Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan conceptualised this bridal shoot and ace candid wedding photographer Sharik Verma captured the great Indian wedding picture, and when we saw their labor of love, we knew we had to share the beautiful story- the subtlety of Indian colors, the richness of its traditional textures, shimmering jewels and the warm glow of the tropical sun. Nisha writes about the inspiration for this shoot, and the styling that is steered towards the effortless rather than laboured.
“It’s a people shoot; featuring individuals straight out of a classic Indian family who value culture and modernity in equal measure. The pictures tell a sunshine story: on a pleasant afternoon, the bride poses for a nuptial photo shoot. These would soon become the most memorable memories of her life.
She is dressed traditionally and yet, has a nonchalant air about herself.
Simplicity, beauty and elegance are at the heart of this. Ditto for the photography style. This is a new age modern family but they understand the value of ‘family portraits’ as opposed to ‘selfies’. As Sharik Verma explains, ‘Wedding pictures go down generations. But it is only elegance that stands the test of time.’
There’s one valuable styling lesson that comes as hands-me-down from our mothers and grandmothers and that is ‘to look elegant’. This visual story spells the same core values:
Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the bride and groom:
For Bride: The lehenga is subtly traditional and the colours – peach with ivory and teal makes it look modern and glamorous
For Groom: Bengal’s most respected craft – Kanthawith khadi in a beige colour. A pink pocket square adds the little dash of colour.
Tarun Tahiliani and Kotwara by Meera & Muzzaffar Ali for the girlfriends:
The young 20-something best friends of the bride are wearing chikankari and lace by Tarun Tahiliani and artist designer duo – Meera and Muzzafar Ali.
Raw Mango & Ekaya for three generations:
Raw Mango’s graceful pastel colour chanderi sari worn by the cute pixie bride’s sister
Grandmother in a heirloom ivory Raw Mango sari
Bhabhi in traditional Banarsi beige sari by Ekaya Silks
Rajesh Pratap Singh & Varun Bahl for the men:
Grandfather in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s pin tucks light blue kurta with a silk quilted Nehru jacket
Well-tailored short bandhgala with Jodhpurs by Varun Bahl in linen worn by groom’s brother
Styling- Nisha Kundnani for Bridelan. Bridelan is a wedding wardrobe styling service for Indian brides and grooms getting married in India or overseas. For more visit www.bridelan.com
Wedding Planner- Roma Kundnani
Jewellery- Anmol Jewellers, Mahesh Notandas Fine Jewellery, Gehna Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Aquamarine, Suhani Pittie.
Hair and Makeup- Ambereen Yusuf
Photography- Sharik Verma