I’m really struggling to know where to start with this one. Its a little bit on the epic side, thats for sure!! I don’t know whether to start with the fact that the wedding took place in one of the most iconic buildings of the past decade, or whether I should lead with the procession of Kandyian traditional dancers and drummers that danced the bride to the top floor, or that the buddhist monk who features has only ever been to one other wedding….. that of Prince William to Kate!
You can see my dilemma!!
Ok, so I should really start with Dilshini and Harjit, because that’s really all the day was about, irrelevant of who was there and where it was. I remember Dilshini’s email landing late one spring evening, I had to read it a few times, partly because it was very late, but mostly because I thought she’d said they were getting married at the Gherkin in London town!!! It turns out she was, and she did! Not only is this building one of the most striking and most recognisable in the UK, I actually played a small part in its construction as a draughtsman in my late teens!
We exchanged a good few emails, and I was obviously chuffed to bits when they opted to book me for their wedding photography. We arranged to meet up for a drink prior to the big day, and I instantly felt like I’d known them both for years. They were both lovely and the excitement they shared for the wedding was infectious. I really could not wait.
The day itself lived up to every expectation I had, and some. It started with a trip over to the Corinthia hotel in Whitehall Place to meet the girls, the traditional champagne and pre-wedding nerves were in full flow. After an hour or so at the hotel, it was time to hop on the tube to the Gherkin, where I would await the arrival of Dilshini and her father in a London cab. We waited for 10 minutes on floor 38 whilst guests took their place for the traditional english wedding, and we had plenty of breathtaking views to occupy the time. The ceremony itself was utterly sensational, it makes for one of the most incredible backdrops to a wedding I’ve ever seen, but little did I know, this was nothing in comparison to what was to come.
Following the english wedding on floor 39, the guests made their way up to the stunning top floor of the Gherkin to await a Sri Lankan Ceremony, called the Poruwa Ceremony. The Groom arrives first, following a wonderful procession of Kandyian traditional dancers and drummers.The same dancers and drummers then announce the arrival of the Bride. I genuinely couldn’t stop shooting at this point, the noise and sights of this ceremony simply astounded me, all whilst on the top floor of a curved glass buidling over-looking London!!!!
As if things couldn’t be more surreal, the buddhist monk (Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala, Head of London Buddhist Vihara) who blessed Dilshini and Harjit, it turns out doesn’t go to many weddings!! The only other wedding he’d previously attended was that of a certain Prince William to Kate!
So, all in all, a pretty damn special day! I can’t thank Dilshini and Harjit enough for allowing me to share this day with them. This is it: