The Wedding Film Of Jothi And Amar
“Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other.
Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other.
Now you will feel no loneliness, for each of you will be a companion for the other.
Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you.
Go now to your dwelling place, to enter the days of your life together.
And may your days be good, and long upon this earth.”
When you marry the one you love, your friends and family couldn’t be happier and want to join the celebrations with you. This was certainly the case for the wedding of Jothi and Amar where there were plenty of friends, family and loved ones participating in the extensive wedding celebrations. I was thrilled to be asked to be their wedding cinematographer and capture all of the magical memories from their big day. Following traditional Sikh wedding customs, the wedding took place over a weekend, and I was so thrilled to be asked to capture all of the treasured moments from the wedding weekend, not just the ceremony and reception. Wedding filming began in the family homes of both the bride and groom on the Friday. During which both families celebrate the Jaggo filled with singing, dancing and clay lamp. The bride’s family also completed the bridal Mendhi which the groom’s family had the Nanki Shak.
The wedding ceremony
On Sunday, the Sikh wedding ceremony took place at Guru Nanak Gurdwara In Smethwick. The stunning gurdwara is the largest in Europe, covering a vast 70,000 square metres. It was a pleasure to capture some of the wedding film here and be fully accepted by such a welcoming community, all celebrating and rejoicing in the wedding day of Jothi and Amar. The wedding ceremony was full of beautiful traditions and customs which were amazing to capture on film such as the Milni, the ceremony itself and the Sagan traditions. After the ceremony was complete, it was time to party in style, and the wedding party travelled from the Guru Nanak Gurdwara to the awe-inspiring Grand Station in Wolverhampton.
The wedding reception
After the ceremony, the reception venue was a great place for friends, family and loved ones to catch up after the nuptials. All aided with canapes. The guests had time to admire the grandeur of the building while the venue was large enough to accommodate the many wedding guests of Jothi and Amar. There were so many people keen to celebrate the love and happiness of the new couple. After the wedding breakfast, the bride and groom took centre stage to cut their beautiful four-tiered wedding cake and perform their first dance as a married couple. Afterwards, the live band continued, and the dancefloor was filled with celebrating guests all dancing the day away! From conga lines to lifting the bride and groom high in the air, it was an incredible atmosphere to capture on the film. I hope my wedding film provides the happy couple with many happy, lasting memories and unseen moments from their fantastic wedding day.