Ek pyar ka naghma hai,
Maujon ki ravaani hai,
Zindagi aur kuch bhi nahi,
Teri meri kahaani hai”
Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh tied the knot with Rukhmini Sahay according to traditional Hindu rituals on 9th February 2017 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
The intimate festivities lasted three days with the couple’s close friends and family in attendance. A grand reception attended by the who’s who of Bollywood, followed on 17th February 2017 at the J W Marriot in Mumbai.
Neil, grandson of legendary singer Mukesh, met Rukhmini through their respective families and got engaged in October 2016. As Neil hails from a family of established singers, it was no wonder right from the wedding invitation to the wedding festivities close homage was paid to his grandfather Mukesh and their family’s love of sangeet.
The wedding invitation designed by Ravish Kapoor of Ravish Kapoor Invitations, is both personal and in keeping with the royal location of the wedding. Lyrics from Neil’s grandfather’s evergreen songs adorn the pages representing eternal love and give the ‘album type’ card an emotional and touching feel. The brown shades, gold crest and the mirrored initials of the couple gives the card an elegant and royal look.
The celebrations in Udaipur started with the roka ceremony on 7th February 2017. From the vibrant pink and lilac colours, to the lighting and flower arrangements, the venue was transformed into a fairy tale.
Rukhmini looked dreamy in her pastel indo-western lilac coloured gown designed by Sarath Krishnan, and Neil matched her perfectly looking dapper in an outfit designed by Aditya Kilachand.
Neil went down on one knee and proposed to his stunning bride-to-be who in return gave a loving speech. Cake cutting followed on from the ring ceremony and the guests then danced away to tracks played by DJ Suketu. Neil is said to have sung Kabira and danced to Kaala Chashma.
The mehendi saw a celebration of colours and tradition with a floral theme running throughout the function. The couple arrived on a carriage decorated with colourful flowers.
Drapes in bright colours added to the excitement and created a fun atmosphere.
Neil wore a pink silk kurtha pyjama with embroidered waistcoat and Rukhmini wore a pastel green coloured lengha with orange and white floral jewellery complimenting Neil’s outfit. Both outfits were designed by Krishna Mehta.
The sangeet was an Arabic themed glamorous evening filled with song and dance.
The couple, their friends and their family danced to both classical and current Bollywood numbers. Karthik Mohan choreographed Rukhmini’s dance for the evening and the dance team commented that the bride-to-be had danced with grace.
Neil’s father and his friend’s danced to ‘Oh Hassena’ and ‘London Thumakada’; and his mother, Nishi, and friends danced to ‘Navrahi Majhi’. Neil’s friend’s shook a leg to ‘Tu Mera Hero’, ‘Kala Chashma’, and ‘Nashe Si Chad Gayi’; and Neil’s brother -Naman, and sister- Neha, with their friends danced to ‘Batameez Dil’ and ‘Chittiyan Kalliyan’ respectively.
The highlight of the evening was Rishi Kapoor singing ‘Meh Shayar Tho Nahin’ and Pamela Chopra singing ‘Tujhe Dekha Tho Yeh Jaana Sanam’.
The photograph’s show Neil wearing a gold sherwani by Narendra Kumar Ahmed, and Rukhmini wearing an intricately embroidered lengha by Krishna Mehta.
The guests were treated to South Asian cuisine including chaat, parathas and local Rajasthani dishes. For those with a sweet tooth there was a candy floss cart.
There were hampers for the guests including fabulous goodies like Patiala Mojri footwear, parandas from Ludhiana, and leheriya dupatta’s that were hand picked by Neil’s mother from a local bazaar.
The Wedding Day
The wedding ceremony was managed by Event Entourage at Hotel Radisson Blu, and was held on 9th February 2017.
What the Groom Wore
Neil looked every bit of the Prince he played in Prem Ratan Dhan Payo in his maroon and gold ensemble.
What the Bride Wore
Rukhmini looked the perfect princess in her orange and red lehenga with stones, resham and sadhi work.
Both the bride and groom’s royal and intricate outfits were designed by Sarath Krishnan.
Earlier in the day the haldi and chuda chadai ceremonies had taken place. This was a relaxed and fun affair following a late sangeet the night before. The entertainment catered for all including beer pong, zorbing, jenga, caricature artists and tarot card reading.
Close friends and family graced the wedding ceremony in the evening to bless the couple. A family dinner and cocktail party followed on from the marital ceremony.
Turbaned guards hoisted royal flags with the couple’s initials standing next to extravagant silver elephant statues. Neil chose ‘Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mehn’ to make his entry, and Rukhmini entered on ‘Chand Si Mehmooba’.
They met halfway and exchanged garlands. Whilst these garlands were being exchanged 32 kathakali dancers in mermaid costumes danced on top of an elevated stage with a fireworks display as a backdrop.
Neil’s father gifted Rukhmini a gold heirloom jewellery set, and Neil was gifted a sherwani by Rukhmini’s brother as the couple was pronounced man and wife.
After the wedding, the couple sought the blessings of their elders and high-fived each other!
The star studded celebration for the newlyweds was held at the JW Marriot, Mumbai on 17th February 2017. In attendance were the Bachchans, the Kapoors, Rekha, Jackie Shroff and Salman Khan to name a few.
The couple’s striking emerald green and ivory embroidered attire was in continuation, yet still different, to their royal looks from the wedding ceremony. Picked from his ‘Begum-e-Jannat’ collection, couturier designer Manav Gangwani designed these outfits allowing the newly weds to wear their own piece of jannat (meaning paradise) matching together.
The décor consisted of white and pink carnation flowers with a European theme. Enigma Club was arranged for the youngsters to put their party hats on whilst there was a separate banquet room for celebrities to relax and enjoy themselves.
This wedding was truly a celebration of tradition, culture, royalty, sangeet, fun but most importantly love.