More brides than ever before want to go for a regal look on their big day, but in Canada a common trend is the theme of dressing up like various Disney princesses for the wedding.
With that in mind, Vancouver-based Jasmine Nijjar, who worked as the marketing manager for Wellgroomed Designs, an Indian couture bridal gallery, along with Universal Decor, conceptualised a unique project with brides in mind.
The talented team decided to show how the look of much-loved Disney characters could migrate into other ethnicities including traditional Asian.
Universal Decor and Wellgroo-med decided to build a theme which used nine popular Disney princess movies as the inspiration and integrated them into traditional Indian bridal wear.
The top wedding vendors in Vancouver were recruited for what would become an ambitious project. While Universal De-cor Events built the sets, Make-up Vibez, The Powder Room and Hair by Sav provided the hair and make-up services to create striking looks. High Heel Obsession provided the jewellery and shoes and the Amrit Photography team were called in to capture the magic.
“With intense planning and coordinating, we started with Snow White, Princess Jasmine, and Sleeping Beauty,” explained photographer Amrit Grewal.
“Universal Decor built Snow White’s set with a giant cherry tree that was hung with crystallized apples. Princess Jasmine’s shot was inspired by the Sultan’s palace, so we accentuated the golds in her set.
“Sleeping Beauty’s shot was inspired by the Harrods window displays in London and Universal Decor used thousands of leaves and pink flowers around a real bed to achieve the look.”
The ornate dress that Sleeping Beauty wears was designed by Wellgroomed Designs, and will set a bride back a whopping $10,000 (£5,503).
“The shoot went excellently and we continued onto the next two princesses, Mulan and Belle. For Mulan’s shot, we used real swords and green turf to emulate mountains from the movie. Belle’s shot focused on her table setting,” said Amrit.
“Then we moved forward with the next three princesses – Rapunzel, Ariel and Pocahontas. We were really dreading this set of princesses because of the amount of detail that their outfits required.
“Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s flower wall, Universal Decor created a white rose wall that really offset the baby pink from Rapunzel’s sari.
“To create her braid, we rolled hay (yes, hay) for about six feet with zap straps and wrapped the thick rope-like hay with matching blonde extensions.”
The designers adorned the braid with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery from High Heel Obsession and per-ched her on top of brick pillars.
“We were really concerned about Pocahontas. We knew that we definitely wanted to include her, but were unsure of how we were going to portray her headdress without being offensive,” Amrit revealed.
“At that time, there was a large uproar from the Native American community about Pharrell’s headdress on the cover of a magazine. So we opted to do a simple bejewelled headpiece from High Heel Obsession with three single feathers.”
Amrit explained that Ariel was definitely the most detailed one and probably his personal favourite to shoot.
“We really wanted to show off a tail look, so we clipped the sari from the knees and really accentuated the hips and tail fin. We used an aqua backdrop and built a rock-like platform so Ariel could stand on it. To give her a more sexy look, we used a short, strapless crop top.”
Last but not least, the Cinderella look was shot. “The vision behind Cinderella was Annie Leibovitz’s shot. We went on location to the local Hycroft Manor and used the outdoor stairs as her running point.”
Not surprisingly, the Disney project has received an amazing response around the world and inspired many brides to think out of the box.
“There was finally a look that Indian brides could aspire to that worked with their ethnicity. And as a team, we were extremely proud to have been able to provide that joy to them.
“The online response was absolutely amazing. I’ve been flooded with inquires about this project, so much that I’m unable to respond to them all.
“This definitely would not have been possible without all the amazing people who donated their time,” Amrit added.
Credits: Wardrobe: WellGrommed.ca; decor: UniversalDecorEvents.com; director: JasmineNIjjar.com; jewellery: High Heel Obsession; photography: AmritPhotography.com; make-up: Makeup Vibez by Ranjit Heer; hair: Powder Room Studio and Saveena Sohal; locations: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey and Hycroft Manor, Vancouver; models: Michelle Senghera, Jasmeen Johal, Carly Pinchin, Rachel Deagon, Alisha Sidhu, Shirin Sharifikhah, Iris Chau, Chanel Brar and Astra Pereira. Special thanks to www.SouthAsianBrideMagazine.com