After a dreamlike wedding in Tuscany, Italy and a short honeymoon in Finland Virushka returned to India on Tuesday, 19 December. The first of their two wedding receptions held in Delhi for their friends and family only was at Durbar Hall of the Taj Diplomatic Enclave. The newlyweds arrived at the venue amidst much frenzy of fans who waited to catch a glimpse of their favorite couple at the entrance of the hotel.

The list of well-wishers who were there to grace the occasion saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi among the first to greet the newly-wed couple at the ceremony. The newlyweds Virat and Anushka had personally handed the invitation card to Prime Minister Modi.

Cricketers Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Gautam Gambhir also graced the occasion. The evening was made even more special and entertaining with the performance of noted Punjabi singer Gurdas Maan. Virat, who is a fan of Punjabi music, could not stop himself from shaking a leg at his reception with the singer. His better half Anushka also joined him on the dance floor and the couple seemed to have had a great time at their reception in Delhi.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who had earlier designed the couple’s ensembles for all of their wedding-related functions, put together their look for the reception as well. According to a report in Firstpost Sabyasachi went on to speak about their attire, Anushka was resplendent in a vermilion Benarasi sari with heavy zari and traditional jewellery, while Virat was dressed in a dapper black sherwani. Sabyasachi said, “I don’t think Indian brides feel complete without wearing the colour red in one of their functions. Anushka decided to wear red on her reception. And much to my absolute delight, it would be a red Benarasi sari, from the by-lanes of Peeli Kothi in Benaras. I was particularly excited about this look because I have seen an entire generation of Bengali women getting married in red Benarasi saris. The red bindi, the sindoor and the mogras in her hair just made the look more potent and powerful.”

“She chose to wear a heritage uncut diamond choker and jhumkas from the Sabyasachi Bridal Jewellery collection. Bollywood can play a major role in spreading awareness about Indian textiles and handlooms. And I must say the occasion couldn’t be better. I know copies of this sari will flood the entire country in the next few months to come, which also means that a million weaver’s children will be back at school. All I can say is thank you Anushka!”

Of Virat’s look, Sabya said, “Virat chose to complement his new bride in a very subtle and elegant manner. He wore a black textured silk signature bandhgala with the house buttons in 18k gold and a white silk kurta with hand-woven brocade churidaar. He teamed it with mojris from the Sabyasachi accessories line and a hand-embroidered antique Pashmina shawl from our ‘Kashmir Revival’ project.”

The colour of the venue was kept a subtle combination of pink and silver and tastefully used crystal and candles lit the reception hall creating a beautiful aura.

The couple will also be hosting another reception for their friends from film and cricket industry in Mumbai on December 26 at St. Regis in Lower Parel. The Indian cricket team will leave for their tour to South Africa on December 27 from Mumbai and Anushka will leave along with the team and bring in the new year together with her husband, skipper Virat Kohli there.

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