I’m THRILLED to finally be sharing with you one of my favorite photo sessions to date, an Indian Bridal Styled Shoot – my dear friend Anita is leaving for graduate school soon at IU Bloomington, and she has been working so hard to chase her dreams to become a bilingual speech pathologist that this seemed like a fun reward for all that studying! Ever since I have known her, she has always had such an appreciation of Indian culture – we definitely have to make an India trip at some point, and this shoot was definitely a dream come true!
If you saw my last few blog posts, you have already seen a sneak preview of her incredible henna, courtesy of JessiKay Henna, and stunning makeup by Lindsey Joy Sweeney of Sweet Southern Beauty! These are two truly talented boss babes and this shoot would not have been the same without their artwork.
If you’ve never attended an Indian wedding before, they are SO FUN and unique! Everyone, including the bride, wears vivid colors, and attire will vary from North to South. I have only attended one Indian wedding, and it was by far one of my favorites – there are many beautiful parts to the ceremony, the colors are rich, and the food is SPICY!
Bridal henna covering the hands, palms, and forearms, as well as the feet and ankles, is typical, and can take several hours to apply – this happens at the Mehendi party!
The bridal attire seen here consists of a choli (green blouse) with a lehenga (long skirt) and a drape (duppatta). Of course, you can’t skip the beautiful jewelry, including headpiece and beautiful bangles!
For the styled portraits, first we went to St. James Court, where there is an incredible house with a beautifully adorned front porch that gave me some serious Indian temple vibes!
The water by the fountain made for a magical backdrop!
Next, we headed to the Parklands of Floyd’s Fork, where the blue of Anita’s outfit contrasted beautifully with the rich greens of the tall grass.
As it got closer to sunset, we enjoyed the beautiful pinks of the sunset for a few more stunning shots!
If you’ve kept reading this long, I hope you have enjoyed this gallery as much as I did. I’d love to know which ones were your favorites in the comments, and I can’t wait to share more creative projects with you in the future!
Much love <3 Johanna Elise