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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas were surrounded by loved ones when tied the knot at a stunning Indian wedding ceremony on Sunday, which will feature exclusively in next week's HELLO! magazine. The newlyweds, who married following a seven-month relationship, enjoyed a weekend of lavish festivities at the five-star Taj Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur. The stunning nuptials centered on the respect and celebration of each other's backgrounds, faith and culture. The wedding itself was split into two – a Christian ceremony which was held on Saturday before the pair solemnised their union with a Hindu ceremony the following day.
Speaking shortly after the two ceremonies, the bride touched upon the sentimental meaning behind the celebrations. "I love that our wedding is a religious mash up," the bride exclusively told HELLO!. "We are taking beautiful traditions that we both grew up with and we are personalising them in a way that makes sense for us." She added: "It's been incredible to find the commonalities between our beliefs and figuring out how to blend them in a respectful and meaningful way." When asked about which element of the Indian ceremony surprised him the most, Nick replied: "Just how thoughtful it is… finding the meaning behind every detail really just made me fall in love with the culture even more."
During the first part, the Bollywood beauty looked incredible in an exquisite custom Ralph Lauren gown, which featured floral and scroll motifs and lace-effect tulle appliqués with scalloped sleeves and a high-neck collar. The hand-beaded and hand-embroidered gown also included mother of pearl pailettes, crystal seed beads, and Swarovski crystals - which took a total of 1,826 hours to complete. Underneath the long-sleeve gown was a strapless column dress made up of over two million mother of pearl sequins. The look was topped off by a 75 feet long tulle veil. Her groom wore a custom Ralph Lauren label six-button double breasted black tuxedo and custom patent lace up dress shoes. Inside of the purple lapel of the tuxedo, he added a small piece of lace from the bride's dress embroidered with the Urdu words "My Jaan" which translates to "My Life".
For the Hindu ceremony, Priyanka looked every inch the beautiful bride in a traditional Indian outfit by noted designer Sabyasachi Mukherji. She stunned in a deep red lehenga (a two-piece outfit consisting of this skirt and a coordinating top). The striking garment featured heavy detailing of intricate embroidery and fine jewels as well as sequin work. "For the Indian wedding, I wore Sabyasachi," revealed the Bollywood star. "I always knew I wanted a red traditional silhouette for my wedding but Sabya brought in incredible French embroidery to the mix and with incredible jewelry and western inspired veil it was just such an amalgamation of who I am!"
The couple held two ceremonies over the weekend in India
The stunning bridal garment was teamed with traditional gold jewellery and a flower garland. The elaborate necklace by Chopard came from the "Haute Joaillerie Collection" and featured 184.50-carats of pear-shaped diamonds set in 18k ethical white gold. These were teamed with pear-shaped diamond and a 16-carat oval-shaped diamond headpiece. Meanwhile, Priyanka's new husband also looked handsome in an Indian ensemble.
The majesty of red and gold glamour filled the air and infused the decor. The Umaid Bhawan palace was ablaze, lit up in golden light. The star-studded nuptials were attended by the couple's nearest and dearest, including Nick's brothers Kevin, Joe and Frankie Jonas and some of their respective partners, Kevin's beautiful wife Danielle and Joe's fiancée, Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner. The groom's parents Paul and Denise joined Priyanka's mother Madhu Chopra and her cousin Parineeti Chopra.