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A cool but emotional Muslim Wedding in Birmingham

The pace of the day started out a nice steady pace for this Pakistani Wedding, the family were pottering about the house getting ready. The odd occasional mention from dad that car will be here soon.  The grooms sister

Muslim Wedding BirminghamThe pace of the day started out a nice steady pace for this Pakistani Wedding, the family were pottering about the house getting ready. The odd occasional mention from dad that car will be here soon.  The grooms sister shouts out “has anyone seen my heels” and mum is looking for the confetti.  Then were off, the wedding car speeds off and I follow. What ensures is a cool but emotional Pakistani Wedding.  at the

Greeted by almost all of guests outside the Badshah Palace in perry barr. The brides sisters stopped the Barrat from getting in, demanding almost £2000 for the chance to step inside.  After some hard negotiations – they settled on £10 each for the cousins, and some jewelry for the older siblings.

The grooms family escorted him to the stage, for the formal pictures and to get ready for the Nikkah.  His bride to be was sitting upstairs, covered in a red veil to ensure her privacy among  the hustle  bustle of the insisting guests, which is the norm at a Pakistani Wedding.

Post Nikkah, the wedding begins, the grand entrance down two flights of stairs and the walk to the stage.  Both eyes look up and for the first time in days get to see each other. A smile washes over the grooms face, and small smile radiates from the bride. The rest as they say, well its the start of their new life.

 

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Moor Park Golf Club Photographer London

Moor Park Golf Club Photographer London. Your Getting married, in one of grandest venues in north-west London, Moor Park Golf Club. Your friends and family are gathering downstairs for the registry wedding. What’s on your mind?  nerves, butterflies, the

Moor Park Golf Club Photographer London. Your Getting married, in one of grandest venues in north-west London, Moor Park Golf Club. Your friends and family are gathering downstairs for the registry wedding. What’s on your mind?  nerves, butterflies, the future?  No,  not for our groom to be. He wants to play a quick game of billiards!  What better way to calm the nerves and get in the right “frame” of mind,  and an awesome opportunity to grab some off-piste wedding pictures.

Hindu Wedding Moor Park

When the time comes, our groom said his wedding vows with ease and the odd mix up of words but he got there. An elegant and short ceremony, which are always challenging, and means I have limited opportunity to get the shots that capture the moments and atmosphere, but by Jove did we get them. The ceremony was followed by a champagne reception and canapes.

The wedding portraits, we had a short time to get some relaxed but stylised images, that both captured their love for each other and the grandness of the venue. The wrap balcony and painted ceiling make Moor Park Mansion and an absolute joy to photograph and has led them to become one of the top-rated venues for Asian Weddings.

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The Perfect Asian Wedding Venue

What is the perfect Asian wedding venue?  Couples all have the dream wedding venue in mind, sometimes couples do have a varying opinion of what is the prefect venue.  For some its a functional places, like a dedicated venue like Nawaabs London,
What is the perfect Asian wedding venue?  Couples all have the dream wedding venue in mind, sometimes couples do have a varying opinion of what is the prefect venue.  For some its a functional places, like a dedicated venue like Nawaabs London, or Arianna Gardens.  For others its a Manor House with rolling fields backing on to a lake with sail boats in the distance. 
But what covid19 has taught us is that,  our very own homes work well to for those, little more intimate micro weddings, Mendhis or just a good old pre wedding party.
In the lockdown period, with weddings limited to 15 people, think about restaging your own home for a little wedding.  Any home can be transformed with a little imagination, some mood lighting and some help from an expert venue decorator like 1 SW events who during in pandemic helped couples’ re stage their homes for small intimate ceremonies.
Asian Wedding Venue
So lets relook at living room and see what happens when we throw up some led lights, and a couple of decadent flower arrangements.  Or lets consider the garden, maybe we can get a small gazebo, decorate with some garlands, and Bobs your cha cha and hey presto small intimate venue for a Nikah or vow exchange.
Asian Wedding Venue
What, if you wanted that Manor House Wedding,  and your apartment  was really a place to hold a micro wedding!   Buy a manor house, we you could right, upgrade your home to one that fits the bill, and rather than spending the money on venue, you could  use it as a deposit on a new home!   Think about it, the average cost of  Asian Wedding is circa £25,000 that’s a deposit for a new home and you get a venue for free ( would keep the parents happy!)
Asian Wedding Venues Manor House Hertfordshire
You can use online calculators like www.mortgagecalculator.uk to work out what you can buy, its worth thinking about and think about the options that can make your wedding memorable.  But like with most things wedding related, spend within your means, i mean would be great to buy a 15 bedroom’s chateau in south of France, but could all your guests get there!
Well we can all dream right, if your still not sure about the venue have a look at the venue list on a previous blog post  here  or visit Asian Venue Guide here 
When you have selected your ideal venue be it a wedding venue, your home or your new chateau in the south of France, call and get in touch to  find out more about the wedding photography experience, to check availability and to book your unique story  call 07949 250 660 to arrange a online consultation or use the contact form  here

Luton & Bedfordshire Asian Wedding Photography

St Albans & Luton Asian Wedding don’t get much awesome than this.   An early start as always.  For the photographer this means getting to the venue early to capture the arrival of the guests to the registry office in

St Albans & Luton Asian Wedding don’t get much awesome than this.   An early start as always.  For the photographer this means getting to the venue early to capture the arrival of the guests to the registry office in St Albans.  Photographing the steady arrival of guests sets the scene for the wedding book. The candid and relaxed pictures are essential in illustrating the mood. The short ceremony included a reading from a friend. One of the more emotive moments of the ceremony was the three empty seats, which had reserved placed on them with the names of those who had passed away.

Post ceremony, the organising  of the wedding party  for the formal groups is always challenging. Wandering uncles, and misplaced aunties always take time to find.  After 20 mins, we managed to get the formals done.  Then off to the old Nunnery in St Albans for the wedding portraits. The crumbling walls, blue sky’s and late afternoon light were  the perfect combination for stunning pictures.

After the shoot, the groom sped of in his sports car, and we were left with the bride. So we crammed her and her dress in the small jeep and headed off to Luton, the couples home to get ready for part two of the day.

The low key ceremony in St Albans gave way to the glamorous and more opulent evening reception. The bride collected by a limousine with her family, arrived majestically at the Meridian Grand, London. Greeted by 500 guests, we were in for a Big ole Asian Wedding.  This is what a St Albans & Luton Asian Wedding feels like.

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The Gatehouse, St Albans
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The Big Greek wedding at Andaz Hotel

  Wedding photography Andaz Hotel London. Emma & Ross’s wedding at the Andaz Hotel London, was a perfect example of style meets emotion.  The day started off with a lot of activity in the bridal suite. The feel in

 

Wedding photography Andaz Hotel London. Emma & Ross’s wedding at the Andaz Hotel London, was a perfect example of style meets emotion.  The day started off with a lot of activity in the bridal suite. The feel in the room was almost party like, 6 friends getting ready for a big day. At times emotions did run high, the odd hug here and there and the occasional tear.

While in the Pub on the corner, the boys were chatting and laughing over a couple of jars. Not about the wedding but about suits and football.  Well what did you expect. The light heartiness of the groomsmen meant that I could capture some very relaxed and casual moments.

The civil ceremony was at a gentle pace, with a handful of friends and family just the way the wanted, followed by a few glasses of champagne in the light filled mezzanine on the first floor. So while guests were enjoying their drinks I took the newly weds off for some early wedding portraits.

The Andaz has some amazing opportunities, and the Masonic Halls, wow just an amazing place for pictures.

But then the wedding breakfast was a no hold barred fusion of Greek traditions and Essex partying. The partying went down well set amongst the old world charm of the hotels dinning rooms, the speeches were epic with some side splitters which is always good for candid style shits. This is what  Wedding photography in the Andaz Hotel London looks like.

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The British Institute of Professional Photography

I have been a member of the The British Institute of Professional Photography for some time now. I joined The BIPP  back in 2011, to learn new skills, and be a apart of a world recognised institution that offers photographers

I have been a member of the The British Institute of Professional Photography for some time now. I joined The BIPP  back in 2011, to learn new skills, and be a apart of a world recognised institution that offers photographers across the world a platform to be noticed and recognised as a professional photographer. 

Over the last few years, I have slowly been a little more proactive, with the BIPP and the members across the world.  I have learnt a lot from being a part of it, and finally in the summer of 2020 I took the leap to give back and be a little more part of it.  I was nominated to be the Regional Chair for the SE region.   In sept the regional elections where held, and to my surprise I was voted in as Regional Chair of the South East Region of the British Institute of Professional Photography.

The BIPP is recognised across the world as a benchmark of excellence, with the Institute’s tiered qualification structure offering photographers continual professional development.

My role will be to work alongside the head office organising regional and local events, workshops and meetings to help train, educate, support and qualify professional photographers in the region.

It’s a great honour to be able to represent a long-standing institution like this, at a regional level, and to be responsible for the development of professional photography in the region is to say  the least humbling.

For over 100 years the British Institute of Professional Photography has been supporting and providing a voice of the photographers, and to be added to that voice fills me with pride. I know its not easy for the industry now, but that’s what the BIPP is there for, to support, nurture and provide a voice to photographers.  I am looking forward to working with the current members as well as welcoming new members to the British Institute of Professional Photography.

To find out more about British Institute of Professional Photography and to become a member or to find a qualified professional photographer visit www.bipp.com

 

Monir Ali Qualified Professional Photographer Accredited Photographer

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Is now the time for more sustainable Asian weddings

Is now the time for more sustainable Asian weddings Why the time has come for sustainable Asian weddings 2020 has, understandably, been dominated by concerns about COVID-19, and impacted heavily on the wedding sector. It has also provided further

Is now the time for more sustainable Asian weddings

Why the time has come for sustainable Asian weddings

2020 has, understandably, been dominated by concerns about COVID-19, and impacted heavily on the wedding sector. It has also provided further evidence that climate change is accelerating more than ever. From wildfires to floods and storms, extreme weather events and natural disasters are becoming increasingly common not just around the world but closer to home, with warmer winters and longer summers.

In the fight against climate change, it can be easy to feel powerless and give up hope. But although it might seem that our individual choices make little impact, they can actually make a big difference if we all come together.

One step is is to to make Asian weddings more sustainable, and this is one example of where we can all make a big difference.  As a new guide from 77 Diamonds makes clear, weddings are a potentially huge source of waste – and there are a range of simple ways we can make them sustainable. Balloons and confetti, for example, are highlighted as one significant contributor to unrecyclable waste, and it’s quite easy to find sustainable alternatives for these. Other sustainable solutions include using eco-friendly attire, avoiding plastic cups and cutlery, and finding local suppliers wherever possible. Some of the other top takeaways from the guide include:

  • Almost 5,000 tonnes of unrecyclable plastic were used at weddings in the UK last year
  • 15% of wedding guests only eat one of their three courses during a meal
  • 14.5 tonnes of CO2 are created by the average wedding

To find out more about wedding wastage and the sustainable solutions we can find, you can read 77 Diamond’s Guide to Sustainable, Zero-Waste, Ethical Weddings in full.

Sustainable Asian weddings

Asian Wedding Professionals

The non-existent summer wedding season has officially finished, but over 135,000 Asian wedding professionals did not work this summer.  Here’s to the wedding professionals that make  Asian Weddings  happen.  The photographs are part of an ongoing personal project documenting 

The non-existent summer wedding season has officially finished, but over 135,000 Asian wedding professionals did not work this summer.  Here’s to the wedding professionals that make  Asian Weddings  happen.  The photographs are part of an ongoing personal project documenting  the behind the scenes of wedding professionals.

Can Asian Weddings finally be allowed again as lockdown eases

Can Asian Weddings finally be allowed again as lockdown eases. The UK government have announced weddings can happen again but in small numbers and only the actual ceremonies. But what does that mean for Asian Weddings. Is the 30

Can Asian Weddings finally be allowed again as lockdown eases. The UK government have announced weddings can happen again but in small numbers and only the actual ceremonies. But what does that mean for Asian Weddings. Is the 30 people rule going to work. Lets take a quick look. 

Nikkah (Muslim Ceremony) – not a major issue – as you require the Imaam, The Couple, and two witnesses to the Nikkah to be official.  The other aspect to think about is that the Nikkah need to be in a mosque either so these can happen. With Social Distance measures in place.
Vivaah Sanskar The Hindu Wedding Ceremonies – A little more complicated. As there are so many traditions in place that cant happen with out a set number of people. There is no minimum number from a Hindu perspective. Kanyadaan is key. Someone must offer the hand in marriage, usually mother and father.
And then there are roles. 4 married ladies at the end. A minimum of 1-4 brothers. 2 sisters. That’s it really. So Hindu weddings can go ahead, with a total of 30.
Anand Karaj – The Sikh Wedding Ceremony – must happen in a Gudwara, and again needs a minim number of people involved in the actual ceremony due to the many facets that the ceremony has.
All this can technically happen with social distancing of course. If you are at the start of your planning journey get some tips here
But the real problem is the celebratory element of it all. that is still not allowed in large numbers – so who you going to invite?

for more advice and details please visit the government website for more detailed advice. gov.uk

Can Asian Weddings finally

What is Asian Wedding Photography

What is Asian Wedding photography?  It is a genre  of photography that specialises in and is primarily focused on documenting and photography of events and activities relating to Asian weddings. The art of Asian wedding photography is a multifaceted

What is Asian Wedding photography?  It is a genre  of photography that specialises in and is primarily focused on documenting and photography of events and activities relating to Asian weddings.

The art of Asian wedding photography is a multifaceted skill and requires knowledge and expertise in different styles of photography and can include styles like portrait photography, documentary  or reportage photography, product and food photography and elements of fashion photography.  A good wedding photographer will expertly and seamlessly bring all these together to produce wedding photographs.

It also requires the photographer to have two unique skills that are essential in being able to produce memorable moments and personable photos of the day.   These are being a people person and a being able to managing situations.  These two skills, or traits are the defining factors for a wedding photographer. As a people person you should be able to read, understand and preempt  peoples actions and response.  And be confident   to interact with guests, families and the wedding couple.  Keeping a level head, is vital when 99% of the day is out of your control.  You need to be able be fluid and work around problems that come up in the wedding planning process. Also things like technical issues ( both kit and environment) managing weddings guests , and most important of all  time management.

A good wedding photograph depends on all the above.  The cost of wedding photography will differ from photographer to photographer – to find out more about the cost of  Asian wedding photography read our post here.