Shot against a classic heritage manor in the British countryside, this couple’s pre-wedding photoshoot is straight out of a fairytale!
For UK based Giran Hayre and Dalveer Gandam, their wedding marks not just a celebration of their love, but the union of their lives both as business partners as well as life partners! The couple, who had met through friends, had come a long way from falling in love to starting a Sikh and Hindu wedding planning business together to finally tying the knot, and they honored this new chapter of their lives with a breathtaking pre-wedding photoshoot in the British Countryside.
Framed against the idyllic architecture and historic backdrop of Euridge Manor, the nuances of Giran and Dalveer’s love came alive in ethereal shots by Great Genius Photography. Talking about the shoot, the bride shares, “When our original plans of shooting in Santorini were cancelled due to COVID, we had no choice but to shoot within the UK. We wanted the dreamy, exotic feel of a foreign land, and Euridge Manor turned out to be a true hidden gem. Tucked away in the British countryside the sprawling, secluded estate is majestic and exclusive, an ideal venue for shoots, high-profile events and celebrations. We loved the myriad unique facades that include water bodies, lush lawns, grand staircases and romantic passages with vine-laden columns that made for beautiful shots.”
The couple donned two different outfits to capture the different moods and aesthetics of the various backdrops. “We wanted the shoot to look like something out of a fairytale, and my red flared gown with floral embellishments and detailing embodied the whimsical magic that I envisioned. Dalveer complemented the brightness of my look with a cream velvet blazer and bowtie, looking quite the quintessential Prince Charming!” she laughs “We also added an element of tradition to acknowledge our culture, and for the luxurious heritage look I donned an exquisite ivory gown by an Indian designer with intricate detailing. Dalveer complimented my look with another velvet blazer in the palest of blues”.
While every shot from a pre-wedding photoshoot captures the unique love a couple shares, some moments undeniably touch the soul. The bride reminisces, “Our favorite image has to be of us holding the flares outside the manor on the lawns. Our wedding planning had been an exhaustive experience so far, having been cancelled and postponed so many times due to the Pandemic, and there have been some moments where our excitement dipped. But the magic we felt when we were in the moment reawakened that excitement in us all over again, reminding us of the happiness and celebration that awaits us in the future.”
Talking about the experience of the shoot she recounts, “Weather in the UK is always unpredictable, but we got lucky with amazing blue skies overhead the whole time. The entire journey was full of laughs from the start to the end, despite a little nervousness in the beginning, which we soon overcame as we got accustomed to the camera. We let go and just went with the flow, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some shots needed us to even get our hands dirty to reach some of the locations, but it was all worth it! The most fun moment definitely was shooting in the boat that kept rocking constantly, causing our expressions to go from smiles to frowns, making for some hilarious BTS shots”.
Talking about their experience with Great Genius Photography she shares, “Being in the wedding planning industry, we have followed their work for some time now and they have always been a joy to work with. Not only do they make you feel totally comfortable and have lots of fun with you, they are extremely open to shooting new concepts and ideas. It was amazing to see the vision we had shared with them before the shoot, come alive in pictures. Words cannot express the sheer gratitude we have for them!”
The couple now looks forward to have their dream wedding in summer of 2021 in the UK.
Location: Euridge Manor, United Kingdom
Photography: Great Genius