer.
Photographing a Hindu wedding was a long awaited dream come true and I learned so much. And I have to say, piercing your own nose about fifteen minutes before walking down the aisle is pretty rock & roll! My favourite rituals within the ceremony were Agni Puja, when a sacred fire is lit within the mandap and sprinkled with flower petals and rice, and Akhand Saubhayavati, when married women from both families come into the mandap to whisper blessings into the bride’s right ear – watching Jilna’s reactions I wished I could hear what they were saying! The ceremony was followed by a delicious meal, lots of photos and then a little rest before the civil service in the evening.
Enjoy the photos – there are absolutely loads – and please do get in touch if you’re planning a Hindu wedding as I would love to experience more. Thank you to Sam Todd for second shooting.