It seems like 2018 may just become THE year for the biggest and fattest of all Indian weddings. Close on the heels of the upper crust engagement of Akash Ambani and Shloka Mehta came the news that his twin sister Isha Ambani is set to tie to the knot to billionaire scion Anand Piramal. Before we could catch our breath about two Ambani weddings in the same year, yet another groom named Anand surfaced to positively rock our worlds!
Yes, we are talking of none other than Anand Ahuja the long time boyfriend of fashionista and actress Sonam Kapoor. Whispers of their wedding were doing the rounds since a while and both families didn’t take long before confirming the news. There were no secret ceremonies and hush hush planning like the Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma wedding but everything before the reception was a decidedly intimate affair. So much so that Sonam went on record just before everything kicked off to state that she detests spending huge amounts of money on grand weddings and would opt for something a lot simpler and classier. And while the wedding venues were indeed extremely unpretentious there was nothing basic about this affair.
For a little bit of background on the extremely media shy Anand, he’s the son of Sunil and Beena Ahuja and the grandson of Harish Ahuja. The Delhi boy and self confessed sneakerbeast also started India’s very first multi-brand sneaker store called VegNonVeg as well as the clothing retail brand Bhane. Business is clearly a genetic predisposition for this ambitious young man whose family owns Shahi Exports, India’s largest export house. The lad has no starry ambitions and enjoys letting ladylove Sonam be in the spotlight while he relaxes with a game of basketball in his Lakers tank tops.
Right, so now that we know what makes them click let’s get on with all the other wedding details and especially the fashion. It’s not surprising that as soon as the couple sent out their e-vites (yes, they’re also very environmentally conscious) every Indian fashion lover couldn’t wait to find out what Sonam Kapoor would wear to her own nuptials.
The Wedding E-Vite
Often credited with single-handedly transforming Indian fashion in Bollywood the curiosity around Sonam’s final wedding outfits was so great that some media outlets even mistakenly reported an outfit being carried into her home as THE ONE! The reports turned out to be fake news but rest assured these are the REAL looks. With the wedding hashtags #EveryDayPhenomenal and #SonamKiShaadi taking over our feeds, it’s been impossible to miss all the droolicious deets from this stunning wedding.
Some common threads wove all the weddings looks together. Firstly all the Ahuja and Kapoor gentlemen exclusively wore Raghavendra Rathore creations for the wedding. But more interestingly for die-hard accessories addicts, Sonam Kapoor got all of her shoes and handbags made-to-order by Jimmy Choo and especially monogrammed for the occasion. She chose only flats for every function, possibly to avoid looking taller than her man who is just about the same height as her.
Top Left: Jimmy Choo Attila Flats
Top Right: Jimmy Choo Granger Flats
Bottom Left: Jimmy Choo Naia Flats
Bottom Right: Jimmy Choo Lancer Flats
Customised Initials On The Soles
The celebrations took off with an at-home mehendi ceremony at Anil Kapoor’s residence. This was clearly just for family and very close friends as very few pictures have made it on to social media or been circulated on the news. Sonam looked pretty as a picture in a pastel Anuradha Vakil ensemble. The light colours were ideal for the small yet special daytime ceremony. The very stylish Anand didn’t shy away from also sporting lighter shades as he coordinated with his bride-to-be in a pink bandhgala layered over a pale grey kurta. He accessorised his look with leather sandals and a matching grey pocket square.
Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja’s Mehendi Outfits
Following the smaller mehendi, the festivities moved to Sunteck, Signature Island at Bandra Kurla Complex. The typical Punjabi mehendi plus sangeet had all the guests dressed in white grooving to the pulsating live performance by wedding singer extraordinaire Sukhbir. Sonam looked resplendent in an Abu Jaani Sandeep Khosla lehenga in different pastel shades that took 150 hours to craft to perfection. The choker she wore that night was the same one she wore at one of her iconic Cannes appearances and the maang tikka belonged to her mother. She finished her look with a rose gold Cloud embellished clutch and one of the flats by Jimmy Choo.
Sonam Kapoor’s Sangeet Outfit & The Jimmy Choo Cloud Clutch Bag
Sonam Kapoor’s Choker From Her Cannes Look
Anand also went all white to adhere to the theme of the evening. He wore a white kurta paired with a Nehru jacket and churidhar. His entire ensemble featured intricate chikankari embroidery that he offset with a beautifully contrasting diamond and emerald brooch.
Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja’s Sangeet Outfits
As has become trendy at Indian weddings, the women guests were offered to take off their high heels to be able to comfortably dance the night away. The couple didn’t even let this small detail slide as they got special jootis designed for all the ladies by Sonam’s favourite Indie designer brand Fizzy Goblet. The pair has been named Aisha after Sonam’s first major box office movie.
The Aisha Jootis By Fizzy Goblet
It was all hands on deck for the big day as the nuptials were held at Sonam’s aunt Kavita Singh’s plush bungalow Rockdale on Bandstand. Since both families are sikh, the wedding was a traditional Anand Karaj ceremony. The holy Guru Granth Sahib from the very auspicious Golden Temple in Amritsar was brought over for the nuptials. Almost everyone was certain that Sonam would pick ace designer and close friend Anamika Khanna to do her wedding outfit but she shocked all the fashion pundits by going with another Anuradha Vakil creation.
The custom designed red and gold lehenga displayed Sonam’s penchant for vintage textiles and embroideries. She wore statement jewellery in varying layers with a rather large maatha patti to complete the bridal transformation. Topping off the look with the Lancer flats by Jimmy Choo. But the personalisation didn’t stop there because Sonam also had her traditional kalire specially made with ornate peacock motifs.
Sonam Kapoor’s Wedding Outfit and The Jimmy Choo Lancer Flats
Sonam Kapoor’s Customised Kalire
The groom Anand contrasted his bride in the most luxurious beige bandhgala jacket. He wore a multi-strand ruby and pearl neckpiece and a white and gold saffa embellished with a bejewelled accessory from Amrapali. As per Sikh tradition he carried a sheath-covered sword during the ceremony.
Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja’s Wedding Outfits
The reception was held the same evening at the luxury Leela Hotel and was another star-studded affair. Just when it seemed like Sonam Kapoor had decided to wear only classic vintage looks throughout the wedding, she amazed everyone once again in a convention defying grey and white lehenga by Anamika Khanna. Die-hard Sonam fans rejoiced as the chevron-printed copper-grey lehenga paired with a cropped blouse and light-weight organza jacket is just the kind of avant-garde styling that has made her famous. She accessorised the earthy toned outfit with a Victorian style four-layered diamond necklace and a black diamond encrusted Cloud clutch by Jimmy Choo.
It seemed that both Sonam and Anand waited until the reception to really turn up the off-the-wall charms on their outfits. Anand’s black bandhgala with embellished buttons and side pocket paired with a white churidhar seem innocuous enough until you realize that the quirky groom had decided to pair this very traditional outfit with Nike sneakers! The shoes might seem total blasphemy for fashion purists but he must be applauded for making the bold choice of staying true to his innate sense of style.
Sonam Kapoor & Anand Ahuja’s Receptions Outfits and The Jimmy Choo Cloud Clutch Bag
Obviously a massive A-list Bollywood wedding will include an equally worthy guest list. And if you thought that the bride and groom were the only ones making some serious fashion statements then you would be highly mistaken. With so much paparazzi coverage and so many beautiful people in one place, there was no doubt a battle of the best dressed amongst the guests as well. Here are our top picks for the most impressive outfits from all the events.
Everyone stuck with the white theme and while that might sound boring to some, the results were simply stunning.
Jacqueline Fernandez In Anamika Khanna
Jhanvi & Khushi Kapoor In Tarun Tahiliani
Swara Bhaskar In Manish Malhotra
Shilpa Shetty Kundra In Sukriti & Aakriti
All the stars turned up in their traditional best for the wedding celebrations and it was refreshing to see so much experimentation with traditional silhouettes.
Jacqueline Fernandez In Anita Dongre
Jhanvi & Khushi Kapoor In Manish Malhotra
Karishma Kapoor In Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Rhea Kapoor In Abu Jaani Sandeep Khosla
It seemed like an unofficial memo to literally out-shine each other went out to all the Bollywood clan in attendance because everyone showed up in their glittering best.
Rekha In A Kanjeevaram Draped As Dhoti-Saree
Jhanvi & Khushi Kapoor In Manish Malhotra
Kareena Kapoor In Manish Malhotra
Alia Bhatt In Sabyasachi Mukherjee
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