One of the best compliments you can receive as a wedding photographer is a direct recommendation which was the case of the wedding of Shalyn and Armaan. I get a warm feeling inside when I know I’ve made someone so happy the spread the word on my behalf.

A large factor behind Shalyn’s choice was my documentary wedding photography approach to capturing a wedding. For the most part my aim is to capture moment, not create them. This allows me to capture the essence of what really happen on the day. The final portfolio of photos I present to the client is regarded as a known surprise – they remember the moment but was unaware I captured all of them.

This was a Muslim wedding in Derby city. Shalyn got ready at a location in Derby and then travelled a short distance to where the Nikah – the Islamic marriage contract – would occur. The Nikah consists of reading from the Qur’an and the exchange of vows in front of witnesses for both partners. The Nikah ceremony was held at the Derby Islamic Centre. I find these ceremonies quite calming and humble. As this was quite a small wedding ceremony it was also quite intimate.

The reception was held at The Hallmark Hotel in Derby city centre. It was a beautiful July day which allowed me to capture candid moments inside and outside of the hotel. With Muslim, Hindu and Sikh weddings there is the extended portrait session where all guests are invite to sit with the Bride and Groom and be photographed and show their appreciation. What I love about this part of the wedding is capturing the moments in between.

Another thing I really enjoy about Muslim weddings is the dancing after the food has been served. As with all cultures the amount of partying is down to the culture within the respective families on the day.

As a personal indicator to assesses the ‘partiness’ of the reception if I see a DJ setting up with strobe lights, a huge banner and a couple of laptops I know the night will be rocking. The Bride, Groom, Bridal Party and especially the Groomsmen went for it. I just smiled and captured the magic.