Prama and Andrew have been an amazing couple to work with. From initial meetings through the engagement photography and covering both hindu wedding photography and videography on their big day, we’ve really enjoyed their company, their positive outlook and their sense of fun. Their story is pretty special. Scroll down to share it in photos, words and video.
Andy and Prama knew from the start that they wanted to include both their cultures in their wedding day. Couples often choose to have their Hindu and civil ceremonies on two different days because the Hindu marriage ceremony can be up to six or seven hours long. Prama and Andy felt passionately that they wanted to incorporate both ceremonies into one special day, which would be a celebration of their roots as well as their love for each other.
For this reason they chose a Hindu priest who was able to perform the ceremony bilingually and condense it into an hour. “We really wanted a priest who would conduct the ceremony in both Gujarati and English so all guests present could get an understanding of the rituals and vows that are undertaken and why.” explains Prama. “Both our families and friends particularly enjoyed the Hindu ceremony. For my family it was different from the traditional Indian weddings they have been to before and for Andrew’s family and our friends it was something they had never experienced.”
So what was it like planning a wedding with two ceremonies in one day? “Organising the wedding was really stressful as I had just seven months to arrange everything. There were trips to Eccles, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Leicester and London to source everything. From the outfits, jewellery, makeup and henna artists to the décor for the big day. It was fun though, especially trying on all the wedding outfits. I’d always dreamed of being an Indian bride, dressed in the traditional reds and golds, but I was equally excited about having a fairytale white wedding dress,” explains Prama. Andy was just as enthusiastic about his two costumes, especially about dressing up in traditional Indian wedding attire, and you can see from the photos that he pulled it off with style!
The couple met on a works night out and hit it off straight away. “Andy has a really funny sense of humour,” Prama laughs. As part of the Hindu marriage ceremony, the bride makes a grand entrance onto the stage dressed in her wedding costume. There is a cloth screening her from the groom and when that is lowered is traditionally the first time the couple lay eyes on each other and a very solemn moment. “When Andy saw me he just said WOW! in a really loud voice. Everyone laughed!”
When it came to planning the wedding Andy and Prama made all their decisions together, from the venue to the colour scheme of Grand Prix red rose and White Avalanche rose. Andy’s sister Rachael made them a gorgeous cake and Prama’s mum, dad, brother Jai, sister Dimple and sister-in-law, Carla were an enormous help in the planning process. “Jai was brilliant; he made the invitations, the place names, table numbers and plan as well as the order of the day.” But most importantly Jai took on the huge responsibility of the father of the bride speech, because Prama’s dad, Nagin, has been very ill with a kidney problem. “That was a very emotional moment for me. Jai really did us proud,” says Prama, “It was wonderful to see everything come together on the day – it was an amazing feeling for us both. Despite our nerves; Andy about his speech, me about the first dance, in the end the months of planning paid off and we had the perfect day for us.”
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