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Natural Indian wedding photography at Shrigley Hall Poynton, Manchester Wedding photography in the mendap

Wedding photography at every wedding is different; add the words, Asian wedding photography and it conjures up something totally different. Colourful Saris, Sriphal: Coconuts. Sangeet; henna bridal prep. Mendap; ceremony room. Jai male; the flowers. Aashirvaad; reception greeting line up. Vidai; the going away honeymoon.

I will explain some stages of a Asian wedding. Traditions that originated from deep within the roots of the Indian continent of Asia. A comparison to British wedding tradition, with a short explanation and a naturally taken Asian wedding image. I was so pleased to be invited to photograph Jaya & Sun’s  wedding at Shrigley Hall, Poynton, Manchester. I was made to feel very welcome, with a invitation to wedding breakfast-Asian banquet and our very own Asian wedding photographers and videographers table.

Ladies Sangeet; Bridal Prep

Similar to a  bridal prep to which all the Brides family is invited. Sangeet begins with the bride getting her bridal mehndi  henna applied to her arms and feet. This takes a lot of time and the woman need to stay still until it dries out. People say that the darker the henna, the deeper the Grooms love is for the bride. It was a joy to see how different the Asian culture celebrates a wedding.

After the henna has dried hair, makeup, and jewellery, the bide having the finishing touches in sangeet

The Baraat; Arrival at the venue

The Groom is led Asian style to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat. A big drum or drums being played is the music of the day. Call it the wedding march if you like. The Groom arrives wearing a sahara and saafa. He is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis. at every point there is a fun natural moments to photograph, perfect for my natural style wedding photography.

Groom is led to the marriage venue in a procession known as the Baraat.

The Mandap; The ceremony room or Church alter

The mandap, a dome-like structure, (a open sided ceremony room) built at the chosen venue for the bride and groom, and their immediate family, the celebrant conducts the ceremony here too. The men sometimes give gifts, cash, clothes, or flower garlands. Next, the parents and the groom remove their shoes and enter the sacred space where a fire (called agni) is burning. The fire symbolises the height of witness.  A prayer is said for good luck and removal of obstacles for the couple and their families.The Bride and Groom in the mendap showing the ceremony celebrant in prayer and the agni fire pit.

 Jai mala; wedding flower garlands

The jai mala is the bride and groom’s exchanging of flower garlands. Roses are normally used,  “Red is a very popular colour in Asian weddings.”  The Groom normally gifts the ride a mangal sutra necklace, roughly translated it means “an auspicious thread.” For the hasta melap, a knot is tied between a Groom’s scarf and the Bride’s sari by a female member of his family, usually his sister. The couple joins hands, and their physical joining by the scarf represents “a love that binds two souls for a lifetime.”

A photo of the Bride giving the groom his Jai mala

The aashirvaad; Reception greeting line

The guest get involved! The aashirvaad is the blessing that you receive from your guests. Traditionally, the bride and groom would greet people at the mandap and gently touch their feet to show respect. These days, most couples just do a namaste and a bow.

After the ceremony the couple greet their guests in the aashirvaad.

Sriphal; Coconut

The humble coconut in Asian, is known as Sriphal and translates to God’s fruit. Breaking a coconut symbolises smashing your ego and humbling yourself before God. The hard shell of ignorance and ego is smashed which gives way to inner purity and knowledge which is symbolized by the white part of the coconut. Normally they are decorated with beads and other colourful items, then smashed at different parts in the wedding.

A photo of a decorated coconut; Sriphal and translates to God's fruit.

The Vidai; Bouquet toss

The vidai, is the “bride’s goodbye.” The bride and groom tossing the bouquet to bridesmaids waving goodbye with cheers from the guests, and escaping into their car for a night of newlywed bliss. A vidaai is different, its the most emotional part of the wedding. It symbolises the bride is leaving her family home to start a new life. Emotions runs high; they are mixed, happy, and sad all at the same time.

Tears of sadness and joy in the Vidai.

The Fun and games at a Asian wedding, Shrigley Hall Manchester

There is fun and games too. One thing thats very different at Asian wedding is the ring giving, The couple are presented with a bowl full of milk, turmeric, rose petals and small metallic items, nuts, bolts etc. The bowl also holds their wedding rings. The bride and groom put one hand each into the bowl and search for each others rings. Mr & Mrs was another game at Jaya and Sun’s wedding. This tradition comes from the Bride and groom not seeing each other before the wedding. This breaks the ice for the newlyweds. Natural fun wedding Asian wedding photography, from Shrigley Hall In Greater Manchester, 100 percent natural wedding photography, totally unposed. Please get in touch if you would like me to be your Asian wedding photographer.

A photo of the bride looking in the bowl that holds their wedding rings. In the fun part of the wedding to allow the couple get to know each other.



Natural Asian wedding photography, some of my favourite images from the day at Shrigley Hall.

A view of the wedding Venue Shrigley Hall.The Bride waing in the Mendap before the ceremony begins.Ladies’ Sangeet in a monotone imageHair and makeup in the mirror Asian wedding bridal prep - SangeetA tray of red roses to complement the Jai mala.Waiting for the mehndi henna to dry, in bridal sangeet.The groom being drummed into the wedding venue, he is accompanied by family members, groomsmen, and friends known as baraatis.Traditional Asian wedding guestsDown the aisle to the mandap, for the ceremony.Happy wedding guests in traditional Asian dress Laughting at the Joota chupai, the slipper stealing game.A natural unposed wedding image, Asian photographers at work ! colour full sari'sThe Bride escorted to the mandap, a walk to change her life forever.In the mandap a paste of cumin seeds and brown sugar were crushed together and placed in a betel leaf; as the priest recited Vedic mantras,The Groom escorted by his sister.The cloth hideing the groom from the bride in the Asian wedding ceremony.jai mala is the bride and groom's exchanging of flower garlands. Black and white image of some young Asian wedding guests.Traditional red wedding outfit A view throw the window a candid unposed Indian wedding photo.Where are to Grooms slippers (joota chupai) game.The prayer to Ganesh under the mandap asks for the Hindu deity to bestow good luck and remove obstacles for the couple and their families.enjoying a traditional Asian banquet at a wedding.the priest performing the ceremony to the parents in the mendap.The Feet Puja.In the mendap before their daughter arrives, the Mother of Bride may feed him sweets as a welcome to marry her daughter.The priest recited Vedic mantras,the hasta melap, a knot is tied between a groom's scarf and the bride's sari by a female member of his familey, usually his sister. The couple joins hands, and their physical joining by the scarf represents "a love that binds two souls for a lifetime.”The couple catch eyes The wedding guests waiting for their turn in the aashirvaad.Cleansing Puja known as Punyaha. Water representing the sacred Ganga River is sprinkled on themselves and on all the things being used in the wedding as well as the place where the marriage will be performed.The newleyweds share their first Asian meal in the ceremony.Supprised wedding guests.A young Asian boy looking very dapper in his wedding tie.A Asian wedding snack shared.The bride in the background out of focus and three photos of there missing relatives in focus in the foreground.The agni is burning the fire symbolizes the highest degree of a witness. The prayer to Ganesh under the mandapA wedding gift for the GroomA romantic walk for the couple after the ceremony outside at Shrigley Hall, Asian Wedding Photography at Shrigley HallColourfull Asian wedding photography Manchester. Asian wedding photography By Simon Croot Manchester wedding Photographer. A tray of Coconut is known as 'Sriphal' in Sanskrit. Sriphal means God's fruit. So, coconut is essentially the fruit of the Gods. Breaking a coconut symbolises smashing your ego and humbling yourself before God.The vidai in Hindi, or rukhsati in Urdu, is vidaai is very different going away ceremony.the second change of Asian dress for the Bride and Groom pictured here infrount off Shirley Hall. A confettie canon in the reception.The couple is presented with a big bowl filled with milk, turmeric, rose petals and small metallic things like nuts, bolts and coins. The bowl also happens to hold their wedding rings. Wedding Fun Mr & Mrs game in the receptionThe couples first danceDanceing the night away.








I would love to asked to be your wedding photographer, I am a experianced Asian wedding photographer. Get intouch with me find out how afforable I am. If you want to know more about Simon the photographer. Contact me to find out if ime free to be your Natural unposed photographer.  A big thankyou to David Stubbs for asking me to assist on the day.

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