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Asian Engagement Photography at Raven’s Ait in Kingston
When Alpa first mentioned her asian engagement ceremony was at a fantastic wedding venue on an island in Kingston, Greater London, I was really looking forward to doing the photography for her and Dipan. I visited the Raven’s Ait website and my initial thoughts were I could really create some amazing photographs at this scenic and unusual wedding venue.
However as the day of the engagement approached I was a bit concerned as the weather has not been fantastic this summer with all the rain and our plans for going out on the boat around the island for some of the portraits photography would be difficult. As it happened the prayers of both mums were answered and the engagement day was sunny and dry.
I arrived at the venue early as the only way on to the island was by boat and also wanted to photograph both Alpa & Dipan when they arrived onto the islands. You don’t get the couple and guests arriving by boat at a Greater London wedding venue, so it was great to capture their reactions whilst on the boat.
Over 250 family and friends joined the couple and their families for the engagement ceremony in the larger Marque at Raven’s Ait. Dipan once again went down on bended knee to propose to Alpa, followed by the ring ceremony and the chundri ceremony. One of Dipan’s uncles, Pradapbhai, described the events and order of the engagement ceremony, with explanations behind some of the rituals we asians undertake in a fantastic jovial manner that all the guests enjoyed the ceremony.
After lunch, it was time for the couples portraits, using the island’s and the venues features to great effect. I wanted to show the thames river in some of the photographs from the island. but the best images were taken when we went onto the boat around the island. It was great to see both Alpa and Dipan enjoying themselves and I managed to capture so great natural moments.
Back on the island it was time for the DJ to play his music, the couple to do the first dance and the guests soon joined them on the dance floor.
Below are some of the great photographs taken on the day. This Greater London wedding venue was amazing to capture the beautiful and stunning images the ceremony.
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Indian Vegetarian food catering by Shayona Caterers of London
Fresh indian food was prepared and served by the team at Shayona / Saya Caterers.
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Ravens Ait is an enchanting island on the river Thames in Kingston close to across Hampton Court Palace. Ideal for wedding celebrations, business meetings and conferences.
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