Our experiences with Asian Cultural Events

We particularly love Asian Weddings at dgtl Couture. The reason for this is our years of experience covering events for the University of Nottingham Hindu Society and other Asian Societies have given us a great appreciation of the Culture.  

Asian Weddings Photography

One such experience was the Kangna Festival which was one of the largest Asian cultural festivals in the UK and was hosted by the Nottingham Hindu society. This was a great introduction to the vibrant colours and harmonious traditional ceremonies associated with South East Asian Culture.   Since then each year we have had the pleasure of filming and photographing as well as joining in with the Holi festival of colour on the downs area of the University of Nottingham Campus. Tendances de la mode holi1 holi6   Following on from this this we have been invited to photograph countless Diwali balls and even a 60th birthday because our keen cultural awareness has allowed us to produce some fantastic work for them across the years. vikesh-11   My own experiences working with the Asian community in the UK and my love for Asian culture led to me being booked to photograph a trip around India. Mode On my travels I was invited to photograph a very special and traditional Hindu Punjabi Wedding in India. It is here I learned about the different types of Asian weddings. The main types I learnt about were Gujarati, Hindu Punjabi, Sikh (Anand Karaj), Tamil. From my experience a typical Hindu Wedding that lasts up to Three(3) Days would go as follows.

  • First Night: The first night is very special and intimate, this is where the Priest performs the Ganesh Pooja; a private ceremony at the home of the couple with the bridal party and close relatives.
  • Second Day: The second Mehdi Ceremony; This is where Henna patterns are drawn on the bride, bridal party, close family and friends.
  • Second Night: The Sangeet; this is the Intro to the wedding guests and couples families and there is usually a meal and wonderful performances.
  • Third Day: This includes the Main Ceremony, Cocktail Hour and Reception

Main Ceremony:

  • Baraat or Groom’s Procession; Groom typically arrives on a decorated white horse. Guests dance around him to the beat of the dhol/ Indian drum.
  • Couple exchange floral garlands. Ceremony begins under a Mandap (canopy) where the parents of the bride gives away the bride during the Kanya Daan.
  • Couple joins hands and circle around a small fire [Argi] during the Mangal Phera Ritual.
  • Couple takes the Seven Steps or Saptapadi. Finally the groom applies Red Powder to the forehead of the bride and ties a black beaded necklace around her neck/ symbolic that the wedding ceremony has been completed and that she is now a married woman.

Reception:

  • For the reception you usually get Bollywood themed dances alongside some Bhangra and Punjabi Folk Dances.

My personal experiences of Asian Weddings

For me they are usually the most wonderful experiences filled with so many emotions and colours. And this is why I feel that the beautiful celebration of love set over several days is the perfect opportunity to showcase our storytelling skills. Because of the both intimate and grand nature of Asian weddings they require simply the highest levels of production quality in order to capture and paint a picture of all of the emotions, tears of joy, laughter of the day, for the couple, family and friends to enjoy for generations. Our personal and bespoke approach at dgtl Couture fits perfectly with the unique and spectacular nature of an Asian wedding. Our artistic approach which is intimate yet subtle is perfect for Asian Weddings; This is because our aim is to produce a creative and cinematic love story filmed and photographed in the documentary style throughout the day and an with editorial style for couples at select moments of the days. Because of the scale of an Asian wedding and the mix between intimate and public sections of an Asian Wedding, getting to know a couple and a family are very important. Each family has their own special culture and traditions and it is very imperative that we learn as much as possible about them which is why we like to meet both.