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Wedding Photographer Transforms Indian Brides Into Disney Princesses

By Hanssie on January 17th 2015

Disney Princesses transcends all cultures. You’d be hard pressed to find a culture (one that has modern conveniences at least) that has not heard of any number of the Disney movies that have been released throughout the years.Walking through the streets of China, every other street vendor is selling knock off items of the latest Disney Princess. Back in November, it was Elsa and Anna (from Frozen). But have you ever imagined what the Disney Princesses would look like if they were of Indian descent?

Inspired by the Princesses, Jasmine Nijar, Marketing Manager for Wellgroomed Designs, an Indian couture bridal gallery in Vancouver and Universal Decor created a concept to showcase how “mainstream Disney can migrate into other cultures.” The project was part of an ad campaign for Wellgroomed in South Asian Bride Magazine. Photographer Amrit Grewal of Amrit photography joined the team and together the group began approaching the top wedding vendors in their area.

The various princesses are actually a common theme in the wedding industry up in Vancouver. The team planned and organized their first set of Princesses: Snow White, Princess Jasmine and Sleeping Beauty.

Snow White; Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs

Snow White’s set consisted of a giant cheery tree with crystalized apples, built by Universal Design.


Princess Jasmine; Aladdin

Inspired by the Sultan’s palace in the movie, Aladdin, Princess Jasmine’s scene was accentuated with gold fit for, well, a princess.


Sleeping Beauty

For Sleeping Beauty, Universal Decor used thousands of leaves and flowers around a bed for the look inspired by a Harrod’s London window display. Wellgroomed Designs designed Sleeping Beauty’s dress, which comes with the princess-like price tag of $10,000.


The next set of princesses were Mulan and Belle.


In the Mulan scene, real swords were used, as well as green turf to emulate the mountains of the Henan Province where the real Mulan lived.


Belle; Beauty & The Beast

Belle’s scene focuses on the infamous table where she meets all of the talking and singing dinnerware.


The final Princesses were Rapunzel, Ariel, Cinderella and Pocahontas. The final four were the most difficult to execute, as they each required a lot of detail.

Rapunzel; Tangled

The white rose wall from Kim Kardashian’s wedding was the inspiration behind Rapunzel’s set. The wall complemented Rapunzel’s pink sari and beautiful long braid. The braid was created by rolling 6 feet of hay and wrapping the hay with matching blonde extensions. To top it off, the braid was adorned with tens of thousands of dollars of jewelry from High Heel Obsession.



It was difficult to find a a way to portray Pocahontas’ headdress without being offensive to the Native American community. The team decided to use a simple jeweled headpiece with 3 feathers from High Heel Obsession.


Ariel; The Little Mermaid

The most detailed princess was Ariel. In order to show off her tail fin, her sari was clipped at the knees to accentuate her hips and fin. The short strapless crop top completed the ensemble and the aqua backdrop and rock platform Ariel perched upon looked like it was straight out from “under the sea.”



Last, but not least is Cinderella, whose portrait was inspired by Annie Lebovitz’s Disney Dream Portrait. Using Hycroft Manor’s staircase, the team brought a running Indian Cinderella to life.


Of course, a shoot like this takes a good team to pull it off. You can read more about each vendor here and also, be sure to check out their websites.

  • Wardrobe:
  • Director:
  • Jewelery: High Heel Obsession
  • Photography:
  • Makeup: Makeup Vibez by Ranjit Heer
  • Hair: Powder Room Studio |  Glam By Sav | Iris Ciao
  • Locations: Dhaliwal Banquet Hall, Surrey | Hycroft Manor, Vancouver
  • Models: Michelle Senghera, Jasmeen Johal, Carly Pinchin, Rachel Deagon, Alisha Sidhu, Shirin Sharifikhah, Iris Ciao, Chanel Brar and Astra Pereira
  • Publication:
  • Special thanks to Bora Yenal from Wise Cat Studio for an awesome behind the scenes video.

Behind the Scenes Video of “Once Upon A Dress” Photo Shoot

[Via Buzzfeed/ Wise Cat Studios * Bora Yenal]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  2. Jason Boa

    Nicely Done

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  3. Monique Dykstra

    Love the Rapunzel shot! Such a pretty image and great lighting.

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  4. David Hall

    So beautiful. Wonderful job on these images.

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  5. Rafael Steffen

    What an amazing portrait shoot!

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  6. Hannu Siika-aho

    Beautiful princesses. There are so many in India.

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