It was termed a ‘match of the biggies’ when Swapnali Bhosale and Vishwajeet Kadam announced their engagement last month. On Tuesday, the daughter of prominent builder and businessman Avinash Bhosale and son of State Forest Minister and education baron Patangrao Kadam exchanged rings at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Centre on Senapati Bapat Road.
Over 1,800 people from Delhi and Mumbai arrived to be part of the glitzy do. Till 8.30 pm, familar faces at the venue included former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane, his son Nitesh, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, State Home Minister R R Patil, Mumbai MLA Baba Siddiqui, TV actor Aamir Ali and wife Sanjeeda Shaikh.
Later, fashion designer Shaina N C, Minister for Public Works Chhagan Bhujbal and city businessman Subhash Sanas joined the party. Swapnali wore a shimmering, pink sari while Vishwajeet was in a suit.
The venue underwent a transformation of sorts and could have been straight out of a Bollywood film. Amit added, “We called in Akhil Paul Lakhanpal from Delhi to do up the venue. The interiors were tweaked according to our likes and Swapnali’s specific tastes.
The happy couple greet guests
Amit, who was actively involved in everything from the invites to the food appeared satisfied with the way things turned out. As self-proclaimed ‘foodies,’ the Bhosales went for a multi-cuisine spread.
Earlier in the day, the sakhar-puda (traditional Marathi engagement) took place at the Westin hotel in Koregaon Park. Swapnali’s brother Amit said, “The exchange of rings is a very Western concept. We had the traditional puja with close family members present.”s
For the morning ceremony, Swapnali wore a traditional, green chanderi sari with a blouse designed by Nivedita Saboo. Amit was in a bandhgala while wife Shweta was in a kurti with a coatie. “We don’t really believe in designer brands,” Amit explained.
Designer or not, Swapnali was exacting about her engagement outfit. “She was clear about all her choices and we stuck to her specifications,” said designer Nivedita Saboo. “She wanted a fitted, stylish yet traditional look, so the blouse for the engagement was embroidered with delicate, paisley patterns and designs from the sari,” Saboo added.
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