B.C. photos of Disney princesses as Indian brides go viral

WATCH ABOVE: Dave Singh from WellGroomed designs and Dari Khan from Universal Decor join Global News to talk about the viral photos of Disney princesses as Indian brides.

VANCOUVER – Photos of Disney princesses, reimagined as Indian brides, and taken by a Vancouver photographer have now gone viral.

The photos were taken in May and June, 2014, but were only published recently. They have now been shared in publications across North America.

Vancouver-based photographer Amrit Grewal said the original idea for the shoot was suggested by Universal Decor to WellGroomed Designs, a bridal store in Surrey.

Grewal says in the Vancouver wedding industry, a common theme is Disney princesses. Jasmine Nijjar, who worked as the marketing manager for WellGroomed, designed this project with a need to show how mainstream Disney can integrate into other ethnic groups. So Universal Decor and WellGroomed designed a theme that used each Disney princess movie as the inspiration, while integrating traditional Indian bridal wear.

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With the help of many volunteers for hair, makeup, building the sets and jewellery and shoes, Grewal shot all the pictures.

Each Disney princess picture had its own inspiration behind the shoot.

Snow White’s set was built with a giant cherry tree that hung crystallized apples. Princess Jasmine’s look was inspired by the Sultan’s palace and Sleeping Beauty’s shot was inspired by the Harrods window display in London.
Sleeping Beauty.

For Mulan’s shot, the crew used real swords and green turf and Belle’s look was all about her table setting.

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Rapunzel’s look was inspired by Kim Kardashian’s flower wall. To create her braid, they rolled about six feet of hay with Zap Straps and wrapped it with matching blonde extensions and tens of thousands of dollars worth of jewellery.

Pocahontas’s look was a little more difficult as the team did not want to offend anyone when it came to displaying her headdress. So they decided to do a simple, bejeweled headdress with three single feathers.

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Ariel’s dress was very detailed and included a tail, so they clipped the sari from the knees and accentuated the hips and tail fin. They used an aqua backdrop and built a rock platform for her to stand on.

Cinderella was last and was shot on location at Hycroft Manor in Vancouver.

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Grewal says they have received an amazing response to the project so far and he has been flooded with requests to talk about the photos.

 WATCH: Check out a behind-the-scenes video, made by Wise Cat Studios:

Once upon a dress style shoot from Wise Cat Studios * Bora Yenal on Vimeo.


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