It’s always a privilege to be back at a venue that recommends me, as getting familiar with the venue and the staff always leads to better wedding photography, and Ragley Hall again didn’t fail to disappoint! The staff were perfect. The weather was perfect. The wedding and guests were perfect. What more could I ask for?

Since I met Sahiti and Nitin and shot their pre-wedding shoot, I’ve been looking forward to shooting their civil ceremony followed by an Indian wedding, for some time, as I knew it was going to be a wonderful riot of colour and great moments to capture. As they wanted 2 photographers I asked the talented Alex Miller to be my second shooter for the day. Alex you were invaluable!

I must warn you too in advance , that this is going to be a longer blog post than normal. There were just so, so many great moments captured. I couldn’t narrow them down to my usual 15-20 images.

But first here is Sahiti and Nitin’s story, followed by their images

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

 

BEFORE THE WEDDING

How You Met: Whilst studying medicine at University College London

How He Proposed: At night, in the monsoon rain on my grandparents’ rooftop in India (my favourite place on Earth) surrounded by the sounds of rustling coconut trees.

WEDDING

The Bride Wore: Maggie Sottero – “Marjorie”

The Groom Wore: Ted Baker

Hair/Make-up Done: Hair – Aamir Naveed. Make up – Ruth Yates

Flowers: The Floral Decorator, Solihull (bouquets & button holes). Mahir’s Experience (venue flowers)

Invitations: Gampa Brothers, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Ceremony Place: Great Hall, Ragley Hall

Wedding Theme/Style: To compliment the beautiful Great Hall of Ragley Hall.

Indian wedding style: North Indian ceremony, South Indian bridal look

Baraat Horse: wedding-horse.co.uk

RECEPTION

Reception Place: St John’s Hotel, Solihull

First Dance Song: Dancing in the Moonlight, Toploader

Cake: Amanda (local cake maker in Dorridge who has made Sahiti’s birthday cakes before)

Colours: colourful! The more the merrier!

Décor Elements: Peacock theme running throughout the day. peacock feathers incorporated into invitations, peacock at Ragley Hall, peacock in foyer of reception, peacocks on table numbers and place cards

Unique Details: Made our own table numbers and place cards, rose-centred chocolate hearts in organza bags for favours, 1 postbox from twinkles and tiaras & 1 post box from Mahir’s Experience

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

Bride’s Answer: The whole Civil Ceremony – I saw Nitin for the first time, Ragley Hall looked beautiful and our closest family and friends were there.

Groom’s Answer: The moment when Sahiti walked in to the civil ceremony, she looked so beautiful she took my breath away.

HONEYMOON

Place: Artemis Villas, Santorini (mini moon)

Kerala, India & Maldives (honeymoon)

WEDDING ADVICE: make sure you enjoy the planning process, work together and enjoy the day. Nothing is more special than having so many of your family and friends around to celebrate with you.


What Is a Documentary Wedding Photographer?

This is an often asked question. In simple terms it means being an observer and recorder of your wedding, with little interference. If you’re familiar with Star Trek, think of it in terms of The Temporal Prime Directive: To visit, to watch, not to interfer and to bring back a record.

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