The Virushka wedding broke the Internet especially in India and for those of Indian descent. Unless you’ve been living under a rock atop a mountain on a different planet, it’s unlikely that you’re unaware that the Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma got hitched in Italy. Speculation was rife about the super secret nuptials ever since Virat’s teammate Zaheer Khan’s wedding and everyone is ecstatic to see these two lovebirds finally tying the knot.
Adding to the elopement like drama of the most talked about wedding of the year, was the fact that everyone from the wedding planning teams to the guests were expressly instructed not to share any details until the couple themselves announced the news to their legions of fans. All hell broke loose shortly after as hungry media outlets grabbed at every juicy morsel of detail from the ongoing wedding events.
The sheer amount of coverage given to the wedding in print, on social media and on television news channels, proves that the couple’s decision to get married outside India was an absolute necessity if they wanted to avoid a media circus. It’s perfectly in-sync with their stance of remaining tight lipped about their relationship from the beginning. There was no better choice that the vintage luxury resort Borgo Finoccheitio in Tuscany, Italy. Its remote location and magical feel added oodles more charm to the fairy-tale wedding.
Italy Wedding Invitation
Looking at the pictures, it seems that everything went off without a single hitch as would be expected of a massive celebrity wedding. However the wedding planner revealed that not even Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma could control the weather gods. Showers on the mehendi night forced them to forgo their plans for a bonfire. The unexpected rain didn’t dampen their spirits though, as all the guests huddled closed around a massive campfire and sang karaoke all night. In yet another mishap, Tuscany’s reputation as a favoured summer destination means that it’s rare for the area to have winter weddings. All the outdoor décor was frozen on the morning of the wedding and started dripping by that afternoon. Resulting in all the outdoor functions being hurriedly shifted to the indoor courtyard. The weather may have played spoilt sport but the unfortunate circumstances only endeared the couple even more to their ordinary admirers.
With those snippets out of the way let’s talk fashion. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli aren’t ones to shy away from experimentation so everyone was taken by surprise when they made the rather unorthodox decision to appoint Sabyasachi Mukherjee as the designer for every outfit for both of them. There is no doubt that nearly every celebrity couple selects atleast one Sabyasachi creation during their wedding. But it’s usually customary to mix things up and choose from several designers’ aesthetics for different events.
However it seems Virushka’s risk paid off handsomely and may even have started a trend. Sabyasachi took to Instagram to reveal snippets of the creative process behind every ensemble and we have all the deets and pictures for you.
Anushka went with the House Of Sabyasachi’s signature Gulkand Burgandy shade for her velvet saree. The saree was intricately hand embroidered with miniature pearls and the finest quality zardosi and marori work. Even the jewellery was from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewellery collection. She went with an uncut diamond and pearl choker with contrasting turquoise beads. Kohl rimmed eyes, the famous Sabyasachi microdot on the forehead and an old-school inspired red rose in the hair completed her look.
Virat Kohli chose to wear something western for only one occasion. He was in an immaculately fitted blue suit complete with a contrasting brown waistcoat and light blue necktie.
Virushka Engagement Outfits
Anushka went completely different with her boho-chic look for the mehendi. Sabyasachi revealed that she wanted to incorporate her favourite colour fuchsia pink into her outfit and that’s how they created the inventive colour combination of hot pink and Indian orange. The graphic lehenga and blouse were hand printed by the skilled artists of Calcutta and hand embroidered with gota and marori. She stuck with jewellery from the same label. This time going with a stunning pair of jhumkis in 22 carat gold accented with Iranian turquoise, tourmaline, Japanese cultured pearls and lastly uncut diamonds. Even her hand woven brocade and jardosi juttis were customised by the label.
Virat decided to match his ladylove in a silk khadi kurta churidhar paired with a classic textured fuchsia pink Nehru jacket accessorised with the Sabyasachi House blazer buttons. The ensemble was completed with customised tan leather juttis featuring a jardosi-embroidered crest.
Virushka Mehendi Outfits
Channelling their inner modern prince and princess, the bride and groom stepped out in coordinated looks for the wedding. Sabyasachi spoke about the discussions on the wedding looks and mentioned that he wanted to give the couple something cohesive that would blend in with the gorgeous Tuscan location. They avoided any bright and bold colours and went to soothing pastels instead to create that seamlessness between their ensembles and their surroundings.
Anushka’s lehenga was in pale pink and embroidered in the renaissance style with vintage English colours. Silver-gold metal thread, pearls and beads were infused to create the delicate floral embroidery patterns. Her jewellery featured the entire bridal set of a choker, long necklace, earrings, nose ring and mattha patti. It was handcrafted with syndicate uncut diamonds, pale pink spinel and baroque Japanese cultured pearls.
Virat wore an ivory white raw silk sherwani embroidered with a vintage Benarasi pattern. His jacket was accented with Sabyasachi house buttons and paired with an old rose silk kota safa. He also carried a matching dupatta that is customary for Indian grooms as it’s used in the wedding ceremony.
Virushka Wedding Outfits & Jewellery
Virushka Wedding Outfits
Virushka Wedding Outfits
It would be impossible for celebrities of their stature to get married in a tucked away location without having a big blowout with their vast circle of extended friends and family. They started with a reception at the Taj Diplomatic Enclave in Virat’s hometown New Delhi. They both dressed completely traditional for the event, which was also attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Delhi Reception Invitation
Anushka turned to sporting bridal red which is a favourite of all Indian brides. She chose to turn back the time in a classic red Benarasi saree that was the wedding outfit of choice for an entire generation of Bengali women before her. Proving that elegance never looks out of place, she also styled her traditional saree with equally ethnic inflections like a red bindi on her forehead, sindoor in her part and mogras in her hairstyle. Accessorized with an uncut diamond choker and jhumkas, she looked resplendent. Sabyasachi gave kudos to the new bride for spreading awareness about fledgling industry of indigenous textiles in India with her choice.
Virat wore a black texture bandhgala suit with Sabyasachi house buttons in 18-carat gold. However the piece de resistance of his ensemble was his hand woven pashmina shawl that immediately elevated the entire look up many fashion notches with its unconventional yet sublime experimentation.
Virushka Delhi Reception Outfits
After the capital city it was time to move the festivities to Anushka’s hometown and hub of her industry –Mumbai. The reception took place at the St. Regis Hotel in mid-town and was attended by nearly every Bollywood A-lister as well as stalwarts from the cricketing fraternity.
Anushka went contemporary chic with a touch of old world charm for her final wedding function. She decided to jazz things up in a smokey grey crop top lehenga set. The ethereal lehenga was embellished with hand beaten silver thread, textured sequins and cut organza flowers. Master craftsmen from Lucknow wove her dupatta, which was cinched at the waist with Sabyasachi’s signature Bengal Tiger belt. Anushka’s silvery-gold lehenga set was accessorized with a necklace and earrings delicately hand crafted with rose cut diamond solitaires and briolettes. She wore the customary red and white chudda as is the tradition for Punjabi brides.
Virat looked dapper in a Raghuvendra Rathore creation. The indigo velvet navy blue bandhgala paired with ivory Jodhpuri trousers worked brilliantly with his charming personality.
Virushka Mumbai Reception Outfits
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