Indian Wedding Sangeet, Leicestershire

Indian Sangeet: Sandy and Andy’s spectacular pre-wedding celebration

The Quorn Lodge Hotel, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

Groom dancing at an Indian Sangeeth with a Khadaa pot on his head

E arlier this month I had a fantastic evening photographing Sandy and Andy’s Sangeet, a traditional Indian pre-wedding celebration, at the Quorn Lodge Hotel in Leicestershire.

I’d been looking forward to this for a while – I’ve always loved the vibrance and sheer exuberance of Indian culture and I’ve had amazing times as a guest at Indian weddings, but never before as a photographer. Luckily for me, this Sangeet didn’t disappoint, from the moment Sandy arrived looking stunning in a pink and gold Indian dress, with her hands already beautifully decorated, I was permanently busy, with wonderful moments to photograph appearing one after another.

Highlights for me included Sandy’s relatives arriving, singing and smiling and dressed in their wonderfully colourful saris; the incredibly intricate and yet rapidly applied henna painting; the Chuda, a ceremony where bangles and other adornments were placed on the brides wrists by close members of the family and perhaps best of all, the Jaggo.

The Jaggo (and I hope I get this right, do let me know if not!) is a Punjabi ceremony where the bride’s family dance and sing to encourage others to join the wedding. In this case, the beautiful singing slowly gave way to dancing, and ultimately to dancing with the khadaa, a kind of clay pot that is held above the head. The thing that is hardest to describe is the sheer joy of this moment – dancing is an understatement, as the DJ let rip with some Punjabi Bhangra, the dance floor exploded as the pot was passed from head to head. The most wonderful thing was that everyone, from the youngest to the oldest joined in, and I’d argue it was the older generations that taught the younger a dance move or two!

I’d like to thank Sandy and Andy for giving me the opportunity to photograph such a wonderful evening. Wedding photos will follow soon!

Just some of my favourites from Sandy and Andy’s pre-wedding Indian Sangeet:

 

Henna painted bride's hands at Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guest hugs bride at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Bride chatting to guests at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guests hugging at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Smiling guests arriving at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guests singing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Brides family hugging at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Bride and groom receiving gift at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guest hugging relative at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Smiling guest arrives at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Turban wearing guests chat at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Smiling girl in a sari at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Smiling lady guest in green sari at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Henna artist painting hand at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Female hand painted with henna against a red sari

 

Young Indian girl at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Henna painted hands at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Bollywood-style dancers perform at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Bollywood-style dancing at an Indian Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Close up of bangles and petals at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

The Chuna ceremony at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Emotional bride during an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Family placing bangles on the bride at an an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Close up of bangles being placed on the brides wrist at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Family member adorning the brides wrist at an an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Close up of the brides wrist with bangles and adornments at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Bollywood-style dancers entertain guests at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Bollywood-style dancers perform at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Bride's family laughing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Brides father with Bollywood dancers at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Brides father with Bollywood dancers at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Emotional bride with her mum at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Family singing and drumming at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Smiling bride at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Female guests dancing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Female guest singing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Family and guests sitting and singing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Female guest in traditional Indian clothes at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Guests clapping and smiling at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Groom at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Dancing guests in saris at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Female guest dancing with the Jaggo on her head at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth

 

Female guest in a sari dancing with the Jaggo at an Indian Sangeeth

 

Female guest in blue sari dancing with the Jaggo at an Indian Sangeeth

 

Groom dancing with the Jaggo on his head at an Indian Sangeeth

 

Dancing with the Jaggo at an Indian Sangeeth

 

Female guest in orange sari dancing at an Indian Sangeeth

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Sangeeth wedding celebration

 

Dancing at an Indian Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Wedding Sangeeth in Leicestershire

 

Guests dancing at an Indian Sangeeth in Melton Mowbray

 Want to See More? For more of my work as a wedding photographer in Leicestershire, check out this stunning wedding at the beautiful Launde Abbey
 Want to Know More? If you’re looking for a documentary wedding photographer in Leicestershire or elsewhere in the UK, please feel free to contact me via email or call me on 07870 135 986 and I’d be very happy to provide you with full details about my approach and packages.

2 Responses to Indian Wedding Sangeet, Leicestershire

  • Truda

    Fabulous pics of a wonderful night, you have really captured the emotions and the atmosphere of the night, looking forward to seeing the wedding day pictures , Truda (Quorn lodge Hotel Manager)

    • andrew

      Hi Truda, Thanks for taking the time to comment, it’s very much appreciated. It’s lovely to hear that you felt they did justice to what turned out to be a very special evening.

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