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In­side Priyanka and Nick’s re­cep­tion

The celebrity cou­ple were mar­ried over the week­end in Jodh­pur at Umaid Bhawan Palace

- — IANS with in­puts from Bindu Rai, Deputy tabloid! Ed­i­tor

Af­ter break­ing the in­ter­net with their wed­ding pic­tures yes­ter­day, Priyanka Cho­pra and Nick Jonas made their way to a grand re­cep­tion in New Delhi with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi at­tend­ing as one of the guests.

The re­cep­tion, held at the Dur­bar Hall in Taj Palace ho­tel, wel­comed nearly 1,000 guests, in­clud­ing top In­dian politi­cians, celebri­ties, fash­ion de­sign­ers, close fam­ily and friends.

Modi, who was es­corted on stage by Cho­pra’s mother Madhu, gifted the new­ly­weds a rose each and shared some mo­ments of laugh­ter. He re­mained on stage for about 10 min­utes meet­ing the fam­i­lies of the cou­ple with folded hands and ex­chang­ing pleas­antries.

Cho­pra was over­heard in­tro­duc­ing her broth­erin-law Joe Jonas and his fi­ance, Game Of Thrones ac­tress So­phie Turner — dressed in a beige lehenga de­signed by Sabyasachi Mukher­jee — to Modi, say­ing in Hindi: “Inki bhi shaadi hone

waali hai (They are also go­ing to get mar­ried).”

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.

Cho­pra daz­zled in a shim­mer­ing Fal­guni and Shane Pea­cock en­sem­ble with a multi-lay­ered di­a­mond neck­lace and ear­rings, with her hair neatly tied in a bun com­plete with white roses. She flaunted her

‘chooras’ (tra­di­tional red ban­gles worn by a Pun­jabi bride) and sported red ver­mil­ion — the sign of an Hindu mar­ried woman. Jonas was dressed in a vel­vet din­ner jacket and com­pleted the look with a bow tie.

The venue was dec­o­rate with white and soft pink flow­ers, with the ‘NP’ logo — one spe­cially de­signed with the ini­tials of the cou­ple — stood out on stage.

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

“On a scale of 1 to 10 in hap­pi­ness, I’m on 12,” Cho­pra said on stage as Jonas smiled away.

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

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

Cho­pra will have a sep­a­rate cel­e­bra­tion for the film fra­ter­nity in Mum­bai.

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