Hyderabad: On Friday, star Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap tied the knots in a simple ceremony.
“Saina got married as per court rules today at about 11.30 (AM),” her father Harvir Singh told PTI. The wedding took place at Saina’s residence in Orion villas at Raidurgam in Cyberabad.
“It was a small gathering of about 40 guests, including relatives of the Saina and Kashyap’s families. It was a very simple ceremony and December 16th will be the reception,” Singh said.
The guests included Governors of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, according to Singh. Saina posted photographs with Kashyap on Friday, announcing her marriage. “Best match of my life…#justmarried,” she wrote in Twitter.
Kashyap said, “We are very happy. Today was a north style wedding and 16th midnight is the muhurtam for the South Indian wedding.”
While Saina wore a powder blue lehenga with minimal makeup and jewellery, Kashyap was seen in a pink kurta and white pyjamas. Saina and Kashyap, who met at Pullela Gopichand’s academy, were in a relationship for quite some time now. But the couple never spoke in public regarding their relation.
Saina had confirmed the news of their wedding in October but the hectic international badminton schedule kept them busy.
In November, they started extending their wedding invitation to important personalties, including Telangana MLA KT Rama Rao, film star Chiranjeevi, owner of Hyderabad Hunters (PBL franchise) VRK Rao.
Saina and Kashyap’s wedding is the latest among a string of high-profile weddings involving sportspersons. Last year, India cricket captain Virat Kohli had married Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma in Italy.
(With inputs from PTI)