Brand, Perry wed at tiger reserve in India

British actor-comedian Russell Brand smiles at a group of tourists passing by at the Ranthambore National Park in Ranthambore, India, Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. Russell Brand's friend and a bodyguard assaulted four news photographers, including one from The Associated Press, when they were taking pictures of the British comedian Friday in an Indian tiger reserve before his wedding to Katy Perry, the photographers said. The photographers had been following about 330 feet (100 meters) behind two jeeps, one carrying Brand, a woman who was not Perry, a man and two children, and the second carrying the bodyguard and another man later described by police as Brand's friend and wedding guest. (AP Photo)

October 23, 2010 3:28:53 PM PDT
British comedian Russell Brand and American pop singer Katy Perry were married Saturday at a luxury resort in a tiger reserve in northwestern India, a hotel official said.

A Hindu priest conducted the ceremony, which was attended by family and close friends of the couple, the hotel official said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Security has been stringent with private security guards stationed at the resort and other nearby hotels where guests and the couple are staying for the six-day wedding celebration.

Photographers and media reporters were not allowed into the Aman-e-Khas wildlife retreat. The couple have given the exclusive coverage rights to a London magazine, and no other photographers or journalists will be allowed into the resort.

The wedding venue was lit with lamps, colorful lights illuminated the trees and flower garlands festooned the luxury tents at the resort, the hotel official said.

Both Brand and Perry wore traditional Indian clothes to the wedding, the hotel official said. Perry donned a sari, as did a number of other female guests at the ceremony. On Friday, at a prenuptial celebration, Perry, like a typical Indian bride, had henna designs applied on her palms and hands.

Meanwhile, a four-member committee had been set up to check noise pollution from the wedding celebration and ensure that animals in the wildlife reserve in India's Rajasthan state are not disturbed, said Ravi Kumar, a district official.

The Ranthambhore National Park, where the resort is located, is home to a host of wildlife species including tigers, leopards, wild boars, hyenas and sloth bears.

Brand's wedding procession, accompanied by traditional Indian musicians, made its way from Sher Bagh, another nearby luxury resort, to the Aman-e-Khas retreat.

Brand proposed to Perry in the historic Indian city of Jaipur over New Year's Eve, and the couple decided to get married in India.

The 26-year-old Perry's second album, "Teenage Dream," was one of this year's best-sellers.

Brand, 35, is known for his drug-addled past and hedonistic tendencies. He is next set to star as Trinculo in "The Tempest" and the title character in a remake of "Arthur."


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