30th June 2013
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Syon Park & Southall Sikh wedding | Harpreet & Tim

Southall Sikh ceremony & Syon Park wedding

Harpreet and Tim’s Syon Park wedding combined the best traditions of two cultures. Their Sikh ceremony took place in the newly-built Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Southall, followed by a civil ceremony in the Robert Adam-designed Great Hall at Syon Park. Apart from being a dramatic building, the Gurdwara is the first place of worship that I’ve been to that has its own underground car park!

Syon Park is of course from a very different century, having been the London home of the Dukes of Northumberland for several hundred years. It was a long day for me (14 hours) but I enjoyed every minute of it – we were blessed by warm sunshine and blue skies, and both families were very welcoming and fun – as you’ll see from the pictures!

Syon Park wedding reception in the Great Conservatory

The reception was held in the stunning surroundings of the Great Conservatory, built in 1826 and said to be the inspiration for Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace. Events at Syon Park were very well managed by Beccy Thorp and her team, and the delicious meal was provided by Greenleaf Catering. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the video of the day from my colleagues at Bloomsbury Films.

Preparations at the bride’s parents’ home

I started my photo coverage bright and early at Harpreet’s parents’ house in Southall. As well as photographing her makeup and hair I like to get a few informal portraits of the bride if I can – like this one:

beautiful Sikh bride Harpreet pictured at home

close up of Sikh bride henna hands

father of bride looks at photos of his children

makeup artists applies lipstick to bride

mother of bride watches as her daughter gets ready

beautiful Sikh bride smiles on her wedding day

Sikh ceremony at the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Southall

Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha Havelock Road Southall The Gurdwara is a pretty amazing building, both inside and out! groom's turban is adjusted before Sikh wedding

families assemble for Sikh wedding

mothers of bride and groom greet each other Sikh wedding The bride and groom’s mother greet each other with garlands as part of the opening phase of the wedding ceremony. Sikh wedding

Sikh wedding families attend ceremony in Gurdwara

Groom and best man at Sikh wedding ceremony in gurdwara As with any wedding, the moment the bride arrives is one of the highlights: Bride arrives at Sikh wedding ceremony in gurdwara

bride prays at Sikh wedding ceremony

Bride and groom in procession at Sikh wedding ceremony

mother of bride feeds groom at Sikh wedding ceremony Family and friends greet the newly-married couple and offer gifts grandmother congratulates bride at Sikh wedding ceremony

bride and groom decend stairs after Sikh wedding ceremony at Sri Guru Singh Sabha gurdwara Southall

Syon Park civil ceremony and reception

Syon Park’s magnificent architecture was the setting for Harpreet and Tim’s civil ceremony. Guests gathered in the sunshine outside the main entrance before filing in to the Great Hall for the ceremony itself. exterior of Syon House London

bride ascends staircase at Syon House London wedding

I grabbed the opportunity to get some more portrait photos of Harpreet while we were waiting for the civil ceremony to begin. bride in grand drawing room Syon House London

bride looking out of window Syon House London

close-up bridal bouquet Sikh Wedding

bride poses by window Syon House London wedding

Syon Park wedding bride walks down aisle Syon House London civil ceremony

Syon Park wedding bride and groom exchange rings Syon House civil ceremony

bride and groom kiss Syon Park civil ceremony Formalities over, everyone gathered in the courtyard for drinks and canapes. Syon Park wedding

drinks on tray at wedding reception Syon Park London Then it was time to steal Tim & Harpreet away from their guests for a short while to get some photos of just the two of them… bride and groom pose in library at Syon House London

bride and groom kiss in library Syon House civil wedding

bride and groom pose in library at Syon Park after civil ceremony

bride looks at camera over groom's shoulder wedding Syon Park London

bride smiling at groom wedding Syon House London

bride seated on bench at wedding Syon Park London

The Great Conservatory is one of Syon Park’s most outstanding features, and a fantastic location for a wedding reception, especially in the summer. Great Conservatory at Syon Park London

glass roof of Great Conservatory Syon Park London

interior of Great Conservatory Syon Park London

wedding reception flowers on top table conservatory Syon Park London

wedding cake and tables reception Syon Park London

wedding breakfast tables at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

wedding cake at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

wedding guests walk through gardens to reception at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

blowing bubbles at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

delicious curry served at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

groom feeds bride wedding breakfast at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

young guest peeps through window at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

best man's speech at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

groom's speech at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

guests toast bride and groom at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

best man presents gift to bride at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

exterior at dusk Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride and groom first dance at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

guests dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

happy bride with relatives at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

guests dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

guests dance at evening reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

groom dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride and groom dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride and groom dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

smiling guest at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory Gangnam Style! guests dance gangnam style at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

guests dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride tosses bouquet at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride grom and guests dancing at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

groom high fives with guest at reception Syon Park Great Conservatory

Sunset photos in the gardens

Finally, as the sun set (it’s behind those clouds somewhere!) we ventured outside to get a few photos with the conservatory and its lights in the background. bride and groom outside at dusk Syon Park Great Conservatory

bride and groom walk in gardens at dusk Syon Park Great Conservatory

Comments

  1. dotun 12th July 2013 Reply

    Very nice coverage Chris! Great work.

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