Real Wedding: Vikram Kumar and Pooja Chitgopeker (1)

We're finishing up Bollywood wedding week with a wedding that did not take place in India and did not involve Bollywood movie stars. But once you read about this wedding, you will agree that it screams BOLLYWOOD!

On January 7th, Chicago multi-millionaire Vikram Kumar, CEO in waiting at AVG, married former Miss India, who is currently a doctor in Auckland, Pooja Chitgopeker. This wedding has been labeled the largest one New Zealand has ever seen and required decorations flown in by the crate-full from Mumbai. The planning of this event was done by The Orange Group in Auckland.

The three day wedding included Sangeet nights held separately by the bride and groom on Thursday, an elaborate baraat procession on Friday, followed by the wedding ceremony at night. The bride's doli took place on Saturday morning, followed by a grand reception held in the evening.

We know you're dying to get all the juicy details, so let's get started with the Sangeets!

The bride looked beautiful and was beaming in a bright pink and purple nearly floor-length Anarkali suit at her Sangeet. The venue was given a Moroccan feel with lanterns and cushioned seating on the floor. Guests were entertained with dancers on a patio outdoors and then the night continued with dhol and bhangra indoors.

Guests at the groom’s Sangeet were welcomed by live classical music. The groom looked regal dressed in white as he arrived and was showered with rose petals. Multiple mehndi artists created intricate designs for the female guests. Later in the night, guests were entertained by a live band singing popular Hindi and Punjabi songs.

The highlight of the evening was a private performance by RDB and Nindy Kaur. The dance floor was packed as the group performed their biggest hits on stage. Nindy looked striking in a black lehnga with a short blouse coupled with long sleeves.

Check out the video below of the entertainment. I think you’ll agree that no one had more fun partying the night away than the groom’s father!

We have LOTS more coming up from this wedding, including tons of exclusive pictures. Come back in a couple hours to see how the groom incorporated horses and helicopters in his Baraat!

Real Wedding: Vikram Kumar and Pooja Chitgopeker (1)

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