After breaking the internet with their wedding pictures earlier today, 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.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a crowd in congratulating newly-married couple, with nearly 1,000 guests attending the reception held at the Taj Palace hotel.
Modi, who was escorted on stage by Chopra’s mother Madhu Chopra, 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 brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his fiance, ‘Game Of Thrones’ actress Sophie Turner - dressed in a beige Indian lehenga - to Modi, saying in Hindi: “Inki bhi shaadi hone waali hai (They are also getting married).”
For the reception, Chopra dazzled in a shimmering Falguni and Shane Peacock ensemble embedded with crystals that the designers described took 80 craftsmen over 12,000 hours to create. The actress coupled it with a multi-layered diamond necklace and earrings, with her hair tied in a bun, complete with white roses. She also wore her ‘chooras’ (traditional red bangles worn by a Punjabi bride) and sported red vermillion - the sign of an Hindu married woman. Jonas was dressed in a velvet, royal blue dinner jacket and he completed the look with a bow tie.
The venue was done up with exotic white and soft pink flowers, with the ‘NP’ logo – one specially designed with the initials of the couple – as the backdrop.
Guests, which mostly included Chopra’s family members, also saw Indian designers including 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. Key people from the media were also invited.
The gala evening was preceded by a three-day extravaganza in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace, where the couple exchanged wedding vows as per Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.
Their pre-wedding rituals, which saw participation from just a little over 220 guests, included a henna ceremony with a friendly cricket match between the two families. This was followed by musical evening that saw the bride’s family compete with the groom’s entourage.
For her sangeet or music ceremony, along with her henna event, Chopra wore ensembles designed by duo Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla.
Ahead of the reception, the couple also released pictures of their two wedding ceremonies. The first, which was held on December 1 saw the couple dressed in Ralph Lauren with Chopra walking down the aisle in a breath-taking 75-foot long veil. For the second ceremony that was held according to Hindu rituals saw Jonas and Chopra opt for Sabyasachi Mukherjee designs.
“On a scale of 1 to 10 in happiness, I’m on 12,” Chopra was quoted by IANS on stage at her wedding reception at the Taj Palace Hotel, as Jonas beamed beside her.
“I’m a fan of Indian weddings,” added 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 newly married couple’s face despite almost a week full of celebrations.
Chopra 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, a company the actress has also invested in. (Additional inputs from IANS)