In a traditional Indian ceremony held at the Aman-i-Khas luxury resort near the Rathambhore (a wildlife sanctuary in India), Katy Perry and Russell Brand tied the knot. The couple was joined by about 75 guests of close family and friends and were amongst a beautiful backdrop of a venue lit up with lamps, colourful lights and illuminated trees and flowers—absolutely beautiful. Both Perry and Brand stressed the fact their wedding was going to be intimate and all about family and friends. The couple’s wedding invite read “It’s going to be about the people who we love. It’s not going to be a big hoopla thing. We have enough hoopla in our lives as it is.”
The fabulous soiree kicked off with a pre-wedding celebration the night before in true Bollywood style—topped with traditional mehndi (also known as henna). The wedding was put together by celeb wedding planner Mindly Weiss and was inspired by Indian spirituality and mysticism—Brand proposed on New Year’s Eve in the historic Indian city of Jaipur. A procession of 21 camels, elephants and horses joined Brand on his way from Sher Bagh to meet his bride—the wedding also included fire jugglers, snake charmers and bhangra dancers (um, no hoopla?). And Brand’s wedding gift to Perry was a Bengal tiger (good luck getting that thru customs!).
We wouldn’t expect anything less from Katy and as fashionable as always the 26 year old musician wore a haute couture dress designed by Elie Saab that was dove gray and had gorgeous lace sleeves. She was also rumoured to have a rotating bridal wardrobe that included designs by Zuhair Murad who designed her gown for Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party and Donna Mizani an up and coming designer from L.A.
Brand also went on to tell the New York Times, “We just love each other and we want to get married in front of our friends and family and keep it very normal. It ain’t about selling the pictures, it ain’t about doing no pre-nup, it’s just a normal thing. I’m trying to preserve it, to keep it a beautiful thing,” explained Brand. “I think people get the wrong idea on how we want the wedding to play out. Love between two people is the most spectacular, yet ordinary thing in the world.”
To keep things as private as possible media and reporters were not allowed on the grounds of the wildlife retreat as the couple gave exclusive coverage rights to a London magazine. Perry also when on to tweet “it was the greatest gift you can give us” speaking about the privacy they were granted.