Saturday, October 23, 2010

Brand, Perry host gala reception in Jaipur

Ranthambore, October 24, 2010

British comic Russell Brand and US pop star Katy Perry moved their India wedding extravaganza to Jaipur for a gala reception on Sunday, a day after tying the knot amid tigers and tight security. Brand and Perry were married on Saturday in what the couple described in a statement as a \"very private and spiritual ceremony\" attended by close family and friends.

Privacy was maintained by heavy security at the venue -- a luxury resort adjoining the Ranthambore tiger sanctuary in Rajasthan -- which was screened off to keep out the prying eyes and lenses of the paparazzi.

The ceremony had a distinctly Indian flavour with Brand leading the marriage procession on a horse, flanked by dozens of elephants and camels.

Perry\'s wedding dress had an Indian theme and she had traditional Indian henna tattoos on her palms as part of the wedding preparations, media reports said.

Snake charmers and folk musicians were employed to entertain the celebrity guests, who were said to include pop princess Rihanna and talk show host Jonathan Ross.

Sunday\'s gala reception was being held at the Taj Rambagh Palace Hotel, the former home of the Maharaja and Maharani of Jaipur which was converted into a five-star hotel in 1957.

The party is expected to have an \"East meets West\" theme and feature performances by rap mogul P Diddy and Indian classical dancers.

Brand, 35, reportedly proposed to Perry, 25, at the Rambagh Palace during a New Year holiday after a whirlwind romance.

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

The same day, bodyguards clashed with photographers trailing Brand and guests in the Ranthambore wildlife park, punching two of the photographers and their driver.

The British star\'s minders grabbed the car keys and left the photographers stranded in the park -- one of the most popular tiger reserves in India.

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 found fame as a comedian and later as a TV and radio presenter, before starring in hit Hollywood films \"Forgetting Sarah Marshall\" and \"Get Him to the Greek\". Perry is famous for her hit songs, \"I Kissed a Girl\" and \"Hot n Cold\".

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