Sikh Wedding Photography

Kiran + Sam had a massive all day wedding celebration that touched on all four corners of Yorkshire with two ceremonies and a grand reception at Carlton Towers. The day started at 4.30 am with the bridal preparations in Bingley and then the morning concluded with a Sikh ceremony at the Temple in Doncaster. The day finished at midnight and so for this reason I have broken their wedding into two parts to demonstrate the variety throughout the events.

Kiran got ready with her bridal party at her parents home in West Yorkshire. It was still dark when I arrived and the sun had only just started to rise when I set of to Doncaster for their ceremony at the Sikh Temple. When I arrived the guests had started to turn up and breakfast was served before everything began. Sam had his turban tied when he arrived, which provided an emotional moment for his mum, and some great photos after which he took his ceremonial sword up to the ceremony room and turned into some fantastic light for a brief moment, which gave me one of my favourite photo’s of the year so far.

This is the first Sikh wedding that I have photographed and it was certainly memorable. The ceremony began at 8.30am with Kiran arriving shortly before hand. There were several customs to observe during the proceedings and I was given free rain to move around as required which gave me some variety in the photographs that I was able to produce. When everything was completed, the guests queued up and literally showered the newly weds in cash before we set of to Carlton Towers in North Yorkshire, passing into East Yorkshire on the way, where they both changed before the next ceremony at Selby Abbey.

Here is a small selection of photo’s from the first part of Kiran + Sam’s wedding day to demonstrate the documentary and candid style that I aim to achieve with my wedding photography.


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Alex Abbott is a Leeds Wedding Photographer, working across Yorkshire. Please click here to get in touch about your wedding photography.