Virat, Anushka tie the knot in Italy, begin new innings

Last Updated: Tue, Dec 12, 2017 14:37 hrs

Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma sealed their relationship with a wedding in Italy amidst close family and friends on Monday.

"Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you," Virat and Anushka posted on their social media accounts.

"This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans and well-wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey," the statement read.

The happy couple shared their wedding photographs on social media with fans. In one image, they are seen laughing happily during the 'phera' ceremony, while in another, a smiling Anushka is seen holding the garland to place it on Virat, who is held aloft by friends.

The wedding was solemnised as per Hindu rituals at 2 p.m. here, with the bride and groom looking resplendent in ensembles by celebrated couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee.

The couple, who has been together for four years, is said to have chosen a luxury heritage resort Borgo Finocchieto, a little over 100 km away from here, for their nuptials.

The actress was seen in an exquisite tailor-made creation from the designer's boutique, a pale pink lehenga with 'Renaissance embroidery' in vintage English colours embellished with silver-gold metal thread, pearls and beads, designed by Sabyasachi

While the bridal jewellery was handcrafted with syndicate uncut diamonds, pale pink spinel and baroque Japanese cultured pearls by the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewellery collection.

Her makeup was light and minimal which added an elegant touch to the entire look.

Whereas, captain of the Indian Cricket Team Virat wore an ivory raw silk sherwani, hand-embroidered in a vintage Benarasi pattern and signature House buttons with an old Rose silk Kota safa with accessories by Sabyasachi.

Anushka and Virat, both 29, set tongues wagging about their wedding when they were seen leaving the Mumbai and Delhi airport respectively with their family members last week. All of them maintained a stoic silence, keeping the secrecy about the much-anticipated union intact, reported IANS.

Virat has been fairly open about how Anushka's presence in his life has brought in positive changes in him, but the actress has preferred to keep her private life private.

The rumours about their wedding had gathered steam when Virat asked for rest during the ODI and T20Is against Sri Lanka. He will join the team for the South Africa series which starts from December 30.

But before that, the couple will be hosting a reception in New Delhi for their relatives on December 21, followed by a reception for industry friends and cricketers in Mumbai on December 26.

Post their wedding the newlywed couple will be shifting to their new residence in Worli, Mumbai in December once they return from Delhi, reported ANI. Their spokesperson said, "We are extremely grateful to the media for their support and understanding in making this special occasion a memorable one and thank them for their continued love and support.” The couple will travel to South Africa where Virat will start prepping for the upcoming series and Anushka will spend New Year's Eve with him, read a statement from the actress' representative.

She will return in the first week of January to begin the next schedule of Aanand L. Rai's film with Shah Rukh in Mumbai. She will also start prepping for Sui Dhaaga as the shooting for the same starts in February 2018 with Varun Dhawan.

That apart, the actress-producer will also be busy with the marketing and promotions of Pari, which will release on February 9.

Anushka, the daughter of an army officer, was a model before she made inroads with Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi opposite Shah Rukh Khan in 2008. It set the pace of a career which has seen her be a part of movies like Band Baaja Baaraat, Jab Tak Hai Jaan, PK, NH10, Dil Dhadakne Do, Sultan and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Her last release was Jab Harry Met Sejal earlier this year.

Even Virat's India career started in 2008 in the senior team, after he led the U-19 team to a World Cup win. He has had a glorious run on the cricket pitch ever since.

The couple took to Twitter to announce their relationship and social media has melted ever since.

From megastar Amitabh Bachchan and ace filmmaker Karan Johar to master blaster Sachin Tendulkar and tennis star Sania Mirza -- a host of celebrities from the Indian film and sports world got together in wishing a happily ever after to newly weds actress Anushka Sharma and cricket hero Virat Kohli.

eteran actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted: "Virat and Anushka, wishes and blessings on this most auspicious day in your lives. Happiness and togetherness ever."

Karan sent out "tons of love" to the "beautiful couple", and added: "I wish them and their loved ones the best years ahead."

Actor Riteish Deshmukh quipped: "From now onwards Virat Kohli will happily be the vice captain at home... Hail the new captain Anushka Sharma."

From the film industry, Sonam Kapoor, Neha Dhupia, Esha Gupta, Abhishek Kapoor, Anil Kapoor, Ileana D'Cruz, Suniel Shetty, Varun Dhawana, Farhan Akhtar, Shraddhaa Kapoor, Kunal Kohli, Madhuri Dixit Nene, Abhishek Bachchan, Sridevi and Jacqueline Fernandez among others wished the "picture perfect" couple "marital bliss".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) congratulated the couple and wished them "a very happy married life".

Tendulkar said "Virushka" -- an amalgam of Virat and Anushka's names -- "look wonderful together".

Sania went "awee" on the couple's endearing photographs, and tweeted: "Congratulations you two... You look lovely and so so happy. Wish you all the happiness in the world."

Cricketer Harbhajan Singh also took to the social networking site to congratulate the newly weds.

"Jug jug jeeve eh sohni Jodi ..@imVkohli @AnushkaSharma rab hamesha khush rakhe (May this beautiful couple enjoy a long life. May God keep them happy always)," Harbhajan's tweet read.

Pacer Umesh Yadav also tweeted: "Happy married life both of you @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma have a wonderful life ahead may God bless u both with lots of happiness."

"Best wishes to both of you on your wedding @imVkohli & @AnushkaSharma. Wishing you a life filled with all the blessings and joys of life," Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara wrote.

Former BCCI President Anurag Thakur also took to Twitter to wish Kohli and Anushka: "Heartiest congratulations to @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma for the new innings. Wishing you both all the best always!"

Ex-India Test opener Aakash Chopra wrote: "Shaadi Mubarak, @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma. May God bless you both with lots of happiness."

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi also congratulated the couple, saying: "Congratulations @imVkohli @AnushkaSharma on your wedding. May God Bless you two and give you happiness and a rewarding married life."

Indian women's hockey team captain Rani Rampal wrote: "Congratulations to the beautiful couple @imVkohli pajji and @AnushkaSharma for their wedding."

Wrestler Geeta Phogat wrote: "Awww congratulations...you look soo cute together and wish you both happiness and love..@AnushkaSharma @imVkohli."



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