Poorna Patel, the youngest daughter of former Union Civil Aviation Minister and business magnate Praful Patel, tied the knot with industrialist Namit Soni. The who’s who of the political, cricket and business worlds attended the celebrations held in Mumbai. They included actors Salman and Shah Rukh Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, director Karan Johar, cricketers MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, young Turks Shloka Mehta and Akash Ambani, alongside many others.
Poorna Patel and Namit Soni at the wedding ceremony
Poorna Patel and Namit Soni
Unlike her two elder sisters who maintain a low profile, Poorna is known to be very social with a huge circle in the glitterati circuit in Mumbai and New Delhi. A management and mass communication graduate, Poorna was earlier the hospitality manager of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Namit Soni schooled at Indore’s Daly College and graduated from Ohio State University. He currently works as the MD of Namco Industries, the steel trading company promoted by his father, Vijay Soni.
Poorna Patel poses just before the nuptials
The newly weds with Rahul Vaidya. Arti and Kailash Surendranath
Parthiv Patel with wife Avni Zaveri, Natasha Poonawala and Sophie Choudry with Poorna Patel
Sophie Choudry, Tanuj Garg, Guru Randhawa (singer) and Nushrat Bharusha with Poorna Patel and Namit Soni
Glimpses from Poorna Patel’s haldi ceremony
The Wedding Venues
After a three-day ‘Youngsters Party’ for Poorna and Namit’s closest friends at the Ayana Resort & Spa in Bali, the pre-wedding celebrations commenced at Ceejay House in Worli that is owned by Praful Patel’s family who reside in the building’s sprawling penthouse. The celebrations were spread between three other central locations in Mumbai – Taj Lands End hotel in Bandra, the Grand Hyatt Mumbai in Kalina and the Dome@NSCI which is close to the Patel’s residence in Worli.
Decor and Star-studded Guest List
The highlights from the #PoornaBaniSoni wedding included a memorable gig by singing sensation Guru Randhawa, a welcome performance at the sangeet by Salman Khan (to the hit Bollywood track ‘Swaag Se Karenge Sabka Swagat’) and stunning decor by the bride’s close friend Manish Malhotra along with New Delhi’s The Wedding Design Company (WDC) at the Grand Hyatt Mumbai. And of course, the presence of so many Bollywood stars and cricket celebrities stole the show, especially the cute dance performance by MS Dhoni’s little daughter Ziva.
Decor by Gurleen M Puri for Groom’s Mehndi at Taj Lands End
The Ballroom at Taj Lands End, Mumbai
Decor by WDC at Dome@NSCI
Divya Khosla and Katrina Kaif at Dome@NSCI
Salman Khan at Dome@NSCI. Amirah Farouk, Manish Malhotra, Karan Tacker, Yasmin Karachiwala and Sophie Choudry at the wedding at Grand Hyatt Mumbai
Hrithik Roshan at Dome@NSCI. TV Actor Karan Tacker
MS Dhoni with wife Saakshi Singh Dhoni and daughter Ziva Singh Dhoni
Angad Singh Bedi and Neha Dhupia at Dome@NSCI
Sophie Choudry in a Manish Malhotra ensemble
Urvashi Rautela at Dome@NSCI
Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Sunil Chetri and Sonam Bhattacharya at Dome@NSCI
For the sangeet and reception, Mumbai’s famed Pavitra and Blue Sea Caterers served delicacies from all over India and the world. The spread for the sangeet included chaats from New Delhi, dimsum, sushi, Thai, truffles and burratta, experimental Italian, South American, modern Indian and Greek cuisine. The fare at the grand reception included regional treats from all over India- Punjabi wadi ke chawal, Amritsari chole with khasta stuffed kulchas (Patiala & Amritsar), nargisi kofta and tunde kebab (Awadh), dhoklas, khichu and garam khakra (Gujarat), Khopolo batata wada (Maharashtra), seafood fry-live station (Konkan), mochar chop, bhekti rongpuri fry (Bengal), chettinad milagu rasam, jack fruit & beans poriyal (Dakshin).
Like in all high-profile weddings, we see pictures and videos of celebrities flooding our news feeds on social media, and given the high-profile nature of this grand wedding, we guess they will continue for a few days more. After all, Poorna Patel’s nuptials brought together the who’s who of the cricket, Bollywood and business spheres, and the glamorous names, top-notch hospitality and stunning arrangements impressed the discerning crowd at every wedding function.
The Wedding Makers
Venues: Taj Land’s End (Groom’s Mehndi), Grand Hyatt Mumbai (Bride’s Mehndi and Wedding), Dome@NSCI and The Palace Hall (Sangeet, Reception, After-Party) at NSCI.
Bride and Groom’s Ensembles: Manish Malhotra
Makeup Artist: Mickey Contractor
Photography & Film: Reels and Frames
Food & Catering: Pavitra and Blue Sea Catering (NSCI), Popular Caterers (Grand Hyatt)
Beverages: Hopscork/ The Wedding Bartenders
Decor (Bride’s Mehndi): Manish Malhotra and Wedding Design Company (WDC)
Decor (Groom’s Mehndi): Gurleen M Puri
Wedding Design & Decor: The Wedding Design Company (WDC)
Local Production support: WE Hospitality
Invitations: EDC (Deliveries by ‘Just Deliveries’)
Event Hospitality: Motwane Entertainment & Weddings (MEW)
Technical Production, Entertainment & Event Management: Wedniksha