The Bollywood wedding of the year – of A-listers Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt – on Thursday attracted plenty of attention from film fans and celebrity watchers around the world.
Their simple and understated wedding ceremony at home – compared to mainstream Bollywood standards – as well as the bride and groom’s offbeat choice of ivory and cream attire, won praise all-round from fans used to lavish destination weddings and brides dripping in heavy red-and-gold finery.
Bhatt’s choice of a minimal, no-makeup look, a wedding sari rather than the usually favoured lehenga, and personalised details in her bridalwear have been applauded by fashion watchers and Bollywood fans alike.
Her unconventional and modern Indian bride look was praised for the attention to detail and for incorporating meaningful designs and motifs considered lucky and special by the couple, celebrating their almost five-year-long relationship that began on film sets.
Here’s a close-up look at the sartorial details spotted by eagle-eyed fashion watchers, from the Kapoor-Bhatt wedding.
The embroidered touch
The Raazi actress' hand-dyed ivory-and-gold organza sari by celebrity go-to designer Sabyasachi, which seemed inspired by an enchanted garden, was covered in embroidered flowers and butterflies.
A close-up photo of her handwoven tissue veil – posted by the fashion-watcher Instagram account Diet Sabya – showed “The fourteenth of April 2022”, the couple’s wedding date, woven into it, surrounded by gold embroidery and sequins.
The account also dubbed the moment Kapoor carried Bhatt in his arms after the wedding as “the real Bridgerton ending".
The actress’s sari featured motifs such as the infinity symbol, also assumed to be the number 8 – which Kapoor considers his lucky one – all merged in an artistic way with the gold tilla embroidery.
Jewellery with a meaning
Of course, all eyes were on the bride’s ring, which stuck to the usual celebrity standards of a huge rock.
Although no clear pictures of the ring are available yet, it appears to be a rather big solitaire nestled in a prong setting. The groom sported a simple wedding band in platinum.
The silver kaleere ornament hanging from her wrists was customised, with matching tassels in motifs of the number 8, the infinity symbol, stars, clouds and birds.
Meanwhile, Bhatt’s mangalsutra – or the ceremonial necklace tied by the groom around the bride’s neck, symbolising their union – turned out to be a simple diamond drop pendant on a thin chain, but also featured the 8/infinity symbol.
Her look reflected everything handcrafted with love. Bhatt also wore a diamond bracelet with an infinity sign and the traditional red-and-white chooda, or bangles, symbolising her new-bride status.
The only conventional wedding items were her heavy uncut diamond jewellery and hand-strung pearls by Sabyasachi Heritage, comprising a regal choker, heavy bangles and dangling earrings.
A natural, fresh look
For the wedding, which seemed to be all peaches-and-pastels themed, the actress was styled by Bollywood stylist Ami Patel. She topped off her ensemble with barely-there make-up that showed off her freckles, a small red bindi, and mid-parted loose hair in soft waves with a bejewelled mathapatti headband, instead of the usual coiffed and flower-decked styles favoured by desi brides.
Ditching the heavy make-up, the star, 29, seemed to have worked on keeping her skin well-hydrated and radiant for the day, and opted for kohl-rimmed eyes, naturally filled-in brows, natural lashes and a translucent white manicure, paired with henna designs on her hand that also featured the number 8 and the letter R, for Ranbir.