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The star batsman of the Indian cricket team, Suresh Raina, married his lady love, Priyanka Chaudhary, on April 3, 2015. Raina and Priyanka were childhood friends, and a private wedding in Delhi tied these buddies together in the sacred knot.
Well, we know the wedding of one of the most eligible bachelors of the nation news broke quite a lot of hearts. But, at the same time, the young and beautiful couple stole many hearts as well. So, as there is a lot for us to tell about this dream wedding, let us start unveiling all about the big day of this lovely couple.
The charming lady, Priyanka Chaudhary hails from Baraut, Uttar Pradesh. Prior to her marriage to Raina, she worked as an IT professional with a bank in Netherlands. As per various reports, she did B.Tech from an engineering college in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh.
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Although the couple knew each other since childhood, they were hardly in touch after Priyanka’s family shifted base to Punjab. And, the cricketer talked about the same in an interview with Times of India, and said:
"I have known Priyanka for long, but in the middle, I didn't have time to be in touch with her. I remember meeting her at the airport for five minutes in 2008. She was flying back to Holland and I was going to Bangalore for an IPL game, and we met at the Delhi airport for just five minutes. Usse pehle main usse bachpan mein mila tha. Priyanka's father was my sports teacher in Ghaziabad and my mom was very close to her mother. I'll call it more of an arranged marriage because our families have known each other for a long time."
Yes you read it right! The match was fixed by the parents of these two. The marriage was fixed while Raina was away in Australia for four months, for the cricket world cup. His mother arranged the whole thing with Priyanka’s family. In the same interview, Raina talked about how this marriage was arranged by their parents:
"I was in Australia for the last five months. Mamma ne sab fix kiya hai. I didn't know. Mom called me in Australia and told me that my marriage has been fixed with one of my childhood friends. Maine kaha kaun hai. Then I spoke to Priyanka on the phone.”
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The pre-wedding ceremonies started for this couple on April 1, 2015. The two got engaged and it was a low-key affair that took place at the cricketer's Ghaziabad residence. Raina looked dapper in a white kurta teamed up with red jacket. Here are a few glimpses from the day:
Raina's friend and famous restaurateur, Priyank Sukhija, hosted a bachelor party for him at his own venture, Lutyens Cocktail House, in New Delhi, on April 2, 2015. The cricketer's friends seemed like having a gala time. Among the celebrity guests at this event, Bollywood actor, Arjun Rampal, was spotted at the do. Raina's friend and model, Zulfi Syed, was also seen at the party. Here, take a look Suresh Raina's pre-wedding bash:
With not much time in their hands, the couple chose to keep their wedding card quite simple. It was an off-white card with elegant golden font on it. Here, take a look at Suresh Raina and Priyanka Chaudhary's wedding invitation card:
Raina chose Delhi as his wedding venue, since he has a lot of friends in the city. So, the two tied the knot at The Leela Palace, Delhi.
While Raina’s golden sherwani stole many hearts, the bride looked absolutely stunning in a red lehenga choli.
Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Suresh Raina is a die-hard fan of kababs and biryani. So, how was it possible to host his wedding without some Lakhnavi flavours? The ace cricketer visits Tunday Kababi, in Lucknow, every time he visits home. So, he decided to call a team of khansamas from there, to make his wedding menu a luscious one. Apart from the obvious Tunday kababs, they also served delectable mutton biryani, mutton korma and galawat kababs, which rightly tickled the taste buds of the esteemed guests.
Raina’s wedding was a star-studded affair with a lot of guests from cricket, politics as well as the glam world. The high-profile wedding welcomed Indian skipper MS Dhoni along with his wife Sakshi, Virender Sehwag and his wife Aarti, ICC Chairman N Srinivasan, and a lot more from the cricket fraternity. From Bollywood, there were Anupam Kher and Zarine Khan, among others. Political world was seen at Raina’s wedding with Uttar Pradesh’s Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav, and MP Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, in attendance. Raina’s teammates from IPL’s Chennai Super Kings also joined him. Here is a look at the guests at Raina’s wedding:
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Team BollywoodShaadis wishes Suresh Raina and Priyanka Chaudhary a lifetime of happiness! And, let us leave you with a few more pictures of this beautiful wedding: