Tollywood heartthrob Rana Daggubati broke a million hearts recently when he tied the knot with the stunning event planner and interior designer Miheeka Bajaj. The Bahubali actor took the nation by surprise when he first introduced his lady love on his Instagram profile. The two met a few months ago, fell in love and decided to seal the deal as soon as possible. The wedding ceremonies look like they’re straight out of a movie with their picturesque backdrops and decor. Despite COVID, the celebrations were extraordinary with fine detailing all around. Photos of this awe-inspiring couple took the internet by storm and have been trending ever since. In fact, Rana himself came up with their official wedding hashtag – #BajaoeD. Here’s the inside scoop from this fairytale wedding! - Anahita
”In a recent Instagram live session, Rana said, “I think I found the strangest time to get married. I reconnected with her a couple of months ago and I felt that I can do this long term with her. Actually, she knew what I was going to ask over the phone. So, I met her in person and said a bunch of nice things. She was shocked at first, but was happy.”
Mata Ki Chowki
The couple kicked off the pre-wedding festivities with a Mata Ki Chowki, which was held at Miheeka’s house with just the immediate family in attendance. It was a votive by Bunty Bajaj, the mother of the bride, who wanted to first seek the blessings of the deity before this new beginning. The ceremony is performed to ensure that the wedding goes off smoothly, and to bless the couple with good health and prosperity. A priest guided Bunty online and showed them how to go about the entire thing. They had even downloaded bhajans on a pen drive that they played during the Chowki. Rana attended this event for a short span, accompanied by his sister. The star was spotted in a casual olive green kurta that he carried off with a pair of denims, while Miheeka looked graceful in a purple outfit by Prathyusha Garimella.
The Haldi ceremony was the first big function at the Bajaj residence, and began with a Ganesh sthapna in the morning and then had the family members smear the bride with Haldi paste. The bride was spotted in a lovely, yellow Anand Kabra lehenga with shell jewellery by Arpita Mehta. Following the theme, all the family members and friends were dressed in shades of yellow. Bunty, who planned the entire wedding, reflected her perfectionist nature through the minute detailing in everything; each function had napkins and masks that went with the theme. From the backdrop to the cushions, every corner was handpicked and tastefully done.
After the ceremony, as tradition goes, Miheeka joined the function after a bath and changed into her mother’s wedding outfit from 36 years ago. Bridegroom Rana, his mother Lakshmi Daggubati and a cousin all took part in this close-knit affair.Once the ceremonies were done, the event turned into a family party that was a perfect mélange of dance, masti, and dhamaal. The bride’s brother Samarth Bajaj introduced everyone to a remix version of ‘Jai Mata Di,’ JMD Disco that became the theme song of the wedding!
Breaking the internet, Rana shared a candid picture from the ceremony; captioned with a happy note and red heart, it struck a chord in many hearts around the world!
Rana and Miheeka
Miheeka with Samarth, Bunty, and Suresh Bajaj
The day after the Haldi was the Mehendi ceremony at Miheeka’s house. The function saw the bride in a pink Arpita Mehta number with jewellery by Krsala. The groom-to-be looked suave in a cream jacket and kurta by Kunal Rawal, who attended the function with all the women of his house.
Keeping safety in mind – from the bride’s Mehendi artist and photography team to her makeup team and other helpers – everyone was quarantined for a week before the functions and then tested. The guest list was limited to 50 people, with just close family and friends in attendance.
Miheeka got some designer Mehendi done and was seen posing with her father, Suresh Bajaj. The ambience was lively, and the colour palette was bright with tones of pink and lavender. Once everyone finished applying their Mehendi, like the previous day, family members danced merrily.
The gorgeous duo finally tied the knot on August 8 at Ramanaidu Studios, in a half South Indian and half North Indian ceremony. The two pandits present executed the ceremony with Dharmic Vidhi in a very methodical manner. They even had Ameya Dabli, a well-known singer, who recited chants and shlokas on the LED screens across the venue.
The decor featured a huge painting of Radha-Krishna by Vaikuntam, who made and signed it for the couple. The theme for the venue too was inspired by the artist, who went to an enchanted forest to find vibrant colours for his painting. Their wedding card too opened with the painting, and had a logo with “Ra” in Telugu and “M” in Hindi, making it Ram. Bunty planned the entire set and had a team from Delhi come in to execute her vision. Vaikuntam’s inspiration was a parrot, which played an important role in the decor. There were parrots made from flowers, flower trees and artificial grass as the bed – all to create a garden theme. A lot of detailing was done with different kinds of flowers, temple and banana trees. Even the roof saw a flower bed with birds suspended all over.
Miheeka chose an exquisite, white, hand-done zardosi and chikankari Anamika Khanna lehenga with gold metal work, teamed with a woven gold dupatta. This fine creation took close to 10,000 man-hours to make. She teamed the outfit with elaborate jewellery from Krsala that exuded royal finesse, that was specially designed for her by her mother, Bunty. The look was completed with kohl eyes, nude lips and hair neatly tied in a bun by makeup artist Tamanna Rooz. The groom complemented Miheeka’s look in a cream kurta and pancha. The couple’s ensembles were a perfect blend of elegance and style.
The wedding ceremony was followed by a fun, dancing session, where the newlyweds spent their evening celebrating their milestone moment with friends and family. A sit-down dinner with food from the Falaknuma Palace followed.
The Satyanarayan Puja
The day after the wedding featured a Satyanarayan puja at Suresh Daggubati’s residence. According to Telugu customs, Satyanarayana Vratham is done by the newlywed couple at their home to mark their auspicious beginning as husband and wife. The intimate affair had the Daggubati and Bajaj families, including Venkatesh, Samantha and Naga Chaitanya in attendance. The theme for this soiree was handloom, and everyone wore handwoven cotton sarees and dhotis.
Miheeka wore a cream zari kota saree with a green embroidered blouse and red bandhini dupatta over her shoulder. Her jewellery, from Krsala, was Rajasthani with a South Indian touch, designed by her mom. Rana, on the other hand, kept the look simple and traditional in a white cotton lalchi (shirt) and pancha (dhoti).
The Wedding Makers
Location: The Bajaj residence
(Mata ki Chowki, Haldi and Mehendi),
Ramanaidu Studios (Wedding), and
The Daggubati residence (Satyanarayan puja)
Wedding Planner: Dew Drop Design Studio
Wedding Execution: Comme Sogno Vero
Decor Designing: Bunty and Miheeka Bajaj
Decor Detailing: Bling Mushrooms
Miheeka’s Outfits: Pratyusha Garimela
(Mata ki Chowki), Anand Kabra (Haldi),
Arpita Mehta (Mehendi),
Anamika Khanna (Wedding)
Miheeka’s Jewellery: Krsala and Arpita Mehta (Haldi)
Makeup Artist: Tamanna Rooz
Rana’s Outfits: Kunal Rawal (Mehendi)
Photos Courtesy: Anand Rathi