Throwback Thursdays: The Mammoth ‘RORO’ Wedding In Florence by MEW & WDC

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Dubai-based millionaire Yogesh Mehta’s son Rohan Mehta married London-based designer Roshni Khemlani in Florence. Yogesh Mehta is one the richest NRI’s in the Middle East and the Managing Director of Petrochem, a chemical distributing company.He also owns The Raging Tiger, an events company, which stages a number of concerts and balls across UAE.

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Over 500 guests flew in from all over the world to attend the mammoth 3-day wedding celebration which took place across different venues including The St. Regis and Westin, where guests were housed, and also Villa Corti, a lavish renaissance villa set in a small town in the Tuscan countryside near Florence. Other venues included, Villa Gerini, Piazza Ognissanti; and Stazione Leopolda.

Benvenuti a Firenze..

The Welcome Dinner unfolded sensationally at Villa Gerinia classical Florentine Villa built more than 500 years ago! It boasts of a series of interconnecting chambers, each themed with exquisite tapestry in a signature colour and adorned with wellpreserved and decadent furniture, antiques and assorted bricabrac.

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Walkaround acts included historical living statues, living buffets offering champagne flutes and hors doeuvres, strolling musicians at the entrance, and lots more

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Medieval pageboys welcomed guests from the cars and escorted them to the entrance while waiters and bartenders were attired in classical finery. A super-fun Italian spirits bar offered regional specialties and local flavours to attending guests.

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The Gorgeous Mehendi

The Mehendi ceremony took place the next afternoon atthe Marquee at Piazza Ognissanti. What a sight it was to see the colours and vibrancy of the traditional Indian Mehendi ceremony brought to life in the heart of Florence!

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A lovely ‘Perfume Bar’ offering custom-designed fragrances as giveaways to the guests!

Flight of Fantasy meets Cirque…..

The grand Sangeet hosted at Stazione Leopolda was truly a spectacle of sorts. It featured everything from the fantastic to the surreal. The experience was brought to life in a semi-industrial space at a former train station!

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Walk-around acts included interactive human elements like Stilt-Walkers, Dwarves, Speeding Ostriches and other costumed characters. Cavaliers at the entrance escorted guests from the car down the walkway!flo

Cavaliers at the entrance escorted guests from the car down the walkway!

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The Complete Band Baaja Baraat In Florence!

This celebration back at theMarquee at Piazza Ognissanti, featured a grand baraat procession through the main streets of Florence, along the famed Arno river; leading to a traditional wedding ceremony organizedin a silver Mandap, decked with roses. Sukhbir in a DJ Van spearheadingthe Baraat procession!

 

A Winter Wonderland Reception

The Reception was hosted at Villa Le Corti in the Tuscan countryside. Stylized winter elements encased in a crystal marquee reflected the moonlight; super-luxe elements like semi-precious chandeliers and a projection-mapped waterfall contributed to making this a classy sit-down affair.Ricardi Brothers performed robust retro and popular tracks while the 2 DJs took over later. The couple dance behind the waterfall screen mapped with projections looked absolutely dreamy and magical!