This is what happens when two friends fall in love. Gurshinder (groom) and Kiran (bride) both from London, have known each other since school. They have been friends for many years and their relationship grew into something more from there. The couple had a traditional Punjabi engagement known as a ‘Rok’ or ‘Rokka’, where their immediate families came together to give the couple their blessings for (finally!) taking the plunge and getting married.
Photographer, Slawa Walczak, aimed to make this engagement session as natural and relaxed as possible. Her style is all about capturing real emotions between the couple. I adore colour, I mean just look around this blog and you will hardly see black and white photography. I adore how Kiran’s dress stands out in every shot against Gurshinder’s blue and white pinstripe shirt.
Mixed faith wedding planning
I asked the couple if it’s harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths. The couple are from different faiths but similar cultures. Kiran is Hindu Punjabi and Gurshinder is Sikh Punjabi. This means that a lot of their traditions are similar, their families also speak the same language which definitely makes things easy when planning a wedding.
Depsite coming from the same cultures, their faiths meant that wedding ceremonies are very different. As the couple only wanted to get married one they both agreed with their parents on having a traditional Sikh ceremony – an Anand Karaj.
Photography: Slawa Walczak