Together with Wellgroomed Designs, an Indian couture bridal salon in Vancouver and Universal Décor Events, who created the sets, Vancouver-based wedding photographer Amrit Grewal transformed nine iconic Disney princesses into Indian brides, incorporating elements of Indian culture to recreate the look. Considering the differences between extravagant and ornate Indian weddings versus simple and polished mainstream weddings, Grewal aims to demonstate how Disney could translate into the traditional Indian aesthetic. The high-budget photoshoot with its decadent scenes, embroidered dresses and diamond jewelry has been a published in South Asian Bride Magazine, highlighting how original Disney figures can migrate into other ethnicities. For more info check out the description and “Making Of” video below and visit www.amritphotography.com.
Universal Decor built Snow White’s set with a giant cherry tree that hung crystallized apples. As princess Jasmine’s shot was inspired by the Sultan’s palace, the team accentuated the golds in her set.
The inspiration for Sleeping Beauty was drawn by the Harrods window displays in London for which Universal Decor used thousands of leaves and pink flowers around a real bed to achieve the look. The dress that Sleeping Beauty wears is designed by Wellgroomed Designs inc. and will set a bride back a whopping $10,000.
For Mulan they’ve used real swords and green turf to emulate the mountains from the movie.
The centerpiece of Belle’s shoot was the table setting.
Inspired by Kim Kardashian’s flower wall, Universal Decor created a white rose wall that really offset the baby pink from Rupanzel’s sari. To create her braid, hay was rolled (yes hay) for about 6 feet with zap straps and the thick rope-like hay was wrapped with matching blonde extensions. The braid was then adorned with tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery provided by High Heeled Obsession.
Concerned about how to portray Pocahontas Headdress without being offensive (At that time, there was a large uproar from the Native community about Pharrell’s headdress on the cover of a magazine), they’ve opted for a simple bejewelled headpiece from High Heeled Obsession with 3 single feathers.
Ariel was the most detailed photoshoot. In order to show off a tail look, they’ve clipped the sari from at the knees and accentuated the hips and tail fin. They’ve used an aqua backdrop and built a rock-like platform so Ariel could stand on it. For a more sexy look, they’ve used a short strapless crop top.
The vision behind Cinderella was Annie Leibovitz’s shot, so they went on location the local Hycroft Manor and used the outdoor stairs as her running point.
All images © Amrit Grewal