Vancouver Sikh wedding photography
There is not much difference between Sikh and Indian weddings. The major difference between both weddings is that Sikhs take their vows at a “Gurdwara”, a religious place in Sikh religion. The actual wedding function is held at a different location. Usually there are more than one events in a Sikh wedding because they take their vows on a separate day and the next day the actual event takes place. Vancouver Sikh wedding photography is just as difficult as Indian wedding photography because there is a lot to capture from the camera.
It is not one person’s cup of tea to cover an Indian or Sikh wedding because something is happening at all corners of the event. Usually there is a team of four photographers which are designated for different tasks. One videographer takes care of the film making at the wedding while the remaining three photographers capture family moments. One of the three photographers is glued to the stage where the bride and the groom sit. He/she takes pictures of every guest greeting and congratulating them while the other two photographers take photographs around the hall.
Sikhs are very possessive about their traditions and this is the reason that a Sikh never removes his turban outside of his house. Even on his wedding day, he will wear the Shirwani along with a matching turban and sometimes carry a sword as well just for visual purposes. The bride is also in traditional wedding dresses with a slight modern touch. Her mother and sisters help her decide on the wedding dress and make sure her make-up is spot-on.
A very popular dance style called the “Bhangra” is a tradition started by Sikhs and it is not possible that there is no dance at a Sikh wedding. They rock the dance floor whenever they get a chance and this involves the elderly as well. They make full use of this beautiful occasion and celebrate in style.
Sikhs love their after-day shoot at a heritage place, somewhere that holds religious or historical importance because it adds fuel to their romance. Although such places are hard to find in a foreign country but still couples spend a lot of time on deciding where to shoot the after-day photographs. Since the world has changed and we have become more modernized, even some Sikhs who are born in foreign countries can forgo such traditions and have a simple wedding.
Vancouver Sikh wedding photographers have the same task at hand as the Indian wedding. They do hold a little advantage of knowing the norms and traditions but an Indian or a Sikh photographer can cover both weddings. There is a lot of drinking at Sikh weddings so photographers need to be cautious on what to capture and what no to.
Once the event comes to a close, the bride has to follow one last tradition before she leaves her parents’ house for good. Photographers should never neglect the tradition when the bride throws rice over her head in to her brother’s arms. It is considered a very important cultural norm and must be included in the wedding album as a memory. A Sikh might not be able to spend as much money as an Indian can but he/she does demand the same photography standards and services.