Arpita Khan, budding fashion designer, married her long-time boyfriend Aayush Sharma, a businessman based in Delhi, on November 18. The bride is the beloved sister of Bollywood actor Salman Khan, action hero and “forever bachelor”. The wedding had been scheduled for January 2015, but Arpita changed the date so as to coincide with her parents' golden wedding anniversary.
The lavish celebrations began with a grand sangeet ceremony at Galaxy Apartments, the Khan’s residence in Mumbai. This was followed by a star-studded mehendi ceremony where Arpita was resplendent in a stunning saree, complete with heavy embroidery and jewellery. After Arpita’s haldi ceremony, the entire Khan family departed for Hyderabad.
The Falaknuma Palace, site of the wedding, was booked for two full days to allow the family and guests privacy to enjoy the festivities. The guest list was a veritable who’s who of Bollywood, with Katrina Kaif, Sajid Nadiadwala, Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao, Karan Johar, David Dhawan, Chiranjeevi, and Hema Malini and Dharmendra among the many stars gracing the occasion. Shah Rukh Khan, king of Bollywood, confirmed his attendance at the celebrations, noting that the bride “is like my own sister.”
The bride wore a red couture ghagra by designers Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla, made with panels of scarlet fabric and embellished with gold farisha, vasli, and badla embroidery. To cover her head, she chose a matching dupatta trimmed with gold crochet and lace. That paired with exotic flowers in her hair, a heavy polki haar, and make-up by Daniel Bauer had her ready for the pheras.
For the reception, Arpita again wore an Abu-Sandeep creation: a white lehenga embellished with Swarovski crystals, worn with a French tulle stole, traditional red churris and a simple maang tikka.
Arpita, the youngest of the Khan siblings, and Aayush have been good friends for a long time before they pledged the bonds of love and marriage. After honeymooning in an as yet undisclosed location, the happy couple will reside in Mumbai.
BigIndianWedding.com wishes the couple years of marital bliss and prosperity!