It finally happened! I got to shoot a wedding at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester.
So let me explain a little about the Victoria Warehouse first. The first thing you notice walking into the venue is the unique industrial style throughout the building, red brick against steel pillars topped off with low ceilings creates a very intimate surrounding. The lack of windows only means one thing… Creativity! Victoria Warehouse makes you think outside the box, it makes you come up with ideas on lighting up space, and for a wedding photographer how to light your subjects.
So as you can imagine when I found out my first wedding here was for Varsha and Roshans Hindu wedding, I couldn’t believe my luck! The industrial backgrounds set against the bright colours and bejewelled outfits was the stuff (wedding photographers) dreams are made of, and to top it all off, these two never stop laughing! Before the wedding day I met with Varsha and Roshan and his mother to go through the day in fine detail, and thank god I did! There was something happening at all times, I don’t know how they did it but they also found time half way through the day for a dress and suit change, with everything running bang on time.. they were unstoppable!
I wanted to tie in the couple shots with the industrial look of the wedding, and you don’t need to go too far outside Victoria Warehouse before you’re hit with amazing backgrounds, and rusting paint job backdrops (sounds terrible looks AMAZING!) By this point the now Mr and Mrs Fakira had changed into their evening outfits. Varsha into a stunning light green and peach two piece outfit with the most beautiful embellishment, and Roshan into a custom made blue and grey three piece with black collar lining.
There was one thing from the day that I think summed it all up for me, and that was the first dance. The song began and I started photographing making sure all my lights were shooting correctly, when I saw Roshan look at the DJ for a few seconds.. it was the wrong song! However, instead of stopping and trying to play the right song or even being upset about it, they just laughed it off and danced anyway. The laughter throughout the whole dance was infectious and helped to make the shots even more beautiful.
When leaving the Victoria warehouse after my first experience of a Hindu wedding I can honestly say I was full of pride, and I want to thank Varsha and Roshan for inviting me to be their wedding photographer.