After months of will they will not be in, the wedding ceremonies of Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh finally got in underway in the Italian's scenic Lake Como on Wednesday but Bollywood's A-couple kept things fiercely private out of the breathlessly waiting for any information at all . On the best tradition of a celebrity wedding – the stars and their guests were ensconced in the resort tucked high above the lake ringed by snow-capped mountains while the paparazzi were stationed at a safe distance, hoping to catch a glimpse of the festivities. Deepika and Ranveer made sure that the wedding itself was cloaked in secrecy after months of speculation.
As the television channel and the social media kept the wedding, they came up with two films, Sindhi rituals. While Deepika is Konkani, Ranveer is a Sindhi.
Unlike Bollywood's two earlier weddings – Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja in Mumbai and Anushka Sharma-Virat Kohli in Italy – this couple gave media no space to broadcast their love story IRL, in real time.
"Such a stunning, gorgeous and beautiful couple." Love is both. Here is a lifetime of love and joy, "says filmmaker Karan Johar, tagging the two stars.
– Karan Johar (@karanjohar) November 14, 2018
Twinning in white, the actors, who have worked together Ram Leela, Bajirao Mastani and "Padmaavati", were photographed at the Mumbai airport leaving for Italy on November 10 in a blaze of camera flashes.
According to reports, only 40 people, including Shah Rukh Khan, Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Farah Khan, have been invited for the wedding.
With no guests allowed to post any photographs without the pair approving it, the media was left grasping at straws to feed a fandom thirsting for fly-on-the-wall accounts – and in the absence of that, any titbit of information.
On November 10, Ranveer's stylist Nitasha Gaurav posted teasers of the pre-wedding rituals on Twitter.
"No pictures but it was love to see them together today, but these were the tears of happiness and so I hope they never do.
– Nitasha (@ Nitasha22) November 12, 2018
Singer Harshdeep Kaur, who reportedly performed at the sangeet ceremony Tuesday, had to take a picture from social media, that showed her standing near the lake with her husband. But a screenshot of the now deleted photo is already viral on social media.
During the engagement ceremony, which also reportedly took place Tuesday, Ranveer went down on his knees asking for Deepika's hand. After they exchanged rings, he gave a speech that made her emotional, according to one website. There was a small dinner followed by a dance session, which had the father of the groom, Jagjit Singh Bhavnani, shaking a leg.
Reports also said the bride was in tears throughout the henna ceremony. Earlier this month, Deepika's stylist Shaleen Nathani alerted social media by sharing pre-wedding festivities of 'Nandi Puja' on Instagram.
"To new beginnings @deepikapadukone," Shaleena Nathani wrote alongside a photograph of the actor dressed in a traditional attire.
The same day, Ranveer and close friend and casting director Shanoo Sharman were spotted from his balcony at a haldi ceremony. The couple, who confirmed their relationship only recently, will have a reception in Bengaluru and Mumbai on November 21 and 28, respectively.
Going by Deepika's admission on six premieres of Koffee With Karan, they have been dating each other for the last six years.
After Portmanteaus Brangelina, Saifeena and Virushka went viral, fans of the duo are having a field day with hashtags like #DeepVeerKiShaadi and #DeepVeer till the time the actors make things internet official.
Before the #DeepVeerKiShaadi fever wanes, there's another celebrity wedding in the offing. Actor Priyanka Chopra and American singer Nick Jonas are reportedly set to get married in December.
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