It's always fun heading up to London to cover a wedding. The destination for Janel & Bijal's celebration was Ealing Town Hall, a really lovely and very versatile old building over on the western side of the city. This was in fact the second half of a two parter for our couple: they had already tied the knot in their official Asian ceremony a couple of weeks previously. Today, in front of a huge number of friends and family, they would be - how charming is this? - making their vows to each other in a ceremony conducted by Janel's grandfather, before marking the occasion with a huge meal and party into the evening.
But before we got to the ceremony we had some bridal prep to cover first and Bijal, bagging himself top old romantic points, had a little trick up his sleeve and had arranged as a surprise for his wife to spend the night in the stunning Cora Pearl Suite at the Grosvenor Hotel. Good work! As a result, this fabulous room was our location for the start of the day, as our bride, bridesmaids and assorted family members got ready. Amidst a whirlwind of activity and flower deliveries Janel was playing it cool and radiating an air of serenity. And looking absolutely beautiful...
As the finishing touches were applied at the hotel, it was time for a quick sprint across London to catch up with Bijal and the guys as the guests started to arrive. We had use of much of the Town Hall for most of the day; the main ceremony room (also to be used later for the absolutely epic meal), reception rooms downstairs and various other little suites and hidey-holes, so absolutely loads of variety to make the most of around the venue, inside and out. It also meant that once Janel arrived she could hide herself away up beyond the grand central staircase until everyone was settled, ready for the ceremony to begin.
The main hall is, it has to be said, a fair size and you'd need a lot of family and friends to fill it. Fortunately, Janel and Bijal most definitely have a lot of family and friends! As the final few seats were taken, the bride and her father made their way down the stairs ready to make their entrance, as Bijal stood grinning at the far end of the aisle. Bridesmaids first, and then it was all eyes on Janel as she made her way down on her extremely proud-looking father's arm...
Part-way through the ceremony, as the bride and groom were sat together, they were suddenly illuminated by an amazing beam of light which flooded in through the large circular window at the front of the room. I don't think I've ever seen this before - it lit them up like a massive spotlight; absolutely gorgeous lighting - I love it when nature does the hard work for you! Shortly afterwards, ceremony complete, they were walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife, and out onto the Town Hall steps to be greeted by a barrage of confetti.
And as the day ran through into the evening, and with formal photography out of the way, everyone made their way back into the ceremony room which was now set up for the main meal. And wow, what a meal - huge, enormous quantities of the most fantastic Indian cuisine. Endless portions... it's a minor miracle that anyone was able to make it onto the dancefloor later (although party they most certainly did!). Speeches, cutting of the cake, the first dance... and as the light dropped the evening's celebrations kicked off in earnest. What can I say - Bijal and Janel know how to put on a celebration! What an absolutely fantastic day, and a really, really lovely couple!
The above photos are just a small selection from the day - friends and family can view the full set, plus a little slideshow of selected highlights, in Janel & Bijal's private gallery (but as ever, you'll have to ask them for the password first).
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