Indo-US alliance, Mumbai artist weds US Diplomat’s son
Janavi Mahimtura, a budding artist from South Mumbai wed Chris Folmsbee at the Birla Krida Kendra in Chowpatty. Janavi’s mother interior & furniture designer Shahnaz Mahimtura is a well-known face in the elite circles of South Mumbai. Chris’ father, Paul Folmsbee was till recently the US Consul General in Mumbai. Chris, then 21 met Janavi in 2008 when he came to Mumbai on a holiday. They were introduced at a private party at the US Consulate itself and started dating soon after. Janavi then took up Chris’ offer to join him in Oklahoma, where he was pursuing his doctorate in law.
The Wedding in Mumbai (left) and Oklahoma city
The Mahimturas and Folmsbees with the newly-weds
The engagement took place in January last year– a simple affair at the US Consul General’s regal residence then situated at Bhulabhai Desai Road. Chris and Janavi had two weddings- on July 30th 2011, at the 36th floor of the Chase Towers, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City. The second wedding was on January 5th in Mumbai, an intimate traditional affair followed by a grand reception. Says Janavi: “One of the reasons we hosted the wedding at Thackers in Birla Krida Kendra, is because their vegetarian food is outstanding. Also the weather was beautiful, and the location perfect for an open-air reception. The decor was designed by my mum and the Wedding Planner Keyur Shah, simple floral arrangements, lots of white flowers with lights.” The couple bought their wedding ensembles from Sheetal@ Grand Road, Mumbai. Janavi’s reception outfit, a yellow net saree was from Aza, the multi-designer store at Altamount Road.
The Reception@ Birla Krida Kendra