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On to part two, of Samy & Priyesh’s epic wedding in Paestum, Italy. If you haven’t check out the photo’s from day one, their traditional Italian wedding ceremony, go here. Right, on to the next two days of this wedding celebration, which was at the luxurious Savoy Beach Hotel in Paestum.

Day two, consisted of Samy and Priyesh’s Vidhi, a pre-wedding ceremony, that generally occurs the day before the wedding, consisting of ancient traditions which are spiritual and some fun traditions too, namely, the Pithi ceremony. After the Vidhi ceremony, everyone had a much needed break and rest, before the evening’s white party themed Mehndi night.

The Mehndi night, filled with dances, games, ladies getting their henna done and of course more partying, which was just as crazy and went on till 4am, at which point, it had to be cut off. Everyone remaining would’ve carried on partying, but the following day’s wedding ceremony, was an early start for all.

Day Three, the Hindu wedding ceremony, started with everyone wearing their sunglasses to hide the previous nights partying, Priyesh’s side congregated at the front of the Savoy Beach hotel, ready for the Bharaat. Priyesh on his Vespa, with his family and friends alongside him to greet Samy’s families. Following their traditional Hindu wedding ceremony, it was time for everyone to change outfits one last time and get ready for the evening’s wedding reception.

The wedding reception, was another feast of Italian food, another 8 courses. In between the courses, were the speeches, the evening’s dinner didn’t finish until 2am, it was super relaxed, Italian style. This is probably the latest cake cutting i’ve ever photographed, it was 2.30am by the time the cake was cut, and the first dance was at 2.45am! You would assume everyone would be tired by now, but not this crowd, everyone partied until the sun came up, this wedding was full of craziness and awesome people.

See my favourite images right here: http://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/01/savoy-beach-hotel-paestum-indian-wedding/

#italywedding #paestumwedding #savoybeachhotel


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Samy and Priyesh’s destination wedding in Italy, was a crazy three day affair. They wanted everyone to experience both cultures, so of course a three day celebration, was in order consisting of two weddings, two receptions, and two pre-wedding events. It truly was a celebration of gigantic proportions, i’m not even sure where to begin describing this wedding in words, let alone photo’s, so much so that it even has to fit over two blog posts.

The first day, was a traditional Italian church ceremony, held in Samy’s hometown church San Giovanni Battista, Roccapiemonte. Samy got ready at her home in Roccapiemonte, when we got there she was just having the finishing touches to her make up done. Samy’s mum, had always dreamt of doing her daughter’s hair on her wedding day, her dream came true. Once Samy was ready, and her bouquet delivered by Priyesh’s sister, we were on our way to the church.

Outside, the church the whole town turned up to greet Samy on her way in, it was crazy, I had never seen anything like it. As Samy’s mum, owned a salon nearby for over 35yrs, meant that they pretty much knew everyone.

The church ceremony, was beautiful, the priest was so happy and smiley throughout, and made everyone feel so uplifted. Samy’s friend’s, had to translate the service, so everyone could understand, and they did a brilliant job of it, at this wedding and at the Hindu wedding too (More on the Hindu wedding later).

Once the ceremony was over, it was onto the Savoy Beach Hotel in Paestum, for the reception, for an Italian 8 course feast, some brilliant traditional Italian band music and dancing!

Samy and Priyesh, are two best friends, that love to laugh, have a lot of fun together and want everyone around them to have as much fun if not more. These are the type of people I love to photograph, two people in love. I’ve said it many time’s before, but more than anything else, more than the location, more than the details, it’s you, the family and friends around you, that makes for an amazing wedding, and in turn brilliant and honest photo’s.

View their story here: http://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/01/italy-wedding-photographer-destination-wedding/

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Three weeks till 2017, where did 2016 go! This year has whizzed by at warp speed, its been super busy, crazily hectic, and I’ve loved every moment of it. I’ve been shooting weddings for five years now full time, and for the past three years, i’ve always created an end of year round up blog post. It’s always awesome looking back at the images i’ve taken, reminiscing on amazing times, with amazing people, that have let me into their lives to tell their stories.

Professionally, I have been so fortunate to travel up and down the country documenting weddings, and to places such as Iceland, New York, Singapore, Tuscany, San Fransisco, Dubai, Naples and everywhere in between, doing this crazy job I love so much. I know it sounds super clichéd, but every time I book a destination wedding, I feel so honoured and grateful, it’s a wonderful feeling to go on adventure, discover new cultures, meet new people, try new food (and whiskey), breakdown language barriers and capture someone’s story. I even shot my first Jewish wedding at Soho Farmhouse and Chinese wedding in Singapore, which were both so much fun in their own unique way, I love experiencing new cultures, and I truly hope this continues into 2017 too.

I’ve also won some good awards in 2016, the year started of by being named in Junebug’s Best of the Best 2015 international contest, being Highly Commended for London by The Wedding Industry Awards, and ending the year on an absolute high by being named Top 20 in the world in the recent round of the ISPWP Fall 2016 awards, its always a great feeling to be recognised by your peers, and being pushed year on year to do better for me and my clients.

2016, personally this year, has been nothing short of amazing, sure it has its up’s and down’s, thats called life, but watching my daughter Amelia grow, walk, learn new skills, and develop her own personality, has been incredible, word’s can’t even begin to describe it. I am so grateful for our little family, and so thankful for my wife, supporting me in my job and always encouraging me to push myself.

Right thats enough of me rambling on, I can’t wait to get cracking with next year, its got plenty more adventures lined up personally and professionally already. Thank you to all my clients this year, you’ve all been incredible, and its an honour to call you my new friends, and to the couple’s I have the honour of documenting in 2017, I cannot wait. Roll on 2-0-1-7.

Love, happiness, smiles, tears – here are my favourite 160 something frames from this year.

#weddingphotography #bestweddingphotographer

http://www.f5blog.co.uk/2016/12/2016-best-london-wedding-photography/

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An epic 3 day wedding in the middle of the Desert in Abu Dhabi, now up on the blog!

#qasralsarab #abudhabi #destinationweddingphotographer #wedding #weddingphotography #weddingphotographer 

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Sky Garden Wedding - London

#skygarden   #wedding   #london  

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Ikki and Maneet’s traditional Sikh wedding at the Havelock Road, Gurdwara, followed by their epic reception at the Novotel Hotel Hammersmith, was an amazing day, filled with emotion, happiness and plenty of dancing!

Check out their full blog post. 

#sikhwedding   #gurdwara   #wedding  

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Gita and Arun’s big fat Asian Wedding at Ditton Manor, was my first time shooting at this gorgeous venue. Ditton Manor, is probably one of Berkshire’s best kept secrets, nestled in a beautiful setting, just outside of London, this was the perfect choice for Gita & Arun’s Hindu wedding.

#hinduwedding #indianwedding #dittonmanor 

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Indian Wedding at Quendon Hall, Parklands on the blog now. 

Check out the full post here>> http://www.f5blog.co.uk/2015/09/parklands-quendon-hall-london-wedding-photographer/

#indianwedding   #hinduwedding   #weddingphotography   #londonweddingphotographer  
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