Wedding fever has gone viral in the houses of the richest and most influential families in India.
Hyderabad is abuzz with preparations for the wedding of GVK Reddy’s granddaughter, Shriya Bhupal with Anindith Reddy, grandson of Prathap C Reddy, the Chairman-Founder of Apollo Hospitals! Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the who’s who are anticipating the wedding celebrations of Poorna Patel (daughter of former civil aviation minister, Praful Patel) and industralist Namit Soni.
Shriya Bhupal and Anindith Reddy
On the 28th and 30th of June, Mumbai’s crème de la crème witnessed one of the grandest engagements this year at Antilia – Mukesh Ambani’s home. Mukesh and Nita’s son, Akash Ambani was betrothed to Shloka Mehta in an opulent ceremony and star-studded celebration. Social media breathlessly documented all the goings on including the glamorous guests in ensembles by Manish Malhotra, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Khan, Kresha Bajaj, Anita Dongre and Kunal Rawal. The team in-charge of the celebrations (outside of the Ambani and Antilia offices) included international wedding designer Karen Tran, wonder weddings manager Kainaz Sethna (Seven Steps), Creative Director Vaibhavi Merchant, Show & Program Coordinators On Cue Productions and Floral designers Dinaz Noria and Havovy Readymoney. Speculation is now rife about when and where not one but two Ambani weddings will take place. Akash’s twin, Isha is engaged to Anand Piramal. The grapevine is suggesting a December wedding for Isha and a March 2019 wedding for her brother, Akash.
Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani, Isha and Neeta Ambani.
Alia Bhatt in Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Gauri Khan in Tarun Tahiliani, Vidya Balan in Anita Dongre
And while we’re barely recovering from the Ambani engagement, the other two massive weddings are creating a buzz. High society is gearing up for the end of the week. GVK Reddy’s granddaughter, Shriya Bhupal (also the designer behind the fashion label Shriya Som) will marry Anindith Reddy this month. The wedding celebrations are spread across several locations in Hyderabad- Taj Krishna, JRC Convention Centre and the Hitech City. The guests have received an elegant invite designed by EDC, and the main reception at Hitech City is expected to be of unprecedented grandeur with over 10,000 guests in attendance!
While the couple’s pre-wedding celebration at the magnificent Château de Chantilly in France was designed by couturier Tarun Tahiliani along with scenographer Sumant Jayakrishnan, we hear the celebrations in Hyderabad will be designed by Dinaz Noria and managed by Dhaval Chandarana of WED Gurus. For the masked ball at the Chantilly Palace, Shriya wore a dazzling red Giambattista Valli tiered gown and a golden crown. Those in the know are predicting the bride will wear her favorite designers, Elie Saab, Tarun Tahiliani and Marchesa for the different wedding functions.
Shriya Bhupal and Anindith Reddy in Chantilly
Taj Krishna and Hitech City in Hyderabad
The wedding celebrations of Poorna Patel and industralist Namit Soni are slated to be held around July 21. Poorna Patel and Namit Soni exchanged rings in a private ceremony, attended by close friends and family including cricketer MS Dhoni and his wife Sakshi.
Poorna Patel and Namit Soni, with her parents Varsha and Praful Patel
Even as you read this, the couple have taken about 80 of their closest friends for a pre-wedding ‘youngsters’ party’ in Bali’s hip Ayana Resort. An insider tells us the grand Mumbai event will be designed by Vandana Mohan of Delhi’s Wedding Design Company and the event companies managing the hospitality and entertainment include Motwane Entertainment & Weddings (MEW) and Wedniksha.
Praful Patel is an old hand at this. He has previously hosted two grand weddings for his elder daughters, Avni and Niyati. While Avni’s wedding with Bangalore lawyer Prashanth Deshpande in Mumbai was truly a wedding of all ages, Niyati’s wedding with Samarth Parekh formed the epitome of elegance in the city of lakes, Udaipur, at the Jag Mandir Palace. And if they say the third time’s the charm, his youngest daughter’s wedding may top all the celebrations so far.