After two days of wedding ceremonies at Lake Como in Italy that were shrouded in secrecy, Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh finally unveiled their first look as a married couple to the public on November 15, hours after wrapping up their second ceremony. Both Padukone and Singh shared two images — one each from their four-hour-long ceremony according to Konkani traditions on the first day and a North Indian style marriage that took place on day two.
Fans, who had been eagerly waiting for the couple to reveal their wedding pictures, took to social media withing minutes to trend #DeepVeer a second day in a row.
Paudkone was dressed in Sabyasachi Mukherjee ensembles on both days, with outfits rooted in tradition as she chose red and gold as her primary colours for her wedding. The groom was also dressed in Sabyasachi for both the events, colour coordinating with Padukone on day two.
On November 14, the couple hosted the traditional Konkani or South Indian wedding. For this day, Singh wore a traditional attire, an ivory and gold veshti (a cloth wrapped around the waist), a matching tunic or kurta and angavastram or stole.
The bride was dressed in a silk red and gold saree that was heavily embellished and was matched with heavy Kundan jewellery — again House of Sabyasachi. Padukone wore detailed jewellery, with a traditional mathapati or a head band, matched with heavy earrings, a choker and layered necklace. In her hands, the actress is seen holding an offering that traditionally comes from the groom’s family, a stole or dupatta that was used for the Anand Karaj ceremony that was to take place on day two.
For the North Indian style wedding the following day, Padukone covered her head with an ornate dupatta with the words ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhavah’ (Eternal Luck) embroidered on it, while Singh matched up in a colour co-ordinated red and gold sherwani (traditional Indian suit).
Interestingly, November 15 also marked the fifth anniversary of the 2013 film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, which marked the start of the couple’s six year-long love story.
SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY
In a matter of 10 minutes of sharing the first pictures at around 6.30pm UAE time on Instagram, they jointly garnered over 400,000 ‘likes’ as social media users were pining for a glimpse into the very private celebrations.
The couple’s film fraternity friends Farah Khan, Katrina Kaif, Farhan Akhtar, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Hrithik Roshan and Parineeti Chopra were among several others to extend congratulatory messages.
Unlike most celebrity weddings which keep fans engrossed with social media updates, the ‘no pictures, no phones, no drones policy’ of the actors’ grand destination wedding left the media and fans yearn for a glimpse of the couple or the celebrations.
Amit, a cousin of Padukone, a daughter of badminton ace Prakash Padukone, said it has been a “magical week, steeped purely in love” for the family.
“Fairytale union of the two most kind, beautiful souls. Ranveer, welcome to the family! You’ve dethroned me as filmiest, but I’ll cope. Deepika, never seen you happier; you deserve no less,” he tweeted.
That, apart from some long, wide angle shots and some hazy videos from the wedding revelry, is all that people could get their eyes on.
The celebrations were as private as it could get. With a guest list of around 40, the couple chose Northern Italy’s Lombardy region, a resort area known for its spectacular scenery as the backdrop for their wedding.
SHROUDED IN SECRECY
They were successful in hiding themselves from onlookers, using their umbrellas.
Mobile phones were not allowed outside people’s rooms and there were boats patrolling the lake for drones as part of the three-level security plan for the wedding.
Fondly called as ‘DeepVeer’ by their fans, the star couple has also worked together in Bajirao Mastani and Padmaavat although they didn’t share screen space in the latter.
Before the two left for the wedding revelry to Italy last week, Deepika had a traditional puja at her Bengaluru residence while Ranveer had a ‘haldi’ ceremony at his Mumbai home.
Padukone and Singh exchanged rings on November 12 evening in Italy. A more Indian touch to the celebrations came in with the mehendi or the henna function the following afternoon, followed by a music-filled sangeet the same evening.
Singer Harshdeep Kaur, along with Sanjoy Das, Bobby Pathak and Firoz Khan, added a musical touch to the ceremony.
Poles apart from each other in personality, Padukone and Singh never confirmed their relationship until recently when they announced their wedding dates in October.
“We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty friendship and togetherness,” they said.
Over the years, Padukone has been a bit more reserved than Singh in expressing her love openly, but the Band Baaja Baaraat actor has been uninhibited.
The couple will have a reception each in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28 respectively. And on December 1, there will be a separate celebration with the film fraternity.
They have urged their guests to direct gifts in the form of a donation to Padukone’s Live Love Laugh Foundation, which works towards spreading awareness on mental health.
After this wedding, all eyes are on Priyanka Chopra and her American singer beau Nick Jonas’ wedding, likely to happen next month. (With inputs from IANS)