Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ wedding last week was a perfect amalgamation of Indian and Western cultures, as they took their nuptial vows according to Christian rituals and Hindu customs.
For Madhu Chopra (PC’s mother), seeing her ‘little girl’ tying the knot was a dream come true. She tells us, “It was an emotional moment for everyone. I broke into tears when I saw Priyanka dressed as a bride. I had waited for this day all my life.” She was always keen that her daughter should have a proper Indian wedding. “We followed all the rituals to the T. There were no shortcuts. I wanted an Indian shaadi for her and Priyanka knew that. She fulfilled my wish. It’s lovely to see the amount of love people have for her and Nick,” she adds.
For the Catholic ceremony, the Quantico actress wore a gorgeous Ralph Lauren white gown with a 75-feet veil, while her husband opted for a black tuxedo. The doting mother exclaims, “I was at a loss of words. When I saw Priyanka, I couldn’t control my emotions. The white gown was so beautiful. My baby looked like a princess.”
The next day, PC opted for a heavily-embroidered red Sabyasachi lehenga choli. According to Madhu, “Priyanka looked ‘her prettiest best’ in the outfit. There was no jhatak, no jhilmil — it was a simple yet classy ensemble.”
The doctor-turned-film producer was spotted grooving with her daughter on stage for the sangeet, too. “It was lovely. Sab dance kar rahe the sangeet pe and everyone was enjoying themselves. The entire atmosphere was vibrant and energetic,” she recalls.
Madhu is all praises for her beti, who has managed to bridge the gap between the East and West effortlessly. She states, “I’m immensely proud of her. It’s majorly because she has done so well for herself and still continues to be so rooted. Woh dekhke mujhe yehi laga ki chahein woh kitna bhi West mein rahe, she will always be connected to our culture.”
She also adds that all this wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Priyanka’s in-laws. She smiles and says, “Nick’s family members are such lovely human beings. They were completely fine with the blend of the cultures and Nick is immensely respectful and well-spoken. He makes sure everyone around him comfortable. He’s the best son-in-law one could ask for.”
In the end, the star mom thanked the media and everyone else who was involved with the entire festivities. “Right from the public and our friends to the hotel’s management as well as the media, everybody cooperated with us. People were so polite that all our foreigner guests felt there’s no comparison to Indian hospitality. I’m proud of the people who were associated with us directly or indirectly, especially the media, who played a big role,” she signs off.