Hexton Manor and Sopwell House - Hindu Wedding and Reception

Priyal and Rishi are awesome.  Their wedding date was incredibly popular, so much so that had they not booked, I know someone else who was ready to pay their deposit without even meeting me!  I’m so glad I was lucky enough to photograph Priyal and Rishi’s wedding events – as they were so much fun!

The Civil Wedding – Hexton Manor

We begin with their stunning civil wedding at the beautiful Hexton Manor in Hertfordshire. On one of the hottest days of the year, this was a beautiful and intimate ceremony which took place in front of the grand Manor building. With the deer in the adjoining field and the surrounding greenery this location is as stunning as it can get! Priyal looked stunning and elegant in her beautiful white wedding dress and her idea of a first look was so much fun to setup. The couple were surrounded by their dear family and closest friends creating a beautiful intimate Civil Wedding.

The Hindu Wedding – Sopwell House

The following week we met again for their Hindu Wedding and Reception at Sopwell House. It was the first time I had photographed at this cool venue and it was easy to see why so many people look to book it. While the weather wasn’t as warm (or bright) as the previous week, it allowed us to still create some cool images without the worry of too much sunlight (yes, this actually is a thing!!). Priyal looked like a model in both her outfits on this day – amazing work by Leena MUA. Rishi looked every inch the proud groom throughout the day.

As Priyal made her entrance accompanied by her uncle, I could sense how proud her parents were.  She entered the mandap and the ceremony could really start.  Partway through the ceremony, Priyal’s nephew decided to sit on the spare chair that was next to Priyal.  He just wanted to be close to her.  The moment wasn’t lost and the innocence of youth was beautiful to see.  Although it did cause a mild panic for Priyal’s sister whose seat he had just taken!  The ceremony ended with a beautiful vidai and then the traditional shoe exchange (they get more and more expensive!).

The Reception Party

Moving into the evening reception, the venue was transformed by the decor team and it looked super dreamy.  But the standout moment was the speech by Rishi’s best man.  His speech was a perfect mix of humour and affection which hit all the right notes.  The entertainment was provided by RV Sounds who I’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of times.  With such good music, a happy crowd and proud family – this was one fun evening!  The evening party went on into the night with all the family and friends really enjoying themselves.

Hexton Manor and Sopwell House - Hindu Wedding and Reception


Civil Wedding Venue: Hexton Manor
Indian Wedding and Reception Venue: Sopwell House
Mandap and Decor: Wed In Style
Videography:  HOM Productions
DJ: RV Sounds
Catering: Shayona Catering
Bridal Makeup: Leena MUA
Cake: Only Eggless

It was a pleasure having Nish shoot our wedding – he’s a legend. He quickly became one of our favourite suppliers; he responded to questions quickly (even non-photography related ones) was really flexible, and willing accommodate any requests we had.
It was also handy having someone who’d down the shots I refused to have at our reception 😂🤣
But really, on a serious note, thanks very much for all your help Nish and for giving us a beautiful collection of images. It’s been lovely looking back at them and reliving our big day.
Priyal and Rishi
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