A Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding dinner at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

Originally posted 2015-03-23 15:38:42.

Recently I travelled up to Perhentian island off the east coast of Malaysia to cover a Bulgarian/Punjabi wedding. It was a pretty intenseĀ  5-6 hour trip as I ran from one wedding in KL to the airport for my flight, land travel then boat to get to the venue which was the Perhentian Island Resort. Within minutes of arrival I was able to set up my gear and get shooting the walk in for the sumptuous barbecue wedding dinner. There were a number of interesting Bulgarian traditions including the wedding bread dance, which features a loaf made by the mothers bride which is later fed to both the bride and groom. They also break the loaf over their heads which you will also see below.

It was very dark, yet one of the things you will notice is that the photos are not. One of the things I do is bring remote controlled lighting to all shoots as it makes a massive difference. One of the photographers jobs is to evaluate, modify and control the lighting of the images. There was almost no available light during the dinner, yet in the background of some of these photos you will be able to see my remote radio controlled strobes triggering away. With more wedding venues using the “new” green and purple LED lights to add to the mood I think more photographers will eventually gravitate to this system. Believe me, no one wants to look like Barnie the dinosaur. Using this system protects you.

Portraits the following day were on a private beach. Only including a small sampling but it was a very nice shoot.

Regarding cameras, I am becoming more and more impressed with Fujifilms X-T1 camera system. I have never owned a camera that captures what I see as well as this camera does, and in doing so I now spend a lot less time editing than I do with my Nikons and Canons.

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In Bulgarian weddings the brides mother traditionally makes a special loaf of bread

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Two of the ladies dance with the special wedding bread

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Please take note of the remote controlled strobes in the background. I am one of the few wedding photographers who use these in Malaysia.

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Time to share a bite. Mum feeds the bride and groom

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The beautiful wedding cake

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Breaking the bread by the bride and groom is another Bulgarian tradition

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Sumptuous wedding barbecue

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Party on

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Traditional Bulgarian dancing

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Everyone enjoyed the Bhangra

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The dancing went on all night

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Time to cut the wedding cake

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The beautiful bride

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Portraits on the beach

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After the portraits were done there was one sure fire way to cool off!

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Cooling off with watermelon on a hot day at the Perhentian Island Resort

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Later in the evening I took this 30 second exposure of the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

The jetty at the Perhentian Island Resort

Punjabi Hindu Wedding in Melaka

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Originally posted 2013-07-13 22:41:49.

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The happy couple at the wedding banquet in the Equatorial hotel

A Punjabi Hindu wedding. Anusha’s mum had just outlined her daughter’s upcoming wedding day in Melaka as we sat in the local Starbucks enjoying a coffee. I have been the photographer for many Hindu weddings in the past and I have shot quite a number of Sikh weddings as well, so the fusion of the Punjabi culture and Hindu religion promised a very colourful couple of days with lots of fun.

The wedding day started with the Saainth ceremony (performed with oil) at the brides house, followed by the bangle ceremony. I was at the brides to cover these events while the team headed over to the grooms and awaited the priest who would perform the reciprocal saainth ceremony at his home. After the groom performed these rituals his family performed the Sehra bandi ceremony. This is a meaningful time whereby he gets dressed and puts on the traditional head dress and veil (known as the Sehra).

The wedding ceremony was held at the Melaka International Trade Centre (MITC). Both Punjabi and Hindu wedding traditions were observed when the groom Karun arrived at the wedding venue. Traditionally the groom arrives on a horse, typically a mare, along with his “best man” (who is called the sarvala). The families met and greeted each other with bhangra drums, dancing and Milni (exchange of garlands between our fathers, our brothers and our uncles).

The Punjabi Hindu wedding ceremony is quite different from the south Indian traditions. Immediately on meeting the bride and groom garland one another (Jaimala). Rumour has it that the bride and groom should be careful not to bow as it is a marriage of equals. As you will see in the photos the parents are integral in the ceremony itself. Once the wedding ceremony is over the groom is finally permitted to remove his veil. To everyone’s relief it was Karun underneath!

Later in the evening we all retired to the brides house where the bride and groom were welcomed. Karun had to bargain his way into the house and the bridesmaids/cousins and sisters all made good on his lavish donations. A tearful goodbye was expected as Anusha left her home. It is quite a dramatic event for any woman.

Two nights later the final wedding banquet was held at the Equatorial Hotel Melaka. It was a very colourful event, with many family members flying in from overseas. The bride and grooms first dance turned out to have a flash mob made up of cousins and friends.

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Stunning wedding bangles

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The brides beautiful henna prints on her hands

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The groom arriving to the wedding venue on his horse

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The Milni welcome garlanding

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The Serbala aka grooms “best man”.

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Groom in his Sehra

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The brides entrance

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The first part of the ceremony is the Jaimala (exchange of garlands) between the bride and groom on the Mandap

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The parent’s play an integral role in the ceremony

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The Mandap looked very beautiful

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The ring exchange

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Married

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The girls teasing the groom

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Money opens doors!

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Bride, groom and sarvala resting up after the negotiations for entry

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Doli ceremony as the bride leaves her home

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The bride and grooms grand entry into the ballroom at the Equatorial Hotel in Melaka

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The happy couple at the wedding banquet in the Equatorial hotel

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The grooms speech was well received.

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The grooms parents enjoyed their sons speech

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Brides speech was touching

Punjabi bhangra at the Equatorial Melaka

Dance and Celebrate!

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Bhangra!

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The happy couple at the wedding banquet in the Equatorial hotel

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The happy families

Mel Kaur and Arvins Sikh Wedding at the Titiwangsa Gurdwara

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Originally posted 2007-09-13 02:22:08.

Mel and Arvin celebrated their wedding with a mixture of both Hindu and Sikh traditions. The Sangeet was held at the Kelab Titiwangsa PDRM. The Sikh religious union was held at the Titiwangsa Gurdwara and the final dinner banquet at the Crowne Plaza Mutiara.

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