The marriage rituals commenced at around 8 pm when Dhoni on a horseback and the groom’s party walked for around half a kilometre to the bride’s place, located at the same resort premises.
Dhoni wore a black sherwani while Sakshi was dressed up in white churidar-pyjama.
Tight security was thrown around the resort. The media was practically kept out of bounds and they had to station themselves at a 1 km distance from the main gate of the sprawling resort and the news relating to the wedding ceremony inside came out in trickles.
Even the select guests who attended the wedding ceremony were seen being brought into the resort in four vehicles kept for the purpose. A top police official said Dhoni arrived early this morning at the farmhouse, where adequate police force has been deployed.
Although family sources had indicated after the engagement that the marriage will take place in October, India’s tight schedule in the next few months might have prompted the advancement. The couple is expected to host a reception in Mumbai on July 7, which also happens to be Dhoni’s 29th birthday. Dhoni and Sakshi, who hails from Aurangabad, had been school friends at DAV, Shamily in Ranchi.
“Their fathers worked together in MECON, and the Rawats moved to Dehradun after retirement,” a family friend said. Dhoni is currently enjoying a rare break from international cricket.