Yuvraj Singh Marriage: The Yuvraj Hazel Premier League!

When Yuvraj Singh announced his engagement with the Anglo-Indian model Hazel Keech in November 2015, the news came completely out of the blue! No one – not even Yuvi’s close friends – had foreseen such an announcement, and perhaps even Yuvraj had little clue that he would be tying the knot with the gorgeous model-turned-actress.

Yuvraj and Hazel know each other since 2012, but it was only from August 2015 onwards that their relationship took a romantic turn. As for now, the Yuvraj Singh marriage is the talk of the town and we are digging out more for you to read – here we go then!

Hazel Keech – Who Is She?

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Let us begin with the tale of the damsel who stole our Paaji’s heart. Hazel Keech was born on 28th February 1987 in Essex, England, the daughter of a Christian British father and a Hindu Mauritian mother of Indian descent. Owing to her parents, Hazel grew-up in an environment that was a confluence of cultures and faith – she learnt Hindi while also being rooted to British culture due to her upbringing.

Hazel was in college in London when she developed a keen interest in acting and dancing. She began training in western contemporary dance and theatre acting. After her college she firmly set her sights on making a career out singing, dancing and acting. She was noticed by a casting director and got her first career break with the British television series called Agatha Christie’s Marple. Thereafter, she appeared as one of the numerous extras in the immensely popular Harry Potter movie series. But it was not the British showbiz industry that was going to give her the first taste of fame – opportunity instead, came knocking on a holiday in India.

In 2005, Hazel was holidaying in Mumbai when one of her local friends suggested that she drop her portfolio at a modelling agency. Hazel did so and the next thing you know is the 18-year old was gracing the TV screen for nearly every commercial. Subsequently, she got small roles and dance numbers in South Indian cinema, but it was the Salman and Kareena starrer Bodyguard (2011) which made her a household name.

“Some people, who haven’t spoken to me in a long time, suddenly started calling me up and appreciating my work.”
– Hazel Keech about her success after Bodyguard

There was no turning back for her. Thereafter she made her mind to make India her home. It is somewhere between work and fun that she met Yuvraj Singh. Here’s their story.

The First Meeting

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Yuvraj and Hazel met each other in 2012 at a common friend’s party. Hazel was beaming with her new-found success, while Yuvraj had returned from the US completely cured of his cancer. They became good friends, and would often bump into one another at social events. This went on for nearly three years and by July 2015 the couple realised that there is more to their relationship than just friendship.

The Courtship Begins

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The good ol’ friends took a turn towards a romantic association from August 2015. The more they spent time with one another the deeper they fell in love. But Yuvraj was known to have quite a past when it comes to flings and thus his mother Shabnam was not buying this new-found interest in Hazel. Yuvraj was adamant though and fortunately his mother agreed to take a look at the relationship from a fresh perspective.

In early November 2011, Yuvraj’s mother visited London to meet Hazel’s parents. She was in for a pleasant surprise. Shabnam Singh later shared in an interview that she found Hazel’s parents ‘grounded’ and their humility touched her. She gave a nod to the relationship the moment she made a touchdown in India, and Yuvi Paaji was on top of the world!

The Surprise Engagement

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Soon after Yuvraj decided to take a holiday with Hazel, which was basically a covert trip to get the engagement done. Yuvraj and Hazel flew to Bali in Indonesia for a getaway and right on Diwali, 11th November 2015, Hazel and Yuvraj got engaged at their resort in Bali. Yuvraj shared the news through social media outlets two days later but images of his engagement got spilled to the media – making the front page the following day.

The Path To Wedding

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It turned out that everything had been planned in advance, and that Hazel and Yuvraj had visited their Guru to seek his blessings before leaving for Indonesia. Hazel also met Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh in Chandigarh, and it is only then the couple left for Bali.

After the engagement, it was speculated that couple would tie the knot on 12th December 2015, which is Yuvraj’s birthday. Later it was allegedly postponed to 14th February 2016. Eventually though the Singh family shared that the couple will tie the knot in Chandigarh on 30th November 2016.

Let The Festivities Begin!

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The preparations for the wedding began from September 2016 when the couple started getting the preparations and planning for the venue and the guests done. Indian weddings are elaborate affair, and the 10-day plan for the wedding was too much for Hazel to handle.

Thus to make his fiancée feel more at ease, Yuvraj put her on the next flight to balmy Pondicherry where she was in for a surprise. Yuvraj had requested Hazel’s bestie the model Bruna Abdullah to make a trip to he seaside tourist city, and her presence left Hazel left brimming with joy. The two pretty ladies had a mini-bachelorette party – and this was the first event in the grand Yuvraj Singh marriage.

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The next step was to get the invitations done. Hazel shared how she and Yuvraj may look smart, but are actually quite ‘goofy’ from the inside. For this reason they wanted an invitation that would reflect their personality. Therefore, the couple opted for invitation cards that had illustrations in the form of quirky caricatures. The box contained all the invites for the various events, and sweets – some of them engraved with real 24-karat gold initials of the couple. The box itself was given an amusing name – The Yuvraj-Hazel Premier League, which is what the couple is calling their 10-day long, big fat Punjabi wedding.

The Mehndi Ceremony And Sangeet

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The first main event to the Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech marriage was the mehndi ceremony, which was held on the afternoon of 29th November 2016 at Chandigarh. Both Yuvraj and Hazel looked at peace and were spotted embracing one another.

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The mehndi ceremony was followed by the sangeet ceremony in the evening. It was held at a premium hotel in Chandigarh and the couple actually kicked-off the event by making a media appearance in the hotel lobby. Although they declined from making any comments, they indulged the gathered photographers who were only too happy to click away.

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Thereafter the couple danced to the tunes of the Punjabi singer Ranjit Bawa, and Yuvraj’s buddy Virat Kohli was seen shaking a leg. The guest list consisted of A-listers from the world of cricket and included the Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble.

The Midnight Wedding

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Yuvraj and Hazel had a midnight wedding at the Fatehgarh Sahib Gurdwara, which is 50 kms away from the city of Chandigarh. The bride and bridegroom had decided to coordinate their wedding attire, and thus, both wore maroon for their big day.

Yuvraj looked dashing in a maroon sherwani and pagri – designed by JJ Valaya. Hazel looked every bit a royal Punjabi bride with her maroon anarkali suit embellished with embroidery done with golden threads. The duo looked absolutely stunning when they arrived for the main ceremony together.

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Yuvraj and Hazel recited their marriage vows in front of the sacred Guru Granth Sahib right when the clock struck 12 AM on the 30th of November 2016. With the wedlock she officially became Mrs. Singh and was bestowed the name of Gurbasant Kaur by the holiness who conducted the wedding. Their relationship of three years had finally met a sweet culmination point but the fun and festivities are not over yet!

The Seaside Wedding

The first wedding was predominantly a private affair and the newlyweds had planned a plusher wedding at a premium Goan resort on December 2. This second wedding served two purposes – first it was a substitute to the Mauritius beach wedding the couple originally had in mind, and secondly, it was for the large section of the couple’s family and friends that resided in Mumbai, a few hours’ drive from Goa. There was a mini pre-wedding bash on arrival to Goa, which was eventually followed by wedding.

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The couple performed the ceremony as per Hindu rituals – complete with band, baaja and baraat. Yuvraj, the dulha, made a stylish entry on a 4×4 all-terrain vehicle followed by his troupe of friends and family members. Yuvraj wore a sherwani with red sleeveless jacket while Hazel was decked in the classic red bridal saree. The main wedding ceremony was held right before sunset (in full view of the setting sun) making this one picturesque celebrity wedding.

Then came the reception, which is when the venue dazzled with the presence of celebrity A-listers. The main highlight of the event though were Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, who had earlier arrived in the day together.

The couple – perhaps next in the list of prospective nuptials, shook a leg during the reception, while also posing together to the joy of shutterbugs. Cricketer Zaheer Khan arrived with the actress Sagarika Ghatge, whom he is apparently seeing after he broke up with the actress Isha Sharwani.

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The reception saw the presence of other popular faces like Ajit Agarkar, Rohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra and many others. Even businessman Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani made a trip from Mumbai to wish the newlywed couples the best for their life together.

The Closing Ceremonies

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Goa was not the end of it! After the Goan wedding, the Yuvraj-Hazel entourage made a beeline for New Delhi for a sangeet ceremony scheduled for 5th December. There was a minor issue about the venue being changed at the last moment, which left many guests confused and stranded at the original address. But fortunately, the newlyweds were a call away and they guided every guest to the new location, which was fortunately not very far from the original one.

The post-wedding sangeet ceremony, held on the lawns of a five-star hotel was all about fun and dance. Yuvraj and Hazel looked their resplendent best with Yuvraj sporting a bandhgala while Hazel looked gorgeous in a blue-green lehenga choli. The event saw the attendance of Bollywood personalities like Neha Dhupia, VJ and actor Rannvijay and Hazel’s bestie actress Bruna Abdullah.

A day after the sangeet, the couple organised the formal reception ceremony on 6th December at New Delhi. It was chiefly for the dignitaries from the business and political world and other key personalities that resided in New Delhi. The event saw a healthy attendance by several socialites of New Delhi along with the presence of some others who missed out on the wedding. Among those were Yuvraj’s friends from the cricket world viz. M.S. Dhoni, Virendra Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, who all arrived with their respective spouses.

This was the grand finale to the Yuvraj-Hazel Premiere League, which is exactly what was expected from this big fat Indian wedding that spanned across 10 days.

Mr. And Mrs. Singh Finally

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The couple settled down with the pace of married life and are quite delighted to have made their relationship official and binding. They do plan an event in Mauritius but at a later date – once the dust settles.

For now they are elated to be together and so are we to see this adorable couple start a brand new life together. We at TBB wish Yuvraj and Hazel the very best for their married life and tons of happiness together!

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