Russell Brand, Katy Perry wed in India

Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:38pm EDT
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By Henry Foy

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - British comedian Russell Brand and U.S. pop singer Katy Perry married on Saturday in a closely guarded traditional Hindu ceremony at an exclusive hotel resort in India's Rajasthan.

While the festivities commenced on the grounds of the Amaan-i-Khas resort in the deeply wooded Ranthambore National Park, a tiger reserve some 100 kilometers south of the fort city of Jaipur, the world's media strained to catch a glimpse.

As the sounds of traditional Rajasthani music drifted from the dozen specially erected tents across the moonlit resort, over 80 international journalists, including 15 British photographers, jostled for space with their telephoto lenses at the gates of the complex, more than 150 meters away.

Private security guards, black screens and a mobile phone ban ensured a veil of secrecy over the wedding after exclusive publicity rights were sold to a London magazine.

"The wedding rituals began around 7 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) and have now (been) completed," Kajod Mal, a local police officer, told Reuters by telephone from Kotwali town, close to the wedding venue. "We sent some of our men there for security."

Brand, who has been seen with henna patterns on his hands, arrived on a decorated horse for the wedding, flanked by camels and elephants, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

Other reports said Barbadian pop star Rihanna played the maid of honor as a priest chanted Hindu hymns around a sacred fire.

As the sun set through the early evening, the guests, who are staying at two nearby resorts, arrived in cars with blacked-out windows. British singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher was reported to be attending the ceremony, as well as Brand's close friend television presenter Jonathan Ross.   Continued...