Exchanging vows after marriage

Exchanging vows after marriage

After a registered marriage, newlyweds Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor went in for an exchange of vows before hosting a grand reception that went on till the wee hours.

While there were rumours that a nikaah was held, Kareena’s close friend and fashion designer Manish Malhotra said that there was a simple exchange of vows between the two actors, who have been dating for five years.

“They just exchanged vows at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba. There were no saath pheras... They did not adhere to any particular style (of wedding),” said Manish.

The marriage at Saif’s residence was a simple affair yesterday afternoon, but the post-wedding functions at the south Mumbai hotel saw a host of B-town celebs like Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Preity Zinta, Karan Johar, Tusshar Kapoor, Salman Khan’s sister Alvira, Anil Kapoor with daughter Sonam.

Manish said that the 32-year-old actress wore Saif’s grandmother’s traditional gharara for the ceremony last night. The actor’s mother Sharmila Tagore had worn the same gharara at her own nikaah. She then passed it on to her son’s new wife. Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar was given the responsibility of restoring and embellishing the gharara.

“I worked on the antique Pataudi gharara that was restored by Ritu Kumar for Kareena’s wedding. We did the final fittings and added a bit of embroidery here and there,” said Manish.

“When Saif and Kareena exchanged vows, she wore Sharmilaji’s gharara for some time,” said Manish.

Later, Kareena changed into a Malhotra creation for the post-wedding party and Saif donned a Banarsi brocade achkan by designer Raghvendra Rathore. “Kareena wore a burgundy colour embellished gharara with maroon duppatta. I gave a very old world charm to all the ghararas. The party had 80-100 people and went on till 3 am,” said Manish.

Manish has designed Kareena’s other outfits too, apart from clothes for sister Karisma, which they will wear at various wedding functions. Among family members present at the post-wedding party were Kareena’s father Randhir Kapoor, Babita, uncle Rajiv Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, wife Neetu, son Ranbir Kapoor; Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor’s son Aditya, Sharmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan with beau Kunal Khemu and Saif’s sister Saba.

Wishing his daughter and son-in-law a blissful life, Randhir Kapoor said, “I request all fans of Kareena and Saif to wish the couple a happy marriage. We are happy that they married without any conversion. Here two lovers have got married. They are two lovely people.”

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