Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a crowd in congratulating newly-married couple, Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas at their reception on Tuesday.
Modi arrived amid tight security to be part of the special day of the former Miss World, who was crowned in 2000, and then became a leading Bollywood star, followed by a rare successful crossover into Hollywood.
The PM was dressed in a white kurta-pyjama with a black Nehru jacket. He remained on stage for about 10 minutes, meeting Nick and Priyanka’s families with folded hands and exchanging pleasantries.
Priyanka introduced her brother-in-law Joe Jonas and his to-be-wife, Game Of Thrones star Sophie Turner — dressed in a beige Sabyasachi Mukherjee lehenga — to Modi.
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.
Bollywood’s desi girl was all smiles.
“On a scale of 1 to 10 in happiness, I’m 12,” she told IANS, while Nick said, “I’m a fan of Indian weddings.”
Priyanka dazzled in an elegant 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 the “choora” — traditional red bangles worn by a Punjabi bride — and sported vermillion. Nick was dressed in a velvet dinner jacket and completed the look with a bow tie.
The venue, the Durbar Hall at the Taj Palace Hotel, was done up elegantly with exotic white and soft pink flowers. The “NP” icon, which has remained a staple throughout the couple’s wedding, stood out on the elaborate stage.
Candles flickered away at different spots of the venue which was enlivened by the sound of live music and a free flow of cocktails and a wide variety of food.
The gala evening was preceded by a three-day extravaganza in Jodhpur’s majestic Umaid Bhawan Palace, where Priyanka, 36, and Nick, 26, exchanged wedding vows as per Christian and Hindu rituals in two separate ceremonies.
Their pre-wedding rituals at the celebrations, which saw participation from just a little over 200 guests, included a mehendi ceremony. There was also a friendly cricket match between the two families, as well as a glitzy and power-packed musical evening.
Of her wedding, Priyanka, a National Award-winning actor who has made her name in Hollywood as the lead star in American show Quantico, told People of her wedding, “I love that our wedding was a religious mash-up. We took beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and personalised them in a way that made sense for us. It’s been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way.”
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