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Desi Bridal Fashion Lookbook

The Summer and Fall are popular times of the year to pop “the big question”. It gives soon-to-be brides a year to plan their wedding, and most importantly, find the perfect bridal outfit. Irene Mahmud, photographer and former SAPNA model, put together a beautiful lookbook of bridal styles from Taj Cottage.  As desi fashion and culture takes the west by storm, we are posting our first ever photo shoot with a non-desi model! It has been one of our pillars to focus on the beauty of the desi woman. Yet, as the world opens their arms to our culture. We are hugging back, by showing that any woman can appreciate the beauty and decadence of desi fashion.

This bridal gown in satin is beautifully embroidered with pearls, sequins and stones.

Many women are opting to wear a gown instead of the traditional lengha or sari. This bridal gown in satin has an overlay of net. It has a separate wrap, worn on top, which is beautifully embroidered with pearls, sequins and stones.

A designer masterpiece in satin with net overlay, embroidered with ribbon, sequins and beads.

You too can have a “white wedding”. The traditional red or blue bridal outfit is being passed up for white fusion looks! This bridal gown is a designer masterpiece in satin with net overlay, embroidered with ribbon, sequins and beads. It has a separate net jacket and scarf.

This captivating lehnga choli in dark green and maroon color has intricate embroidery in dull gold resham, zari and sequins.

A traditional lengha can be played up with modern hair and makeup to make you look filmi sexy on your big night. This captivating lehnga choli in dark green and maroon color has intricate embroidery in dull gold resham, zari and sequins. This magnificent necklace, with earrings and tikka, is studded with diamond accent stones, and the hanging beads make it dazzle.

This bridal lehnga in hot pink is made of pure banarasi georgette.

Did you love the retro pink outfit in Om Shanti Om? This is the modern day take on getting that vintage appeal. The bridal lehnga in hot pink is made of pure banarasi georgette. It is fitted at the waistm, with kalis at the bottom. The beautiful embroidery is done in matte gold sequins, stones, and beads. The blouse is made of silk, embroidered in the front with butties at the back.

This designer bridal lehnga in orange is made of pure banarasi georgette.

Orange is a color that flatters darker skin stones. This designer bridal lehnga in orange is made of pure banarasi georgette. The lehnga is fitted from the top and has kalis at the bottom. It is embroidered from front and back, at the waist, and at the bottom, with dull gold color sequins, stones and zardosi . The blouse has intricate embroidery in front and butties at the back.

Photographer: Irene Mahmud
Model: Carmen Johnson
MUA: Renata
Hair: Tarek Makki
Wardrobe & Descriptions: Taj Cottage

24 thoughts on “Desi Bridal Fashion Lookbook

  1. These are stunning photos, stunning outfits, and I just love the white model… added a unique kick to the photos. Fantastic job!

  2. Irene I’m able to keep up with you and your work through your mom! I haven’t know you long, but I think this is beautiful work. You have a great eye! I definitely love the orange one. Best wishes and good luck!

  3. Your work is exquiste! Your mom has shared pictures with me here in Columbia. You have so much talent and she is very proud of you. The dresses/outfits are absolutely beautiful and your photography showed them off very well. Great Job!

  4. Guess what? FYI, the model isn’t white. I love the work and I love the model. Her multi-racial look carries the clothes very nicely and shows that these are fashions for everyone, not simply desi fashions.

  5. Your dresses are mind blowing…I feel like I should marry again with the same guy though…:) Great work and photography is also excellent. Keep it up girl…and reach the sky. All the best.

  6. I love all the fabulous dresses, the accessories and the total bridal look! As a Fashion Director and painter in NYC, I really appreciate the textile art, handcrafted and bead work on these outfits! As eBoutique business owner for Cozy Petal, I can also understand the stressful brides going through before the big date, get a little pampering with aromatherapy, or relaxation for a Spa-cation experience to detress.

    Thank you for posting.

  7. My boyfriend proposed to me and idea is to get married next year. I am hoping for a late fall wedding but we haven’t done much preparation. Does anyone have ideas for when is the normal time to purchase the dress?

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