Inside the Gupta nuptials: a top designer spills the beans

Johannesburg - International fashion guru Gavin Rajah, described the lavish Gupta wedding, scheduled for this weekend at Sun City, as a "Royal Indian" wedding.

Rajah has been tasked with co-ordinating the multi million rand nuptials for the high profile family with strong ties to high profile South African politicians, including President Jacob Zuma's family.

The wedding - over four days - will be made up of 11 different ceremonies.

Rajah, who is based in Cape Town, worked as creative director for businessman Robert Gumede's 2010 wedding. Guests at Gumede's wedding included US R&B singer Kenny Latimore and high profile local personalities.

Speaking to about the Gupta wedding, Rajah said: "Tonight is the mendhi (adorning of the brides hands) ceremony which will be held at the Elephant Court at Sun City and will be attended by around 300 people."

Rajah described the wedding between Vega Gupta, the niece of the influential Gupta brothers, to Aakash Jahajgarhia, as "mindblowingly beautiful".

"The attention to detail is amazing in all the venues and while the theme has a modern edge, it is distinctly Indian. We've combined the best of both Africa and India... the garlands that are given to guests have flowers as well as beads.

"We've used all local products in the decor, including the linen and everything in true Indian fashion, is very colourful," Rajah.

Entertainment for the nuptials will include local and Bollywood singers and actors.

"The family want to keep things very authentic and traditional," he said.


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