A Perfect Wedding Diary
Fairy tale wedding stories do come true. Varun Chaudhary, the Executive Director of CG Corp Global took wedding vows with Anushree Tongya in April 2017. In a candid conversation, Varun and Anushree talk about their three day long wedding bash.xz
We recently witnessed the fairy tale wedding of Varun Chaudhary, the youngest son of Nepal’s Billionaire entrepreneur Binod Chaudhary, with Anushree Tongya, daughter of Mr. Raj Kumar Tongya of Jaipur’s leading jewellery house Daicolor on Akshaya Tritya, which is one of the most auspicious days in the Hindu calendar.
Udaipur beholds regal wedding
The wedding took place in Udaipur, a historic city of heritage forts and palace in India. A beautiful breeze on Lake Pichola sent greetings, and welcomed guests to a stunning event which showcased the finest traditions of a Marwari wedding with its innumerable ceremonies.
Their wedding was a series of majestic, unforgettable celebrations. Rajasthan with its rich history and Udaipur with its beautiful traditions and architecture proved to be the most amazing settings for it. With six venues, the wedding was not just one event but a myriad of events unfolding like a lotus at different places.
Welcoming the guests
A welcome lunch brought guests into the Lake Palace hotel in Lake Pichola. Guests came in boats, and were welcomed with music and performances by traditional Rajasthani dancers, sprinkled with rose petals, and offered long cool drinks. It was a quite a relaxing moment for guests after their respective journey, and providing them an opportunity to meet their old friends and family.
Mehendi, Sangeet, Mudda and Tika
They had a traditional ceremony of mehendi and sangeet surrounded by family and friends, who wallowed in activities such as tarot reading or having henna applied on them (for female guests), while drinking pink champagne. Under such fun and lively setting, the couple took the center stage of the celebrations and danced with some impressive moves. After that, Varun and Anushree partook in the mudda and tika ceremonies, which were held at the City Palace, in Udaipur. These were followed by theatrical entertainment gala, and a performance choreographed by Shiamak Davar. Famous singers such as Mika Singh and Kanika Kapoor showcased an exciting performance. Be it mudda, tikka, mehendi, sangeet or the wedding, the ceremonies were grand in every way.
“Under such fun and lively setting, the couple took the center stage of the celebrations and danced with some impressive moves.”
Decorations and mouthwatering food
The guests were ferried in boats designed like the Kashmiri shikaaras to the wedding venue, which was decked up with the most beautiful flowers. The food was prepared by celebrity chef Marut Sikla herself. The food offered here had something for everyone, including a nice vegetarian selection and a beautifully arranged fruit station.
Apart from awe–inspiring wedding decorations, it was Varun’s and Anushree’s wedding attire that raised a lot of eyebrows. Dressed in traditional Indian attires, Varun and Anushree looked absolutely stunning. Anushree was dressed in a traditional red lehenga with mind-blowing pieces of jewellery, and Varun looked handsome and stylish in his groom’s attire. Overall, the couple looked picture-perfect.
Arrival of the big day
And finally the big day arrived. The grounds of Jag Mandir were lit up in red, green and vermillion colors. The groom’s procession arrived with a royal grace, and each guest was welcomed with a garland of pearls, denoting the union of two families. The bride was eagerly waiting in the calm waters of the lake on a boat. The boat, decorated with twirls of fragrant flowers, slowly came into view. In it sat the beautiful bride. A thousand lamps were swung over the water as priests chanted Hindu mantras as blessings. The bride was escorted by her close family for the ceremonies beginning with the exchange of garlands between the bride and the groom. The marriage puja conducted in a silver mandap, crafted like a dome of a palace itself. The wedding brought together the best of the old and the new in a seamless way.
“The guest list read like the who’s who of the world’s celebrities, famous business men and women, and Bollywood stars.”
A massive guest list
The event also had a massive guest list. More than 1,000 guests came in from all over the world. The guest list read like the who’s who of the world’s celebrities, famous business men and women, and Bollywood stars. The wedding saw a bevy of celebrities mixing with the royals of Rajasthan, who too were dressed in their best.
Some of the celebrated guests were: His Royal Highness Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur, Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe (The Honorable Prime Minister of Sri Lanka), Bollywood actors Shatrughan Sinha and Salman Khan, Tikka Satrujit Singh Kapurthala, members of the Marcos family from the Philippines, the Galadaris from the UAE, Dr. B.K. Modi, G.M. Rao, Urvashi Khemka, Dr. Naresh Trehan, Ravi Jaipuriya, Gautam SJB Rana, Umang Hauteesing, Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Maharaja Padmanabh Singh, Maharaj Narendra Singh, Shobha De, Kamal Nath, J.J. Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, Latha Rajnikanth, Aishwarya Dhanush, Jaivardhan Singh, Arikesh Singh, Prahlad Kakkar, Dino Morea, Firoz Nadiawala and Mohan Babu. Many other guests came from every nook and corner of the world to witness this once in a lifetime fairy tale wedding.