WeddingSutra brings you a kaleidoscope of the most sparkling shaadis and society weddings to watch out for; from intimate nuptials and big, fat hometown marriages to the quiet elegance or regal grandeur of destination weddings. From the oases of the Middle East to the grand spires of Europe, if you’re wondering where the most high-profile, Indian weddings are taking place this year – read it here first! Austria in May, Spain in October and Paris in November… here’s more on who is marrying where…
Devangi Nishar and Sahar Parekh
Devangi, the beautiful daughter of Dr Alka Nishar of multi-designer store AZA is marrying Kolkata business magnate Sahar Parekh this week. The three day celebrations are at the Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi which has played host to over 14 Indian weddings in 2015 alone. Later this year, the Ritz Carlton property in Bali plays host to a big Indian wedding, the marriage of the scions of two business families from Mumbai.
Arundhati De and Sahil Sheth
This week Shoba and Dilip De’s daughter Arundhati is tying the knot with businessman Sahil Sheth. It’s a simple, elegant affair with the Mehndi and Wedding ceremony at chic venues like Indigo, Colaba followed by a reception on the lawns of NCPA at Nariman Point. In a newspaper interview the mother of the bride was quoted as saying she is taking care of all arrangements herself, with no wedding planners being involved.
Gayatri Reddy and Aneesh Bhatia
If Mumbai and Delhi host the ultimate power weddings, Hyderabad is the city of mega weddings—it is not uncommon to hear of atleast a few weddings every season where the list of attendees cross 10,000. There was one exception this season when Hyderabad-based Bajajs, a high profile couple co-hosted a destination wedding for their son Samarth (he married Sasha Rawal from Mumbai) at the new international hot-spot Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa in Muscat. The A-list families of Hyderabad quip that atleast for a year or two, destination weddings will continue to be an exception in their circle. This week Gayatri Reddy promoter of IPL team the Deccan Chargers and daughter of newspaper baron T Venkattaram Reddy is tying the knot with Aneesh Bhatia from Delhi. Aneesh is an Air Asia stake holder and younger brother of Amit Bhatia who is married to steel tycoon LN Mittal’s daughter Vanisha. The celebrations take place across different venues like Park Hyatt and ITC Kakatiya.
Gayatri Reddy and Aneesh Bhatia, Kresha Bajaj and Vanraj Zaveri
Kresha Bajaj and Vanraj Zaveri
Kresha Bajaj, daughter of noted businessman and restaurateur Kishore Bajaj is tying the knot with Vanraj Zaveri, the son of well-known jeweller Hemant Zaveri. When the bride is a well-known fashion entrepreneur and her father the man behind Mumbai’s epic restaurants it will be a wedding Mumbai’s who-who will look forward to! The celebrations include a youngsters, the mehndi, an intimate wedding and a glittering reception at the NSCI Dome in Worli.
Anushree Jasani and Parth Jindal
If it’s the wedding of the son of the noted industrialists and hosts extraordinaire Sangita and Sajjan Jindal one can expect it to be the most exotic destination wedding of the season. In May 2016, JSW steel’s scion 23 year old Parth Jindal weds Anushree Jasani, his classmate from Cathedral and John Cannon School. The celebrations take place at five different venues and hotels in Vienna, including Palais Hansen Kempinski and the Ritz-Carlton Vienna. As a prelude to the May celebrations, the groom’s sisters (Tanvi Shete and Tarini Handa) hosted a youngsters party at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. And if its destination Vienna for the rich and famous Indians in May, the most well-heeled NRIs will be in Spain in October and in Paris in November- the chosen locations for two high profile NRI weddings, both managed by Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane who has built an enviable reputation for being the wedding planner for some of the biggest Indian weddings in Europe.
Meanwhile, the grapevine is abuzz with excited whispers of several other alliances though the details of the weddings are still hush-hush.
Priya Singh, daughter of noted art collector and interior designer Kavita Singh and pharma-baron Jasjit Singh is engaged to actor Sikander Kher. A simple, elegant engagement was hosted at the Singh family’s sprawling bungalore in Bandstand, Bandra, Mumbai. Guests included close friends and family including the groom’s bestie, Abhishek Bachchan and the bride’s first cousin, Sonam Kapoor.
Isheta Salgaocar, niece to Mukesh and Anil Ambani is engaged to Neeshal Modi, the younger brother of ace jewellery designer Nirav Modi. Neeshal, also in the diamond business, divides his time between Antwerp and Mumbai. Isheta, with a major in journalism from Columbia University, is an honorary editor at HuffPost India. The buzz is that this is an arranged cum love marriage. The groom formally proposed to the bride movie-style, on the ski slopes of a European resort.
Fashion designer and construction heiress Sherina Dalamal is engaged to Vaneesh Soni, a doctor from Beverly Hills.
Sula founder Rajeev Samant, is ready to dismiss himself from the list of the city’s most eligible bachelors. He is engaged to Margarita Andronova from Russia. Samant, 50 introduced her to his friends at a sundowner in Goa after which his social media account went slightly berserk with comments about the eternal bachelor finally biting the bullet.
From left to right: Rajeev Samant and Margarita Andronova, Isheta Salgaocar and Neeshal Modi, Sikander Kher and Priya Singh.
WeddingSutra raises its glass to the newest couples on the block and will be bringing you all the love stories, the wedding snapshots and inspiring details from the ceremonies to come! Stay tuned.