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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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.

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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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Kiran and Raj’s pre-wedding shoot in London

Couple walking in the flowers
We did a wonderful pre-wedding shoot for Kiran and Raj a number of years ago in London before their beautiful Sikh wedding. Actually this was before we had this website but recently, we revisited some of our older images and thought they were too good not to share.

Now as they say, the rest is history.

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Jas and Amrit’s pre-wedding shoot at St Katherines Dock, London

Jasdeep and Amrit touching heads

We took the uber cool Jas and Amrit to the picture perfect St Katherines Dock just before they were about to tie the knot. Although the day was so cold, the beautiful couple managed to keep each other warm by snuggling up to each other, we of course took this as the perfect photo opportunities!

Amrit being the perfect gentleman proposed to the gorgeous Jas as a surprise (which we sneakily knew about). Choosing the right place to go down on one knee can be troublesome for any groom, luckily we found a clearing under the beautiful Millennium Bridge, which was lit up so beautifully. The surrounding trees gave them the privacy they needed, which was perfect! We could hardly contain our excitement before he went down on one knee. Luckily Amrit had given us the heads up and gave us a chance to move back, otherwise we’d probably have shouted, “SAY YES, SAY YES!”

These guys make such a beautiful couple, and compliment each other with such ease. We also had a blast covering their big fat Sikh wedding, which we can’t wait to show everybody! Keep tuned to our blog for more Asian wedding photography from this fantastic couple and others…

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Pavan and Kam’s pre-wedding shoot at Wrest Park, Bedfordshire

Pavan and Kam dancing in the fields
Before the nuptials of Pavan and Kam, we had the honor of capturing some pre-wedding shoot photos of this loved up couple at the stunning and grand venue which is Wrest Park in Bedfordshire.

It’s quite a funny story of how we got to know Pavan and Kam, we covered one of their friends wedding portrait shoots back in 2010, and we were asked to take a quick shot of both Pavan and Kam. The photo came out fantastic, and 2 years on, we were privileged that they remembered us from that moment.

The photos below really reflect the love the couple have for each other, we hope we have captured those special moments in a natural and unobtrusive way, we also added in a cheeky and cheesy moment between the two (if you haven’t guessed, it’s the shadow heart shot!)

We only actually had less than an hour to get some shots before the venue closed, so we worked fast to get the results we both wanted. We really love these photos, as they reflect the romance and “floaty-ness” (if that is a word!) of the atmosphere between the two.

We look forward to posting some images of their beautiful big day. So keep tuned for those!


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Heena and Prab’s pre-wedding shoot in West Ham Park, East London

Silhouette behind an umbrella in Centra London
This must have been one of the closest pre-wedding shoots we’ve ever done at the West Ham Park in East London, which is conveniently about a 2 minutes walk from our front door!

As Heena and Prab met at high school, we wanted to bring back some of their old school romance memories, so they both came dressed in their school uniforms (just to get into the real spirit of things!). Although they got a few odd looks walking to the park, especially as Prab’s blazer was very torn & graffiti was scribbled all over it (!) the overall look worked amazingly well in the playground. Let just say he’s lucky that the gorgeous Heena took the attention away from his uniform (we love you really Prab).

To continue on from the park shoot, we headed down to Piccadilly Circus in central London to catch a few more sneaky shots. Although we finished way past midnight, we really did have such an awesome time during the shoot.

Here’s some of our favourite shots, we’ll save the rest until after the wedding 😉
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Manvinder and Meny’s pre-wedding shoot at South Bank, London

Couple sitting on a bench on the South Bank in London at night

With the upcoming nuptials of Manvinder and Meny, we decided to head down to Southbank in Central London to capture some pre-wedding shots of the couple. It certainly was a hive of activity when we got there, but that  was mainly due to the International Women’s day that was taking place! Even though Manvinder and Meny were a little shy to begin with (mainly due to the amount of people there!) they certainly warmed up to the camera, and we managed to capture some beautiful moments between the two of them.

We hope you all enjoy the photo’s…

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Priya and Sunil’s pre-wedding shoot in Canary Wharf

Priya and Sunil

We had a truely fantastic time shooting Priya and Sunil’s pre wedding shoot in the scenic Canary Wharf. It was unbelievably cold, but Priya and Sunil were absolute troopers and carried on even though they were freezing! Due to the weather, we had to work quickly to catch those special shots, but we really managed to catch those amazing shots and a little bit more! We secretly think that Priya and Sunil were fibbing when they told us they didn’t know how to pose! These guys were true naturals, and the camera loved them both, we think the individual shots really prove that!

We really can’t wait to capture the wedding, the countdown is on! 🙂

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Rakhee and Tej’s pre-wedding shoot in London

Rakhee and Tej on the stairs

Just before Rakhee and Tej’s big fat Indian wedding, we managed to fit in a fantastic portrait shoot in Central London. They both were brilliant to work with, and we shared a few laughs along the way! We had so much fun moving around London, weaving our way though Embankment to the Millenium bridge. I can’t seem to look at the Millenium bridge in the same light, as I have a vivid memory of laying on back trying to get a sneaky shot of both Rakhee and Tej with many people looking on and wondering what I was doing there! 🙂

Here are some of our favourites from the day.

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Sonia and Sanjay’s pre-wedding shoot at Camber Sands, Sussex

Sonia with Sanjay holding Sonia's leg

Sun, sea and sand can definately sum up this shoot we had with Sonia & Sanjay at the scenic and beautiful Camber Sands in Sussex. The Johara team really enjoyed capturing those special and intimate moments between the two, in fact at times we thought they both forgot we were even there!

One of the main reasons why we love to do pre wedding shoots, is that we get to understand the couple and what makes them laugh, smile and just be themselves – this couldn’t have been more true for this loved up couple.

Here are a few of our favourites from the day.