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,┬áhave 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 and Azeem!

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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