Seven Stunning Society Weddings this Season

WeddingSutra brings you a round-up of seven magnificent celebrations at seven different places, this winter wedding season.

Payal Shah and Nihar Parikh- Mumbai

Jewellery Designer Payal Shah from Hong Kong wed Diamond Magnate Nihar Parikh at a glittering affair held across four South Mumbai venues- Hotels Trident, Palladium, Four Seasons and the newest sprawling indoor venue- NSCI, Worli. Over 600 friends of the couple and their families from overseas were there; their large circle of friends and business acquaintances from Mumbai were there too—making this a big home town cum destination wedding with over 2000 guests. The bride looked elegant and uber-glamorous at every celebration, while the groom looked dapper in designer sherwanis and suits. The décor set-ups by Seventy EMG and Cineyug featured themes like ‘Moroccan Night’ ‘Colors of Sun Rise’ ‘Flavors of India’ and ‘Europe meets Asia’. We were there for the celebrations and were awestruck with the tradition meets modernity elements at all of them. Not to forget the amazing variety of vegetarian delicacies from the world and regional India (again traditional with a modern twist) whipped up by Mumbai’s famed ‘Popular Caterers’.

The Wedding Makers
Wedding Planning and Decor- Cineyug
Wedding Décor for Cocktail Night- Seventy EMG
Food- Popular Caterers

payal nihar
Photos Courtesy- Morvi Images

Chandni Amin and Smit Virani, Muscat

For four days Shangri-La’s Barr al Jissah Resort & Spa’s Al Waha Hotel was named Virani Castle. Yes, Shangri-La hotel renamed their luxurious Muscat property for the mega wedding of Smit Virani from Hong Kong/ Mumbai and Chandni Amin from Anand, Gujarat. Our friends from London, Hong Kong and Belgium who have attended the most glamorous soirees all over and who were present at this Shaadi commented that this was a wedding like no other- the guest list, the decor, the picture perfect venues and the hospitality and organisation by Shangri-la and the three event management companies. So we reached out to the just-weds to know more about how they planned it all. Smit stated: “There were two reasons why we chose Muscat– we were looking for a new, international destination and since Muscat is just over two hours away from Mumbai/ Gujarat it seemed like a perfect choice. And then we were mesmerized by the three Shangri-La properties in Muscat. Now I can say we made the best decision. I’ve stayed at the most luxurious resorts all over the world, but the hospitality and overall experience at Shangri-La exceeded all expectations.”

The Wedding Makers
Sound Spirit, Events and More, Island Group

Smit & Chandni

Anu Mahtani and Sanjay Hinduja- Udaipur

NRI business magnate Sanjay Hinduja wed long-time girlfriend and designer Anu (Mahtani) Mirchandani in a magnificient celebration in Udaipur; the highlight of the event was the presence of J Lo who flew in to India for the first time to perform at the post-wedding party. The celebrations commenced with a pre-wedding bash at the Hinduja bunglow in Juhu after which the bride’s family hosted a party at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. The buzz continued in Udaipur with three days of traditional festivities and parties at different venues like Jagmandir Island Palace, The Zenana Mahal and City Palace; over 800 guests from over 20 countries were present at the celebrations. At the welcome party, Terence Lewis and his troupe gave a scintillating dance performance after which American Artist Nicole Scherzinger, the ex-lead singer of Pussycat Dolls was the star performer. At the Sangeet, guests enjoyed a thrilling performance by Vishal-Shekhar and on Day 3 J Lo and her troupe got the global glitterati swinging.

The Wedding Makers
Hospitality and Wedding Planning- Cox and Kings
Entertainment/ Artist Management- Wedniksha (a division of Wizcraft)
Décor and Design- Dhun Cordo and Daver Decorators
Food- Foodlink

Hinduja

Shloka Chhabria and Gokul Agarwal- Chantilly, France

Gokul Agarwal, scion of RNA Builders married Shloka, a lifestyle journalist, whose parents are Devangana and Vijay Chhabria (owner of Sea Palace Hotel, Colaba) in a destination wedding in Chantilly, France.  The 300 plus guests stayed in different hotels in the lace town and the celebrations began with a ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme cocktail at Musee du Cheval. The other functions and venues included a brunch at Tiara Cheteau Hotel, the Sangeet at Le Bourget and the Wedding-Reception at the Chateau de Chantilly.

The Wedding Makers
Monte Carlo Weddings, Aditya Motwane (MEW), Parul Mehta (Destination Globe)

Shloka-and-Gokul-Chhabria

Ritika Agarwal and Rohan Mehta, Puglia

UK based iron magnate Pramod Agarwal’s youngest daughter, Ritika, tied the knot with Rohan Mehta in a lavish celebration in Puglia attended by over 800 guests. The wedding was held at Masseria St Domenico, while most of the guests stayed at Borgo Egnazia, one of the most luxurious resorts in Southern Italy. It was orchestrated by Marco Balich of Balich Worldwide Shows, who specializes in designing and staging big events worldwide, from Olympic Ceremonies to the Carnival of Venezia.  The themes for each day were created with a vision for guests to know the couple and the magnificent landscape of Puglia.  Balich Worldwide Shows worked with a team of 650 people and over 1000 costumes for the three themes. Love is Gold (Day 1), Love is a Dream (Day 2) and Love is Forever (Day 3).

The Wedding Makers
Logistics/ Hospitality and Event Coordination- BMT Hospitality
Event Design & Entertainment- Marco Balich (Balich Worldwide Shows)
Travel- Blue Moon Travels
Catering Partner- Marut Sikka and Ritu Dalmia

Puglia

Arpita Khan- Hyderabad

Arpita Khan, the sister of Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, tied the knot with Aayush Sharma at Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. The guests were put up at the Taj Krishna and Taj Falaknuma Palace, and both the venues were heavily guarded during the two day celebrations. The celebrations commenced with the Mehendi, later at the Sangeet, Arpita and Aayush’s family members put up some dance performances, after which singing sensation Mika performed. Other festivities that were held on the lawns of Taj Falaknuma Palace were the wedding ceremony which was held as per the Hindu Punjabi traditions, and the post-wedding sangeet cum reception. After returning to Mumbai, the bride’s family hosted a reception at Taj Land’s End, located close to their home in Mumbai.

The Wedding Makers
Wedding Styling and Décor- Rachana Lucknowala (Vivaah/ Party Cruisers, Mumbai)
Wedding Day Co-ordination- Aditya Motwane (MEW, Mumbai)

arpita khan

Anjori Alagh and Rohit Goyal- Jaipur

Talented actress Anjori Alagh, daughter of well-known TV actress Maya Alagh and corporate head-honcho Sunil Alagh, wed her long-time boyfriend Rohit Goyal, son of Supreme steel owner Ashok Goyal at the stunning, high-end heritage property, Samode Palace, near Jaipur. The celebrations kicked off with a dhol night at the groom’s house in Delhi, and then continued at Samode Palace, Samode Bagh and ITC Rajputana. Over 300 guests including Hrithik Roshan and Zayed Khan were there at the three-day celebrations. DJ Aqeel a close friend of the bride’s brother-in-law (Sameer Nair, Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms), kept the guests grooving till the early hours on all the days.

The Wedding Makers
Svaha Weddings & Special Events

Anjori wedding
Photo Courtesy- Picture Art Company

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