Harry and Serena chose to have their Sikh wedding at Gravesend Gurdwara. It was a joyous and meaningful ceremony which blended cultural traditions and spiritual rituals.
The day began early (4am) in the morning with bridal hair and makeup. Serena wore a traditional Indian bridal outfit which was a stunning design incorporating a vibrant combination of red, gold, and green crafted from luxurious fabrics adorned with intricate embroidery, zari (gold thread), and embellishments.
The red colour symbolizes auspiciousness, love, and commitment and the gold represents prosperity, opulence, and beauty.
To complete her look she wore intricate jewellery, including a statement gold and green necklace, earrings, bangles, and an ornate headpiece and a nath (nose ring).
By 7am Serena was looking breathtaking in an ensemble that combined traditional elements with opulent designs, creating a regal and mesmerizing look for her special day.
At 9am, Harry and his family and friends (the Bharaat) filled the street with the sounds of dhol and enthusiastic and joyous dancing as they proceedings towards the Gurdwara.
The groom’s side were welcomed and the Ardas and milnis took place before a scrumptious breakfast full of flavour, colour and spice was served inside one of the ground floor breakfast halls.
Once the couple, and family and friends had gathered in the main hall wedding hall the main wedding ceremony, the Anand Karaj, which translates to "Blissful Union." took place in the presence of the Guru Granth Sahib (the Sikh holy scripture).
Milni: Before the Anand Karaj ceremony begins, there is a tradition called "Milni." This is when the respective families of the bride and groom greet and meet each other. The family members exchange garlands and embrace each other, symbolizing the union of the two families.
Upon the completion of the Anand Karaj ceremony, Harry and Serena were officially married as per Sikh traditions. They sought blessings from the congregation, and the wedding concluded with the singing of traditional Sikh hymns and a final Ardaas.
Having covered many weddings at the Gurdwara over the last 15 years, we knew the best places in the Gurdwara to take stunning couple photos whilst at the same time respecting that we are in a sacred place.