“They are not said to be husband and wife, who merely sit together. Rather they alone are called husband and wife, who have one soul in two bodies.” – Guru Amar Das, Pauri, Sri Guru Granth Sahib
As a wedding cinematographer, I was delighted to create a wedding film for the lovely couple, Gurps and Kiren as they became husband and wife. Their Sikh wedding took place in the Gurdwara Sahib Leamington and Warwick, a prestigious and architecturally stunning Gurdwara in Royal Leamington Spa.
Their wedding day was great fun to film, with laughter and joy filling every moment. I began the wedding film by watching the groom, Gurps, prepare for the big event. With his faithful pet watching over the proceeding, Gurps was helped to tie his red turban for the occasion which was then finished with a sparkling bejewelled Kalgi. Checking his pockets to ensure he had remembered the ring, it was time for Gurps and his family to make their way to the Gurdwara.
At the groom’s family arrived at the Gurdwara it was yet more cause for celebration as everyone became excited about the events of the day. The Gurdwara dominated the skyline and was perfect to capture stunning cinematography to create a great impression of the place. Gathering outside, the gentlemen made the most of the day with the camaraderie of the Milni, where men were thrown up to the sky, causing much merriment and laughter for all.
While the bride was getting ready in her traditional red dress, her family helped to adorn her dress with dozens of jewels so that she sparkled and shone whenever she moved. As she got ready for the best day of her life, the emotions were heightened as she received sentimental gifts that were the perfect build-up to her wedding day.
Once the wedding ceremony was underway, it was a chance to reflect on the love and impact of their marriage upon the two families. With the commitment they were making to each other, it was a joy to film the traditional wedding ceremony and capture the emotion of the couple as they prepared to spend the rest of their lives together. The captivated guests all looked on with pride and joy as the couple completed the traditional Laava as they walk around the Guru Granth Sahib.
After the wedding ceremony, it was time to party. After a celebratory wedding breakfast and the symbolic cutting of the magnificent many-tiered cake, a dancefloor was prepared for the rest of the night.
As bhangra musicians flooded the room with sound, the dancefloor became packed as everyone danced the night away to celebrate the wedding and to share in the fun of the event. As a cinematographer, this was a great chance to get incredible dynamic shots, showing the whole party coming together alongside the individual smiles on everyone’s faces.