Charlotta + Mitesh | Two weddings!
Yes, you read that correctly, these guys had two wedding days, and I shall explain. But before we go any further, I’m going to get something out of the way, and mention this once and once only: it rained. It rained a lot. On both days. In August. It was torrential on both days. Torrential rain on two days in August. I mean, what are the chances? I know no-one pictures rain on their wedding day, let alone twice, so it was incredibly bad weather luck. But Charlotta and Mitesh were superstars, and that will be the last mention of the weather, as I now tell you how amazing their two days were:
Their first day was back at the beginning of August at Bhaktivedanta Manor, a well-known Hare Krishna temple near Watford. The temple itself is a beaut tudor-style building which was famously donated by George Harrison back in the day, and a great location for Charlotta and Mitesh’s traditional Hindu ceremony. As we gathered for the ceremony, it became clear that the groom and his entourage of gents were running a little late for the ceremony, as they were stuck in a little traffic on the M25. Fast forward around two hours, and Mitesh scampered into the temple to get changed (!) and the ceremony was soon underway, incorporating all the traditional elements including the 12 rituals and a final blessing. I loved seeing the intricacies of the ceremony and, as it was my first one, I felt a learnt a little something! (Don’t worry I was taking photos too.)
Once Charlotta and Mitesh had received their final blessing, we took a few moments out in the gardens to steal a few photographs as the early evening darkness descended. You can check out a selection of the photographs from that day below – but do continue to read on to the end of the page, as I’ll show you their second wedding day at Marks Hall in Coggeshall! ⇣
Round Two: The Coach House at Marks Hall, Coggeshall.
For their second wedding celebration, Charlotta and Mitesh chose lovely Essex barn wedding venue The Coach House at Marks Hall, in Coggeshall just between Braintree and Colchester. They’d chosen the Sunday of the late August bank holiday weekend for this day, and this was to be my fourth wedding in four days – a typically busy summer of weddings – but I’ll talk more about that later. I was looking forward to rounding off my epic 4 weddings in 4 days with this beauty.
In the morning I headed to photograph Charlotta and her gang getting ready a few miles up the road, whilst Mitesh took no chances of getting stuck in traffic this time, and he and the gents got ready at Marks Hall 🙂
They’d initially planned an outdoor ceremony, which the venue is famous for, but we all got a little friendlier with our neighbours by getting cosy under the canopy/marquee just off Marks Hall’s barn to await the bride. It’s fair to say it was a bit of a squeeze, but it was totally worth the friendly ambience as Mitesh looked uncharacteristically nervous waiting for Charlotta to arrive, and in her inimitable style, she thought it was absolutely hilarious as she headed up the aisle to meet him. I loved it!!
Once the ceremony was concluded, with some great readings, guests headed into the barn for some drinks and nibbles, and the new(ish) Mr and Mrs gallantly stayed with me to fly through some group photos as we were still held under cover. Three Mile Hill provided the brilliant music throughout, and soon it was time for the speeches.
There were 5 speeches in total, but each being totally unique and an exceptional way to kick off the celebrations into the evening, and expertly compered by the groom’s cousin Amar. Charlotta’s Dad provided a memorable, highly amusing speech which did wander down a few different tangents but it was brilliant all the same; Mitesh’s brother Mehul took his opportunity to get his own back with his speech, after Mitesh had (and I quote) “ripped it out of him” when he was Best Man at Mehul’s wedding previously. Mehul cracked everyone up with some good-hearted digs at his brother, which was really well received – well, fingers crossed! After the other two speeches from Charlotta’s brother and Mitesh’s other Best Man Anoop, Mitesh went on to give quite possible one of the best Groom’s speeches I’ve heard in a long while. Interspersing his speech with some questionably-translated Gujarati (you were saying something naughty, I think Mitesh!), along with his East London rapping alter-ego, Mitesh’s speech had just about everything you could want, and I absolutely loved it.
As you’ll remember me saying above, their wedding at Marks Hall was the finale to a 4 in 4 wedding bonanza for me, and by the evening I was feeling, understandably, a little tired. Charlotta and Mitesh had experienced two logistically challenging wedding days, but had gone about them with such humour and energy, and it really was inspiring. Nothing had fazed them, whether it was being stuck on the M25 for two hours or whatever, and they never let their frustrations with logistics show on either day, instead just going with the flow and cracking up with laughter at every opportunity.
When they went onto the dancefloor for their first dance in front of the giant LOVE letters, I braced myself for this year’s usual Ed Sheeran or John Legend ballad, and got my camera ready. As the first few notes of their first dance song started I was pleasantly surprised, as Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Everywhere’ began to play! The upbeat lyrics and tune, combined with seeing the new Mr and Mrs T looking so happy as they let loose on the dancefloor, in addition to the closing moments of my knackering 4 in 4 days, got this photographer a little choked behind the camera. I don’t mind saying that it was totally heartwarming seeing them so happy, out there on the dancefloor accompanied by such a great song, a really emotive sight, and something which has stayed with me since that day – and I have been playing ‘Everywhere’ on repeat since!
Thank you guys, for tolerating me for two weddings (!), and here’s a selection of images from their Marks Hall wedding: