Gifts and sweetmeats at the Gupta Wedding, as a nation demands answers

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The Palace's square was transformed into a festival of colour. Picture:
Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia at their second wedding ceremony. Picture:
The happy couple Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia take part in the first wedding ceremony. Marida Fitzpatrick/YOU Picture:

SUN CITY - As the nation stews and rages about the apparent misuse of a national key point, the Gupta family wedding extravaganza is well underway.

Seemingly oblivious to the drama caused by the lavish nuptials, Vega Gupta and Aakash Jahajgarhia are running through an over-the-top series of events and ceremonies, to join their families and celebrate their love.

So what exactly are the wedding party and hundreds of guests doing, as government departments scramble to explain how their party plane was allowed to land at the strategic Waterkloof Air Force Base?

The Gupta's spokesman Haranath Ghosh, for one, is doing damage control, taking to Twitter to put a South Africa-friendly spin on the whole debacle.

 

 

Yesterday hundreds of wedding guests were treated to champagne and Häagen Dazs ice cream while relaxing in tents next to the Lost Palace's swimming pool.

Thousands of flowers adourned the venue and guests walked under an arch made entirely of flowers.

The festivities kicked off and, according to Twitter commentary, by a You Magazine reporter, a nervous-looking groom entered the venue with his father and father-in-law.

Then the bride took centre stage in her traditional gold and purple dress (see the gallery above for pictures)

 

 

Vega was seated under the mandap or bridal canopy, where gifts were placed in her lap. The women wished the couple a long and happy marriage and Vega then touched the feet of her elders, who in turn fed her sweets.

Guests proceeded to the Lost City where fireworks filled the night sky while inside the venue senses were overloaded with an explosion of colour and sound.

 

Today's celebrations have kicked off on the Palace's beach where coloured tents were erected. 

The couple are dressed to kill with Vega in a yellow dress and  Aakash looking like a Bollywood actor in his blue suit.

All the while, a furious nation demands answers about why the Guptas have been given seemingly preferential treatment.

 

-eNCA

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