Brand, Perry wed in Hindu ceremony in India

RANTHAMBORE, India British comedian Russell Brand and US pop star Katy Perry married Saturday in a Hindu ceremony replete with elephants and camels at a locked-down luxury resort in western India.

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Published: Sat 23 Oct 2010, 11:40 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:35 AM

The couple tied the knot as they walked around a ritual fire while a priest chanted mantras, the Press Trust of India said, citing unidentified sources.

Brand led the marriage procession on a horse, flanked by dozens of elephants and camels at the Aman-i-Khas resort near the Ranthambhore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan state.

Security was extremely tight around the resort, which was shielded by bamboo and grass screens to stop onlookers from peering into what the media has dubbed the couple’s “jungle wedding”.

At an engagement ceremony Friday night, Perry wore a maroon sari while Brand wore a kurta pyjama and a turban as Bollywood tunes belted out, the Times of India reported.

Brand, 35, and Perry, 25, arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday and flew to Rajasthan where they travelled to Ranthambore, one of the most popular tiger reserves in India.

Perry’s wedding dress was to have an Indian theme and she had traditional Indian henna tattoos on her palms as part of the wedding preparations, media reports said. Brand was also sporting the tattoos on his palms.

Around 100 guests were expected at the celebrations, 80 miles (130 kilometres) from famed tourist city Jaipur. They were said to include pop princess Rihanna and rap mogul P. Diddy.

Staff at three top-end venues booked for the couple and their guests — the Aman-i-Khas, Sher Bagh and and the Oberoi Vanyavilas — in the Ranthambore area enforced strict security to stop outsiders from entering.

On Friday, bodyguards clashed with photographers trailing Brand and guests in the wildlife park, punching two of the photographers and their driver, according to an AFP photographer.

The British star’s minders grabbed the car keys and left the photographers stranded in the park, the photographers said.

Brand, a recovering drug and alcohol addict with a reputation as a womaniser, was arrested last month for allegedly attacking a photographer at Los Angeles airport and was freed on 20,000 dollars bail.

The hirsute star, who found fame as a comedian and later as a TV and radio presenter, proposed to singer-songwriter Perry while on a New Year holiday in Rajasthan in a whirlwind romance, according to reports.

Perry is famous for her hit songs, “I Kissed a Girl” and “Hot n Cold”.

Ranthambore authorities had told the pair to keep festivities quiet, set off no fireworks and play no music after 10:00 pm so animals in the reserve were not frightened by the noise.

“I have appointed a preventive committee to ensure no violation of norms takes place during the event which is near the forest area,” district collector Ravi Kumar told the Press Trust of India.

The couple were expected to host a reception on Sunday at the luxury Taj Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur.



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