Central Leader : January 12th 2011
3 CENTRAL LEADER, JANUARY 12, 2011 NEWS Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 3140893AD SUMMER HOURS January 5th - February 1st • Incognito sunglasses BUY ONE GET ONE FREE • Sunscreens & Bushman Insect Repellent Range • Childrens HiHop Summer range instore MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8am - 5.30pm Come in for all your Summer needs Ph: (09) 523 3030 AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE @ PEACH PARADE 29a Peach Parade Cnr Greenlane East & Peach Parade Remuera, Auckland Mon-Thurs After Hours, Weekends and Public Holidays. DENTIST OPEN Bollywood wedding for couple By HANNAH SPYKSMA Bollywood extravaganza: Nimisha Bhikha, left, and Ella Kumar say the multi-million-dollar wedding they were part of last week was outrageous but elegant. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Parade procession: Groom Vikram Aditya Kumar, right, and his father Shalabh Kumar ride through Balmoral. WHILE it wasn't the largest cel- ebration they've attended, last weekend's fairytale Indian wedding was certainly the most extravagant ceremony Nimisha Bhikha and Ella Kumar have been part of. Right from the nine helicopters flying in V formation to the red car- pet entrance, the procession was without a doubt the highlight of the celebrations,'' make-up artist Nimi- sha says. The Mt Roskill woman was in charge of make-up, hair and mhendi -- traditional henna skin decoration -- for the groom's family during the multi-million-dollar wedding cele- brations of Chicago billionaire Vikram Aditya Kumar and Auck- land woman Pooja Chitgopeker, which included a lavish parade through Balmoral last Friday. A red carpet, horse-driven char- iot, Indian super stars and hours of Bollywood dancing were also involved in the four-day affair from last Wednesday to Saturday. I think the groom's father has been dreaming of this wedding since Vikram was little,'' marriage cel- ebrant Ella says. Father Shalabh Kumar is chief executive of an electronics firm based out of Bangalore. While Vikram lives in Chicago, the celebrations were held in Auck- land because it is traditional for the groom to come to the bride's family. Last Friday, a Balmoral street was closed off as the groom and his father rode on movie-trained white horses to reach the Bharatiya Mandir temple. There the groom received tra- ditional Hindu wedding blessings. Later that evening guests gath- ered at Formosa Resort in east Auckland for the formalities of the ceremony. The bharat, or wedding party, took two hours to make its way up the red carpet before entering the venue. I was watching the precession from a big screen inside the build- ing, and it was walk, stop, dance -- lots of colour, lots of jewellery, lots of dancing,'' Ella says. Also from Mt Roskill, she says the whole wedding was amazing to be part of and was an elegant affair. The thing that stood out was that during the official ceremony, which lasted from 9.30pm to 11.30pm, the audience was silent.'' And while the bride and groom didn't write their own vows, Ella says they seemed in love and happy with the words they expressed. Bride Pooja is a former Epsom Girls Grammar School student and won the Miss India World title in 2007. Ella and Nimisha say the wed- ding was a fantastic opportunity for Kiwis to get to see how a Bollywood- style celebrations takes place. Both praised the parties involved and say the families were very down to earth and a pleasure to work with. Go to www.centralleader.co.nz to see more photos of the wedding parade.
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