The beauty queen-turned-human rights philanthropist wed her partner of three years Dr Rajiv Bhanot over the past weekend, during a lavish two-day ceremony held in Udaipur, India.
On Friday 24th to Saturday 25th February, Deborah Henry and Dr Rajiv Bhanot celebrated their union at The Leela Palace and The Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur, a picturesque northern city (often dubbed ‘the Venice of the East’) in the state of Rajasthan, India. Both hotels offer five-star accommodation and services, and are situated on luscious grounds surrounded by gardens, wildlife and a glittering lake.
Most of you might know Deborah as the former Miss Malaysia World and Miss Universe Malaysia, but she’s also the co-founder of Fugee School, a school aimed at educating refugees in Malaysia, and director-cum-shareholder of Venuescape, an orgasnisation that specialises in referring clients to the best venue spaces. Meanwhile, her husband has quite a few accomplishments under his own belt: he’s the founder and CEO of premier aesthetics and wellness clinic Face Factors Clinic, managing director of Venuescape and H2O Saver (a company that aims to eradicate water poverty globally), and also the chairman of non-profit organisations FORWARD and Maruma, which work to tackle education issues related to those in poverty and connect Malaysians to study opportunities in Russia respectively. Talk about an accomplished pair! The couple first met in 2001, when Deborah was 16 and Rajiv 18. However, it was only in 2014 that they reunited as a couple (they met over dinner and wine, and the rest is history!).
Besides traditional wedding invitations, Deborah and Dr Rajiv also went the twenty-first century route by creating their own wedding website, deborajiv.com! The website provides all details of the stunning occasion, including a lunch and welcome party on the 24th at the Leela Palace as well as a traditional Indian wedding ceremony, lunch reception, garden blessing and dinner reception on the 25th at the Oberoi Udaivilas.
Deborah’s traditional lengha, worn during the morning ceremony, was designed by local fashion maven Melinda Looi, who took three weeks just to complete the very detailed embroidery (the skirt alone weighs more than 10kg, according to Melinda herself!). During the night ceremony, Deborah wore a white veil and gown by Rizalman, a recent fave amongst all brides.
Guests used the hashtag #deborajiv2017 to commemorate the day on Instagram- check out some of the snaps below:
As for gifts, the couple simply asked for the company of their friends and family.
We wish them all the best and hope they have a very happy marriage ahead!