Beam­ing with joy at fairy­tale wed­ding

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Priyanka Cho­pra with Nick Jonas.

Af­ter a “fairy­tale” wed­ding with Amer­i­can singer Nick Jonas, ac­tress Priyanka Cho­pra is beam­ing with seam­less joy. “On a scale of 1 to 10 in hap­pi­ness, I’m on 12,” Priyanka said on stage at her wed­ding re­cep­tion at the Taj Palace Ho­tel on Tues­day night, as Nick smiled away.

“I’m a fan of In­dian wed­dings,” said Nick, who has em­braced In­dian tra­di­tions since his ‘roka’ cer­e­mony with Priyanka in Mum­bai in Au­gust.

There was no trace of tired­ness on the newly mar­ried cou­ple’s face de­spite al­most a week full of cel­e­bra­tions.

But like Priyanka said, “It’s all merry time... No time to be tired.”

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at­tended the re­cep­tion to con­grat­u­late the newly-mar­ried cou­ple. He was was es­corted on stage by Priyanka’s mother Madhu Cho­pra, and re­mained on stage for about 10 min­utes, meet­ing Nick and Priyanka’s fam­i­lies with folded hands and ex­chang­ing pleas­antries.

Priyanka first made In­dia proud by win­ning the Miss World crown in 2000, and then be­came a lead­ing Bol­ly­wood ac­tress with films like Fash­ion, Dostana and Mary Kom, fol­lowed by a rare suc­cess­ful crossover into Hol­ly­wood with Amer­i­can TV show Quan­tico, while Nick and his broth­ers Kevin and Joe are known for hav­ing formed a pop-rock band, The Jonas Broth­ers, in 2005. The band split up in 2013.

For the re­cep­tion, Priyanka daz­zled in an el­e­gant and shim­mer­ing Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock en­sem­ble with a mul­ti­lay­ered di­a­mond neck­lace and ear­rings, with her hair neatly tied in a bun com­plete with white roses. She flaunted the “choora” – tra­di­tional red ban­gles worn by a Pun­jabi bride – and sported ver­mil­lion. Nick was dressed in a vel­vet din­ner jacket and com­pleted the look with a bow tie.

“We took beau­ti­ful tra­di­tions that we both grew up with and per­son­alised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been in­cred­i­ble to find the com­mon­al­i­ties be­tween our be­liefs and fig­ur­ing out how to blend them in a re­spect­ful and mean­ing­ful way”

The cou­ple of the night posed with panache, but also en­gaged in ban­ter through­out the party even as guests queued up to meet them one af­ter an­other.

The venue, the Dur­bar Hall at the Taj Palace Ho­tel, was done up el­e­gantly with ex­otic white and soft pink flow­ers. The “NP” icon, which has re­mained a sta­ple through­out the cou­ple’s wed­ding, stood out on the elab­o­rate stage.

Can­dles flick­ered away at dif­fer­ent spots of the venue which was en­livened by the sound of live mu­sic as well as a wide va­ri­ety of food.

There was also an el­e­ment of quirk with a vin­tage car which read “Just Mar­ried”, apart from ex­otic flower ar­range­ments adorn­ing the hall.

Guests, which mostly in­cluded Priyanka’s fam­ily mem­bers, also saw de­sign­ers like Ritu Ku­mar, Ro­hit Bal, Ritu Beri, Anju Modi, J J Valaya, Raghaven­dra Rathore, Gau­rav Gupta, Ro­hit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna, along with Fash­ion De­sign Coun­cil of In­dia (FDCI) Pres­i­dent Su­nil Sethi, in at­ten­dance. Key me­di­a­per­sons were also in­vited.

Ku­mar was touched by Priyanka’s in­vi­ta­tion.

“I re­mem­ber Priyanka had come to me first be­fore she was go­ing for the Miss World pageant, and I had told her to wear a lot of eth­nic wear. She wore some of my de­signs. I am very happy for her. She has come a long way,” Ku­mar said.

Priyanka and Nick have had three­day wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties at Jodh­pur’s royal Umaid Bhawan Palace, where they ex­changed wed­ding vows as per both Chris­tian and Hindu ri­tu­als in two sep­a­rate ceremonies.

Their pre-wed­ding ri­tu­als at the cel­e­bra­tions, which saw par­tic­i­pa­tion from just a lit­tle over 200 guests, in­cluded a “mehendi” cer­e­mony. There was also a friendly cricket match be­tween the two fam­i­lies, as well as a glitzy and power-packed mu­si­cal evening.

Of her wed­ding, Priyanka, a Na­tional Award-win­ning ac­tress who has made her name in Hol­ly­wood as the lead star in Amer­i­can show Quan­tico, told peo­ple. com: “I love that our wed­ding was a re­li­gious mash-up.

“We took beau­ti­ful tra­di­tions that we both grew up with and per­son­alised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been in­cred­i­ble to find the com­mon­al­i­ties be­tween our be­liefs and fig­ur­ing out how to blend them in a re­spect­ful and mean­ing­ful way.”

Priyanka will be hav­ing a sep­a­rate cel­e­bra­tion for the film fra­ter­nity in Mum­bai on a later date. For now, she will di­vide her ex­cite­ment a bit to­wards work too as she gears up to launch dat­ing app Bum­ble in In­dia. She has in­vested in the com­pany. – IANS

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