After secretly dating each other for nine long years, actor Riteish Deshmukh and the charming actress Genelia D' Souza officially became husband-wife in a star-studded filmi affair on Friday in Mumbai's Grand Hyatt, Santacruz.
The charming bride looked more than beautiful ever in a red and golden sari designed by acclaimed fashion designer Neeta Lulla. Despite being a Mangalorean Catholic, she wore a nose ring and a traditional Maharashtrian mundawali as well.
At the same time, her husband-to-be complemented her perfectly by donning a creamy white attire matched with red turban. He too sported a similar mundawali.
The wedding, as expected, was dazzling with Bollywood celebrities - most of them turning up dressed in traditional saris, suits and sherwanis.
Jaya and Abhishek Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan and his mother Hiroo Johar, Kajol and hubby Ajay Devgn, Sohail Khan, Indra Kumar, Ashutosh Gowarikar and his wife Sunita, Shweta Pandit, Sajid Nadiadwala, Maria Goretti, Jackie Shroff, Sajid Khan, Akshay Kumar, Hussain-Tina, Ashish Chowdhary and his wife Samita Bangargi, Sujoy Ghosh, Asin Thottumkal, and Sophie Choudry all dropped in to be a part of the celebrations.
Since, Riteish is the son of a politician - former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Vilasrao Deshmukh, the lavish wedding saw quite a large number of politicians in attendance.
From State Congress chief Kripashankar Singh and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chauhan to son of Shiva Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray - Aditya Thackeray and Minister for Public Works and Tourism Chhagan Bhujbal, all came to bless the newly wedded couple.
Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Subodh Kant Sahay, Sunil Tatkare and Johny Joseph among others were also spotted at the event.
The rituals of the ceremony were performed in Maharashtrian style. This was evident from the way the pre-nuptials dressed.
Riteish made sure he made his fans a part of his special day and soon after the ceremonies were over he posted a picture of his and Genelia and wrote, "Today @geneliad n me start our lives together-Thank you so much for showering unconditional love on us.
The tinsel town even made sure to pour in the good wishes via twitter with many of them writing tweets for the couple.
King Khan wrote in his ever so charming and candid style, "Wot a lovely wedding...ritesh & genelia looked beautiful...may Allah bless them with happiness. Side Note : the chola roti was very nice too".
Neeta Lulla posted, "Congratulations &God bless my lovely@geneliad &ritesh on their wedding:)".
Dabbang girl Sonakshi Sinha who couldn't make it to the wedding wrote, "Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai! MASSIVE congratulations to the cutest couple on the block @Riteishd And Genelia.. And even bigger apologies for not being there!".
Karan Johar congratulated them saying, "MR AND MRS DESHMUKH!!!! Badhai ho!!!!!".
The sparks of romance and love ignited between the two on the sets of their debut film 'Tujhe Meri Kasam' way back in 2003. After that they were seen together in multi-starrer comedy 'Masti' by Indra Kumar. The couple will again be soon together in their upcoming flick 'Tere Naal Love Ho Gaya'.
We also wish the couple a very happy married life ahead.
(Writing by Vatsal Verma)