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Indian Summer

Aug 2, 2019

Vibrant red tones and gold accents fused with traditional Indian elements for this captivating styled shoot at Uptown Indigo in Shelby, North Carolina

This Indian styled shoot with South Asian flair used vivid colors and extravagant textures to explore wedding inspiration for the modern Indian-American couple. Fusing tradition with contemporary, sophisticated elements at an industrial venue, this shoot delivered dramatic, vibrant images that add a taste of cultural diversity to the wedding world.

“I have always been captivated by the rich color and elaborate details of Indian / South Asian weddings, so I wanted to plan a shoot that explored that vibrancy,” said the photographer. “I wanted something that would incorporate the cultural traditions of India with modern elements and I think that’s something we achieved.”

For the invitation suite, cream-colored papers were embossed with gold and red cursive calligraphy, and complete with traditional gold designs and a sparkly red border. Every detail was aligned with the cultural elements and color scheme of the shoot.

“I was inspired by the traditional red and gold bridal Lehenga and chose red and gold as our primary color palette with hints of green, and some blue and silver,” said the photographer.

While traditional Western weddings usually have a bride in a white dress, Indian brides are encouraged to be bold in their color selection. The model bride was showstopping in a gorgeous, red and gold beaded Lehenga straight from India. Different textures and rich colors were accented by a luxurious Dupatta, beaded choker necklace, assorted bangles, statement stud earrings and gold embroidered flats. 

“I loved the richness and texture of the dress and Dupatta we found and started earnestly searching for something for our groom that would match,” said the photographer.

In a red and gold beaded Sherwani set, the groom looked absolutely majestic and perfectly complemented his bride. To complete their wedding day ensemble, a henna artist created the most beautiful designs on the hands and arms of the bride.

“One of the ways we made this shoot unique was by having a henna / mehndi artist intricately adorn the hands and arms of our model bride,” said the photographer. “An Indian wedding would not be complete without some henna on the bride so we had to find a special vendor to help make this a reality!”

To keep with tradition, the bride did not carry a wedding bouquet. Also, instead of an abundance of florals, there were single deep red rose buds scattered in the décor and a variety of gold-accented pieces.

“South Asian brides do not traditionally have floral bouquets like Western culture,” said the photographer. “So the only florals we used for this shoot were some classic red roses used in some centerpieces and in the gold arch.”

Inside the venue, Uptown Indigo, the space was chic and industrial, offering a captivating setting for the styled shoot. There were pendant light fixtures, cowhide rugs, black leather tufted lounge furniture, oriental rugs, exposed brick and modern art. It offered a fantastic contrast between the modern, monochromatic elements and the rich, colorful traditional elements. 

“What happens when you mix modern elegance, historic charm, and a colorful, Indian wedding...” said the photographer, “a vibrant and beautiful feast for the eyes!”

There were three different tablescape designs for inspiration, each featuring Chiavari chairs and the main color palette. The first closely followed the red and gold design theme and included candle votives and a gold lantern in the middle of the table surrounded by rose petals. The reception table was covered in a red linen and each place setting showcased gold-rimmed glassware, antique flatware, white chargers, textured acrylic dinner plates and red napkin linens.

For the second design, there was a round sweetheart table, set similarly to the first reception table with the addition of a circular gold arch with floating red roses in the center placed behind the table. It created an enchanting backdrop for the dining moment. The last reception table showcased more of a simple, modern twist on South Asian weddings with silver replacing the traditional gold accents and small vases of red roses with a lamp serving as centerpieces.

“One of the best moments for me was being able to go on top of the roof and take some stunning portraits of our model bride and groom,” said the photographer. “It had been raining on and off all day, and thankfully there was just enough of a break in the clouds for us to capture some beautiful images before it started to rain again.”

Throughout the day, which was captured by Hello Cheetah Productions, the couple swayed, twirled and exuded the magic of Indian culture, tradition and beauty.

Looking for the perfect venue for your special day? Check out Uptown Indigo HERE!

Creative Team

Uptown Indigo

Southern Belle Photography

Reshma Saraf

Jillian Marie Beauty

Kundan Sets

Paper Goods + Calligraphy
The Paper Creation

A Lark Creation

Rentals & Decor
Twenty-Two Event Design

Hello Cheetah Productions

Hard Press Models
Henna Body Art by Anna Lee

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