“Simply wonderful Asian wedding photographer! The perfect choice. David quietly captured all those special moments, created timeless images, when I saw the first installment I just thought Wow!” – Umal
Earlier this year, I had the total privilege of being invited by Umal & Raza to photograph their Asian wedding in Manchester. The celebrations were spread over an entire week and I enjoyed every second of that time with them. I still can’t get over how warm and welcoming the families were, having drinks and the most delicious home-cooked food thrust upon me, even food given to me in tubs as I left to eat and share at home – it was like a dream come true! ha.
The scale of this wedding was so huge, it would take 5 blog posts to do it full justice, but for now, I have picked just some of my favourite images taken, posted in a random order, to give you a feel of what the week was like – fun, tears, dancing, colour, henna, and even a group shot which you very rarely see posted from me. The week included house parties, dancing and singing competitions, the wedding ceremony, a dancing show, a 600 guest meal in the centre of Manchester, several ‘quirky’ brothers (haha – got to know these well), lots and lots of delicious food, a trip to the Town Hall to meet the mayor, a walk around Castlefield, the very emotional time of bride leaving after mid-night, a trip to a mosque at 1am and the most amazing and lovely couple you will ever meet – Umal and Raza. What an incredible Manchester Asian wedding to photograph. Umal has written about her week and I have posted this further down. Enjoy looking through the photos:
It’s all a bit of a dreamy blur it went so fast! I remember having my bridal henna applied and realising this was it! Before then, the best moment was picking up the bridal gown, when I came out of the changing room and caught my mum and brother’s reaction in the mirror. The whole boutique stood still. Literally, stunned. At this point I tried not to contemplate how I would carry all 25kg of it on the day!
On the henna night, the highlight for me was the Boys’ Dance. I’d been shunned out of the practice room 6 weeks in a row building up to the Big Night and was desperate to see the final production and they did not disappoint!! Absolutely phenomenal dance routine – thank you my darling brothers.
At the wedding Reception, I remember when Raza and I were sat on the stage, a rare moment alone amongst all the grandeur. I looked out, across the hall, saw my favourite people, friends and family gathered from all over the World, it was clear from the radiant smiles and the love and warm wishes reflected back up to me that everybody was having a fantastic time. I cherish that moment when I just sat back and soaked it all in.
It was an emotional rollercoaster and I feel like the luckiest girl in the World. Not only did I get to marry and share my life with the most lovely and caring gentleman, but thanks to my amazing, one in a million parents, backed up by all my family, fulfill all my dreams of a glorious, grand and extravagant Wedding.
As for David? Simply wonderful photographer! The perfect choice. He listened to me, understood, and delivered. He is incredibly hard working, polite, and made an effort to ingratiate himself with ALL my family (all 22 members plus children, then 107 extended- no mean feat) and everybody loved him. He quietly captured all those special moments, created timeless images, when I saw the first installment I just thought Wow!
My photos have been seen the World over by many “experts” and everybody has commented on how amazing the photography is. David -the best testament- you’re definitely booked for both my brothers Muhammed Ali and Imran – save the dates!! I’m so glad I found you.