Rustic Chic A Styled Shoot by Bridelan “An Unfinished Affair”

I’m so so excited to have stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridelan back on the blog, she has to be your go to gal for wedding styling, she has the ability to make any bride look like a movie star. Her latest shoot is the perfect mix of rustic chic and a new laid back wedding style. All captured by the talented duo Ashwin & Jhalak of Shades Photography. Here Nisha, tells us all about the new shoot An Unfinished Affair which is sure to leave you inspired.

As a stylist and creative person, I am always overwhelmed by spaces with a sense of history and character. The rustic industrial trend (essentially an American trend) is now gaining popularity in India. One can see the inspiration at cafes, restaurants, designer stores and even, homes. We’ve explored the trend and styled a photo shoot for a wedding-themed story. While everyone is getting married in swanky five-star hotels and exotic destinations, there are mills in the Mumbai city that narrate that story of the city’s rich history. These mills are coming back in vogue. They are frequently being dusted and cleaned to be lent to music concerts and fashion shows. This wedding photo shoot in one of the celebrated mills of central Mumbai is a way to celebrate the city and its diverse history and heritage, epitomised nowhere more powerfully than in the now-defunct mills and its industries.

Warehouses are typically dull and dark places where goods come to either die or lay around until their fate is decided. But modern warehouses signify something totally opposite. They are places bustling with creativity. They are places that epitomize restless energy, light, life, laughter and hope. The other important factor: warehouses have rich history.

In the architectural world, the warehouse or rustic look/trend is already climbing up the popularity charts. As the warehouse look (one which is sparse, unfinished, of exposed bricks and grungy facade) gain momentum around the world, lending themselves as go-to venues to classy events, dinner parties, performances, fashion shows and chic art openings, at Bridelan we are proud (and excited) to present a wedding concept editorial shoot at Byculla’siconic The Great Eastern Homes of Mumbai.

The wedding is an expression of a contemporary young couple who are well-heeled, well-read and widely travelled. The wedding is an expression of their sharp and smart personalities. Naturally, the wedding ceremony is more of like an art salon – a gathering of eccentric authors, poets and filmmakers found at a Parisianart salon (maybe hosted by Gertrude Stein at 27 rue de Fleurus?) than a typical Indian baaraat.

Despite the Western outlook of our bride and groom, they are very much Indian and it’s reflected in their attire. This may be a well-travelled bunch who holiday in Europe but their sensibility is Indian. So instead of a gown the bride dons an elegant Sabyasachi sari with a cape. The bridesmaids are in minimalistic Indian colours while the men look suave in day suits.

We deliberately chose the rustic mill background for a wedding. We rebelled against traditions – yet, we remained close to other traditions. If the venue was unconventional, the bridal wear is a nod to modern and minimalistic Indian ethnic wear.

While shooting in a mill, a thought struck me that while the mills may have long gone, and a done and finished business the story of this couple has only just begun.


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Styled by Bridelan

Photographed by Ashwin & Jhalak of Shades Photography

Location: The Great Eastern Homes, Byculla, Mumbai


Ladies: Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Payal Singhal, Payal Pratap Singh, Ridhi Mehra & Anita Dongre.

Gentlemen: Versace, Hardy Amies, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker, Simon & Carter – all at The Collective, Mumbai & Delhi. Brooks Brothers, Nitin Chawla,, Zara, Bombay Shirt & Company, French Connection & Calvin Klein.

Footwear & accessories: Anmol Jewellers, Vasundhara, Just Jewellery, Acquamarine, Curio Cottage, Dune, Hidesign, Kenneth Cole & Steve Madden.

Décor by Memorabilis

Makeup & Hair by Sanjay Yadav

Models ~ Lead pairDisha Patani & Nayaan Chaudhary both at Toabh Models Management.

Other models: Ranveer Singh Dua, Arif Sayyed, Mishti Shirke, Anushka Zaveri, Shreya Shetty, Parul Soni, Varun Singh Langeh, Naman Banthia, Sanjay Duseja, Prabal Panjabi, Gulab Jagtiani & Renu Kundnani.

Bruna at Mezora Entertainment & Rhea at Toabh Model Management

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