May 13, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Entrepreneur Simran Sial tied the knot with Neha Oswal, daughter of Delhi-based industrialist Primal Oswal at a grand celebration in the capital. The first function was a Mata ki chowki at the Oswal residence. On the second day, was an evening of Cocktail and Sangeet at the Maurya Sheraton, ‘Silver Strings’ performed live after which Gaurav Malvai took over the deejay console. Neha wore a soda pink gown designed by Gaurav Gupta and the groom wore a Shantanu & Nikhil creation.
The Mehendi ceremony was a lovely laid-back afternoon, with a pop-kitsch theme at the bride’s private farm in Pushpanjali. Neha wore a sharara designed by Nidhi Tholia.
The main Wedding function was held at The Grand Hotel, Vasant Kunj where the decor was designed and conceptualized by industry veteran Geeta Samuel. The bride wore a hot red lehenga designed by Pallavi Jaikishen and the groom was dressed in a sherwani by JJ Vallaya. The finale was a formal Reception at The Lalit. Neha wore a Sabyasachi saree and Simran wore a classic tuxedo designed by designer duo Rohit & Rahul.
May 10, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Diamond magnate Vijay Shah set a new benchmark for opulence and innovation when he organised his daughter’s wedding in Belgium in 2002. This month, guests who attended the Gupta Wedding in South Africa talk about the affair as one on par with the Belgium wedding. One guest states: “If Priya Shah’s wedding was the most spectacular wedding last decade, Vega Gupta’s might be the wedding of this decade.” And while the Gupta wedding may have stirred a lot of controversy with press reports talking about the misuse of the SA military base, the Indian wedding industry is talking about the mesmerising affair co-managed by four core teams- the Gupta family members from Saharanpur and South Africa, a local event management company in South Africa who coordinated with the family office there, key employees of Sun City which was the venue for the celebrations and the Event Managers of Mumbai based Wizcraft.
The star entertainers included Sonu Nigam, Mika, Shankar Mahadevan, Manasi Scott, Shiamak Davar and his troupe. Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, Esha Gupta and Anil Kapoor were the star guests who mingled with the host of politicos and other invitees from India and South Africa. Close to 200 wedding specialists who included chefs, decorators, photographers, fashion stylists, makeup artists and their teams flew in from India. Ace Chef Marut Sikka and speciality cooks who worked with the Sun City chefs to prepare a bewildering choice of strictly vegetarian and non-alcoholic fare. Delhi-based designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula were the official stylists to help guests get ready and Mumbai’s Makeup maestros Mickey Contractor and Vipul Bhagat dressed the bride and ladies from the bride and groom’s side.
While the pleasant weather in South Africa was a good respite for the guests, the majority of who were from Delhi and North India, they couldn’t help notice how tired the bride Vega looked on Day 3 and 4, thanks to the super-hectic festivities. Fortunately, she had a week long break because tonight is the grand reception, hosted by her in-laws, the Delhi-based Jahajgarhias. The venue is a sprawling Chattarpur farmhouse where the look is being orchestrated by India’s decor king Sumant Jayakrishnan. Now you know what Delhi will be talking about next week.
May 7, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
A month after her nephew Uraaz’s Bahl’s wedding in Jodhpur, Parmeshwar Godrej’s daughter Nisa (36) tied the knot in Mumbai. Nisa married Kalpesh Mehta, a Wharton graduate who runs a real estate venture in India, and the wedding was a discreet, family-only celebration at the Godrejs beach side mansion in Juhu. But Nisa’s cousin brother Uraaz Bahl’s wedding in Jodhpur was a grand and fun-filled affair. A Mumbai based Entrepreneur, Uraaz is the son of late Ishwar, Parmeshwar’s sister. He married his long-time girlfriend Shaana Levy who is half-Jew, half-Gujarati.
A Picture Perfect Moment
The Majestic Umaid Bhavan
Shaana and Uraaz’ celebrations commenced in Mumbai with Parmeshwar Godrej hosting a welcome party at her home, where the guests included a number of Bollywood A-listers like Aishwarya and Abhishek and Sussanne Khan. The scene then shifted to Jodhpur. The functions included a pre wedding puja & dinner at Raas Haveli, the wedding party at Umaid Bhavan and an after-party at the majestic Mehrangarh Fort. For all the wedding guests it was a weekend which will not be forgotten for a long time. “When are you renewing your vows? we want to come back” commented one of Shaana’s friend on her timeline. Here are some Photographs of the Jodhpur celebration shot by New York based Aranka of OneLight Studio.
The Groom’s Men
Bride Getting Ready
Shaana Levy in a Sabyasachi ensemble
Sukanya Rangaraj, an editor with a prominent luxury and fashion magazine, and Atman Shah, a fourth generation businessman met in high school and their love culminated into a wedding that was a grand South Indian and Gujarati affair. A host of prominent persons from industry, politics and media and their family’s large circle of friends attended the week long celebration held across different venues in South Mumbai.
The celebrations commenced with a Black Tie theme Cocktail at Tote on the Turf. Quips Sukanya, who wore a Monisha Jaising white and gold number, “We’ve been deemed the very ‘proper’ couple, and we subscribe to all things chic. So naturally, this had to be the first event—a night under a blanket of dazzling stars unfolded and the party rocked.”
The Mehendi was an intimate affair at Sukanya’s residence in Worli. Says Anway P Bhoite, the Wedding Planner: “The temple inspired decor was replete with several bright lines of yellow marigolds suspended from a tall height, antique Ganesha idols and urlis and clusters of poetically burning diyas.” The predominantly ‘ladies’ event turned into a colourful evening of henna and dance as they swayed to a live Punjabi dhol. This was followed by lip smacking chaat and of course the deep hue of ornate mehendi on everyone’s hands.
The sunset Sangeet at Jade Garden was nothing short of a music and dance extravaganza. Lyrical, mirthful and full of joie de vivre, the couple’s family and best friends put up a Bollywood-theme dance show as an ode to the couple. Songs that best described their love, moments of laughter and memories to cherish—each act portrayed a spectrum of emotions. The entertainment didn’t end there. A band of live musicians rendered various musical hits as the amber February sun set in the background. Adding an element of surprise were traditional Garba dancers who got the crowd swaying to folk tunes. Sukanya wore a sequined Anand Kabra yellow and antique green lehenga and Atman wore a beige silk Rajesh Pratap sherwani with a brooch from Tarun Tahiliani to complement his bride’s touch of green.
The Wedding was a traditional soiree at Taj Vivanta. Signifying the best in spirit of both Tamil Iyengar and Gujarati Vaishnav ceremonies, it was a perfect blend of both rituals as the couple exchanged vows in true Vedic style. The décor too by Anway, reflected a regal and uber traditional sensibility.
The Reception at the Royal Western India Turf Club saw a winter wonderland theme where Anway P Bhoite designed a predominantly white set, embellished with crystals and fantasy props. The mood of the evening was regal and pristine. The bride wore a Bhairavi Jaikishan gold applique lehenga, Victorian style diamond jewellery from Anmol Jewellers and the groom wore a classic Dolce & Gabbana suit.
Wedding Planner – Anway P Bhoite (www.linkedin.com/in/anway)
Candid Art Photography – Ryan Martis.
Photographs Courtesy – Chintu Thakkar and Sundaram Vishwanath with team.
Jan 24, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Ravi, son of Media Mogul Gautam Adhikari of SAB TV tied the knot with his childhood sweetheart Rubaina Gajiyani. The celebrations commenced with an intimate family Sangeet, after which was the traditional wedding and finally a grand reception at the Poolside Lawns of Hotel Taj Lands End.
Ravi and Rubaina
When we met Ravi and Rubaina at their pre-wedding shoot at his family home Adhikari Villa in Juhu, we asked Ravi how he met Rubaina. The shy groom smiled and replied. “Ask Rubaina”. His to-be- bride was only too happy to tell us more. “We met at Tuition classes. We were both in the eleventh standard, a year later Ravi evinced his interest in getting to know me. Only later did he tell me it was love at first sight.” Two years ago, we interacted with the Adhikari family when Ravi’s sister Urvee married Karan Vyas. This time Urvee spoke excitedly about how much more fun it was to plan her brother’s marriage. “In fact”, adds Urvee, “Now I am seriously toying with the idea of becoming a Wedding Planner. But I guess planning your family member’s wedding is quite different from doing it professionally.”
Urvee and Karan Vyas. Bharat Dabholkar, Poonam Dhillon.
Ravi and Rubaina’s Reception at the Poolside Lawns was held on a breezy night at Mumbai’s most popular Wedding Reception venue. Chhagan Bhujbal like Gautam Adhikari, known to be a stickler for punctuality, was the first guest to arrive. Gautam Adhikari and all the family members were there at the venue at 8.00 pm sharp, and while most guests trooped in by 9.30 pm, many other guests couldn’t come till 10.00 pm thanks to the Friday evening traffic and the celebrations continued till midnight.
Photographs Courtesy- DKreate Photography
Jan 21, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
The Sangeet & Cocktails Evening hosted by Debbie and Arun Hitkari to celebrate the wedding of their son Arjun with Gayatri Misra was a fun and elegant affair, at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. Society diva Debbie and her businessman husband Arun are very popular in Mumbai’s society circles, and The Crystal Room was full of prominent social and business personalities, and beautiful women in exquisite lehengas. The venue was decorated with pink roses and jasmine, and after the choreographed performances, just before midnight, Mika stepped in and kept the young and the old glued to the dance floor.
Gayatri and Arjun, Groom’s Parents Arun & Debbie Hitkari
Mika Singh, Sheetal Mafatlal
It was Shaadi week continued for many guests who had just returned from the Kothari- Bhartia wedding in Chennai. Also present were many head honchos from the Tata Group where Gayatri’s father Ajoy K Misra works as the Director of Tata Global Beverages, in London. We spotted YES Bank Head Honcho Rana Kapoor with all his family members, a lot of guests walked up to greet newly weds Raakhe Kapoor and her dapper husband Alkesh Tandon. Seen dressed in ethnic finery were Praful Patel, Pallavi Jaikishan, Pinky & Sanjay Reddy, Sharmilla Khanna, Bijal Meswani, Surendra & Alka Hiranandani, Rashmi & Sudhir Behl, Mana & Sunil Shetty, Deepika Gehani, Sheetal & Atulya Mafatlal, Dilip & Shalini Piramal, Tanaaz Doshi, Ramesh & Kiran Sippy, Neeta Lulla, Lilette & Ravi Dubey, Seema & Jaideep Mehrohtra, Shobhaa & Dilip De with daughters Avantikka, Arundhati and Anindita.
The menu by Grand Chef Hemant Oberoi was served in the Ballroom. Awadhi, Thai, Italian and Mediterranean, with a vast dessert section with traditional winter sweets too- we loved the Til Chikki with chocolate and the delectable ‘Louki Halwa’ at the Halwa counter.
Debbie Hitkari and the bride-to-be both glittered in ensembles by Abu-Sandeep. The groom wore a Tuxedo.
Niranjan & Kamal Hiranandani, Mr Raymond Bickson, MD & CEO Taj group and his wife
Mana and Sunil Shetty, Dilip and Shalini Piramal
Nisha Jamwval, Tanaaz Doshi, Pria Kataria Puri, Deepika Gehani
Jan 18, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
India Inc ushered in the New Year with the wedding of Nayantara, daughter of Chennai industrialists Shyam and Nina Kothari with Shamit Bhartia. The celebrations started on 14th January at venues like the ITC Grand Chola and a sprawling ground and ended on 17th January with an afternoon wedding and post wedding function at the Kothari Mansion in Nungambakkam High Road. The Kotharis and Bhartias kept the event private and access to the media was not permitted, but some relatives and guests including Amitabh Bachchan Tweeted about the Wedding. ‘It can’t get bigger than this- AR Rahman performs live at a wedding, first time ever’, a family friend Tweeted. Amitabh Bachchan who was there with his entire family Tweeted about music maestro Yanni’s performance at the pre-wedding party. ‘Yanni and his mesmerising group of performers at the wedding in Chennai. What an evening.’
Bride Nayantara wore creations by Tarun Tahiliani and Abu Sandeep (each a masterpiece is what we hear) while industrialists, politicians, bankers and close family and friends excused themselves from work to be present at the wedding of the decade. With so many VVIPs in the city, the Kotharis, their staff and the Wedding Planners had a logistical feat to pull off while the bride’s mamas, Mukesh and Anil Ambani (Nina Kothari’s brothers) and their wives played gracious hosts. The guests could’t stop marveling about everything- the super duper arrangements, the exquisite decor created with flowers from all over the world and the divine, authentic cuisine by the best vegetarian chefs from all over India. The wedding-related responsibilities of the girl’s side over the celebrations move to the boy’s home turf Delhi, where the Bhartia’s host a Reception on 21st January.
Bride’s Mami Nita Ambani at one of the functions
Jan 6, 2013 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
It was a simple yet elegant wedding cum reception, and India’s most high profile bollywood family was present. Renowned Gastroenterologist Dr Jayant Barve, a close friend of Amitabh Bachchan hosted his son designer Nachiket Barve’s nuptials at Army Officers Institute, Juhu on 5th January and all the Bachchans (except Aradhya) were there. Nachiket married Surabhi Lokre from Indore, the wedding was a traditional Maharashtrian affair post which was the reception. Amitabh Bachchan, known to be a stickler for punctuality was there for the evening wedding as per the time marked on the invitation card. As a rare and special gesture the Bachchans stayed on for the evening reception too. In fact, Abhishek and Aishwarya even walked around the lawns, looking relaxed and happy that they had their space. Entry for the media was strictly prohibited and only a few guests walked up to them for a photo op. Later, the family sat down to relish the wedding food prepared by Mumbai’s famous wedding caterers- Mini Punjab.
Nachiket a graduate of NID, Ahmedabad, began his career as an intern with Abu-Sandeep; he runs his own studio in Mumbai and is well-known for his fabulous cuts and understated yet fashionable men’s and women’s wear. He met Surabhi, also a fashion professional at a fashion preview in Bangalore where she was working earlier. The amiable and talented Nachiket is the only non-medico in his family, both his parents are doctors, his sister is pursuing her MD at PGI, Chandigarh and she is also married to a medico.
Nachiket and Surabhi
The newly weds with his parents Dr Rekha and Dr Jayant Barve
A host of prominent bollywood, fashion and medical professionals came for the reception post 10.00 pm. Actresses Tabu and Sonam Kapoor, Designers Abu-Sandeep, Anita Dongre, Nishka Lulla, Fashionistas Prerna Goel, Anju Chulani, Krishika Lulla and Jatin Kampani among others. Nachiket looked dapper in a self-designed black sherwani, and Surabhi looked pretty in a red ensemble designed by Nachiket, paired with traditional green bangles.
Abhishek and Aishwarya
Photographs Courtesy - Medhavi Kotecha (DKreate Photography)
Dec 27, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Well-known Restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani (of Mocha fame) hosted his Reception and Walima dinner at the Sun N Sand Hotel, Mumbai on Wednesday. He tied the knot with singer Kiran Chaudhry in her home town Lahore. The Reception in Mumbai started off with a Sundowner on the Beach for the couples families and close friends. Riyaaz wore a suit and Kiran a shimmering sequinned saree. The theme of the evening was white and gold, and the food was a traditional Awadhi spread. The evening came to an end with the bridal couple and their friends lighting lanterns that were released in air, to mark their eternal union.
The Newly Weds
Pearly Whites. Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed and Former Model Arzoo Govitrikar
Arzoo Govitrikar and Actress Reema Sen. Mumbai Models Dazzle
Dec 26, 2012 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
“What is a VIP Lounge”, queried a colleague when we talked about today’s blog post. We weren’t aware of what a VIP Lounge is until some years ago when were invited to a high profile wedding reception with lots of VIP’s. The host set up a VIP Lounge, near the stage, so the powerful set after wishing the newly-weds, could sit in the lounge to interact with other VIP guests or enjoy dinner in a more private setting. Some like the Bhosale-Kadam wedding in Pune, had not only a VIP and General area, but a third area, where over one lakh invitees could only see the stage and the couple from a distance. So the wedding had three earmarked spaces- the VIP Lounge, one for Special Invitees who could stand in a line and wish the couple, and one for the General Invitees.
Anchal Arora of June8Events tells us about the VIP lounge she designed for Builder Avinash Bhosale whose daughter Swapnali wed Congressman Vishwajeet Kadam. The reception for over 1.4 lakh guests was at the Balewadi Stadium Grounds, and the VIP lounge set-up designed to accommodate 1500 VIP’s.
A Royal Gold & Maroon theme was the highlight of the VIP Lounge, the canopy was decorated with flowy gold-on-white brocade drapes and royal chandeliers. The décor was brought to life with attractive table centerpieces of red roses, and gold linen. The entrance to the lounge was enhanced with red & maroon roses and Brassicaceaes and beautifully crafted flower hangings of mokara orchids.
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