A Luxe Gold & Green Styled Wedding Shoot – Inspiration For The Indian Bride
When Dubai-based photographer Simi Tanna, the founder of Similitude Photography, which operates in the UAE, Qatar and the UK, visited her hometown of London before the COVID-19 pandemic turned our lives upside down, she took her creativity along with her and brought together a collaboration of talents, producing this show-stopping wedding shoot to inspire Indian brides-to-be.
Simi choose north London’s stately Finchley Golf Club — situated in her home suburb — as the venue of choice for the wedding shoot, taking advantage of gorgeous marble fireplaces and period wall panels and its enchanting English gardens. Her creative talent pool styled the space with emerald-green hues and splashes of muted gold, modern florals and a sublimely decadent balloon arch that really pops in the space. The overall theme exudes an air of contemporary luxury for a bride who is not afraid to make a statement!
This stunning photo shoot showcases two fashion-forward Indian bridal looks (for reception and dinner), complementing groom and bridesmaid styles, and inspiring interior and table décor themes. Below, Simi talks us through her vision for the shoot — enjoy!
A Note From The Photographer
For this modern-luxe bridal shoot, we used a sumptuous palette of deep greens and muted golds to give depth of colour for a wedding that would look as visually stunning in the autumn as it would in spring. We blended contemporary florals in the bridal wear and bouquets to lift the rich tones. The team also used this opportunity to explore emerging trends, from the newest bridal styles to hoop bouquets, balloon arches and acrylic signage.
The tone of a wedding is first set by the wedding stationary, and Quint London created a gorgeous invitation suite with thematic colours, fonts and florals that would give guests an idea of what to expect. Quint London also designed the shoot’s wedding menus on vellum parchment, moving away from the traditional style of card-printed menus.
Finchley Golf Club in north London is a hidden gem. It is the perfect venue for intimate events and provides stunning backdrops for portraits. While some may think of a club house at a golf club as being dated in its architecture and stuffy in atmosphere, we are pleased to showcase one that is truly the opposite.
The team from Ava K Events created an on-trend, decadent balloon arch in jewel-tone green and gold that complemented the grandeur of the reception room and mirrored the styled table settings wonderfully. The ballon arch also included white florals and green foliage to match the centrepieces and bouquets created by Grandeur Events. A green and gold balloon-filled plinth for the Art Deco wedding cake tied the look together perfectly.
The table’s floral centrepieces were grand and high to take advantage of the high ceilings. The groom’s boutonniere, the bridal bouquet and the bridesmaid’s hoop (a trend that I predict we’ll see more of in the future) echoed the florals on the invitations, while berries and eucalyptus lifted the bridal bouquet, giving it movement and boldness. In addition, the neutral floral palette allowed the outfits of the bride and groom to hold centre stage.
The wedding cake, made by Cupcake Muse, was a perfect realisation of what started as a doodle during a meeting. Cupcake Muse took the gold geometric shapes from the invitation suite and used a statement emerald-green geode as the cake topper to complement the agate seen elsewhere in the shoot, producing a truly bespoke wedding cake.
We used personalised agate pieces by SG Letters as place cards, with names etched in gold script — an eco-friendly option that doubles up as a luxurious wedding favour for each guest. The agates placed on simple white crockery and gold charger plates, next to Art Deco glassware in muted gold, offset the shining gold cutlery to create a perfectly balanced setting.
SG Letters also created acrylic signage complementing the stationary to create a consistent theme. I have noticed that we are seeing an increased interest in these kinds of personalised touches as couples strive to create more intimate events; his-and-her signature beverages are a great example of this.
The team that created the outfits were on hand to style the Sabyasachi-esque looks, drawing upon the Indian fashion designer right down to the details of the statement bangles by Bangles for Angels UK and dazzling jewellery by Heritage Jewellery by Ridhi. The outfits were designed by Zyra London especially for this wedding shoot, bringing the newest trends from India and Pakistan to the UK. The designs combined tradition with a twist of modernity, much like the venue setup itself.
Makeup artist Shreya carefully created exclusive looks to complement the jewellery and the outfits. Using her versatile skillset, creativity and knowledge, she used rich colours inspired by the themes of the emerald and gold wedding. Each look was perfectly executed with precise attention to detail.
The Little Pink Book
Photography: Similitude Photography / Wedding attire: Zyra London / Jewellery: Heritage Jewellery by Ridhi / Bangles: Bangles for Angels UK / Hair and makeup: Shreya Makeup / Wedding cake: Cupcake Muse / Wedding stationary: Quint London / Agate place cards and acrylic signage: SG Letters / Florist: Grandeur Events / Balloons: Ava K Events / Venue: Finchley Golf Club