Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma and Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohli broke the internet when they officially announced the news of their wedding last night.
Today we have promised each other to be bound in love forever. We are truly blessed to share the news with you. This beautiful day will be made more special with the love and support of our family of fans & well wishers. Thank you for being such an important part of our journey. pic.twitter.com/Scobdiqk7l
— Anushka Sharma (@AnushkaSharma) December 11, 2017
Dubbed as celebrity royalty, the couple’s announcement drove the world mad. Social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram went haywire when the news surfaced and pictures and videos from the event went viral.
Similarly, news publications also expressed their excitement over the union.
“Officially India’s First Couple,” screamed the front page of Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day on Tuesday, while the Mumbai Mirror’s headline read, “Clean bowled!” Another publication wished them the best in their “new innings”.
The couple tied the knot in an intimate wedding in Italy which was only attended by close relatives and friends. The venue of the wedding is believed to have taken place at the Borgo Finocchieto, a heritage property within a resort in Tuscany.
The wedding ceremony was a traditional Indian one with phairas, sangeet and the haldi rasm.
Both Anushka and Virat wore stunning ensembles by Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
For the main event, Anushka wore an ethereal pastel pink outfit, which according to a statement by the designer was made keeping in mind the “whimsical Tuscan surroundings.” The statement further elaborated that the outfit was “blush pink with tropical flora and fauna, hand-embroidered in silk floss. Exotic birds and butterflies were rendered with the finest quality needlecraft. It took 67 karigars, 32 days to complete the ensemble. To complement her lehnga, beautiful jadau jewellery was handcrafted in uncut diamonds, pearls and pale pink spinel.”
On the other hand, Virat wore a classic hand embroidered ivory sherwani.
For her engagement, Anushka wore a Sabyasachi velvet saree in deep burgundy. The sari was hand-embroidered using miniature pearls and the finest quality zardosi and marori. For her mehndi, she wore a graphic lehenga in hues of fuchsia pink and Indian orange. The lehnga was hand-printed by the famed Calcutta block printers and hand-embroidered with gota and marori.
For her mehendi, Anushka @anushkasharma wanted a boho look full of bright colours. Hot pink was her favourite. We created a graphic lehenga in fuchsia pink and Indian orange. It was hand-printed by the famed Calcutta block printers and hand-embroidered with gota and marori. Artists from The Sabyasachi Art Foundation rendered a beautiful sixties pop print and it was silk screen printed, hand woven Indian silk. Anushka accessorised herself with earrings from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry collection, a stunning pair of jhumkas crafted in 22k gold with Iranian turquoise, tourmalines, uncut diamonds and Japanese cultured pearls. Custom juttis in hand woven brocade and zardosi completed the look. Virat @virat.kohli opted for a signature khadi kurta churidaar with our classic fuchsia pink textured silk Nehru jacket detailed with the Sabyasachi House blazer buttons. A custom tan leather jutti with a zardosi crest was created for the ensemble. #Sabyasachi #TheWorldOfSabyasachi #SabyasachiJewelry #AnushkaSharma #ViratKohli @bridesofsabyasachi @groomsofsabyasachi
Bollywood stars and esteemed members of the cricket fraternity took to social media to wish the newlyweds and congratulate them on their nuptials.
Anushka’s favourite co-star Shahrukh Khan wrote, “Ab yeh hui na real Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. My love to both Anushka Sharma & Virat Kohli. May God bless you with happiness & health.”
— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) December 11, 2017
Coincidentally, Anushka’s debut film opposite SRK, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi was also released on December 12.
Meanwhile, cricketing legend, Sachin Tendulkar said,” Congratulations and best wishes to the just married Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. You both look wonderful together.”
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 11, 2017
Fellow member of the cricket team, Suresh Raina wrote, “There’s no better union than the union of love! Congrats Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma. Wish you both a very happy married life! So happy for you guys!”
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 11, 2017
Karan Johar also expressed his thoughts on social media saying, “Huge congratulations and tons of love to Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli…beautiful couple and I wish them and their loved ones the best years ahead.”
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 11, 2017
Amitabh Bachchan wrote, “Virat & Anushka …wishes and blessings on this most auspicious day in your lives…happiness and togetherness ever.”
Anushka & Virat .. love and wishes for this auspicious day .. togetherness always !!??? https://t.co/q0DJEtlFJn
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) December 11, 2017
Farhan Akhtar tweeted, “Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli heartiest congratulations to you both and to your families. Best wishes always.”
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) December 11, 2017
Actress Sonam Kapoor said, “Congratulations! You guys make an amazingly beautiful couple!”
Congratulations! You guys make an amazingly beautiful couple! https://t.co/O7Aq51eLon
— Sonam Kapoor (@sonamakapoor) December 11, 2017
Tennis champion, Sania Mirza also wished the happy couple saying, “Awee! Congratulations you two…you look lovely and so so happy…wish you all the happiness in the world.”
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) December 11, 2017
Pakistani crickets also extended their well-wishes to Anushka and Virat.
Shahid Afridi tweeted, “Congratulations Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma on your wedding. May God Bless you two and give you happiness and a rewarding married life.”
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 11, 2017
Rawalpindi Express, Shoaib Akhtar, wrote, “Wishing Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma all the best in the new innings of their life.”
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) December 11, 2017
Umar Akmal tweeted, “Congratulations to you both and much happiness on your wedding day. May your love shine warmly forever.”
— Umar Akmal (@Umar96Akmal) December 11, 2017
A statement for the journalists revealed that the couple will host a reception in New Delhi for relatives on December 21, followed by a celebration in Mumbai on December 26 to be attended by Bollywood stars and cricketers.
While we wait for the grand reception, we will continue to gush over the pictures and videos already posted of the couple.
On this “Wedding of the year”, Karan Johar has hit all the right notes with this tweet which perfectly resonates with our own feelings: “Anushka and Virat’s wedding images have tapped into almost everyone’s romantic instincts!! The singles are feeling a pang and the couples are feeling the love…(or the lack of it)…ok am going back to staring at them!”
Anushka and Virat’s wedding images have tapped into almost everyone’s romantic instincts!! The singles are feeling a pang and the couples are feeling the love…( or the lack of it) ….ok am going back to staring at them!
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 12, 2017