Perry And Brand Wed

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October 24, 2010 | 9:45am EST

Pop star Katy Perry wed funnyman Russell Brand in an hour-long Hindu ceremony in India on Saturday.
Amid tight security to keep photographers at bay, the I Kissed a Girl hitmaker tied the knot with her British fiance in front of close family and friends at the exotic resort of Aman-I-Khas in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

The couple began the traditional service by worshipping a statue of Lord Ganesh before walking to a specially-designed gazebo where they sat on ornate thrones as a Hindu priest performed the ceremony, according to Britain’s Daily Telegraph.

Other rituals observed by Perry and Brand as part of the wedding reportedly included walking around a sacred fire seven times while reciting Sanskrit mantras.

They are believed to have sealed their partnership by tying a special wedding scarf together.

Perry was rumoured to have worn several outfits during the nuptials, including a sari and a white western gown for the wedding, while Brand sported a traditional henna tattoo on his hand and wore a nude-tone outfit.

A team of private security guards patrolled the perimeter of the venue during the service to ward off photographers, and parts of the resort were shielded from view by black sheets.

A spokesperson for the couple has released a statement, telling, “Russell Brand and Katy Perry are overjoyed to confirm that they were pronounced Mr. and Mrs. Brand on Saturday, October 23. The very private and spiritual ceremony, attended by the couples’ closest family and friends was performed by a Christian minister. The backdrop was the inspirational and majestic countryside of Northern India.”

Brand is reported to have bought his new bride a female Bengal tiger, who lives in the Ranthambhore National Park where the pair married, as a wedding present.