Nusrat Madraswala and Roberto Danino, Nusrat is from Mumbai, and she met her Prince charming Roberto in bustling New York. Roberto from Peru hails from a very distinguished background- his father is the country’s former Prime Minister. The very beautiful & intelligent Nusrat and the very charming & creative Roberto liked each other for their similarities and differences, and once they fell in love, there was no looking back!
Rob & Nusrat
The wedding was as unique as was the union. Friends and family, members of the Peruvian glitterati, a Nobel laureate and Hollywood personalities, flew down from five continents and twenty countries to grace the occasion in Mumbai.
The Wedding Planner Hemal Bhagwat (Mercury Integrated) tells us more: “Roberto and Nusrat wanted a wedding that integrated all the time-honored Indian festivities with a contemporary and cosmopolitan character. All the wedding planning was done on skype. Balancing two cultures was a herculean task but then Rob & Nus had told me, that all they wanted from this wedding was to take back happy memories to last a lifetime, and I am glad they did.”
The wedding festivities commenced with a lavish Mehndi ceremony at the Ballroom of the Taj Mahal Palace in South Mumbai. Completing the Royal Rajasthan theme was the opulent décor and authentic artists who came from the remote interiors of Rajasthan. Guests came dressed in colorful Indian attire, complete with turbans and intricate lehngas and they relished the taste of some fiery Bombay Street food and indulged in fun Rajasthani folk dancing.
Royal Rajasthan theme Mehndi at Taj Mahal Palace
The next function, the Sangeet was at The Dome, at the Hotel InterContinental. The pristine white decor, with a cool sea breeze and the golden sunset over the Arabian Sea mirrored an exotic foreign locale. Cocktails and World cuisine made the foreigners feel more at home while the brilliant Queens necklace formed the perfect backdrop to numerous dance performances. The bride and her friend’s performance to desi beats and the fantastic Bollywood-Latino fusion feat by the groom’s family ensured the dance floor remained occupied till the wee hours of morning.
Sangeet at InterContinental, Marine Drive
Walima, the wedding reception, was held as per traditional Muslim customs. The Baraat, was a little unfamiliar custom to the foreigners who were attending an Indian wedding for the first time, but the procession from Hotel Trident to NCPA did not fail to grab a lot of appreciative eyeballs, as over 200 guests danced to Indian Bollywood music. The elegantly decorated venue saw the bride and groom make a grand entrance on a silver chariot. Soft pink roses and white gulchadi’s created a wonderful mix of rustic and chic. Enthusiastic guests took to the Indian sari for this evening and Mercury arranged for Sari Drapists to help them get that very elegant look
Walima (Wedding Reception) at NCPA, Nariman Point
Each guest was welcomed with an intricately embroidered traditional Jhola bag that they could flaunt and use during their stay; apart from the usual gifts the bag contained a DVD to give them a taste of reel Bollywood! Mercury also arranged shopping and sightseeing tours for the guests to experience Mumbai.