Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta, Mumbai
Here are all the details from the #akustoletheshlo wedding!
Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta‘s celebrations from St Moritz to Mumbai were a mesmerizing affair with a starry guest list, power-packed musicals and magnificent floral installations at the all-new Jio World Center.
Destination St Moritz
Akash and Shloka’s wedding celebrations kickstarted with a winter wonderland themed pre-wedding bash at St. Moritz. Over 800 guests and almost 500 wedding support staff flew into luxury alpine resort in Switzerland, including Shah Rukh Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Malaika Arora, Arjun Kapoor, Karan Johar, Vidya Balan, Jacqueline Fernandez, and John Abraham. The highlights of the three day celebrations included performances by British singer and Coldplay’s front man Chris Martin and the most talked about EDM DJ’s Chainsmokers. All the guests including love birds Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt were seen grooving to Coldplay’s hit songs Sky Full Of Stars and Chainsmokers Paris. The family dance scenes were choreographed by the master of choreography Shiamak Davar. Noted film director Punit Malhotra directed and presented a film featuring special interviews and moments with the family members.
The opulent invite for the Mehta family was created by Mumbai’s ace invitation cards designer Uttara Shah. Capturing the era of the Maharajas and Maharanis, there were 10 distinct varieties of gold, a multiplicity of textures, intricate motifs and an array of pearls, gems, and stones that were embroidered on paper.
The invite for the Ambanis were designed by Delhi’s top invitation cards designers- EDC.
Pre Wedding Events in Mumbai
The pre-wedding celebrations in Mumbai included a Dandiya Raas Night where acclaimed singer Falguni Pathak performed along with Tushar Trivedi. The venues for the glitzy-techno theme youngsters and after-parties included Famous Studio in Mahalakshmi and Antilia of course. A day before the Mehndi an Anna Daan (food serving) was held for underpriveleged children at Jio World Centre.
Mala and Mehndi
The Mehtas organised the Mala and Mehndi ceremony at NSCI Dome, Mumbai. With climbers, flowers and silver danglers adorning the ceilings, the venue was dominated by tints of orange and traditional elements. Chairs aligned with plush tableware fit for royalty.
The Ambanis 27 storeyed home and the road (Altamount Road) adjoining it was filled with floral decor, sparkling lighting and grand installations depicting their homage to Lord Krishna.
The baraat, according to some guests was the most spectacular and creative they’ve ever seen– with the groom seamlessly moving in from an ATV to a mini-bus to a horse. Designed and managed by Seven Steps, this visually enchanting presentation commenced near the wedding venue Jio World Center, with live performances by Mika Singh. The star guests included Bollywood superstars, top sportspersons, politicians and global business leaders- Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran, Samsung Vice Chairman Jay Y Lee, Netflix Co-founder Reed Hastings, Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid Al- Falih, and political leaders Kapil Sibal, Smriti Irani.
A day after the wedding i.e. on 10th March, the Ambanis hosted a post-wedding celebration (Mangal Parv) at Jio World Centre. Akash and Shloka both donned creations by Manish Malhotra. The mother of the groom, Nita Ambani, too opted for a beautiful customised Manish Malhotra in shades of pink with embroidered art. One of the highlights of the evening was her classical dance on Achyutam Keshawam Vishwa Damodaran.
Later, international pop band Maroon 5 led by singer Adam Levine performed their hit tracks and had the couple grooving to their numbers ‘She Will Be Loved’ and ‘What Lovers Do’.
The finale function, Reception on 11th March saw a huge turnout of guests (guesstimates indicate the number at 20,000). The three halls were bedecked with flowers and huge installations. In the pre-function area, guests could enjoy a range of foods from the most popular European cafes, Ice Creams, and street food and sweets from India. The Ambanis, Mehtas and the newly-weds greeted all the guests at the spectacular stage in the main hall. After wishing the newly-weds, guests proceeded to the dinner area to experience the meal curated by Foodlink and other caterers, featuring traditional Gujarati dishes like Undhiyo and Kathiawadi Dal, Kashmiri recipes like Dum Aloo and Haak Saag, and the best of world cuisine.
On all the three days, the three halls and adjoining gardens of Jio World Centre were bedecked with larger than life installations with scenic and flowery backdrops orchestrated by Delhi’s The Wedding Design Company (WDC) and talented florists and wedding designers extraordinaire from Mumbai, US, UK, and Tuscany (see Wedding Makers list below).
The Wedding Makers
Wedding Planning and Entertainment:The Wedding Design Company (Ambanis), Seven Steps (Mehtas), DNA Networks
Design: The Wedding Design Company
Decor and Florals (Mumbai functions): Interflora, Seven Steps, Preston R Bailey, Tomas DeBuryne, Tuscany Flowers, Larly Bahl, Havovy Readymoney (Afreen Wedding Services)
Entertainment Conceptualisation: Vaibhavi Merchant
Baraat Management: Seven Steps
Music Composition: Parthiv Gohil and Ajay Atul
Hospitality (St Moritz): Kanan Udeshi
Show Calling and Stage Management: On Cue Productions
Invitations: Uttara Shah (Mehtas), EDC (Ambanis)
RSVP, Invitations and Airport Logistics: Milestones to Memories
Mehndi and Wedding Favors: Kavya Creations
Gifting and Giveaways: Bespoke Home Jewels, New Delhi
Food: Foodlink, Popular Caterers, Ritu Dalmia (St Moritz)
Bar: The Wedding Bartenders
Sheesha Services: HookahRoyals
Band: Jea Band- Anil Thadani
Photography: Reels and Frames, Stories by Joseph Radhik, Luxe Captures by Vivek and Shankar