Rohan Mehta, the only son of Dubai-based billionare Yogesh Mehta, and London-born Roshni Khemlani, co-founder of fashion brand Izaak Azanei, tied the knot in a luxurious 3-day wedding in Florence. Around 500 guests were flown in from across the globe and were accommodated at St Regis and The Westin Excelsior at the Piazza Ognissanti, or the All Saints Square.
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The 14 million pound wedding called upon a crew of 1,800 people; six large cranes were hired to construct the event settings; personnel were flown in from London, including 24 people, to iron clothes and 14 makeup artists and salon girls; DJs came from Dubai, singers from Washington DC and dancers from India; Italian sopranos, mime artists and fire throwers entertained the guests; there were doctors and ambulances on standby and police officers on guard throughout the festivities.
The celebrations commenced with a welcome lunch at the square, where a beautiful marquee was erected to create a cozy lounge for the guests with a mouthwatering spread. There was a live Napoli pizza station that is known to serve the best pizza in Italy, a Panini bar, a gourmet popcorn stand, and Indian street food stations.
The Mehendi function had an ethnic theme with vibrant colors, with an ethnic painted mosaic dance floor with umbrellas hanging from the ceiling and a hanging flower-bedecked wall, like an Indian flower market. The bride wore a pretty peach and pink Tarun Tahiliani lehenga. There was a live caricaturist, a tea leaf-reading fortune teller and live music by Indian-born American singer Vidya Vox, along with Sicily’s Michelin starred chef, Tony Lococo’s Italian street food menu to satisfy the guests’ stomachs.
Guests were invited to a welcome dinner at the Palazzo Gerini in Firenze – an aristocratic villa with high ceilings, huge chandeliers, and grand architecture. Mime artistes painted as historic statues took photos with the guests, and human tables and chandeliers served the bubbly. The garden housed a dining area where Michelin star chef, Mauro Uliassi, hosted guests with a live dining station, along with dishes from the famous New York and New Delhi restaurant ‘Indian Accent’, and a separate party room had been created especially for the younger generation.
The circus-themed Sangeet took place at the Stazione Leopolda, a historical railway station. Chairs, bicycles, and wheels hung off the ceiling, elaborate florals were displayed with dark lighting, tables were decorated with a number of different centerpieces, and clowns, rabbits and various other quirky characters created an enchanting ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed event.
Rohan made an entrance befitting that of a prince, and rightly so. Wearing a gold Sabyasachi sherwani, he arrived in a white vintage convertible Excaliber accompanied by historic Roman cavalry. His baraat included several mobile bars and trucks with huge speakers as Sukhbir performed classic Punjabi wedding songs with his dhol team alongside the DJs.
The bride was no less in grandeur, wearing a traditional red Sabyasachi lehenga with a diamond and ruby set. Her bangles were inscribed with the groom’s name and her own.
Gorgeous red roses and mirror work created a beautiful mandap for the wedding, with large red and white garlands for the couple to exchange.
The grand wedding reception took place at the Villa Le Corti in San Casciano, a 16th century villa with centuries-old cypress trees, olive groves, and endless vineyards. The driveway was lit up with candles, and the main reception dinner set up was adorned with ivory flowers, crystal chandeliers, candelabras, floral centerpieces, hundreds of candles, and a magical water fountain cascading from the ceiling into various shapes, all in perfect harmony with the theme ‘An Enchanting Winter Wonderland.’ Roshni wore a beautiful white and gold lehenga, complimented with diamond jewelry. Rohan complimented her perfectly with a white and black tuxedo.
Clothes: Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra
Invite Designs: Vivek Sahni Design
Wedding Planning: Aditya Motwane and his team at MEW (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings), Mumbai
Décor & design: Wedding Design Company
Food Planning: Delhi’s Ritu Dalmia (Diva Restaurants), Puneet Sikand (The Kitchen Art Co.), luxe restaurant Indian Accent, and Italy based Federico Salza
Submitted by: Tanvi Chadha