Indian Wedding in Woodlands Hotel, Leeds bride and groom during wedding ceremony

Joyful Indian Wedding in Woodlands hotel, Leeds, United Kingdom

Leeds wedding photography at Woodlands Hotel

If you think all Indian weddings are the same, you’ve not attended one that’s as unique as this Indian wedding in Woodlands Leeds. This is because it was a mixed British/Indian wedding at its best with all the fun and excitement of these amazing cultures on display for everyone to see with a twist of the traditional western wedding ceremony. It was a perfect Leeds wedding for Kelly and Manny. They got married this May at the Woodlands Hotel in Leeds. They were surrounded by their family and friends. With such an eclectic group of guests in attendance, this Leeds hotel wedding gave everyone something to talk about for weeks after!

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The Perfect Day for a Perfect Couple

It was four years ago, they biooked me as their photographer for this wedding, but the covid kicked and Kelly and Manny, like thousands of other couples worldwide, had to postpone the wedding. But one thing is for sure if you wait long enough good things will come.  And that was certainly the case for Manny and Kelly. Because in early May 2022, the weather was simply stunning. There was a crispness in the air that somehow seemed to enhance the beauty of the surroundings. And Kelly looked radiant in her lace mermaid dress. And then there was Manny. He looked every bit a proud groom as he saw his bride for the first time on this very special day. The couple wanted to have a wedding that represented both cultures. Seems that they knew exactly what they wanted and how it should be done. So although this was a quite large wedding with about 100 friends and family in attendance, it was exactly how they wanted it to be. That meant that they were able to relax and enjoy every moment of their special day without a single worry or care in the world.

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The Arrival of the Groom

The arrival of the groom is usually a very special part of any wedding ceremony. It is also called the Groom’s Baraat. It is a constant part of every Indian wedding, whether Sikh or Hindu. When the groom arrives, everybody must hear the Dhol – which makes everyone dance in the parade at the right tempo. A traditional Indian rhythm was echoed by the groom’s friends and family when Manny arrived. This was a great spectacle that was loved by all the guests, and also surely one that none of them will ever forget. After hearing this rhythm, I couldn’t get it out of my head for the rest of the week.

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Traditional wedding ceremony in Woodlands hotel

Due to the perfect weather, the bride and groom had their outdoor wedding ceremony, and as a wedding photographer for many years, I must say that I enjoy outdoor wedding ceremonies the most, the light can sometimes be challenging, especially during a harsh midday sun, but it is well worth it, as outdoors seems more alive to me. The Woodlands hotel garden served as the setting for Kelly and Manny’s wedding ceremony. A circular wedding arch decorated with white roses and ivy took center stage at a wedding ceremony. Such a dramatic wedding decoration idea that really takes a wedding ceremony up a few notches. In addition, I love that the circle symbolizes eternity, which goes well with the idea of a lasting marriage. A mermaid-style lace gown by Riki Dalal Couture adorned the bride. The bridesmaids’ dusty blue dresses blended well with the groom’s suit.

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Wedding reception and Jaggo

This wedding reception was full of energy and dancing. There were plenty of traditional Indian wedding traditions. My favorite is the Jaggo tradition.

 Jaggo is a time for singing and dancing at which guests and relatives dance with pots on their heads and pots decorated with oil candles.

Punjabi Wedding in Woodlands hotel, Leeds, United Kingdom

Punjabi wedding band

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Wedding reception in Woodlands hotel Leeds, UK

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Conclusion

A Punjabi wedding is the perfect mix of culture and fun and this was the best example of it. From the arrival of the groom, a romantic wedding ceremony, and a wedding party full of fun and energy it was a day to remember. With such a great display of Punjabi culture in full flow, this wedding will surely be remembered for many years to come.

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There was almost a full moon that night. Full moon marriages are said to be very successful

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If you are looking for a Leeds wedding photographer or anywhere else around the United Kingdom, please contact me at [email protected] or call +44 7979974527.

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