Since launching the blog wayyyy back in 2014, I’ve seen the wedding industry grow. It’s starting to get more diverse and I’m seeing more fusion and multicultural weddings being featured. I’m hoping in the future this blog doesn’t have to exist so multicultural, fusion and interfaith weddings become the norm. Today I have a British Asian Fusion luxe shoot on the blog, put together by Sharn (a fellow wedding blogger) and wedding planner, from Desi Bride Dreams. Over to Sharn:
Why we wanted to do a fusion shoot
Weddings have evolved and they’re not so much a single-cultured event anymore but more multi-cultural. Nowadays there are so many inter-faith weddings where key elements are brought together from different cultures to create a wedding tailored to the couple as well as their families. Fusion weddings used to be unthinkable especially with Asian weddings, however, now they are more widely accepted and I wanted to showcase this through my work. I wanted to show people how fusion weddings can be done to cater for the modern as well as the traditional families which are more than likely to be in the same place at the same time.
Also I like to break some boundaries in business! I know it was a risky shoot as it might not be well received but everyone loved it! All of the leading suppliers such as Soltee and Red Dot Jewels shared it as well.
How I picked the suppliers
I hand-picked suppliers according to my vision. The concept of the shoot was based on romantic blush, deep tones and moody hues, glamour and metallic shades. There was a rigorous selection process hence each supplier was carefully chosen for what they would bring to the shoot. I love Anneli’s photography style which is different to the traditional over-edited Asian style therefore I wanted to take a completely new fresh take on photography. The suppliers were actually a mix of British and Asian suppliers to ensure that both styles came through to the concept and delivery.
Why I love fusion weddings
I think one of the most beautiful aspects of a fusion wedding is where two cultures combine purely for the happiness of the couple. The general vibe of the festivities is more relaxed. The couple meticulously choose the most important elements of their traditions and honour each others cultures by fusing them to become their unique wedding.
No fusion wedding is the same and that’s what I love most about them. The challenge each one provides is different every time.
What I hope to achieve with this shoot
We live in a multi-cultural society and yet there is still a lot of stigma attached to the fusion of different cultures. Today it is easier to travel, to access different parts of the world and hence meet a multitude of new people.
I hope to achieve mainstream awareness with this fusion wedding shoot whereby couples wishing to fuse their cultures shouldn’t be fearful of planning their wedding. It may feel like an uphill battle at first, but with the right help and team behind you, I want to show you that you can create your dream wedding and make sure your families are happy as their requests have been fulfilled along the way as well.
Wedding Planner & Stylist Desi Bride Dreams
Photographer: Anneli Marinovich Photography
Female model: Sydonnie Cousins
Male Model: Andrew Hamshire
Prop Hire Wed Head
Hair Hair by Shamalah
Make Up Amz Rai
Flowers Miriam Faith
Venue Poundon House
Silk Runners and Ribbon Kate Cullen
Shoes Emmy London
Fashion Stylist Karan Rai
Male model suit: House of Fraser
Turban Ziggi Studio
Male Model Asian Outfit The Sherwani Co.
Female Model Asian Outfit (cream one) Soltee
Female model pink outfit Este Couture
White dress Joanne Fleming
Bangles Nargis Collections
Jewellery Red Dot Jewels
Tableware Hire Maharani Decor
Tablescape Beading Vintage Button Bridal Designs
Doli Hire My Wedding Entrance
French Chairs Academy Furniture Hire
Cake Unique Cakes by Yevnig
Henna Henna BK
Turbans Bespoke Turbans
Fashion Assistant Amber Rai
Styling Assistant Ellis Smith