On Saturday May 6th I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding of Craig & Pratish at the Barbican Conservatory in London.
I sometimes wonder how a country bumpkin like me ends up heading to such exotic locations as London for a wedding. Well, I first met Craig and Pratish (Prat for short) at Charlene & Azeez’s wedding last year, where Craig was “brides-man” to Charlene. Thanks to Charlene’s recommendation I was now shooting a wedding at another amazing venue – the Barbican Conservatory at the Barbican Centre. The best way to describe the venue is as a giant greenhouse, full of over 2000 species of tropical plant covering three floors.
My assistant Nikki and I on got to the venue early and waited for the grooms to arrive, each with a best-man and a best woman. There were also over 200 guests for us to aim our cameras at, and (as with all Indian weddings) it was an incredibly colourful occasion. With Craig being half-Scottish there was also plenty of Kilts on show too!
Craig and Prat wanted a relaxed informal day and that’s exactly how the day went. There was a few family photos to take and I had 10 minutes with the newlyweds but apart from that (and the biggest group photo I’ve ever taken!) the rest of the day was shot in a completely reportage manner.
And I loved every minute of it. The service was fantastic in this unusual setting. There were great speeches from the best men/women, Craig’s father and the couple themselves. A videographer was there shooting a “Marryoke” video. This was something new to me but it basically involved shooting a pop video, replacing the Pussy Cat Dolls with the grooms and various family and friends. It was brilliant to witness and created some great shots for us to capture. By the way the song was “Jai Ho” by the aforementioned Pussy Cat Dolls.
Keeping the Scottish connection the day finished with some amazing Ceilidh dancing. The band were brilliant and everyone hit the dance floor. How I didn’t get trampled on I’ll never know as I threw myself into the middle of it all to capture the fun and laughter of a type of dance that I find far too complicated! It was brilliant to watch and a great spectacle to capture on camera.
Craig and Prat’s big day was a fabulous occasion with a lovely couple and a great group of family and friends. Wishing the newlyweds all the very best for the future. Please enjoy this selection of pictures from the day……