Mumbai: Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor are official man and wife after 5 years of courtship. The two actors had a registered marriage on Tuesday at Saif’s Bandra residence and had oraganised a reception in the evening.
Kareena`s close friend and fashion designer Manish Malhotra said that there was a simple exchange of vows between the two actors.
“They just exchanged vows at the Taj Mahal hotel in Colaba. There were no `saath pheras`… They did not adhere to any particular style (of wedding),” Malhotra told reporters.
The marriage at Saif`s residence here was a simple affair yesterday afternoon, but the post-wedding functions at the South Mumbai hotel saw a host of B-town celebs like Shah Rukh Khan with wife Gauri, Priety Zinta, Karan Johar, Tusshar Kapoor, Salman Khan`s sister Alvira, Anil Kapoor with daughter Sonam.
Malhotra said that the 32-year-old actress wore Saif`s grandmother`s traditional gharara for the ceremony last night.
The actor`s mother Sharmila Tagore had worn the same gharara at her own `nikaah`. She then passed it on to her son`s new wife.
Delhi-based designer Ritu Kumar was given the responsibility of restoring and embellishing the gharara.
“I worked on the antique Pataudi gharara that was restored by Ritu Kumar for Kareena`s wedding… We did the final fittings and added a bit of touch of embroidery here and there,” Malhotra said.
“When Saif and Kareena exchanged vows… She wore Sharmilaji`s gharara for some time,” Malhotra said.
Later, Kareena changed into a Malhotra creation for the post-wedding party and Saif donned a Banarsi brocade `achkan` by designer Raghvendra Rathore.
“Kareena wore a burgundy color embellished gharara with maroon duppatta. I gave a very old world charm to all the ghararas. The party had 80-100 people and went on till 3 am,” Malhotra said.
Malhotra has designed Kareena`s other outfits too, apart from clothes for sister Karisma, which they will wear at various wedding functions.
Among family members present at the post-wedding party were Kareena`s father Randhir Kapoor, Babita, uncle Rajiv Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, wife Neetu son Ranbir Kapoor, Shashi Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor`s son Aditya, Sharmila Tagore, Soha Ali Khan with beau Kunal Khemu and Saif`s sister Saba.
Wishing his daughter and son-in-law a blissful life, Randhir Kapoor said, “I request all fans of Kareena and Saif to wish the couple a happy marriage… We are happy that they married without any conversion. Here two lovers have got married… They are two lovely people.”
Amitabh Bachchan`s daughter Shweta and her son, Boney Kapoor`s son Arjun Kapoor and his uncle Sanjay Kapoor, Fardeen Khan and designer Vikram Phadnis were also seen at the party.
For the reception in Delhi tomorrow, Kareena will wear a pink gharara or a pink-blue or green sari, he said.
The wedding functions were held at Saif-Kareena`s new residence – Satguru Sharan – in suburban Bandra on October 14 followed by a registered marriage yesterday at Saif`s home and a reception at Taj Mahal Hotel last night.
42-year-old Saif has two children – son Ibrahim and daughter Sara – from his previous marriage to actress Amrita Singh in 1991.
Kareena, who comes from a family of actors and is the great granddaughter of Prithviraj Kapoor, ended her three-year relationship with Shahid Kapoor while they were working on the film `Jab We Met` (2007).
She began dating Saif, son of former Indian cricket captain Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore, while working in `Tashan` (2008).
The actor was anointed as the new Nawab of Pataudi after his father`s death last year.
Saif and Kareena have featured together in many advertisements and films including `LOC Kargil`, `Omkara` and `Kurbaan`.
They were last seen together in `Agent Vinod` this year, after which they officially declared their intention to tie the knot.