Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas are celebrating two week of newlywed bliss following their lavish multi-day ceremony in India—what many are referring to as Hollywood’s royal wedding. Clad in custom Ralph Lauren, the Quantico actress officially tied the knot with Jonas at the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur earlier this month.
One of the most important jobs during any wedding falls into the lap of the hairstylist, but Priyanka Borkar, Chopras’ India-based hairstylist of eight years and the mastermind behind the star’s many wedding hairstyles, had no qualms heading into the big day. “She’s always been one to experiment with her style, be it clothes or hair,” Borkar says of Chopra, “but she wasn’t a fussy bride at all and she trusted us to do what we do best.” In fact, Chopra only had one real request: to use real flowers in her hair at the Christian and Indian ceremonies. “She asked that we use flowers to add softness to the entire look,” Borkar says. “Her head had to be covered for the Indian ceremony, but she used a sheer material to cover so you could still see the textured bun adorned with roses.”
Of all the hairstyles Borkar was tasked with creating over the course of a few days, creating a style that worked with Chopra’s 75-foot-long veil proved to be the biggest challenge during the Christian ceremony. “I was warned about the veil,” she says. “I knew the material was tulle, but the fact that it was so long made me worry about how heavy it would be on her head.” Borkar decided to create a braid on Chopra’s scalp to act as a base and to hold and support the comb of the veil. “I then stitched the veil up into the braid and secured it with pins,” she says. The result? A soft look that Chopra was comfortable wearing down the aisle, and one that’s making headlines everywhere. Mission accomplished.