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When the bold, beautiful and beloved Bollywood queen Priyanka Chopra entered Hollywood, no one could have expected that her King would appear in the form of American singer Nick Jonas. Priyanka, now 36 years old, entered into public light as Miss World 2000 pageant. In the past nineteen years she has became one of the highest paid celebrities and one of the most renowned women around the world. Nick, now 26 years old, began his career in 2002 with his debut single ‘Jealous’ and has never looked back since. They met at an Oscars after-party in 2017. Their relationship caught paparrazi eye a few months later, and on 1st December, 2018, the sweethearts tied the knot. And oh my, what a splendid affair their wedding has been! Covered extensively by American and Indian media, the Chonas and Nickyanka as labeled by both media respectively, made headlines for days and weeks. Although their heart melting pictures and goo-goo eyes for each other were no different than most celebrity couples, there are so many unique things about this wedding that it is destined to go down in history as one of the most memorable events in Bollywood and Hollywood. Let’s look at top ten of such things!
While we are at the topic of Priyanka’s wedding wardrobe, the red wedding gown was not the only unique addition to the fashion touches she chose. Almost the entire wedding wardrobe of Baywatch’s star had a very pronounced presence of traditional Indian clothing, Indian embroidery, and even exclusively Indian fabrics. To be honest, we couldn’t even find a single celebrity who had worn a Jamawar gown. There might have never be a gown made from Jamawar, like ever! Donning a chiffon duppatta on top of it, and red sindhoor in her mid-parting of hair, she totally slayed in the unique blend of Indian and Western fashion. It won’t be of any surprise to us, if every other woman in India now starts to make gowns of their Jamawars.
It just won’t stop! The media has fallen so much in love with the love birds that the wedding mania simply doesn’t seem to end. We all remember the huge controversy that followed her cover picture on Maxim India magazine. An equal number of people went crazy pretty recently when a picture of Priyanka napping on Nick’s shoulder was released. The woman IS flawless people, just accept it! No drooling, no open mouth, not a single hair out of place in the picture; the social media quickly expressed their disbelief on the photograph being candid. However, it later transpired that she indeed had fallen asleep and a friend had quickly snapped the picture. The inside joke was that she fell asleep during the Super Bowl, which is a big deal in America and literally no one sleeps during the Super Bowl. But when it was posted online, the haters quickly turned to criticism. Well, the queen successfully ended this controversy too, and we are all back to loving her forever!
Never in the history of celebrity couples had there been a love story that begun with a pat on the back. Although their romance had started to take roots through Twitter DMs and text messages before, they went out on their actual first date a week before the 2017 Met Gala to Carlyle Hotel in New York City. After drinks, she invited him over to her apartment where her mother was sitting in a nightgown, watching Law & Order. Nick hung out at her apartment for a couple of hours, but when it was time to leave, he patted her on the back. No hug, no kiss, no romantic gesture. Nick believed it was “respectful” because her mother was there, but Priyanka is still upset about it thinking it was “too respectful”.
Tiffany & Co was literally shut down by Nick Jonas so Priyanka could get an engagement ring. He went full on Patrick Dampsey for the pretty damsel and rented the whole store so he could get an engagement ring, officially solidifying his relationship with Piggy Chops. There haven’t been any records of how much it cost Nick in dollars, or Tiffany in losses, but the fans with secret crushes on both Chopra and Nick did get the biggest loss. There might actually be no one ever again like Nick who shuts down the entire store for his love, just because he knows how much she loves the brand.
Priyanka Chopra made her wedding registry with Amazon. There have been instances where celebrities, and in some cases non-celebrities, have gotten brands to sponsor their weddings, but Priyanka took the high road. The one little perk that she got out of this was that Amazon made a donation of $100,000 to UNICEF, which according to the Quantico star “is very important to her”. The items included in the registry were a record player, a rain jacket for her dog ‘Diana’ as well as a pet GPS system, a Wifey sleep mask, a pair of rollerblades, and a 20-Pound dumbbell set.
Enough about the pre-wedding unique wedding stuff! Now let’s get down to the when the ceremonies began. The duo indeed had a royal wedding planned, so why not choose the venue that is only suited for the royals. Priyanka and Nick chose – Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace for their wedding – Indian wedding one of course. Yes they had two of them, obviously! The palace is partly owned by Taj Hotels, and continues to remain the current actual residence of the former royal family, descendants of Maharaja Umaid Singh. One of the most exotic facts about the Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace is that it was the last architectural marvel of its kind built in India. It is the sixth largest private residence in the world and also includes a museum. Although many Bollywood stars had wished to get married at this venue, including Rani Mukherjee and Aishwarya Rai, but it never actually came about to happen. Although there is one exception, Hollywood actress Liz Hurley, married an Indian entrepreneur at the same venue in 2007.
When has our Desi Girl stopped to surprise us? So when it was the time for her Christian wedding ceremony, Priyanka decided to surprise everyone, while winning hearts of her Indian fans all over again. She stuck to her desi roots and wore a red gown instead of the traditional white. Although she wore a white dress for another wedding function, when she stood at the altar to say “I do”, she was clad in a red gown. It is not like any celebs haven’t chosen unconventional colors, but with Priyanka the Christian wedding got a major tarka of the traditional Indian culture, so there you go. And how delightfully beautiful she looked!
The Indian baseline continued in Priyanka’s makeup as well. Yumi Mori was the makeup artist this Bollywood superstar chose for her wedding look. Although there have been instances when actresses have chosen to go with their natural looks, and simpler clothes, but Priyanka is the first one to have worn intensely elaborate dresses, and yet kept her face as close to her natural skin as possible. In fact she was not even scared to experiment a little, with that red stain below the eyes look that makes her look so dreamy in all her wedding pictures. Her lip color was also red stained, giving her a vibrant look which she could have carried as well to a drinks gathering as she did on her wedding day.
Although there are dozens of Bollywood actors and actresses have chosen foreigner spouses, there is no Bollywood actress except Priyanka to have married a foreigner from the movie industry. There have been financial analysts (Priety Zinta’s husband), engineers (Suchitra Pillai’s husband), and sportsmen (Neena Gupta’s husband) but there is yet to be anyone from a foreign film industry. Men in Bollywood, however, have a higher number for choosing foreign beauties as partners, with late Shashi Kapoor even marrying British actress Jeniffer Kendal. Priyanka has made her career by going the extra mile. Guess she decided to keep the track when it came to her private life too.
And of course, the transnational wedding! Many celebrities have married to people from other countries, and many have had long long weddings. But none had had these both together! Often it is the after-parties and celebrations post-wedding, but Nickyanka were better at this too. The duo had three wedding receptions in both India and America, and that too was in addition to the several celebrations pre-wedding. And these events were a sight to watch too! Nick Jonas literally entered his Indian wedding ceremony on a horse, wearing a turban and carrying a sword. The bride of course kept her end of the deal and entered the Christian wedding ceremony with a custom made 75-foot train of her dress. The groom proved his command on Indian traditions and the bride reciprocated with her proficiency in carrying western wedding looks.
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