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July 10, 2017
Having done a number of great weddings in the family, it was now simrans turn to get married so we knew it was going to be a good one!  Her other-half to be, LP was very enthusiastic and shared in our vision. We really...
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Having done a number of great weddings in the family, it was now simrans turn to get married so we knew it was going to be a good one!  Her other-half to be, LP was very enthusiastic and shared in our vision. We really enjoyed working with different elements and props including a luxury Maserati and using smoke to really add that WOW factor to the images. Heres a few from their day…

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June 27, 2017
So many couples say that their biggest bugbear and the cause of one too many arguments as a couple to be involved the organisation and dealing with RSVP cards and paperless wedding invitations on the whole. As more and...
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So many couples say that their biggest bugbear and the cause of one too many arguments as a couple to be involved the organisation and dealing with RSVP cards and paperless wedding invitations on the whole. As more and more couples are opting to send out their wedding invites online or via email, there has been a complex debate started between traditionalists who still prefer paper to those who seek out a cheaper and environmentally friendly solution to bring their guests together for their special day. So which option would you choose having considered the following pros and cons of each?

 

Paper Invitations

Paper invitations are unlikely to go completely out of style and their relevance in today’s wedding trends is still highly significant. When planning your wedding day the little touches and details are the most important, which is why so many couples still enjoy sending out physical invitations even in an age where technology is taking over.
Something that also brings a lot of couples joy is the fact that they and their friends are able to have a hard-copy to serve as a long lasting memory of their special day in the form of a paper invitation. It also ensures that you do not have to deal with the worry of having your precious wedding invitation not load up or send properly, or even end up in the spam folder by accident!
The downside of paper invitations is in the matter that they might get lost in the post or in the fact that they will require you to know the postal details of everyone you are looking to invite- not to mention the fact that you will need to ask for a favour from someone willing to hand write the envelopes! Time to start recruiting!

 

Paperless Invitations

While some wedding planners scoff at the very notion of sending a wedding invitation via email, it has proven to be one of the biggest trends among couples in recent years. Paperless invites are cheap to make and can still feature the same design features that you would associate with a ‘proper’ card invitation. In fact, they also allow couples the opportunity the chance to get more creative with the fact that they can add sound and moving graphics to really capture the attention of those on the other end of the email.
As well as this, a wedding invite is also unlikely to go missing (you can easily filter through your emails to locate it) and you can also send a reply instantly- this will allow you to instantly sync the date into your diary so that you won’t have to remember to do so manually. Also, should you wish to have a physical copy of your invitation you can just as easily print it out. It has to be said that the downsides of sending your invite online is the fact that it has to deal with the potential threat of falling into the ‘spam’ folder or potentially deal with being unable to send invites to older generations who are not as technologically savvy as the younger generations.
Regardless of how you prefer to gather up your guests for your wedding day, be sure capture the special moments of the occasion by hiring a professional Indian wedding photographer. Here at Rashpal Photography, we work hard to ensure that your special day is immortalised in the most contemporary and stunning way possible.

June 14, 2017
Red is an incredibly symbolic colour, it has many different meanings depending on where it is seen. In cinematography it often represents love, desire or danger. When we see it on street signs we know we are being given...
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Red is an incredibly symbolic colour, it has many different meanings depending on where it is seen. In cinematography it often represents love, desire or danger. When we see it on street signs we know we are being given a warning. Colours are typically important in wedding traditions across the globe and they are often influenced by religion. In England the bride usually wears white to symbolise purity, while red is associated with the devil. The symbolism of red in Indian culture is completely different, influenced by Hindu beliefs, and features heavily in weddings.
In Indian culture colours are highly important. Red symbolises love, commitment, strength and bravery. These associations with the colour red come from Hindu religious beliefs. Red is often connected to Durga, a warrior goddess who symbolises strength and power. It is also associated with the stunning sunrises that spring to mind when you think of India. These are all desirable qualities for a bride to be associated with.
It is traditional for a bride to wear a red sari, ghagra or lehenga-cholis to symbolise prosperity in her new life. Interestingly, in Indian culture, white is typically worn for funerals. Guests are also expected to dress colourfully and avoid wearing black because it represents mourning. It seems to be a universal tradition to avoid wearing the same colour as the bride!
Red is considered one of the most flattering shades to wear on the big day, as it complements the complexion to enhance a bride’s beauty. Red henna may also be worn to symbolise the passage into adulthood and married life. Jewellery is also typically red and so is the sindoor some newly married women wear as a mark of respect. The sindoor is sometimes said to represent the husbands life, so women may have a long, dark sindoor to symbolise a long, prosperous life for their husband. In Hindu tradition married women wear a red bindi, while single females may opt for a black one.
An Indian wedding may last from several days to up to a week (the stages of a Hindu wedding are explained on our blog). The colour will be seen in all stages of the event, if it takes place in a temple the deities will be covered with red powder. Even traditional rituals feature the colour red. Before stepping into her new home, a bride walks barefoot through red water. Her footprints represent the beginning of a new role as wife.
There has been increasing number of Indian brides choosing to wear gold for their wedding instead, as it is considered sophisticated and is associated with royalty. But red remains the most powerfully symbolic colour in Indian culture and will remain a hugely significant part of wedding ceremonies for years to come.
If you’re looking for someone to capture all the colour of your special day, consider getting in touch with a knowledgeable and experienced Indian wedding photographer like Rasphal Photography today.

May 25, 2017
Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A...
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Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A Hindu wedding ceremony will be carried out by Shastra, and as it is one of the world’s most ancient religions, some of these practical rituals are carried out according to the couple’s personal choices and preferences. Here, we’re taking a look at the most important parts of a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

Ganesh Puja & Graha Shanti

A traditional Hindu wedding ceremony will begin with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, who is believed to be the remover of obstacles. This is to help ensure that the entire wedding day and itinerary runs without a hitch, and this will be carried out by the bride’s parents. Another prayer usually completed by the bride’s parents is the graha shanti, which is a prayer to the nine planets of the solar system. The idea behind this is that the bride and groom are blessed with strength, courage and peace of mind, because the planets are believed to have an influence on the paths that we walk in life.

Entrance Of The Bride & Kanyadaan

The entrance of the bride is cued with the announcement of ‘Kanya padharo sawdhaan’ and the bride will then be escorted by her maternal uncles and whomever else she would like as part of her entrance. In some variations, there may be a white cloth held up in front of the groom so he cannot see the bride during the entrance. Kanyadaan is the giving away of the bride, where the bride’s parents will announce that they are trusting the groom with their daughter, and the couple will then vow to accept each other in equal partnership.

Varmala & Ganth Bandhan

This is a chord made up of 24 cotton threads which is placed around the couple to represent their new bond. The sister of the groom or the priest will then tie the groom’s stole to the bride’s saree (ganth bandham) in order to represent that they are bound to each other eternally.

Agni Puja, Shilarohana and Mangal Fera

This is the part of the ceremony where the priest will light a small fire, which is supposed to act as a pure and sacred witness. Shilarohana is where the bride places her right foot on a stone, and vows to be as strong as the rock in order to preserve peace. Mangal fera is where the couple circle the fire four times in order to represent the four goals of life: righteousness, wealth, desire and salvation. When they circle the fire, the bride’s brother will bring an offering of rice or barley.

Mangal Sutra & Sindoor

This is a necklace that the groom will gift to his bride, normally made of gold and black beads. The mangal sutra is placed around the bride’s neck and then sindoor is the act of parting the hair – a symbol of a married woman.

Saptapadi

This is the moment where the couple take seven steps, while repeating seven vows in order to cement their marriage.

Aashirwad

This is the moment where the couples take their final blessing from both sets of parents, and any other elders within the family.
A Hindu ceremony is full of rituals and spiritual moments, and a specialist Asian wedding photographer like Rashpal Photography will ensure that all of these moments are effortlessly captured, without any disruption to the ceremonious events throughout the wedding. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your Hindu wedding requirements, to ensure your special day can be kept as an ever-lasting memory.

May 8, 2017
Asian weddings are known to be extravagant and full of colour. These exceptionally magnificent celebrations of love and life are often defined by the expensive ceremonies that are all a part of the celebration. One of...
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Asian weddings are known to be extravagant and full of colour. These exceptionally magnificent celebrations of love and life are often defined by the expensive ceremonies that are all a part of the celebration. One of the biggest and most important parts of any Asian wedding is the wedding dress. According to research by Asiana Wedding Magazine in 2015, the average Asian couple in the UK actually spends a whopping £50,000 on a wedding, but here, we’re taking a closer look at some of the most expensive Asian wedding dresses ever created!

£100,000 Lengha

A lengha is a traditional skirt and top outfit that is very popular as an Asian wedding dress. In 2015, the world’s most expensive Asian wedding dress was created by celebrity designer Sati Takhar and the dress’s extravagance cannot be denied. Encrusted with diamonds, weighing more than 30kg and being worth more than £100,000, this incredible Asian wedding dress was on display at the Asian Wedding Show in London and kept in a glass box guarded by a bodyguard. The lengha features a strapless corset and flared skirt which are both encrusted with diamonds, and a veil which is placed around the head and shoulders.

Aishwarya Rai’s Kanjeevaram Saree

This charming bride, and a Bollywood celebrity, donned a traditional yellow and gold Kanjeevaram saree for her wedding to Abhiskek Bachchan. This was designed by Neeta Lulla and was finished with Swarovski crystals and golden thread-work to make the dress look even more stunning. It wasn’t just the dress that made this outfit so expensive; in order to complete the look, Ms Rai wore 22 karat gold jewellery (which included an emerald and a gold armband), and was also gifted 15 kilos of gold and diamonds for her big day!

Shipla Shetty’s Red Sari

Designed by one of the best designers, Tarun Tahiliani, Shilpa Shetty wore a red saree that was embroidered with 8000 Swarovski crystals. In fact, this dress was valued at a whopping Rs. 50 lakh! With kundan jewellery, uncut diamonds and plenty of emeralds to complete the look, this wedding day between Shetty and husband Raj Kundra was simply breathtaking and can still be remembered as one of Bollywood’s most ceremonious weddings!

Miss Asia Pacific’s Non-Traditional Saree

One of the most eye-catching and expensive Asian wedding dresses was flaunted by former Miss Asia Pacific Dia Mirza, back in 2014. Moving away from the traditional red and gold colours, Miss Mirza chose an extremely beautiful green and beige saree. This sharara outfit was the creation of Ritu Kumar, and was matched with a long, golden jacket which truly completed the look. In addition to this, she wore plenty of diamond and emerald jewellery to keep the price tag up!

Asian Wedding Photographers To Catch The Beauty Of Your Dress

If you’re having an Asian wedding in the UK and you want the beauty of your expensive Asian wedding dress captured in all its glory, then there’s no better choice than Rashpal Photography. As an Asian wedding photographer, Rashpal has plenty of experience in capturing the best moments of the wedding to help ensure your memories last a life time. Get in touch with a member of the team to discuss your Asian wedding photography options today!

April 22, 2017
It can feel like quite a challenge to plan a wedding when you don’t know where to start and a grand Asian wedding in particular is going to require a lot of planning. If you don’t know how to start planning your...
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It can feel like quite a challenge to plan a wedding when you don’t know where to start and a grand Asian wedding in particular is going to require a lot of planning. If you don’t know how to start planning your spectacular Asian wedding then here is some advice to get the ball rolling. We hope to get you on your way to creating an incredible wedding and creating memories that will last you a lifetime.

Work out your budget

The first step to planning a wedding should always be to work out how much you have to spend. Your budget is going to have a huge effect on your wedding decisions, so the sooner you start figuring it out the sooner you can get to making important decisions.

Get the important details out of the way first

Your big decisions should be the ones to get through before anything else, even if they’re tough to make. The first things you will need to do are choose a date for your wedding that are suitable for both you and your guests, choose the number of events, choose a theme, calculate the number of guests and allocate responsibilities between the families. Once this is done, you will find yourself having a much easier time making the smaller decisions.

Choose your venue carefully

The venue of your wedding is going to be setting the tone for the occasion, so don’t jump into a decision too soon. Take a look around for the sort of venue you want and start looking for it early to make sure it isn’t snapped up by another couple. The best places get booked quickly, so don’t waste any time in touring around your options and working out the best place for you and your guests. One of the biggest Asian wedding mistakes is underestimating the amount of guests in attendance, so make sure the venue is big enough to fit everyone on your guest list with some extra room for dancing.

Experience everything first hand

Many couples in a hectic rush to book everything for their wedding might just see an impressive service or product online and make the decision then and there. However, this can often end in disappointment when the day arrives and what they saw online is not what they got. If you are booking a makeup artist, caterer, live band or any similar kind of service, make sure you have a sample of their services long before the wedding to make sure that they are capable of meeting your demands. Taste their food, get a makeup trial or listen to their music, giving yourself enough time to find someone else if they don’t meet your standards. Use a similar principle when booking suppliers or purchasing your wedding attire. Even if a company have been recommended by the venue or were used for your friend’s/ family member’s wedding, make sure you consider them carefully and read lots of reviews before you choose the one that’s right for your wedding.

Get a good photographer

Choosing the right Asian wedding photographer is one of the most delicate parts of wedding plan. These wedding photos are going to last you for the rest of your life and document this special event, so you need to make sure that the photographer you choose knows how to capture the perfect wedding photos that you would be proud to frame and show off in the years to come. If you want contemporary, elegant and stylish wedding, look to book Rashpal Photography.

April 13, 2017
Asian weddings are renowned for their grandeur, incredible colours and aesthetics- they are a feast for the senses in every sense of the phrase. With all the excitement that goes on it can be all too easy to lose the...
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Asian weddings are renowned for their grandeur, incredible colours and aesthetics- they are a feast for the senses in every sense of the phrase. With all the excitement that goes on it can be all too easy to lose the bride and groom in the commotion! This is why we feel that an important part of the festivities should include a well-planned and highly anticipated arrival of the bride and groom. Here are just a few of the impressive ways that you and your future wife or husband to be can arrive at their wedding in style…

On a great set of wheels

While driving in on a car is customary, why not switch things up a bit and arrange to be brought to your venue on a quadbike, motorcycle or even by boat (if your venue is located near water)? Keeping things unique and a little more quirky is perfect for your wedding day- when else are you able to show off and be the centre of attention?

On an horse

There has been a trend growing in people choosing to make their grand entrance on animals and while an elephant would be extravagant (to say the least), a horse dressed in beautiful shawls and colours is a great alternative for a UK venue. Be sure to check that your chosen venue allows this beforehand, however.

With a dance

What better way to surprise and thrill your guests than with a flash mob leading your way into your own wedding party? A flash mob allows your guests to see dance on a huge scale and if you become a part of the event, you are sure to be the talk of the night for a long while to come.

From the sky

If you have a bigger budget and a venue that has a little extra room to accommodate it, hiring a helicopter could be the ultimate treat to delight and excite your expectant guests. A helicopter will also allow you to view your venue and friends and family from a height, which will get you excited for the day ahead!

With a trick of the lights

Another entrance idea to consider is one that involves hiring a specialist lighting company to project lights and animations in your venue. Similarly a silhouette entrance can be simply and effective in engaging your guests.

Try a drop

A grand entrance doesn’t have to be costly and this couldn’t be proven to be more with our final idea of incorporating your entrance with the dropping of flower petals or confetti. If you can imagine a few thousand rose petals dropping before you as you approach your entrance it will really make your guests take notice. Flower petals and confetti (you can even have personalised confetti made specifically for you!) all make for a spectacular colour show and will also provide you with some gorgeous wedding photos.

No matter how you and your beloved choose to make your big entrance, make sure you have the perfect and professional Asian wedding photographer to capture the moment in all its glory!

April 8, 2017
Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A...
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Hindu wedding ceremonies will generally vary from one to the next, depending on the preference of the couples, but there are a number of rituals and special moments that really set a Hindu wedding apart from the rest. A Hindu wedding ceremony will be carried out by Shastra, and as it is one of the world’s most ancient religions, some of these practical rituals are carried out according to the couple’s personal choices and preferences. Here, we’re taking a look at the most important parts of a traditional Hindu wedding ceremony.

Ganesh Puja & Graha Shanti

A traditional Hindu wedding ceremony will begin with a prayer to Lord Ganesh, who is believed to be the remover of obstacles. This is to help ensure that the entire wedding day and itinerary runs without a hitch, and this will be carried out by the bride’s parents. Another prayer usually completed by the bride’s parents is the graha shanti, which is a prayer to the nine planets of the solar system. The idea behind this is that the bride and groom are blessed with strength, courage and peace of mind, because the planets are believed to have an influence on the paths that we walk in life.

Entrance Of The Bride & Kanyadaan

The entrance of the bride is cued with the announcement of ‘Kanya padharo sawdhaan’ and the bride will then be escorted by her maternal uncles and whomever else she would like as part of her entrance. In some variations, there may be a white cloth held up in front of the groom so he cannot see the bride during the entrance. Kanyadaan is the giving away of the bride, where the bride’s parents will announce that they are trusting the groom with their daughter, and the couple will then vow to accept each other in equal partnership.

Varmala & Ganth Bandhan

This is a chord made up of 24 cotton threads which is placed around the couple to represent their new bond. The sister of the groom or the priest will then tie the groom’s stole to the bride’s saree (ganth bandham) in order to represent that they are bound to each other eternally.

Agni Puja, Shilarohana and Mangal Fera

This is the part of the ceremony where the priest will light a small fire, which is supposed to act as a pure and sacred witness. Shilarohana is where the bride places her right foot on a stone, and vows to be as strong as the rock in order to preserve peace. Mangal fera is where the couple circle the fire four times in order to represent the four goals of life: righteousness, wealth, desire and salvation. When they circle the fire, the bride’s brother will bring an offering of rice or barley.

Mangal Sutra & Sindoor

This is a necklace that the groom will gift to his bride, normally made of gold and black beads. The mangal sutra is placed around the bride’s neck and then sindoor is the act of parting the hair – a symbol of a married woman.

Saptapadi

This is the moment where the couple take seven steps, while repeating seven vows in order to cement their marriage.

Aashirwad

This is the moment where the couples take their final blessing from both sets of parents, and any other elders within the family.
A Hindu ceremony is full of rituals and spiritual moments, and a specialist Asian wedding photographer like Rashpal Photography will ensure that all of these moments are effortlessly captured, without any disruption to the ceremonious events throughout the wedding. Get in touch with our team today to discuss your Hindu wedding requirements, to ensure your special day can be kept as an ever-lasting memory.

March 23, 2017
  Wedding photography goes far beyond simply providing you and your husband or wife-to-be with some images of your special day. Professional wedding photographers are able to use a camera in a way that best uses...
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Wedding photography goes far beyond simply providing you and your husband or wife-to-be with some images of your special day. Professional wedding photographers are able to use a camera in a way that best uses the light and surroundings to create an image that is executed with skill and accuracy. We also know how your wedding day is likely to flow and where the best angles are to get the perfect picture. Finally, an Asian wedding photography team like ourselves are well versed in the process of dealing with the emotion and anxiety that comes with the wedding day unfolding. We will be able to help ensure your wedding day runs smoothly, without you even noticing!

The following video highlights just how effortlessly our team of photographers work to ensure your wedding day is remembered for years to come. Our technique involves remaining professional whilst engaging, bringing out the very best in you and your guests in our images…

If you are looking for a reputable and professional Asian wedding photography company, get in touch with us today. We work hard to ensure your wedding day will always be remembered through taking the perfect pictures…

 

 

March 23, 2017
Typically, Fashion Week is the most anticipated fashion event in every fashion lover’s calendar and takes place in London, Paris, Milan and New York. However some visitors of these shows have at times felt...
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Typically, Fashion Week is the most anticipated fashion event in every fashion lover’s calendar and takes place in London, Paris, Milan and New York. However some visitors of these shows have at times felt under-represented, which is why an event like India Fashion Week in London has been a big hit in 2015 and was back for its second year in 2016! While it has yet to be announced whether this event will take place this year, we feel it is important to highlight how significant the event is in showcasing the very best in Asian fashion, designers and makeup artists. So what is India Fashion Week all about anyway and what can you expect to see here should they return for their third year?

India Fashion Week is held next to The National Asian Wedding Show and aimed at celebrating the very best of Indian fashion. From fabulous catwalk models to emerging designers and some of the top Indian clothing retailers, this event captures everything that is so incredible and forward thinking in the world of Indian fashion. The event takes place over two days and also featured well known authors on Indian fashion giving talks and hosting seminars on the subject of styles and carious trends.

As a bride, being on trend and looking fashionable is often one of your main priorities on your big special day. This is why India Fashion Week is such a great event to attend- it gives you and your wedding party the chance to spend some time together and get an idea of what is happening in the world of Indian Fashion. Events such as this also allow you to grab some serious bargains as the designers and shops trading here on the day want you to enjoy yourselves and make themselves known- this can mean some serious haggling and price cuts! Be prepared to come back with something stylish and cool from India Fashion Week in London, and may be even something that has yet to hit the stores!

When considering your wedding look, makeup and jewellery probably come up at some point and this is another reason why India Fashion Week is such as important event. It gives a great insight into the types makeup trends are out there and could help you find the perfect makeup artists that can be used to get your glammed up and ready for your very own wedding day!

Why not see if you could gain inspiration from India Fashion Week and check out their website for a little more information about what it’s all about. Whether you’re looking to spice up your wardrobe or you’re on the lookout for something completely different for your wardrobe prior to your wedding, there is no better place to infuse a little something special into your look that at this very event.  Should you want to someone to capture your wedding look perfectly, take a look at our website- we have years of experience when it comes to making you and your partner look exceptional.