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Venues

Ditton Manor

Ditton Park Manor through the arches

In a world where every venue promises character and location, Ditton Manor stands apart. From the moment you cross its tranquil moat, you will feel you’re in a different world – despite the fact that central London is only 20 minutes away. Nestling on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Datchet, this fine 200 acre estate is one of Royal Berkshire’s best kept secrets.

Once the playground of Henry VIII and his daughter Mary I, there has been an estate at Ditton Park since at least 1066. It was even owned by Anne Boleyn for a short while as part of her endowment to the monarch, although sadly there is no evidence of her ever having lived there. From the de Poges and de Molyns to the Winwoods, Montagus and Buccleuchs, and from earls and dukes to lords and ladies, Ditton Park’s owners read like a who’s who of British nobility. Destroyed by fire in April 1812 (George III apparently crossed the river from Windsor especially to watch the blaze), the Manor was rebuilt by 1817 by the architect William Atkinson.

The 5th Duke of Buccleuch gave Ditton Park to his son as a wedding present in 1867, in whose family it remained until it was compulsorily purchased by the Admiralty during the Great War. The most recent chapter in the estate’s history is no less fascinating (although perhaps less romantic): it is on this site that Sir Robert Watson-Watt invented radar in 1935.

Here’s an Indian wedding we’ve photographed at Ditton Manor.

Ditton Park Manor with the part of the maze

Ditton Park Manor with the view of the pond and houseDitton Park Manor looking across the bridge

Indian couple Nivedita and Varun together in a maze at Ditton Manor

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Pre-wedding Shoot

Gurveen and Pardeep’s Pre-wedding shoot in London

Canadian couple at The Cow pub that looks like a barn

With most photographers, we don’t usually choose to photograph family weddings, as these are the only opportunities we get to sit back and relax at a wedding! However as I was going to Pardeep’s wedding in Canada as a guest he asked me if I could do a pre wedding shoot for him and his fiancé Gurveen, as they both wanted the Johara experience 🙂

Pardeep and I literally grew up together, we lived on opposite streets and in the last few years spent a fair amount of time together… before he got married and moved to Canada 🙂

As the wedding was taking place in Canada, Pardeep and Gurveen wanted something that had a British theme to their pre-wedding shoot. After some brain storming and trying to work out what to do in the lovely British weather, I managed to get The Cow pub in Stratford (London). The reason why we choose this bar is because it has a wonderful warm barn like feeling to it, and the backdrop was perfect for the style of images we wanted.

You can visit The Cow at Westfield Stratford City, right opposite the splendid Olympic Park. Serving the best in fresh food, delicious wines and real good ales. They have two floors and a mezzanine, so there’s plenty of amazing views and room for everyone to enjoy the fine attributes of their British pub.

Once we finished shooting at The Cow we headed over to Wanstead Flats to switch up the type of images we got. Those of you that have been to or seen Wanstead Flats will know there’s not much there, but we managed to create some amazing images.

Hope you enjoy images and we look forward to your comments.

Canadian Indian couple touch noses whilst hugging

Canadian Indian couple hugging closely towards the bottom of the image

Canadian British couple hugging in the bushes

Canadian British groom kisses his bride to be on the temple in the bushes

Couple hanging in the trees with the sun behind them

Sikh couple hugging in tall grass looking towards the sun

Sikh couple looking towards the sun holding hands in tall shrubs in London with a beautiful blue sky

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Civil Wedding

Shveta and Kieran’s civil wedding at Stoke Park

Bride and groom about to kiss at the reception party table at Stoke Park

To sum up Shveta and Kieran’s civil wedding in three words, it would be sophisticated, classy and refined. As time has gone on, we have learnt that Shveta is a bit of a perfectionist, and her civil wedding day was really no exception. Every detail on the day was thought out and executed to precision. Having photographed Shveta’s sister’s wedding (Nivedita & Varun), we really weren’t expecting anything less! It’s probably worth adding Shveta is one of the creative brains behind her families catering business Poonams and her very own cake business Akito Blush.

We often meet families who treat us like one of their own, and the Sharma’s and extended family did exactly that. We can definitely say that after covering three weddings and multiple other ceremonies in the last few years.

The couple chose Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire for the civil wedding ceremony, it was an intimate affair for both families nearest and dearest, which is just the way we like it. Stoke Park is Europe’s leading 5 AA Red Star Country Club, Spa and Hotel and is set among 300 acres of glorious parkland, lakes, historic gardens and monuments created over the past one thousand years. It is a private estate and there is no public footpaths, or right of way access anywhere over the 300 acres so you know this venue has a lot of unspoilt natural beauty and we’re glad to be one of the photographers to have photographed there.

Kieran the handsome groom looked dashing on the day and was just like his personality, smooth, sophisticated and careful with his words (he’s a lawyer you see). Shveta looked amazing in her beautiful show stopping white gown, and looked every inch the perfect bride. The makeup maestro Rani Bhogal made Shveta look absolutely beautiful, we are pretty certain she has magic in her hands 🙂

I’d also like to thank to Rima and Guv for stepping in and helping me photograph this beautiful civil wedding. I wasn’t actually sure I would be able to shoot on the day, as I had been pretty ill for about a month before, but luckily I managed to pull through!

Hope you enjoy the images as much as we do and we look forward to your feedback.
Love – Johara Photography

Bride sitting on sofa with flower bouquet

Bride Shveta reading a card from her fiancé Kieran

Bride playing with niece under her white veil

Beautiful floating wedding cake by Akito Blush

The word Love sits on a table at Stoke Park Spa

Bride Shveta makes her entrance and walks down the aisle with her father

Bride and groom take their vows as bride giggles

Brides sister smiles as the bride Shveta and Kieran take their vows

Cute young ring bearer brings rings to bride and groom

View of the groom taking his vows as he holds the brides hands as she giggles

Bride and groom sign register but gaze at each other with loving smiles

Bride and groom make their exit after there vows with confetti being thrown on them

Groom lifting bride in white dress up whilst she shows of her pink Louboutin shoes

Bride and groom (Shveta and Kieran) standing together messing around and laughing at Stoke Park

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Civil Wedding

Luckshiny and Kunal’s civil wedding at Ealing Town Hall

Couple leave the Ealing Town Hall after their civil wedding with confetti thrown over them

We actually met our bride Luckshiny a number of years ago when we covered her friend’s wedding back in 2012 when she was one of the lovely bridesmaids. Totally oblivious to this fact (for both parties!) when the time came for a consultation with us, Luckshiny was a little surprised to see herself in our slideshow pictures! We love a good surprise 🙂

Luckshiny had decided to get ready in a hotel close to her wedding venue Ealing Town Hall, West London, which was absolutely beautiful and had a lovely boutique feel to it. Hair and makeup was done by the talented Dazzling Darling makeup artist, who made Luckshiny look a million dollars.

Once our lovely bride was ready in her elegant white dress, she had one main request (and a strange one at that) and that was to take some photos of her in the free standing bath tub in the hotel room. We don’t get requests like this often, but it was like she was reading my mind. I had the exact same thought when I saw the bathroom. However who knew getting into the tub would be so funny.

Once we arrived at Ealing Town Hall, Kunal was waiting eagerly for Luckshiny to enter & to make her legally his wife! The ceremony itself was an intimate affair involving just the immediate family from both sides (which is the just the way we like it).

Here are a few moments from their civil wedding. We hope you enjoy a small snippet of their beautiful day.

White bridal dress hanging in the window

Bride has her hair and makeup done by Dazzling Darlings London

Bridesmaids help bride get into her white bridal dress near the window (photo shot in black and white)

Bridesmaid helps get bride ready for her wedding

Silhouette of bride wearing a white dress in the window

Bride puts her earrings on whilst sitting on the bed

Bride wearing white dress helped into the luxurious bath tub by bridesmaids for a photos (photo shot in black and white)

Registrar reading wedding declaration to couple

Groom cheers as bride says I do

Grooms sighs with relief as bride says I do

Grooms sister cries as her brother says his wedding vows

Bride and groom hug after saying their vows

Bride shows groom how to show his ring to the groomsmen (photo shot in black and white)

Groom shows of his ring to the groomsmen

Bride and groom hugging and smiling for their portraits in their hotel room

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Hindu Wedding

Nivedita and Varun’s wedding at Ditton Manor

Indian couple Nivedita and Varun together in a maze at Ditton Manor

To say it was an absolute pleasure in photographing the intimate Indian wedding ceremony and stunning reception at the historic Ditton Manor would be a big understatement. We loved covering every moment!

The Hindu religious ceremony was held at the brides beautiful residence, which could have easily be mistaken for an actual wedding venue! The ceremony was a beautiful intimate affair, with the couples nearest and dearest. With the amount of love we received from everyone, we also felt like part of the family. The best thing about doing wedding photography, is the amazing families we meet. The extended Poonams family definitely feel like old family friends, which we just love.

The wedding reception was just as lavish and decadent as the wedding ceremony. The event took place on a separate day at the historic Ditton Manor, which was once the playground of Henry VIII and his daughter Mary I. There has been an estate at Ditton Park since at least 1066. The venue itself promises character and a location like no other. From the moment you cross its tranquil moat, you will feel like you’re in a different world. Ditton Manor, is probably one of Berkshire’s best kept secrets and we’re glad to say we were the photographers for one of the first Indian wedding held there.

With the brides family coming from a background in the Indian catering industry, we knew all of the events would be spectacular, and they really didn’t fail to deliver. Poonams Catering has over 40 years of experience in the catering business and delivering an amazing service for Asian/Indian weddings.

We can truly say that all of the wedding events were so beautifully planned, and every detail was immaculate. Having got to know the Poonams sisters, we weren’t expecting anything less! The stunning cake was made by the bride’s sister, which was nothing short of amazing. Akito Blush provides beautiful wedding cakes, which are master pieces in their own right!

Nivedita and Varun actually met at university, and Varun popped the question in Italy (aw – how romantic!). The love between the two was plain to see, we can only wish them the very best in this new chapter of their lives together!

Below are some images of their big day, we hope you enjoy browsing through the fun, laughter and love of the couple and the crazy Poonams family!

Finally a massive well done too all the suppliers. Rani Bhogal the ever so talented makeup and hair maestro, Akito Blush for the beautifully made wedding cake, and Poonams for putting together the wedding like an orchestra.

Red Indian bridal lengha hanging from lights in a mirror

Rani Bhogal makeup artist gets her Indian bride ready for her Hindu wedding with friends around

Indian bride having her makeup done by Rani Bhogal

Bride putting her shoes on to go to her Hindu wedding ceremony

Indian groom buttoning his sherwani

Indian groom and groomsman

Indian groom arrives to the brides house for the Hindu wedding ceremony

Brides parents welcome the groom and move his sehra for a quick look at him

Brothers milni gets of to an uplifting start

Groom and groomsman walk down the aisle for the Hindu wedding ceremony

Brides sisters try and steal the grooms shoes as he walks into the mandap

Indian bride enters marquee for her Hindu wedding ceremony

Bride in red lengha walks down aisle with her sisters wearing red and white

Hindu wedding ceremony; bride and groom pour rice into a fire from their hands

Hindu wedding ceremony

Indian groom applies sindoor to brides head to mark she is a married woman

Groom eating chili Indian sweets

Groom haggles for his stollen shoes

Bride throws rice over her sholders as she starts her journey as a married woman

Indian bride says her good byes as she leaves

Indian bride Nivedita saying bye to her niece

Sister crying as friends look on with joy as the bride leaves

Brides sisters hold a sign to show they have a bedroom to let

Groom cuddles bride as she plays snooker

Ditton Manor through the arches

Indian groom lite by sunlight through the arch shaped windows

Indian couple, Happy Wife... Happy Life

Wedding reception decor by Poonams at Ditton Manor

Wedding reception table setup by Poonams at Ditton Manor

Wedding reception head table layout by Poonams

Wedding cake designed by Akito Blush

Beautiful wedding cake detail by Akito Blush

Indian couple cut the wedding cake

Press ups on the dance floor

Groom's mother in a dance off

Dance floor banter

Dance floor banter with ties

Dance floor banter

Bride and groom dance off

Bride and groom dance off

Bride and groom dance off

Bride and groom dance off

Brides brothers getting ready for the dance off

Indian bride and groom at Ditton Manor

Silhouette of bride and groom at Ditton Manor

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Featured

Indian bride in a red veil

Indian bride in red veil at her Indian wedding

Our beautiful Indian bride in a red veil on her Hindu wedding day at Beaumont Estate. We shot this just after the bride got ready in a small room with a wall that had just enough space.

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Featured

A Jazzy Bindi wedding

Indian wedding photography - bride on chair with groom standing behind

Sometimes you meet families or individuals that as soon as you meet them, it feels like you have known each other for years, and they feel like family instantly….well Taj and Parm very much fall into this category…along with the rest of the Jazzy Bindi family!

Here we have the ever so beautiful Taj the Indian jewel Queen on her wedding reception at the Parklands Quendon Hall in Essex. Dressed in gold and wearing the beautiful designer jewellery from Jazzy Bindi.

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Pre-wedding Shoot

Mitika and Gurpreet’s pre-wedding shoot at Box Hill, Surrey

Couple (Mitikia and Gurpreet) holding each other with bride holding coloured balloons in the clouds

With Mitika coming from a background in design and illustration, we knew this was going to be an interesting pre-wedding shoot with not only colour but style also.

Before the pre-wedding shoot took place, Mitika had mentioned she wanted to bring a prop for the shoot. After some deliberation we agreed on using balloons; and colourful balloons at that! So now we had balloons on the agenda for the beautiful pre-wedding shoot for our stylish couple at the beautiful location of Box Hill in Surrey, our minds were going crazy with all the ideas we had.

Box Hill is the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the beautiful Surrey Hills. Forming part of the North Downs, Box Hill has breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside. It’s home to some fantastic wildlife and plants too, including the Adonis blue butterfly and bee orchid.

However who knew we’d only have a short time with them before they were set free… accidentally! Nevertheless we got some amazing photos whilst we had them in our hands, literally!

The images reminded us of the lyrics to the old Fifth Dimension song, “Up Up and Away” which are also extremely fitting for these two.

We’d love your feedback, so please feel free to comment below.

Would you like to ride in my beautiful balloon
We could float among the stars together, you and I
For we can fly we can fly
Up, up and away”

Mitikia and Gurpreet's holding coloured balloons on their pre-wedding shoot

Mitikia and Gurpreet's holding coloured balloons on their pre-wedding shoot

Couple sitting on wall holding balloons and clouds in the background

Couple having a colourful picnic in the grass with letters in front of them

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Featured

A mountain walk

Bride and groom walking in the mountains

This weekend was not just one of the most incredible weekends I’ve ever had shooting but one of the most challenging! Winds that can blow you off your feet and ice cold rain didn’t help with the challenging surroundings we were working in, however our amazing couple Taj and Parm didn’t let that bring them down and we managed to capture some breath taking images.

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Featured

Indian bride in the mirror

Black and white Indian bride in the mirror

A black and white image of our beautiful Indian bride’s reflection in a mirror. Captured shortly after her Hindu wedding ceremony at The Oakley Court in Windsor.

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Featured

Smokin’ with hairspray

Chinese Indian wedding photography
The hairspray creates a cloud of smoke whilst our beautiful Chinese bride gets ready for her wedding day at the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London.

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Featured

Angular Sikh wedding

Sikh wedding photography
A beautiful angular image from Mitika and Gurpreet’s Sikh wedding at Brent Gurdwara.