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Rajeshwari Chakravarty

Rajeshwari's Bengali wedding with a glamourous twist

By Jaspreet Soni
Rajeshwari, an Investment Banker, met Alexander Chizov, a Russian working as a Video Editor, at a Bollywood dance class in New York. They did several dance performances together for four years and then started dating. And then in true Bollywood style, Alexander proposed to Rajeshwari on New Year’s Eve. All he said was, “Rajeshwari Chakravarty, mujse shaadi karoge?”

They got married in Dec, 2012 at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai. They had a traditional Bengali wedding with two twists: one- Sangeet, because they met through dance and second – Alexander came on a horse which is not part of Bengali traditions but it is something he always fancied.

Rajeshwari didn’t fret too much about what to wear. Rather she focused on being with the man she loves and celebrating with family and friends who traveled across the globe to be with them.

Traditional for Ashirbaad
Rajeshwari says, “Bengali brides usually wear a red Banarasi silk sari for the wedding. Since I had different plans for the wedding, I decided to abide by tradition and wore a peach Banarasisilk sari for this event. It had real gold zari work accentuated by pearls.The jewellery for all events was designed by my mother. For this event, I decided to also wear grandmother’s and aunt’s wedding jewellery for a vintage look. I wanted to look like a ‘fresh flower’ and Vardaan Naik (the Makeup Artist) did a fab job. ” She kept her hairs straight with soft curls and a sort of plait on top to give it an edge.

Stunning Glamor for Sangeet
Rajeshwari wore a stunning midnight blue lehenga by Anita Dongre for the Sangeet. She says, “I did lot of research online as I had very little time in India and this lehenga caught my eye while I was browsing through a magazine. So I walked into her flagship store in Mumbai and showed them the picture. That particular outfit was not available but I worked with them remotely in designing something similar. It was silk with gold and silver work all over. It was umbrella cut and very light so when I turned when dancing, it looked great. Mom designed a diamond set for me. I had hair extensions that gave me volume and length and a bouffant on top.” She put fresh orchids in her hair that looked amazing.

Royalty for Wedding
Rajeshwari wanted an outfit inspired by royalty and grace so she wore a beautiful red, green and yellow lehenga. She says, “I wanted to add a twist to the regular Bengali bride sari look so instead opted for a lehenga with two dupattas, one for the veil and another to wrap around like a sari. I love wearing bangles so I had a total of 50 gold bangles on my arms that night with about 20 different designs. It felt quite heavy but was worth it. I had one neckpiece that was gold with green and red meenakari work and matching earrings. The second neckpiece was interesting- it was long and had three strings, one with blue and green meenakari, another line of rubies and the third all gold. I wore a ‘topor’, a white conical headgear along with red and white dots on my forehead both signifying a traditional Bengali bride. I splurged on a pair of gold Jimmy Choo shoes.”

Rajeshwari adds, “Taj did a fabulous job by creating a special menu that had traditional Bengali food and many Russian dishes as well. Alexander designed a special ‘RA’ logo that went on gift boxes, sweets and was also a decor element at the different celebrations.”

Photographs Courtesy:  Romesh Dhamija (Photo & Films)

To view Rajeshwari and Alexander’s Wedding Film¬†click here

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