South Indian Wedding in Masa Derby // Runa and James

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On the 9th September James and Runa became Mr and Mrs Picton in one of the most awesomely colourful weddings I have been to!

…and this is their Wedding Photography Preview! Woo hoo!

Runa and James met in Derby through friends at one of Runa’s house parties, they then stayed in contact and started to see more and more of each other until they finally became a couple. 

James Proposed to Runa in India after flying over to meet with Runa’s family. The proposal was in one of Runa’s favourite church’s in Bangalore.

James explains “I stood by the alter and I told Runa how beautiful she was, how I have had the most fantastic time of my life being with her and that I want that to be everlasting. I then got down on one knee and presented her with a ring and asked her if she would marry me. She thankfully said yes! We then left the church and decided to go to the Hard Rock Cafe for a celebratory drink. This was followed by a night in an executive suite at the Taj Vivanta, Bangalore.” – What a wonderful wonderful proposal story!

Their wedding took place on a very changeable day in early September. Runa and her friends were getting ready at Runa and James’ house in Derby. The girls were getting into the most beautiful mango yellow sarees and having their hair and make up done, while Runa tucked herself away in the bedroom for some calm before her big day. One of James’ groomsmen was even awesome enough to bring over some Subway subs for lunch! (N.B. Don’t kill me girls! It’s one of my favourite wedding photos ever!!!)

James and the guys were over at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in Derby getting ready with a few beers before heading over to St Mary’s Catholic Church to meet and greet their guests!

Before long, Runa arrived in her motorised Tuk Tuk and the ceremony began! It was such a beautiful service which incorporated both a Catholic mass and the South Indian tradition of tying a Thali around Runa’s neck. Here the groom ties a thread with a gold pendant, around the bride’s neck as a symbol of their marriage. It requires 3 knots, the first knot is tied by the Groom and the second and third by the sisters.

The rain kindly stopped for long enough for the newlyweds and I to head over to Darley Park for their first photographs as Husband and Wife in amongst the beautiful Secret Garden located behind the Hydrangea Garden. It was just perfect, the sun shone and it was a wonderful moment of calm and happiness.

Then it was time for the party to begin! We all headed back to Masa in the centre of Derby where James and Runa were greeted by another big flurry of confetti from all their happy guests! The speeches were soon underway before an absolutely beautiful meal from Masa’s fab chefs. 

The party began with James and Runa’s epic first dance – a slow dance which evolved into a full on dance off! Everyone was having the most awesome time! Then Runa and her bridesmaids surprised everyone with a Bollywood dance routine! It was just brilliant and so much fun!! 

Congratulations again Runa and James! It was such an honour to photograph your amazing wedding for you and I hope you enjoy this little preview before you receive your full wedding gallery! 

I wish you both a lifetime of happiness and laughter!  Jenny xxx

For more information about Wedding Photography by Indigo and Violet, please head over to the Weddings section of the website or just get in touch and we can have a good chat! 

Jenny xx

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