Aug 29, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Rajinikanth, India’s highest paid Film Actor is hosting his daughter’s marriage—Soundarya Rajinikanth is marrying Ashwin Ramkumar, a Chennai based businessman. The couple got engaged on 17 February at The Park Sheraton, Chennai and their marriage celebrations are on September 2 and 3 at Chennai’s most opulent Wedding Hall– Rani Meyyammani and Raja Mutthiah Hall.
A host of Political, Bollywood and Hollywood Biggies including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Amitabh and Jaya Bachchan, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan and Richard Gere are expected to attend Chennai’s Wedding of the Year. According to newspaper reports, the wedding elements and details have been picked by Soundarya who is wearing traditional Kanjeevaram Sarees for all the wedding functions. The Father of the Bride and the staff at his Poes Garden residence are extremely busy overseeing the massive security arrangements—not because the who’s who are attending the weddng, but because its Tamil Nadu’s favourite superstar’s daughter’s wedding; and thousands of super-excited fans are expected to land up on the roads leading to Rani Meyyammani and Raja Mutthiah Hall.
Soundarya studied in Australia and now runs the film production house Ocher Picture Productions. Ashwin completed his Masters at Stanford University and is now involved in his father’s construction business. Rajinkanth and his wife Latha Rangachari (she runs the school The Ashram in Chennai) have two daughters. Their elder daughter Aishwarya is married to actor Dhanush and they have two sons.
Designers Shane & Falguni Peacock, Malini Agarwalla of ‘Malaga’ and Shaheen Abbas presented a sneak peak of their bridal creations at the bridal showcase hosted by Divya Gurwara at Olive, Mumbai. While Pratima Bhatia and Nisha Jamwval accessorised their look with bags and jewellery from Malaga’s new bridal accessories line, Shane & Falguni dressed models Sanea Shaikh and Shamita Singha in their bridal finery. Suchitra Pillai, Manasi Scott, Namrata Shroff made a statement in stunning silver jewellery from Shaheen Abbas.
The ladies spotted at the event were Ekta Raheja, Poonam Mahajan, Nayantara Thacker, Poonam & Kriti Soni, Alisha Chauhan, Shonali Shroff, Mamta Anand, Mansi Joshi, Delna & Simone Poonawala, Kavita Chougule, Shibani Suri, Kunika Singh amongst many others.
Bridal Asia will take place from 11th- 13th September at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi.
Tags: Alisha Chauhan, Bridal Asia, Delna, Divya Gurwara, Ekta Raheja, Kavita Chougule, Kriti Soni, Kunika Singh, Malaga, Malini Agarwalla, Mamta Anand, Mansi Joshi, Nayantara Thacker, Nisha Jamwval, Poonam Mahajan, Poonam Soni, Pratima Bhatia, Sanea Shaikh, Shaheen Abbas, Shamita Singha, Shane Falguni Peacock, Shibani Suri, Shonali Shroff, Silver Jewellery, Simone Poonawala
A few weeks ago, Mehul Choksi, Chairman of Gitanjali Group in an interview to WeddingSutra had announced his daughter Priyanka’s marriage to Antwerp-based Akash Mehta. His to-be-wed daughter is in the news again, she has just launched her own entrepreneurial venture. Priyanka, has brought to India A.Jaffe, New York’s most sought-after luxury bridal brand and one of America’s oldest bridal jewellery manufacturers. A.Jaffe’s flagship store on Hughes Road, Mumbai will retail Engagement, Wedding and Anniversary rings.
Priyanka herself wears an A.Jaffe engagement ring. What else is the privileged princess picking for her trousseau? “All my wedding wear will be designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. For jewellery shopping I’m planning to visit Delhi, Kolkata, Jaipur and Hyderabad.” She adds: “I’m an accessory freak too—Malaga clutches are my favorite, and the other accessory brands I usually pick when travelling abroad are Chloe, Chanel, Fendi and Jimmy Choo.” And where does she plan to take her fiance for his wedding shopping? “His wear for the different functions may be a mix from different designers– Abu-Sandeep, Raghuvendra Rathore and Krishna Mehta”, she says.
Priyanka and Akash’s wedding is in Jodhpur in December this year.
Tags: A.Jaffe, Abu Jani, Abu-Sandeep, Akash Mehta, Anniversary Rings, Chanel, Chloe, Engagement Rings, Fendi, Gitanjali Group, Hughes Road, Jimmy Choo, Krishna Mehta, Malaga, Mehul Choksi, Raghuvendra Rathore, Sandeep Khosla, Wedding Rings
Actor/Film Producer Prakash Raj and Bollywood choreographer Pony Verma’s wedding reception at Hotel Sahara Star was a star studded affair. Present were Rani Mukerji and celebrity couples Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, Mandira Bedi and Raj Kaushal, Tannaz and Bhakhtyar Irani. Pony’s rakhi brother cricketer Sreesanth, actors Rohit Roy, Mugdha Godse, Rupali Ganguly, Shama Sikander and dad-daughter duo Govinda and Narmmadaa Ahuja.
The white embellished sarees on these gorgeous ladies gets a yay from us!
More white done right! Gets another yay.
Ayesha’s lehenga is a bit too dressy, Mugdha’s make-up is a bit off, but they still come off looking good.
Couldn’t resist but share these fashion faux pas!
Rani dons a beautiful anarkali ensemble from Sabyasachi. Love the color and she looks gorgeous.
There is no excuse for walking into a wedding event dressed casually. Ladies, keep a change in the car if you are too busy to go home and change.
Wish we had full length photos of these lovelies. That maangtikka is so sweet.
Tags: Anarkali, Ayesha Takia, Celebrity couples, Hotel Sahara Star, Maangtikka, Mandira Bedi, Pony Verma, Prakash Raj, Prakasha Raj, Raj Kaushal, Rani Mukerji, Rupali Ganguly, Sabyasachi, Shama Sikander, Wedding Pictures, White embellished sarees
Aug 26, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
The Roka ceremony of Tanushri Dhoot and Vivek Biyani was held at The Regal Room, Oberoi, Mumbai last night. The formal engagement is in October, and the wedding celebrations are between February 6 and 8 in Mumbai. Vivek, the Director in-charge of Future Group’s Home Town is the son of Kishore Biyani’s elder brother Vijay Biyani. Tanushri studied Finance at the Imperial College in London and now works at the Mumbai-based NGO Pratham.
The Dhoot-Biyani wedding is expected to be the most high profile wedding of 2011 since the Dhoot weddings are glamorous, glittering and power-packed affairs. In 2003, Pooja Poddar (from Siyaram Mills family) married Anirudh Dhoot. The packed Mumbai Turf Club had two dinner lounges—one common and the other for VIPs like Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Ambanis and Shahrukh Khan. February 2010 saw another wow wedding when Saurabh Dhoot, son of Pradeep Dhoot married Radhika, daughter of Sanjay Singal of Bhushan Steel. There’s another wedding in the Dhoot family—Pune-based Varun Dhoot and Meenal Partani, are marrying in December 2010.
While daughters of some business barons choose their own life partners, most privileged princesses like Tanushri have an arranged marriage, with a boy from a very similar family background. In a recent interview to The Economic Times, Kishore Biyani, CEO of Future Business stated: “The business community is a very large and strong community, similar to the linguistic, caste and religious communities. And just as people feel comfortable in their respective communities, business communities too, feel comfortable within their own circles. People derive power out of each other.” In the same article a well-known Corporate Advisor was quoted: “The match-making here is related to money. By marrying into one’s own ecosystems, they get stronger and compete better.”
Tags: Anirudh Dhoot, Business Families, Future Group, Home Town, Kishore Biyani, Marriages, Meenal Partani, Pooja Poddar, Radhika Singal, Tanushri Dhoot, The Regal Room, Turf Club, Varun Dhoot, Vijay Biyani, Vivek Biyani
Aug 25, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Actress Moon Banerrjee married Neeraj Sharma on 15th August in Mumbai. Moon met Neeraj, who works as an executive producer with Ram Gopal Varma Films through common friends a few months ago, and the couple soon decided to take the plunge. Says Moon: “We wanted to keep the wedding very simple, so we had a quiet wedding at a temple in Goregaon. In a month’s time we’re planning a grand party.” The couple opted for a very simple look too. “We’re both Fab India fans, so we picked our wedding wear from there. I wore a burst rust color crepe silk saree and Neeraj picked a gold color kurta.”
Moon is currently acting in the STAR Plus serial Sasural Genda Phool. She earlier essayed the very popular role of Sampada in the daily Kasauti Zindagi Ki. This is Moon’s second marriage. She was earlier married to film director Gautam Joglekar who is the son of noted filmmaker/ screenwriter Sai Paranjpye.
Aug 22, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Shashi Tharoor, 54 tied the ‘thali’ with Sunanda Pushkar, 48 symbolising the marital bond as per the South Indian customs, amid playing of ‘Nadaswaram’ and beating of drums. The venue was Tharoor’s ancestral home in Pallakkad. Tharoor wore a traditional Malayali attire of kurta and mundu, Sunanda, wore an off-white ‘veshti-mundu set’ and loads of Jasmine flowers on her hair.The tying of the ‘thali’ was followed by exchange of garlands and handing over the ‘pudava’, a piece of new cloth to the bride by the bridegroom, a tradition in Kerala. The ceremonies took place before a brass metal lamp with a ‘para’ filled with paddy and coconut shoots, symbolising plenty and prosperity.
The invitation to the wedding on the eve of Onam festival was limited to close relatives, friends. But a large number of mediapersons gathered to cover the occasion. The party from the bride’s side included Sunanda’s father Col Pushkarnath Das who lives in Jammu, and her 17 year old son. Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar was the only senior politician present for the ceremony. Ishaan and Kanishk, Tharoor’s twin sons from his first marriage were also present.
The couple are hosting a get-together in Thiruvananthapuram, Tharoor’s constituency after which they head to Dubai where Sunanda is hosting a reception in typical Kashmiri style. From there they fly to Spain for a short holiday before returning to Delhi to host a dinner reception on September 3. Well-known Mumbai Designer Shahid Aamir has designed some of the bride and groom’s outfits. Tharoor’s outfits include a bandhgala in black with cherry-coloured satin detailing and a black ensemble. For the bride, Aamir designed a fuchsia pink chiffon saree for the post-wedding lunch, a black and gold saree for the Dubai party and an off-white and gold khada dupatta with gota, kundan work for the nawabi theme reception in Delhi.
Aug 21, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
After spotting gorgeous jewellery pieces on Bollywood’s leading ladies at the India International Jewellery Week, we were full of anticipation when we heard that Amrapali is showing. We are glad to report that we were not disappointed. Neither were the many female celebrities who turned up to watch the show. We spotted Ila Arun and her daughter Isshita Arun, actress Kiron Kher, Alka Yagnik, Anita Dongre, Neena Gupta and her fashion designer daughter Masaba. The very beautiful Konkana Sen Sharma opened the Amrapali show wearing a five-row kundan neck piece, armlet, bangles, earrings and a choker.
So which of these jewellery pieces is your favorite?
Amrita Thakur and Gaurav Khanijo got married at The Leela, Gurgaon in June this year. Amrita was Gaurav’s junior at the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi where they both studied fashion designing. They reconnected a few years later, when Amrita was working at The Ensemble in Mumbai. Post marriage, Amrita has shifted from Mumbai to Gaurav’s home town Delhi and the newly-wed couple are launching a fashion label for Indian and Western evening wear. Amrita’s sister Divya Thakur, runs Design Temple, one of the most successful graphic design studios in India.
Since Amrita worked with The Ensemble shopping for wedding wear was easy yet difficult. She explains: “I was aware of which designer designs great stuff, but I also knew what costs how much; I didn’t want to over-pay and I had a hard time saying no to what I felt were gorgeous yet over-priced garments.” Because she had a clear idea about what she wanted she didn’t get too influenced by multiple fashion opinions: “One of the comments I hate hearing is—’but everyone is wearing this’. I was very clear that I didn’t want to wear what everyone wore. I also did my own make-up for all the functions, and only hired a hairstylist to help with hairstyling.”
Amrita wore a chic Anamika Khanna saree with a sleeveless blouse for the engagement and a mustard/ pink saree by the same designer for the sagan function. A self-designed green long kurta for the sangeet, a velvet lehenga by Sabysachi for the pheras, a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the reception and a Karen Millen cocktail dress for an evening party. Most of Gaurav’s wedding wear was designed by himself and his friend Divyam Mehta. For the reception he wore a E Zegna suit. What caught everyone’s attention was the dapper Nehru Jacket with pleated Dhoti pants that he wore for the evening party.
Engagement and Sagan
Wedding and Pheras
Cocktail party in the evening
Aug 19, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Actor/ film Producer Prakash Raj is marrying well-known Bollywood choreographer Pony Verma (Rashmi Verma). Their Bandhan is on Raksha Bandhan day, and after they both complete their respective bhai/ bahen duties on 24th August they will head to the wedding venue– Hotel Sahara Star, Mumbai. Pony is a Punjabi, and Prakash is from the Bunt community; the wedding is as per Punjabi traditions after which the just-weds will host a reception.
Besides the function in Mumbai, the couple are planning smaller celebrations in Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai where their other family members live. For the Mumbai functions, Pony is wearing creations by her friend Suprabha Dey while Prakash will wear simple and light outfits for both the functions. From Mumbai, the couple will leave for Kullu Manali for a short honeymoon.
Prakash Raj (earlier name Prakash Rai) has produced Kannada, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil language films. A highly talented actor he won the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role in ‘Kanchivaram’, a Tamil film and the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Mani Ratnam film ‘Iruvar’. This is his second marriage. He was earlier married to South Indian actress Lalita Kumari, and they have two daughters. Pony has been a choreographer for several Bollywood films including ‘Chandni Chowk’, ‘Hungama’, ‘De Dana Dan’, ‘Hulchul’, ‘Nayee Padosan’, ‘Bhool Bhulaiyya’ and ‘Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar’.