Wedding Photography Dorchester Hotel | Sunena & Amrit’s Wedding
On returning from my first trip to India I was asked by a friend to summarise in a sentence my experience … giving it some thought I replied “for me India was a wonderful whirlwind of colour, sound & taste” this was also what It felt like photographing Sunena & Amrit’s amazing wedding – so much colour! not least so in the 3 different sarees that Sunena wore that day.
Having spent the night before at the Dorchester the long 15 hour day started for this happy couple with an early breakfast with their families in their suites before they started getting ready. All went well with Amrit and Marianne says it was “very busy” in Sunena’s suite where she got ready with her mum & sister. Quite a few family members dropped by to wish her well. As they were holding 2 ceremonies on the same day it was decided that they would begin with taking the family group images and their portraits which we did around the hotel.
The Wedding Ceremonies
They first held a civil ceremony in the Dorchester’s Crystal room which went very well. In the break between the 2 ceremonies drinks & canapés were served to their guests. The indian food canapés created by senior Sous Chef Uday Shankar were absolutely amazing! “to die for” as Marianne put it, the canapés alone were a dinner in themselves. Later at the wedding breakfast their gusts also enjoyed dinner from Uday’s specially created menu with delights such as ‘Pistatchio stuffed chicken supreme on spinach, allo matar, bhindi jaipuri, labadar sauce & asparagus’.
Their next ceremony was a Tamil wedding (with punjabi influences & cultural elements) a “Tamil-Punjabi fusion wedding” as Sunena described it. During the ceremony the parents of the bride and groom are considered just important as the couple and they were highly involved and their families helped as well. The ceremony took place in a Mandap (decorated open canopy), many rituals followed and the marriage ceremony was completed when Amrit tied a Thaali (golden necklace) around Sunena’s neck and they exchanged garlands during a ’Maalai maatral’ ritual.
The speeches went very well and were followed by a fun ‘Mr & Mrs’ game run by Sunena’s sister Sureena & Amrit’s sister Aishani. In the evening the DJ played an excellent mixture of pop & indie pop, Dhol players with traditional Indian drums joined him on the scene. The stage lighting, high tempo indie music and live drums made a spectacular show – the dancing was brilliant, I have never seen so many people enjoy themselves on a dance floor before.
At one point everybody danced to an indian song called ‘rail gadhi’ where everyone forms a train and goes around the room – I had to smile and wondered if anybody had done that before in the Dorchester’s Ballroom.
Ceremonies & Reception | Dorchester Hotel, Mayfair, London.
Senior Event Manager at The Dorchester | Philip Wicebloom.
Senior Sous Chef at The Dorchester | Uday Shankar.
Wedding Decor & Mandap | Jay & I Events.
Music & Dhol Players | Kudos Music.