This stunning Real Wedding has been shared by the highly talented Kevin Belson Photography, a Wiltshire based husband and wife team of documentary wedding photographers who love to tell the story of your wedding day in a truthful, un-posed and authentic way.
Read on to hear what Kevin had to share of this beautiful civil ceremony and Indian wedding day in Kensington, capturing the coming together of the Indian and Dutch families...
We first met Taruna & Jonathan when we photographed Jonathan's sister's wedding at Cowley Manor in 2017. They contacted us at the end of last year for their two day civil/Indian wedding in London and we were delighted to be able to help. It's always amazing when you get a referral as it confirms that you've done a great job.
We arranged a pre-wedding shoot with them at Windsor Great Park which was the first time we met them properly and got along great.
I photographed the civil ceremony alone as arranged but unfortunately Carol had to have surgery the week before their wedding so that answered a common question - "What if one of you gets sick?" Luckily we have a network of friends who are all great photographers and there's always someone free. One of my best friends Andy was able to step in and we had a fabulous, colourful day shooting a gorgeous Indian wedding in Kensington.
Day one, I arrived at their flat to find the girls getting ready. The plan was to get a wedding taxi into Uxbridge for the ceremony and then return to Sandy Lodge golf club for the reception. Originally their enquiry mentioned Sandy Lane golf club, which, when I googled it, is in Barbados. Oh well!
Uxbridge is nice, not Caribbean nice but it has a charm maybe if you look hard enough. As I said I had met Jonathan's family before and knew how friendly and lovely they are. His Mum gave a fantastic and funny speech at his sister's wedding and I was looking forward to meeting them again. It was fabulous to see the two families coming together.
For Day two, Andy and I arrived early for the prep. Jonathan's family were busy building the Mandap for the Hindu ceremony. Being Dutch they included plenty of orange and plenty of tulips (and a few clogs) signifying the coming together of the Indian and Dutch families.
I love Indian weddings, they are such fun and vibrant days. It's a very relaxed and inclusive ceremony and all about family and friends. Everyone is equal. The groom gets drummed in to the room and the bride arrives in style with friends and family supporting her.
Into the evening there was a change of outfits for both the newlyweds and the party got started.