You don’t see enough Asian weddings in blog land which surprises me really as they are so colourful and full of love that one would think they were perfect blogging material. Luckily for me, photographer Tapas Maiti, who specialises in these weddings, send me this gorgeous Muslim wedding last week. I have a couple of Indian friends and I am always intrigued to hear about their epic wedding celebrations and how different they are to the western wedding. They are all about colour, family and fun!
“Tamanna & Tanveer are Bengali Muslims from Bangladesh and the wedding ceremony itself is called a Nikah.” Tapas told me. “It is quite common for the Nikah to be undertaken as a private family affair with an community elder or Imam. The Wedding Reception is the opportunity to announce themselves to their friends and relatives.”
Alex & Claire’s retro, 50’s housewife engagement is aces! Not only because it was shot by one of my bestest wedding buddies, Emma Case but because it has tea, cakes and scrabble!
“Alex and Claire are getting married in August and Alex is my best friend’s boyfriend’s brother so I know them both pretty well and am ridiculously excited about their wedding as I know what our nights out are like when we all go out together!” Emma began to yell me excitedly. “A special treat is Claire’s wonderful rendition of “Oh, wouldn’t it be lovely” in a cockney accent…she’s actually very Northern (that’s usually nearer the end of the night).”
“Alex called me about a month back asking if we could do some pictures for their invites and that they had a few ideas (brilliant)…. I arrived at their house and they were both dressed in full 1950’s get up and had the table set ready for their photo shoot! Love it! They wanted to try and do the ‘1950’s how to be a good housewife’ thing and they really got in to it… I LOVE couples like that… no I really mean it… L..O..V..E!”
Suzie wanted a bridal shoot to commemorate her 6 year wedding anniversary. Don’t you just love the muted tones and bright pops of colour. The British countryside makes for the perfect backdrop too.
I’ve always loved laundrette photo sessions so when Brighton photographer Joanna Brown sent me this set I couldn’t wait to share it…
“I have been living in quirky Kemptown in Brighton for some time and have always had my eye on the Laundrette round the corner thinking it would be perfect location for a shoot” Joanna told me. “I have always thought that there is something quite lovely and romantic about laundrettes; the sound of the machines quietly whirling that combined with complete strangers just hanging out sharing a really mundane chore. So I have been patiently waiting for my opportunity to arrive and hey presto a lovely couple got in touch and I could not quite believe it. Laura and Rikki met whilst studying at Bath University and had seen each other around the campus; at the bar, in the library and also spied each other at the local laundrette; after sometime Rikki finally asked Laura out and the rest is history. They are simply an adorable couple who have a great sense of humour, Rikki even took Laura on one of their first dates to a Laundrette (how romantic). We had a hoot at the Laundrette (I think some of the regulars thought we were balmy) especially when Laura lay on the floor for one of the shots; hey it is Brighton though anything goes!”
I was lucky enough to meet up with Steve Gerrard a few weeks ago where he told me a little about this rad engagement session he’d just shot that weekend. As soon as I heard the words ‘yellow field’, ‘picnic’ and ‘big purple balloon’ I was pretty much sold, and as usual he certainly didn’t disappoint.
Shalma & Leo were lucky enough to find their photographer David through a feature on Rock n Roll Bride so as soon as the excited bride emailed me to tell me that they’d chosen David I was already looking forward to seeing what he would come up with for their engagement session. Over the past few years David has truly become the one to watch when it comes to his pre-wedding shoots. He’s always pushing the boundaries and never fails to impress with his unique eye for detail.
Shalma & Leo wanted to go for a film noir, classic film and super stylised shoot and in an unusual departure from his usual hyper colourful style, David decided process this entire shoot into black & white to fit in perfectly with this theme. “This couple are into their photography big time” David said “but they’re also in their classic films and wanted to have a pre-wedding shoot that referenced one of their favourites, A Bout De Souffle. This was a french film where the characters mostly smoke and drink coffee a lot – so we tried to recreate the streets of Paris in Richmond!” Go check out the stills from this film - Shalma & Leo got their outfits styled down to a ‘t’!