Canada has the highest Sikh population outside of India and Brampton in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) has the highest population of Sikhs. We have to have the privilege to photograph so many of Sikh wedding in Brampton-Mississauga area. More we photograph Sikh weddings, the more we learn about them. There are different rituals and cultural ceremonies for Sikh weddings here in Toronto area.
Pre-Wedding Events in Sikh Wedding Photography
We offer 3 to 4-hour coverage in our packages which covers Mahiya, Jagoo and Choora ceremony in Sikh Weddings. Usually, pre-wedding events are for close friends and family and we ensure we capture those moments when bride's uncle is putting bangles or when groom’s mom is putting mahiya on the groom.
Before the Ceremony in Toronto Sikh Weddings
Groom getting ready in Sikh weddings in Toronto or Brampton we have usually groom being helped to put on the turban. Check out our official partners SINGH ME UP(LINK) who we often see at weddings for turban tying service. Surma or type of eyeliner which is put in the eyes of the groom before he leaves the house is another traditional ceremony in Sikh weddings. Groom walks out of his house with Kirpan as his sisters will be holding a phulkari over his head.
Barat and Milni - Barat and Milni are two major ceremonies and as a Sikh Wedding photography expert here in Toronto, we usually sit with couples in their timeline meeting so they can budget approximate times for each of these ceremonies
Barat in Sikh weddings includes a lot of dancing, here in Brampton/Mississauga area, we expect horse as well on the Sikh and Hindu wedding ceremony. There is a lot of dancing on the beats of dhol and that energy and joyful moments are always fun to photograph.
Milni ceremony is usually outside Gurdwara or Sikh Temple and Since Brampton or Mississauga weather can call it for an indoor milni ceremony as well. What we see here most in Brampton and Mississauga on sikh weddings is milni for only men of the family although about 30% of Sikh weddings in Toronto area have milnis for women as well.
Here are some shots from getting ready, baraat and milni:
Sikh Wedding Ceremony Photographer in Toronto
Ceremony in Sikh Weddings in Toronto/Brampton or Mississauga roughly are about 1 hour including everything. We take a different approach for the Sikh wedding ceremonies, where one photographer focuses on more bright and airy look at the main photographer goes for more dramatic and dynamic look. During our meetings for mood boards in our Mississauga studio, we usually ask couples what do they like the most and we photograph according to the inputs of the couple.
Here is the difference between dramatic look on Sikh Ceremony in Brampton
Here is a Bright and Airy look on a Sikh Wedding in Brampton
See our blog on Home Decor Tips which talks more about the different lighting and our blog on Two Style of Indian Bridal Photography Looks to help determine which style is for you.
Sikh Wedding Portraits Photography in Toronto
As soon we leave from Sikh Temple, We spend about 1 hour with the bridal party and the couple for the post wedding portraits on a Sikh wedding generally in Brampton. There are quite a few locations in Mississauga area and Brampton area for these portraits. We usually suggest bridal party to leave after their part is done in first 30 mins and after that, we spend another 30 minutes with the couple.
Doli or Send-Off the Bride in Sikh Weddings
Right after the portraits, Bridal send off is very emotional of Sikh weddings. This is the time as Sikh wedding photography expert we anticipate a lot of emotions from the family which we love capturing. Panni Varna is another traditional Ceremony which we offer added cover where the mother of the groom welcomes the bride to the new house.
We are proud to say that we are experts in Sikh Weddings in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton area and we love to photograph the values, traditions, customs and colours in a Sikh Wedding.
Check out some more images in some of our Sikh Weddings Blogs: Sikh Wedding in Scarborough, Sikh Wedding in Ottawa and Sikh Wedding in New York.