A delicious slice of Mumbai society will be in Abu Dhabi this weekend. Nadine Dhody, the lovely daughter of Rita and Raja Dhody is marrying textile tycoon Niraj Jiwrajka of Alok Industries. The couple who met and fell in love in London are tying the knot at Ritz Carlton, Abu Dhabi and over 350 guests from Mumbai, UK and other parts of the world will be flying in for the three-day celebrations that commence on February 1st. The Jiwrajkas who hosted their daughter Prita’s wow wedding in Mauritius in 2010 were looking for an international destination that would be accessible for hundreds of guests from Mumbai. Abu Dhabi scored on two counts, its connectivity, and its wow property Ritz Carlton that has now rolled out the red carpet for big Indian weddings. Friends and relatives of the Dhodys and Jiwrajkas who have attended some of the most fashionable weddings in Bali, Mauritius, Turkey and Dubai are looking forward to the celebration at Abu Dhabi’s most magnificent property, which is now turning out to be a hot spot for ultra HNI’s (High Networth Individuals) from India.
The beachfront Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi situated next to the iconic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
An article on recent society weddings will be incomplete without a mention of the lavish Singh-Kathawala wedding which took place in Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur. Karan, the son of Jasjit Singh, MD, Associated Capsules got married to Educationist Naamah Kathawala. When the groom’s mother Kavita Singh is a design maven and top art collector the guests who included top brass industrialists and bollywood superstars knew that this would be one wedding where the decor would be nothing less than splendid and spectacular. Kavita Singh (who also happens to be actor Anil Kapoor’s sister-in-law) handed over the decor duties to Mumbai’s ace event stylist Dhun Cordo who put together the look for all the events. The highlight of the celebration was the Sangeet where Gipsy Kings from South of France flew in to perform.
The magnificent Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur one of the world’s largest private residences is a golden hued desert sandstone monument set amidst acres of verdant gardens.
While the Dhody-Jiwrajka, Singh-Kathawal families opted for a Destination Wedding, Bollywood stars Hema Malini and Dharmendra are hosting a home town wedding for their younger daughter Ahana who is marrying Delhi businessman Vaibhav Vora. Initially the Deols and Voras were considering venues like Amby Valley, Lonavla and The Lalit, Goa but they finally picked ITC Maratha Sheraton in Andheri (East) for the two day celebrations which commence on Saturday, 1st February.
ITC Maratha, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Andheri (East), Mumbai
Oh, and there’s a beautiful young couple from Mumbai, she is a talented fashion designer and he is a business magnate and their grand destination wedding is at Fairmont, Jaipur in a fortnight from now. Watch this space for our interview and exclusive pre-wedding shoot with them at Taj Land’s End to be featured here next week!