Yarton Manor wedding, Oxfordshire.
Yarnton Manor is a historic Grade ii listed manor house surrounded by beautiful gardens and land, in the heart of Oxfordshire. It was the perfect setting for the Hindu and English fusion wedding of William and Lali, it provided them with the ‘old English charm’ that they wanted. Turns out William actually owns and runs his business from the manor, which meant he had a great team of people around him to organise getting a couple of marquees set up in the gardens, Indian caterers to provide all the food and a pop/jazz/swing band flown in to perform in the evening. That’s before mentioning William himself doing a set with his band, borrowed wedding rings, free flowing cocktails, a conga and the most stunning red wedding dress I’ve ever seen.
Tamil Hindu and English ceremony.
The ceremony was held outside on the lawn at the back of the manor and was conducted by a lovely celebrant called Lynn, who worked with them both to create something really personal. Lali and William wanted it to be a mix of English and Tamil Hindu elements. So the English – country house and garden, top hats and tails, hymns. Tamil – blessing the hands was an adaptation of “The Kanyadaan is a ritual performed during the wedding ceremony by the parents of the bride to indicate their blessing of the marriage between their daughter and the groom. Kanyadaan also symbolizes the offering of the bride to the groom as a gift, as he is representative of Lord Vishnu and is being trusted to care for the bride. During the ritual, the right hands of the bride and groom are joined together by the bride’s father and then the bride’s mother pours holy water over the united hands.” They then did a walk around a fire pit, called the sapthapathi – seven steps. They adapted the ceremony so that their own personal vows were read after each step. They completed the walk with their little fingers linked. The ‘fire pit’ was a little less dramatic than it sounds but as this was my first experience of a Hindu wedding I still loved it!
Wedding photographer in Oxfordshire!
Getting to venture out of Staffordshire means I get to visit a great variety of places and is one of the many things I love about wedding photography being my ‘job’. Lali and William booked me because they wanted natural, fun and relaxed unposed photos that captured the emotions of the day, if you are after this contact me.