6 am start is not your typical wedding start time to get ready! However, with the number of traditions and ceremonies for a Sikh wedding it was understandable. Michael from Topnoris Studio this past Friday gave me the opportunity to shoot alongside him. The colours, festivities and traditions allowed me to be creative. Although I was only a part of the ceremony aspect of the day, it was a lot to take in. I’ve heard of Indian weddings, being 4-5 day affairs. Although I was only there for one day, I had the chance to witness and capture some beautiful images throughout the day. If an opportunity arose for another chance to shoot a Vancouver Indian wedding, I would be so excited. Before their Akali Singh Sikh Temple wedding, the early morning started at 6 am, where I joined Ravi and his family for the turban tying. With that being an important aspect, I made sure to get some creative shots. This was one of my favourite parts of the day. Along with the turban tying, it was followed with family photos and food much like what I’m accustomed to with Chinese weddings.
The pre-ceremony began with the respective families meeting outside the temple on separate sides and joining together by the priest. Once inside, it was followed by more food, while awaiting the bride’s arrival. With the ceremony in progress, it was overwhelming with the number of people in attendance. Prior to the ceremony, I read the different parts and names of the traditions during the ceremony. Although I can’t pronounce them, it was more so of what I read and anticipating the moments as they happened was a little easier. Following the ceremony, was more food! With the rain being a damper, we headed to the BC Provincial Courts for some portraits. It was a great opportunity and can’t wait for the next chance! Here’s a small preview of some images of the ceremony day.