Sabrina and Nick: Wedding Photography London

Nick and Sabrina were married at the fabulous Syon Park and we were proud to provide their wedding photography London.

We also made their wedding film! Here’s their gorgeous trailer:

Sabrina and Nick – The Wedding Trailer from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.

Sabrina and Nick had not one but two heartfelt ceremonies. Sabrina was born in California and wanted to celebrate her Indian heritage with a traditional Hindu ceremony, whilst it was equally important to British born Nick to honour his Anglican faith. As the pair live in the US, they were keen to be married in a distinctively British setting and Syon Park with it’s elegant architecture and classical interiors was the perfect choice. Crucially, the venue was able to accommodate both the Hindu and the Anglican ceremonies in one day and the couple have nothing but praise for the Syon Park events team, who were incredibly helpful in planning their destination wedding.

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Mahta and Shahab: Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm Grand Hotel

Mahta and Shahab were married in a Persian ceremony at The Grand Hotel in Stockholm. And what a wedding! Every detail of their day had been planned to perfection with fabulous flowers and decor, wonderful food and an incredible party atmosphere. The Grand Hotel Stockholm with its elegant interiors and dramatic lighting was the perfect backdrop! And we were there as their Bröllopsfotograf Stockholm – that’s Swedish for wedding photographer – to capture all those details and special moments!

Mahta & Shahab – The Wedding Highlights from Viva La Wedding on Vimeo.

This was our fourth trip to Stockholm to film and photograph a Persian wedding. We have been quite a hit with the Persian community in Sweden and we always appreciate their kindness and hospitality.
One of the lovely things about destination weddings is that we often get to spend a bit more time with the couple and capture some more informal shots. We had a pre-wedding shoot in and around the centre of Stockholm with Mahta and Shahab and the images really are stunning! I adore their chic, chilled-out style!

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On the day of their wedding (Bröllop in Swedish ; )) Mahta and David chose to honour the Swedish tradition of bride and groom meeting privately before the ceremony. It was a very emotional moment when they saw each other for the first time in all their finery. Mahta’s Maggie Sottero gown, with its pearl-encrusted bodice and flattering sweetheart neckline was simply enchanting and Shahab looked extremely suave in his slimline navy suit.

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Real Princesses: A styled wedding shoot

Wedding Styled shoot: Real Princesses

Have you ever searched for wedding dresses on Google images? If you do, you will find scores of gorgeous gowns and all of them, pretty much every single one, will be modelled by a white woman.

I’ve always found this a bit strange. At Viva la Wedding our portfolio is very eclectic, but when we look around us in the wedding industry it’s difficult to find much representation of people of colour.

This is something that bothered Nova Reid, when as a black bride-to-be she began planning her own wedding.

“It reminded me of some of the insecurities and battles with race and identity I encountered as a child and teenager. I felt like I could never be a princess as I could not identify with the images constantly proffered at me via media.”

Nova was so incensed by the lack of representation that she started her own bridal blog, Nu Bride to add a splash of diversity to the wedding industry. Several years on she has received two prestigious awards and her readership is growing daily.

Nova’s work has inspired me many times, but when she wrote about feeling excluded from the world of princesses it gave me an idea. Princesses are the ultimate beauty icon, as any three year-old girl can tell you, yet they are so often depicted as being white. I thought it would be empowering to subvert that and show beautiful princesses of different ethnicities. My plan was to create a series of bridal shoots with women of colour styled as fairytale princesses, photographing them on location in stunning wedding venues and capturing iconic moments from each fairytale.

When I suggested this to Nova, she was instantly hooked! “You do realise this is an epic project?” she said. “Have you ever organised a styled shoot before?”

I had not, but I wasn’t going to let a small thing like that hold me back!

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Watch our making-off film to find out more about Real Princesses!

From the start I was determined to feature non-models, and the concept of “Real Princesses” was born. I wanted to prove a point. If I could call upon four friends and acquaintances of different looks and ethnicities and ask them to participate in a shoot, then the bridal industry could try a bit harder to include women of colour.

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African Wedding: Chido & Terry – Haslington Hall

“It’s the best day of my life! I can’t believe I’m marrying my best friend! I can’t wait to be your wife for the rest of our lives!”

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Chido’s words to Terry sum up the spirit of their African wedding, a day filled with joy and emotion, not to mention some fabulous dancing! They were married in a religious ceremony at Cheshire’s elegant Haslington Hall. The half-timbered mansion provided an imposing setting that was more than matched by the couple’s impeccable styling. Chido looked stunning in her strapless gown and veil with matching lace and Terry was dapper in his monochrome dinner jacket. I love that his groomsmen’s suits were like photographic negatives of Terry’s outfit! The bridesmaids were dazzling in their peach prom dresses and when they joined Chido on the dancefloor for a special flashmob, their sense of fun was infectious!

A helicopter ride always adds that wow factor and when Chido took off with her beau it was a spectacular moment! The weather was kind and we were able to capture some beautiful sunset shots in the grounds of Haslington Hall. The couple look so relaxed and in love, and of course super gorgeous! Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sibanda! Your African wedding was a day to remember!
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Star Wars Wedding Photography: Sandira and Afshin

If you’ve been awake today then you’ve probably realised that Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released. We therefore couldn’t think of a better time to share with you one of the most interesting weddings we filmed and photographed last year! Not many people can say that they have been walked down the aisle by Storm Troopers. Sandira and Afshin are of the select few that can.

 

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The wedding was set in the amazing 16th century Laura Ashley Manor in Elstree. The hotel has been beautifully designed and furnished by Laura Ashley, with the stunning original features restored, creating a charming and captivating setting.

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It’s very rare you get to shoot some Star Wars Wedding photography. Therefore when a couple tells you they have a Death Star cake which will be cut by a lightsaber knife, the nerd comes out in you and you can’t help but get excited about it.

 

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Joined by her Bridesmaids, Sandira wore personalised Disney princess converse. Afshin and the groomsmen followed the personalised shoe route however the men clearly felt that this wedding didn’t have enough Star Wars so their shoes each had a different Star Wars character on!

 

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This wedding was possibly one of the most exciting and interesting weddings to be part of and we loved every second of it!

So thank you Sandira and Afshin. May the force be with you!

Indian Wedding Photography: Hemma & Ritul

We first met up with Hemma & Ritul in Paris for their engagement shoot and wow what a stunning shoot that was! Well this time it was the event that everything had been leading to and we were so honoured to have been chosen to provide them with their Indian Wedding Photography! Spanning over two days we were able to capture some beautiful moments between Hemma, Ritul and their loved ones!

But enough from me, We’ll let the Pictures and Hemma do the talking… (more…)