Tithe Barn Hampshire Wedding Photographer
Sarika & Asher got hitched last summer at the Tithe Barn in Hampshire, a stunning venue in Petersfield. Asher was on active service and setting a date was a mission in itself but once set, they were full steam ahead with organising things. The spiritual side of their wedding and the rituals as part of the Hindu ceremony, were super important to them. Their priest was busy setting up when I arrived and bridesmaids were busy with their tasks for the day. Asher’s family weren’t able to make it over from the Caribbean for the wedding but his service family were all there. The ceremony started with the bride’s father welcoming the groom into the ceremony, with a few rituals, before Sarika arrived on the arms of her brothers.
The wedding ceremony itself took place under the most gorgeous mandap in the Tithe Barn – a beautiful wicker arch covered in flowers that Sarika designed herself. After the big ‘reveal’ the priest started the more intimate parts of the wedding ceremony. These included exchanging wedding garlands (made and brought all the way over from India); vedic rituals where the bride’s father gives the bride away; fire signifies purity and spirituality and the fire witnesses the marriage with offerings made throughout; the bride and groom are tied together and walk around the ceremonial fire 7 times (representing nourishment, strength, prosperity, happiness, progeny, long life, and harmony and understanding); red powder is applied to the bride to signify that she’s married; prayers are offered to various gods; these are all just some of the rituals that were part of this wedding. I love Hindu weddings as it’s all in the detail – the words, the rituals, the decorated hands, bells, fire, offerings. They’re such traditionally rich, vibrant and interesting weddings to photograph. Once they were finally and officially married, the couple were welcomed and blessed by the elders.
Wedding Reception at Tithe Barn
After the ceremony, we did a few group photos and Sarika & Asher boarded their wedding tuk tuk, did the confetti run and then headed off to their hotel for a quick change. Once back at the Tithe Barn, we had 5 minutes to do a few romantic shots before the couple were announced into dinner with their dhol drummers – I LOVE this bit as the noise of the drumming vibrates right through you and creates a real sense of excitement. All their guests were upstanding to welcome them back in and speeches and dinner got underway. Such super kind people, I was really well looked after and enjoyed chatting to so many of their guests. Sarika, Asher and Sarika’s Dad were a really tight knit, close little family and the day was very much about the three of them being together on one of the most important days of their lives. They clearly enjoyed themselves and were wonderful hosts, with no detail left to chance. They were such joyful people and radiated that to everyone present. Thanks for booking me you two lovely people and I’m sure you will both lead a very blessed and happy life together. If you’re looking for a wedding photographer for your barn wedding we could be a good match! Get in touch here if you’d like a copy of my wedding brochure. Want to see more? Here’s a gorgeous seaside themed sailing club wedding, and here’s a summer wedding at Battle Abbey.