Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens Pre-Wedding Photography ~ Dan Barlow

Shabina & Usman

Shabina & Usman had their autumnal pre-wedding photoshoot at Fletcher Moss Botanical Gardens in Didsbury which we did in the late afternoon to get the gorgeous sunset light. They wanted a mixture of posed and unposed portraits but with a strong bias towards the unposed. By reviewing the posed portraits together, they could decide what what was working well for them – entirely what I’d consider to be the key point of a pre-wedding photoshoot.

The following portraits are from the undirected and unposed end of the spectrum; they required minimal direction as we had talked through posing earlier in the session and Shabina & Usman were now comfortable and confident enough to show me what they could do.

You can see Shabina & Usman’s wedding photography here.

Here’s a small selection of Shabina & Usman’s set:

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Usmania Hall, Walima & Rukhsati photography ~ Dan Barlow

Shabina & Usman

I was delighted to get a phone call from Shabina asking me to photograph her wedding day having met already at her cousin’s wedding back in 2014 and I was so glad that I could work for her lovely family again. She asked me if I would be her family’s photographer so that she would have a record of her whole wedding day from hers and her family’s perspective. I started early at the family home and everyone soon got used to me being there which meant I could take the unposed documentary photos Shabina wanted.

Once we arrived at Usmania Banqueting Hall Manchester, I was free to keep shooting unposed, documentary photos of the family, of the guests and then Usman’s drum-tastic arrival! I was glad to be working with the videographers Wasim Ghafoor and Mirage Ahmed of Allure Events (who I’d met on the pre-wedding photoshoot) as Usman’s arrival was hectic and we knew we would need to co-ordinate well to make the best possible job of capturing it on film and stills without holding the day up. After food, we worked through the formal portraits until it was time for the emotional Rukhsati to take place.

After leaving, we headed down to Castlefield for some dusk portraits on the cobbles. Apart form us, no-one was expecting to see a bride and groom step out of a Bentley in their full wedding attire down by Barca bar and the responses and well wishes from the public was amazing – Manchester at it’s friendly best.

Congratulations Shabina & Usman, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

See Shabina & Usman’s Pre-wedding photoshoot here.

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Uzmania, Manchester Ruksati Photography ~ Dan Barlow

Groom opening door of Rolls Royce for bride

Mehmuna & Azeem

Mehmuna asked me to photograph her bridal preparations at her family home in Stoke-on-Trent, a process which began for her at 5am which is possibly one of the earliest starts I’ve ever seen any of my brides make! Mehmuna’s wore an intricately detailled, traditional wedding dress, elaborate jewelry and beautifully applied mehndi patterns on her hands and feet: her transformation into the beautiful bride you see here was a hugely photogenic process. She wanted me to keep the posed photos to a minimum and we agreed that my candid shots would provide a nice contrast to the more formal posed groups coming later on with the hundreds of guests that would be attending. I was lucky to be working alongside Riaz and Zaki from J’adore Productions who shoot video in a similarly unobtrusive way to the way I shoot stills – best of all, I don’t think we tripped over each other once all day!
The ceremony took place at Usmania Banqueting Hall, a huge repurposed church which was perfect for the hundreds of guests invited (she wasn’t exaggerating about this amount of guests!) Azeem arrived to the sound of drums with a procession which was still working it’s way in long after he had sat down. With so much going on, I was never short of subjects to photograph candidly before being invited to discretely photograph Mehmuna signing the Nikah.
After the emotional finale of the ceremony, we stopped at Abney Hall Park where Mehmuna and Azeem could relax a little, have some bride and groom portraits and I could make the most of the evening’s soft, warm natural light to bring them the photos you see at the end of this post.

Congratulations Mehmuna & Azeem, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Preparing bride's jewellry for Rukhsati

Mehndi patterns on bride's hands

MUA Bridal preparations for Rukhsati

Tikka headpiece bridal preparations for Rukhsati

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Mehndi patterned hands and engagement ring

Bride wearing bangles for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Gold bracelet for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bride adjusts jewellry for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Diamond headpiece for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridesmaid helping with shoes for Rukhsati

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Red bouquet for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bride putting on make up for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Bridal preparations for Rukhsati Asian wedding

Mother and daughter on wedding Rukhsati day

Usmania Banquet Hall exterior Vine Street Manchester

Usmania Banquet Hall tables prepared for guests

Guests at Usmania Manchester Rukhsati asian wedding

Father helps bride out of car at Rukshati

Bride arrives at Rukshati Usmania Manchester Asian wedding

Girl smiling at Rukshati Usmania Manchester

Women adjusting hijab at Rukshati Usmania Manchester

Groom meets father in law at Rukshati Usmania Manchester

Groom drinks milk at Rukshati Usmania Manchester

Whole wedding party at Rukshati Usmania Manchester

Doli at Usmania asian wedding Manchester

Small personalised bag table decoration asian wedding

Imam performs Nikah ceremony

Imam speaks to bride at Nikah

Asian bride holding hands at Nikah signing

Asian bride signing Nikah at Usmania wedding

Asian bride signing Nikah at Usmania Manchester

Asian bride smiling after signing Nikah Rukhsati

Bride kisses girl after signing Nikah Manchester

Sister laughing after bride signs Nikah

Bride with Brother at Usmania Manchester wedding

Bride with Brother at Usmania Manchester asian wedding

Groom meets bride after signing Nikah

Family laughing at Manchester asian wedding

Family laughing at Manchester Walima Rukhsati

Hands of couple at Usmania Asian wedding

Sister kisses bride at Manchester Usmania Rukhsati

Mother crying at bride's Rukhsati

Lady kisses bride leaving Rukhsati

Elderly guest kisses bride at Rukhsati

Father of bride hugs groom at asian wedding

Bride in Rolls Royce wedding car Abney Hall Park

Asian walima photography Abney Hall Park

Asian wedding couple Abney Hall Park grounds

Asian wedding photography Abney Hall Park Manchester

Asian Rukhsati Abney Hall Park Manchester

Asian bride Abney Hall Park Manchester

Bride and Groom walking in Abney Hall Park

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Oldham Mehndi Photography – Dan Barlow

Guests drumming at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Qudsia & Yawar

This is a small selection of photographs taken at Qudsia and Yawar’s Mehndi party at Taj Palace in Oldham in March 2013. I eagerly anticipated this event as this was not only my first booking for 2013, but also the first Mehndi party which I have formally covered. Seeing the whole event from start to finish as intimately as I did was an honour and I thank Qudsia and Yawar’s families for involving me in an event steeped in such tradition and importance.

Congratulations Qudsia & Yawar, thank you for letting me be a part of your day!

Groom's wedding shoes at Oldham Mehndi

Wedding Dholi drums at Oldham Mehndi

Groom and family at Oldham Mehndi preparations

Bridal preparations with Makeup artist for Oldham Mehndi

Bridal preparations with Makeup artist for Oldham Mehndi

Bridal preparations with hair stylist for Oldham Mehndi

Bridal preparations with hair stylist for Oldham Mehndi

Children at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bridal preparations Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bridal preparations Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bridesmaid preparations Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Groom and father Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bride's preparations Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bridesmaid photo Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bridesmaid Mehndi plates Taj Palace Oldham

Mehndi plates Taj Palace Oldham

Bridesmaids Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham Asian wedding

Groom under dupata Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bride under dupata Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Bride's arrival at Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Gifts for groom at Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Gifts for bride at Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Tying bride's fingers at Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Gifts for bride at Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Painting bride with Haldi at Oldham Mehndi

Giving bride Haldi at Oldham Mehndi

Painting groom with Haldi at Oldham Mehndi

Gifts for bride and groom at Oldham Mehndi

Painting Haldi paste at Oldham Mehndi

Gifts and Mehndi plates at Taj Palace Oldham

Haldi paste Gaye Holud ceremony at Oldham Mehndi

Child Bridesmaid at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Guests drumming at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Guest drumming at Taj Palace Oldham Mehndi Party

Bride at Taj Palace Oldham Mehndi Asian wedding

Groom dancing at Taj Palace Oldham Mehndi

Guests dancing at Taj Palace Oldham Mehndi Party

Guests at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham Asian Wedding Photography

Guests dancing at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham

Guests dancing at Taj Palace Mehndi Oldham Asian Wedding

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