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Only one desi on Chelsea’s D-day

entertainment Updated: Aug 02, 2010 00:46 IST
Ht City Correspondent

He was the only desi in America’s wedding of the year in which even US President Barack Obama was not invited. The Indian-American businessman Sant Singh Chatwal, who was awarded Padma Bhushan this year, was among 500 exclusive guests seen at the Saturday-wedding of investment banker Marc Mezvinsky with Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

“This is a great wedding. The Clintons are very happy, but at the same time they are giving their only daughter away. So, in that sense, they are emotional,” the media reported Chatwal saying. The wedding took place in Astor Courts, a historic 50-acre estate on the Hudson River, about 160 km north of New York City.

Chelsea weddingWhile Delhi was reeling under heavy monsoon shower, the sky at the wedding site was clear and sunny. The venue was declared a no-fly zone for several hours. The guests were not allowed to bring cameras. A friend of the Clintons, Chatwal had attended the rehearsal dinner on Friday. He said that he was the only Indian-American present.

“I have seen her (Chelsea) growing. We celebrated her 16th birthday at my hotel fourteen years back,” he said. For her big day, Chelsea wore a strapless gown designed by Vera Wang while mother Hillary dazzled in a plum-colored gown by Oscar de la Renta. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and film producer Steven Bing were spotted among the guests.

Two years ago Chelsea had visited Delhi with her future husband. Reports say that the newly wed will be visiting South India later this year.