WHAT: Vivek Oberoi's mehndi ceremony was held yesterday.
WHERE: At his fiancee, Priyanka Alva's palatial bungalow in Bangalore.
HIGHLIGHT: The couple wrote their names on each other's palms. Vivek had mehndi specialist Usha Shah, a fixture at all his family functions (including his sister's wedding earlier this year) specially flown in from Mumbai. The couple danced to various B-Town songs.
Says Usha, "Priyanka was very confident about what she wanted. She is very traditional and had already thought up a design with peacocks and leaves. It's a pattern that adorns her hands and feet. It took over four hours to apply. Both families (VO's and PA's) got their mehndi done by me. While Priyanka has Vivek's name on her right hand, I have designed her name on his left palm."
The couple's outfits for the sangeet have been designed by Shantanu-Nikhil.
WHAT SHE WORE: Says Nikhil, "For Priyanka, we designed a light salmon-orange lehnga with very light delicate prints on gold. There is a jacket made out of organza with similar gold block print. Both the lehnga and jacket are in very sheer organza and a choli designed in the Rajasthani style. There is no dupatta. Priyanka wanted to wear a jacket. The idea was to have a light, floaty, not-too-blingy outfit. The only bling used are Swarovski crystals on a motif at the bottom of her lehnga strewn very delicately. The salmon orange colour goes with her skin tone and she looks gorgeous. There are beautiful can-cans at the bottom of the lehnga which create fullness."
Priyanka wore antique jewellery that's been in her family and has been handed down through generations. It's an uncut diamond navratna set with meenakari work and is set in antique gold.
WHAT HE WORE: Vivek wore a magenta, orange and red colored double-organza kurta and copper churidar with kantha work on it. Shantanu says, "The kantha work was specially ordered and done in Sanganer village in Rajasthan with natural yarns, silks and dyes in vegetable colours." Nikhil and Shantanu have also designed for Priyanka's brother Aditya and Vivek's sister's husband. While Aditya chose from four short kurtas, VO's brother-in-law wore a black and red sherwani made of four different fabrics and five different textures and treatment."
Buzz is, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor attended the sangeet. The only other industry person present was Apoorva Lakhia. Incidentally, all of B-Town has been invited to the grand reception in Mumbai on Sunday.