For a change, Hyderabad, and not Delhi is making big news for its big fat weddings. Late last year, Taj’s newly-opened Falaknuma Palace acquired the status of being the most luxurious boutique wedding property. In December 2010 Krishna Bhupal (grandson of GVK Reddy) married Dia Mehta (daughter of Mumbai’s diamond merchants Devaunshi and Anoop Mehta) at a fairy-tale wedding, which international glossies featured as the most spectacular Society Wedding of the Year. Last week, a NZ/ Hyderabad based Real Estate tycoon S. Ravinder was in the news for hosting “the most expensive wedding” in South India. Ravinder’s two sons Rohit and Ranjeet married cousins Shruti and Divya at a week-long affair with different themes—Bengali, Rajasthani, Punjabi, Middle Eastern, Jodhaa Akbar and hold your breath ‘Underwater’.
S. Ravinder in an interview to WeddingSutra said: “I approached Wizcraft, the Wedding Planners who I had interacted with at IIFA Awards, to execute me and my wife’s dream of organising the most exotic wedding for our sons.” Ravinder does not believe in religious traditions, nor does he believe that the bride’s family should be managing the wedding affair; he and his wife directed the organisers and the bride’s family came in as guests. He adds: “This is an arranged marriage. Two years ago, when we formalised the alliance, we didn’t have an engagement ceremony, only a commitment function. The wedding was held as per the Special Marriage Act and the traditional wedding ceremony lasted for less than five minutes, where the bride and groom exchanged Platinum chains with a diamond pendant to Sivamani’s beats.”
More shaadi details:
– Belly dancers from Dubai, dancers from Russia and percussionist Sivamani performed at the numerous functions.
– A pink Mercedes, one of its kind in India was bought to ferry the brides around town.
– After the Jodhaa Akbar theme wedding, the guests were asked to shift to another side of the reception which had an underwater and desert theme. The shell at the underwater theme reception was closed and opened once the bride and groom got into it.
– The ostentatious festivities were managed by Wizcraft and a record 15,000 guests (10,000 were invited) turned up at the dazzling main wedding function at GMR Gardens on 25th February.
Delhi’s Celebrity Wedding Photographer Bankim Jain whose team managed High definition videography & photography for all the functions, shares with WeddingSutra some photographs.