Couple: Gary + Avani

Date:  25th + 27th May 2018

There’s nothing better than a wedding… right? Well, what about two weddings? That’s exactly what Gary and Avani had a few weeks back through in Edinburgh.

We were both mega excited when we first met Avani and Gary and they told us all about their plans to hold a Hindu ceremony on the Friday before following it up with a Humanist wedding on Sunday. We’re obviously no strangers to photographing a Humanist wedding but we always love a chance to photograph something a little bit different. We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to photograph a few Hindu ceremonies over the years and we just love the relaxed, inclusive nature of the day. Not to mention the colours, such a feast for the eyes.

We started off Friday morning through in the Principal Hotel Charlotte Square where Avani and Gary were getting ready for their first big day. When Gary was ready he headed along to the Amber Rose for a quick pint to settle any nerves before being led back to the hotel by a piper and a traditional Indian drummer. Just one of many highlights for us, such a fun procession to photograph!

 

The ceremony was a really lovely, personal affair which took us through a little of Gary and Avani’s journey to the wedding day as well as a traditional Scottish handfasting and sharing a drink from the Quaich.

Soon it was time for the ceremony, which started off with Gary and both sets of parents on stage for a few minutes before Avani was led down the aisle by her team of bridesmaids. We love Hindu ceremonies, all the food, fabrics and fires make for such a visual delight.

Afterwards, it was time for some photographs in the park and around the local area. It was such a gorgeous, sunny day, which ensured the Capital provided a stunning backdrop. The night was finished off with some tasty food while everyone was kept entertained by the extremely talented sitar player. What a fab day!

Sunday saw us slightly further along the road at the Principal George street which was playing host to Avani and Gary’s Humanist wedding. Again, the guys decided to do things a little differently and wanted to do a ‘first look’ before the ceremony. It’s a great way for the couple to see each other before the wedding and even better, it helps settle any last minute nerves.

After the drinks reception it was time for the speeches, and again tradition was thrown right out the window as we heard from Avani’s dad, her sister, and Avani too. On Gary’s side were speeches from his best man (and brother) and of course Gary. We loved hearing the stories about how Gary and Avani got together as well as a few tales from their childhoods.

All that was left to do was dance the night away. With such a rich mix of cultures and nationalities, what could be more fun than a good old Ceilidh?! The dance floor was kept packed courtesy of the Jacobites who provided the perfect soundtrack to top off a superb weekend.

Thanks so much for having us along guys, we loved every minute of it :)

There’s nothing better than a wedding… right? Well, what about two weddings? That’s exactly what Gary and Avani had a few weeks back through in Edinburgh.

We were both mega excited when we first met Avani and Gary and they told us all about their plans to hold a Hindu ceremony on the Friday before following it up with a Humanist wedding on Sunday. We’re obviously no strangers to photographing a Humanist wedding but we always love a chance to photograph something a little bit different. We’ve been fortunate enough to be invited to photograph a few Hindu ceremonies over the years and we just love the relaxed, inclusive nature of the day. Not to mention the colours, such a feast for the eyes.

We started off Friday morning through in the Principal Hotel Charlotte Square where Avani and Gary were getting ready for their first big day. When Gary was ready he headed along to the Amber Rose for a quick pint to settle any nerves before being led back to the hotel by a piper and a traditional Indian drummer. Just one of many highlights for us, such a fun procession to photograph!

Soon it was time for the ceremony, which started off with Gary and both sets of parents on stage for a few minutes before Avani was led down the aisle by her team of bridesmaids. We love Hindu ceremonies, all the food, fabrics and fires make for such a visual delight.

Afterwards it was time for some photographs in the park and around the local area. It was such a gorgeous, sunny day, which ensured the Capital provided a stunning backdrop. The night was finished off with some tasty food while everyone was kept entertained by the extremely talented sitar player. What a fab day!

Sunday saw us slightly further along the road at the Principal George street which was playing host to Avani and Gary’s Humanist wedding. Again, the guys decided to do things a little differently and wanted to do a ‘first look’ before the ceremony. It’s a great way for the couple to see each other before the wedding and even better, it helps settle any last minute nerves.

The ceremony was a really lovely, personal affair which took us through a little of Gary and Avani’s journey to the wedding day as well as a traditional Scottish handfasting and sharing a drink from the Quaich.

After the drinks reception it was time for the speeches, and again tradition was thrown right out the window as we heard from Avani’s dad, her sister, and Avani too. On Gary’s side were speeches from his best man (and brother) and of course Gary. We loved hearing the stories about how Gary and Avani got together as well as a few tales from their childhoods.

All that was left to do was dance the night away. With such a rich mix of cultures and nationalities, what could be more fun than a good old Ceilidh?! The dance floor was kept packed courtesy of the Jacobites who provided the perfect soundtrack to top off a superb weekend.

Thanks so much for having us along, guys, we loved every minute of it :)

 

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