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Rahul Khona
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I was so excited to be photographing my first ever wedding at The Shard, London in the Shangri-La Hotel, and it exceeded all my expectations. Sarrah and Vivek chose the 5 star Shangri-La hotel, set high up on level 34 of The Shard, for its spectacular views of London, it was the perfect choice for their intimate civil wedding and reception.

My morning started off with Vivek getting ready in one of the suites inside the Shangri-La, who was then later joined by his close friends, where they opened a bottle of whiskey together and shared plenty of laughs. I then went to document Sarrah getting ready, before capturing their beautiful ceremony. After the ceremony, it was onto the cake cutting, before everyone headed into the ballroom for their evening meal, a couple of great speeches, and then some crazy dancing.

Sarrah and Vivek are two amazing people with big hearts, and its easy to see why they are surrounded by such a close unit of family & friends. Their civil wedding at the Shangri La, London, had everything I love about weddings, emotion, love, loads of humour and epic dancing, everything I could ever want from a wedding. Even though, there was amazing views, gorgeously styled decor by Becky from Floco Flowers, a ginormous wedding cake by Karisha from Creme De La Cakes, for me a wedding is all about the people, happy smiling people that are in love with each other and having an awesome time with their family and friends, and this wedding was exactly that.

The Shangri-La is an amazing venue, so much glamour and glitz surrounding this beautiful 5 star hotel, and it was such an honour to be able to document Sarrah and Vivek’s wedding there. Here are some of my favourite moments from their day : https://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/10/shangri-la-wedding-shard-london/
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I was so excited when Balraj and Amrita first contacted me about being their wedding photographer in Bali. As soon as Balraj enquired I replied within minutes from his email landing in my inbox, straight after we spoke on the phone for quite sometime, and I think we both felt like it was meant to be, and Balraj booked me the following morning. I honestly can’t believe how lucky I am to be able to travel the world taking photo’s at weddings, and Bali, was just a dream wedding destination.

I spent 4 days with Balraj and Amrita, so creating a single blog post was just going to be possible, so i’ve split them over two. Here’s part one, Amrita and Balraj’s pre-wedding shoot in Bali. We met the day after I landed early in the morning, and witnessed an incredible sunrise at the hotel we were staying at Conrad Bali in Nusa Dua. We spent some time on the hotel grounds taking photo’s before making our way to Ubud.

We spent the pretty much the whole day in Ubud, Amrita had been before, but Balraj had not, so we roamed like tourists taking in the beauty, creating portraits and getting to know each other along the way. From the moment I met Amrita and Balraj in Bali, they made me feel so welcome, they are so kind, funny and have the biggest hearts.

When we go to Ubud, we started at the Tegalaland Rice Terrace, we got their quite early, so luckily it wasn’t busy with tourists, we walked most of the rice fields, stopping along the way to make photo’s, the scenery was breathtaking, I could’ve spent all day there. Following the rice fields, we went to some temple’s nearby, and there after a waterfall too.

In between meandering through rice fields, visiting temple’s and a waterfall, we stopped for coffee, and I thought great, Amrita then told me we’re going to try Luwak coffee. I have to admit, I had never heard of this coffee before, the civet cat or the process into making it. Google it, if like myself you haven’t heard of Luwak coffee. Balraj and myself, both hesitant, tried it for the first time, it was an interesting experience and one I won’t forget, thats for sure.

Even though we were only there for a day, Ubud is absolutely stunning with amazing rice terraces and old temples, you can see why it is Bali’s cultural heart. We were absolutely spoilt for choice with amazing locations to choose from for Amrita and Balraj’s pre-wedding shoot, it was the perfect start to photographing a wedding in Bali. I could go on and on, so I think i’ll stop and show you some of my favourite highlights from Amrita and Balraj’s pre-wedding shoot in Ubud, Bali.
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Amrita and Balraj’s wedding day started before sunrise, as with most Sikh weddings, the morning started with Amrita’s a small ceremony in her suite at the Conrad Bali. Amrita was with her closest family and friends, where they started with the Haldi ceremony, following the Chura ceremony where Amrita’s uncle and aunt give her a set of 21 bangles to wear for the wedding day. Following the ceremony, everyone headed for breakfast, before Amrita set off to the Ayana Resort, where the ceremony would take place, to get ready by the brilliant Natasha Moor, whilst Balraj got ready at the Conrad.

Once Balraj was ready, he headed to Ayana, to prepare for his Baraat procession. He arrived to the wedding ceremony on a horse, accompanied by dhol players, along with his family and friends, whilst Amrita’s family waited, ready to greet him and welcome their family in the Milni ceremony.

Balraj finally got to meet Amrita, she made her entrance with her brothers, ready for their Anand Karaj, which took place on a custom built stage on a cliff top, overlooking the sea, a dream location. With the sun beating down on everyone, the ceremony began, it was beautiful, tranquil and filled with emotion, especially by Amrita’s parents.

After the ceremony we went back to the Conrad, before heading to the ballroom in the Sofitel, Nusa Dua where the reception was going to take place. Amrita and Balraj, made their entrance to the reception with Balinese fire dancers, before having their first dance underneath fireworks. There after, everyone made their way inside the ballroom, for a wedding feast, which was accompanied by the brilliant Vagabond band. Following the dinner it was onto the speeches and some epic dancing till 4am!

Amrita and Balraj’s wedding was amazing, I don’t think I can use that word enough. The whole wedding was meticulously planned by Vishal and Vanessa of Eventures Asia, who along with their team, looked after me so well throughout my stay in Bali. It was also great working with Vishal Teckwani from Ambiance-Indo, who kept everyone on the dance floor late in to the night every day. It was a true pleasure to also work with Vishal Punjabi and his extremely talented team from The Wedding Filmer, it was such great fun working along side you all, I had such a great time from dancing together, drinking whiskey and all the banter in-between. I have to give a huge thanks to my good friend Luke, who came along on this crazy journey with me, thank you so much for your help brother!

And of course, finally, to Balraj and Amrita, thank you from the bottom of my heart for trusting me to document your wedding. You guys were so relaxed, laid-back, head over heels for one another and you welcomed me into your wedding like your own family and I can’t thank you enough for treating me the way you both did. I know i’ve gained two life long friends, and now that we live round the corner from each other, I can’t wait to meet up with you guys again, although this time in the colder settings of London. Thank you, thank you, thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding it was a true privilege.

Now onto some of my favourite images from Amrita and Balraj’s wedding in Bali.
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Kumari and Ashik’s Indian wedding at the Gorton Manchester Monastery was a crazy day of celebrations and I can’t even describe how much I loved photographing their wedding day. Kumari & Ashik chose the beautiful The Monastery in Manchester to hold their Hindu wedding and reception, this was the first time i’ve ever photographed in this uniquely beautiful grade ii listed dis-used monastery, it was the perfect choice.

When Kumari and Ashik, told me about their wedding plans, they mentioned the wedding decor, that they were making a bespoke mandap and there would be tree’s inside the venue, but I still had no idea what to expect. When I arrived at The Monastery on the morning of the wedding, I was stunned, the venue looked absolutely amazing, some of the best decor I’ve ever seen. Kumari & Ashik had trusted the amazing Springbank Flowers, a Manchester based florist for their decor and styling, who had done an incredible job for their wedding and reception, their wedding was oozing style from the decor to their amazing wedding outfits.

Ashik arrived to his wedding in a convertible VW Golf mki which he had bought especially for his entrance, the atmosphere was so good already, and only got better when Ashik was greeted by Kumari’s family, before being led down the aisle to the mandap. Kumari arrived to the ceremony being led by her brothers, and emotions were running high especially by Kumari’s mum and dad. Indian weddings are always a complete rollercoaster of emotions, and this wedding was no different, but once, Kumari and Ashik met each other in the mandap, it was smiles and happiness throughout, it was probably one of happiest ceremonies I’ve witnessed.

Together Kumari & Ashik, own a popular coffee shop in Euston, London called Half Cup, it’s also where we regularly hold our London NineDot’s meetings too, definetly check it out if you’re ever in the area! After Kumari said her official goodbyes to her family, we headed into Manchester city centre’s Northern Quarter where Kumari and Ashik went for coffee, whilst everyone else went off to change for the evening reception.

Kumari and Ashik’s wedding reception, was an evening full of moments, from the speeches to the ridiculously epic dancing and champagne popping which went on late into the night, thanks to an incredible dj set by Nainesh from Musical Movements. Their wedding day had all the ingredients I love and value in weddings, happiness, love, emotion, humour and a crazy party, a total joy to capture from start to finish.

These two, are just amazing people who wear their heart of their sleeves, funny, kind, happy to go with the flow kinda people, who have an equally amazing family & friends around them. Kumari & Ashik, thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding celebrations, I had the best time with you guys, thank you.

As always, it was great fun to work alongside my good friend David from Zenith Cinema, if you have a few spare minutes, check out his amazing highlight film from Kumari and Ashik’s Manchester wedding.

Here are a few of my favourite images from Kumari and Ashik’s incredible Indian wedding at The Monastery in Gorton, Manchester.
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Karina and Paresh’s wedding at Villa Parisi, Tuscany, was an amazing celebration of love between these two awesome human’s along with their nearest and dearest. I’ve known Paresh since a young age, as we used to live on the same road together, but the first time I met Karina, was outside a restaurant, and they were asking me for recommendations of places to have their destination wedding. I had just come back from Sarah and Seb’s wedding in Tuscany, and told them to check out place’s around there, and Karina, after days of searching found the perfect venue, just along the Italian coastline, Villa Parisi in Castiglioncello, Tuscany.

When I arrived at Villa Parisi, I could see exactly why Karina and Paresh chose this beautiful wedding venue. It sits above the coastline, overlooking the sea and the most amazing view of the sunset, which I witnessed later on. On the day I arrived, later that evening was the Welcome party, where Paresh and Karina, greeted all their guests that had travelled from abroad, along with a few speeches, plenty of wine and delicious food too.

The next day, was their wedding day. Karina started her day off, early in the morning with a stroll by the sea, the perfect way to start any day in my opinion, before making her way to start getting ready along with her bridesmaids. Whilst, Paresh and his groomsmen started their day, with a few drinks by the pool, before making their way to get ready. I spent most of my time in-between the pool and the bridesmaids getting ready. The wedding day was a family affair throughout, Paresh’s sister Nim, is an extremely talented make up artist and got Karina ready, and Paresh’s brother in-law Bick is one of the UK’s sought after wedding dj’s.

Just before the start of the wedding ceremony, Karina sent their daughter down with a gift for Paresh, she gave him a small box and when he opened it, he saw that Karina, had bought him a Harley Davidson, yeah, a frickin’ Harley! He was speechless, and rightly so, it was an amazing moment, in a day full of amazing moments throughout.

The wedding ceremony took place on the Terrace of Villa Parisi, overlooking the sea. After the ceremony, it was onto the drinks reception, followed by an evening meal, speeches, and then a crazy party by the swimming pool.

It was a true honour when Karina and Paresh asked me to document their wedding, it felt like documenting one of my close friend’s wedding and it was great to catch up and see so many familiar faces. Karina and Paresh, thank you so so much for letting me document your wedding, you guys have the best family and friends around you.

I could go on and on, about how amazing Karina and Paresh’s wedding was in Italy, but i’ll let the images do the talking instead. Here are my favourite frames from the Italian wedding at Villa Parisi, Castiglioncello.

>>> https://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/09/villa-parisi-wedding-tuscany-wedding-photographer/
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I’ve photographed Indian weddings at The Grove, Watford for plenty of couples over the past few years, and I love shooting there every single time. Sukriti and Arun’s Bengali wedding was no different, it was my second time here within a week and I loved every moment of it from start to finish.

Sukriti and Arun’s wedding at The Grove, started with their civil ceremony, in front of their closest friends and family. After the ceremony we explored the beautiful grounds of The Grove for a few portraits just before the rain started coming down.

As everyone went to get ready for their Bengali wedding ceremony, the rain stopped, just in time for Arun’s bharaat arrival. This was the first time I had ever photographed a Bengali wedding ceremony, which was mixed with some Bihari traditions too. I always enjoy shooting different cultures and traditions, and their wedding had everything you would expect, rituals, emotion, humour and love. After the ceremony, Sukriti and Arun’s guests showered them with confetti as they said their official goodbyes, just before everyone went off to change for their wedding reception.

Sukriti and Arun’s wedding reception, was an evening full of heartfelt speeches, great food, and plenty of crazy dancing, especially when the dj played some Linkin Park. The whole day was such a joy to capture, Sukriti and Arun, are such a laid-back couple, and I loved spending the day documenting their Indian wedding at The Grove. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your day!

https://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/09/bengali-indian-wedding-the-grove-watford/#
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I was so excited when Sarah & Allan booked me to document their Armenian wedding in London, which took place at Saint Yeghiche’s Church in South Kensington, with their reception at St Ermin’s Hotel in St James Park.

I started my day in-between Sarah and Allan’s room’s whilst they were getting ready. Sarah, was getting ready in a calm & relaxed atmosphere, whilst Allan, was getting ready listening to 2Pac and drinking champagne.

One of the things I love most about this job, is being able to witness and capture different culture’s, and being able to witness these traditions at first hand. Sarah & Allan had a wonderful ceremony, in a beautiful Armenian church, surrounded by their nearest and dearest. After the ceremony, we made our way to St Jame’s Park for some family formals and some portraits, whilst everyone else made their way to St Ermin’s Hotel for the reception.

The evening was full of heartfelt speeches, food, and lots of crazy dancing to an Armenian band, that kept everyone partying till 1am! It was an amazing atmosphere to experience and a total joy to capture.

It was such an honour to document Sarah and Allan’s wedding at St Ermin’s Hotel. They are a couple very much in love, surrounded by family and friends that love them equally as much, and it was a pleasure to see and document throughout their day.

Here are some of my favourite images from Sarah and Allan’s Armenian wedding at St Ermin’s Hotel.
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Misha and Rohan’s wedding at The Grove, Herts was an amazing day full of happy, smiling people. I love shooting weddings at The Grove, its a beautiful 5 star hotel situated just outside of London in Watford, set in over 300 acres of beautiful country estate, The Grove was the perfect setting for Misha and Rohan’s Indian wedding celebrations.

My day started with Misha’s bridal prep, she had Sophia Afreen a wonderfully talented make up artist looking after her. After capturing a few images of her prep, I went to see Rohan who was about to arrive in style in a convertible Bentley, ready to be welcomed by Misha’s parents, and the wedding ceremony to officially begin.

Misha and Rohan’s wedding had style oozing all over, their Indian wedding ceremony was elegantly decorated by Jay & I events, who created a beautiful setting for the Hindu wedding to take place. Misha & Rohan’s wedding was filled with little moments everywhere, it was amazing to witness the connection they had between each other, the little glances, the laughs, a joy to capture.

After the ceremony, it was onto the reception. A night of heartfelt speeches, good food, plenty of drinks and amazing music, that kept everyone on the dance floor till way past midnight.

Misha & Rohan’s wedding at The Grove, was the perfect blend of happy people, incredible styling, people laughing, smiling and having an amazing time, everything I want to capture from a wedding. Thank you guys for having me, I had such an amazing time with you both.

Here are some of my favourite highlights from Misha & Rohan’s wedding at The Grove, Herts.

https://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/08/grove-watford-indian-wedding-photography/
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Vaishali and Jesson held their wedding celebrations at the gorgeous Hylands Estate in Essex. Hylands Estate, is surrounded by beautifully landscaped parklands, featuring a Grade II listed mansion, and a Grand Pavilion, it was the perfect wedding venue for Vaishali and Jesson’s wedding festivities.

Vaishali and Jesson’s day started with their civil ceremony, which took place inside the Mansion, surrounded by only their closest family and friends. After the formalities of making their marriage legal, we went outside where Vaishali and Jesson’s guests were ready to shower them with confetti. After spending a short while talking to their guests, we wandered off for a few portraits, before getting ready for the Hindu ceremony.

Jesson arrived back for his Indian wedding at Hylands Estate, all changed and ready for his baraat procession accompanied by dhol players, where made his way to greet Vaishali’s parents before commencing the Hindu ceremony. The ceremony was beautifully conducted by Vasudev Mehta, who had everyone smiling and laughing, even when emotions were running high. For me it was a total joy to photograph.

After the ceremony, we headed outside to wander further into the beautiful grounds of Hylands Estate, for a few portraits, before heading back for the Koda Kodi and the Vidai.

Once the formal Hindu ceremony was finished, everyone went to change again for the third and last time, for the wedding reception. The reception was amazing, everyone was ready to party, get their drink on (especially the jagers!) and celebrate Vaishali and Jesson’s wedding in style.

Thanks for having me Vaishali and Jesson, I had a brilliant time with your family and friends.
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Paul and Farrah held their wedding at Tatton Park, Cheshire. Tatton Park is set in 1000 acres of gorgeous parkland with wild deer, gardens and beautiful meres, it was the perfect choice for a full day of wedding celebrations for Farrah & Paul.

I started my day early, just down the road at The Mere Golf Resort, where Farrah was getting ready, along with her bridesmaids and family, before heading down to Tatton Park for their wedding ceremony.

Once we arrived at Tatton Park, it was time for the civl wedding ceremony to begin, Farrah made her entrance to a room full of family, friends and of course Paul. After making their marriage official, we headed out to the beautiful gardens, for some confetti throwing, garden games before everyone headed off to get ready for their wedding reception.

The reception was supercharged with emotions, with some brilliant and heartfelt speeches, but none more so, than when Paul gave his grooms speech, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room. After the speeches and the main meal, it was onto the dancing, where Farrah’s brother who’s a DJ played their first dance song, followed by a bollywood set, he had everyone packed onto the dance floor, for the rest of the night.

Farrah and Paul, thank you so much, I had a brilliant time documenting your wedding, you guys have amazing family & friends around you. Congratulations to you both!

https://www.f5blog.co.uk/2017/07/tatton-park-wedding-photography/
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