The footballer, 29 pulled out all the stops to make sure the grand finale of the week long wedding celebrations were fit for a Bollywood queen as he and new bride Emily Brooks walked down the aisle at the elegant Grange Hotel in St Pauls, London – the setting for a Bollywood film.
The pair were joined by people from all walks of life and chauffer driven onto the red carpet by Smart City Prestige. Guests included HRH Princess Katrina, His Excellency Hamad Al Muftah, a delegation from the Armed Forces and New Scotland Yard, former Manchester United Footballer Quinton Fortune, world championship medal winner Dwayne Chambers, Aston Villa and French International Ally Cissoko, footballer Adebayo Akinfenwa, England Hockey player Darren Cheeseman and the famous Hollywood restaurateur Ciro Orsini.
Philanthropists and business tycoons were also amongst the guests, including Shabir Randeree CBE, Raj Matharu and Peter Virdee. During the entertainment there were surprise performances by X Factor sensation Derry Mensah and video messages from guests that could not attend including Usain Bolt, Sunderland and England striker Jermaine Defoe, Former England defender Sol Campbell and Hollywood rap artist Jay Blaze.
The groom was styled and dressed by celebrity stylist Saran Kohli, Khubsoorat Collection, who is known for his fabulous red carpet creations. Vikram Jadeja from Safa 4Weddings styled the traditional Rajasthan headwear for the groom. Brooks was styled by Anisha Vasani and hair-make-up artist Roshni. The luxury bespoke jewellery was gifted by Kyles Collection and Henna artist, Pavan, the Guinness World Record holder for being the fastest in her trade applied her designs on the bride.
The first two occasions included a civil ceremony and a colourful Mendi party, both held in their country home in Stratford Upon Avon, followed by the reception celebration in London. All events were themed by Essential Events Group, Kudos AV, London City Cakes, Saffron Foods and captured by the Luxury ‘Award Winning Photographers’ HS Photography and Zenith Videography.
Kashif is one of a handful of British South Asian players to have made it in the professional ranks in the UK, and has become renowned for his humanitarian efforts. The star has been recognised for his goodwill work by HRH Duke of Cambridge Prince William, former Prime Minister David Cameron, his Highness Prince Ali of Jordan, Pope Francis and the United Nations. In 2013, he was inaugurated as a Champion of Peace, under the High Patronage of His Highness Prince Albert II, for his global charitable venture with Football for Peace Global. The charity has also been endorsed by world footballing icons including Pele and Ronaldinho.