Not much left of the glamour

2013-05-04 00:00

BROKEN plates, huge overturned candelabras and golden confetti trodden into the ground were the remnants of the glittering four-day Gupta wedding yesterday.

Hundreds of guests partied in the Sun City Superbowl in the wedding’s culminating party on Thursday.

Between Tuesday and Thursday, the resort was taken over for the “dream wedding” of Vega Gupta, niece of the powerful family, and Aakash Jahajgarhia.

After the blue-light arrival, security was tight, with guests issued with wristbands that needed to be displayed to gain access to the six events held. Names were also checked off against a guest list.

Traditional ceremonies took place at the Palace of the Lost City and the Valley of the Waves.

The venues were breathtakingly decorated, none more so than the Superbowl for the formal reception.

The arena’s stage was decorated in a Bollywood theme with a golden shell where the bridal couple sat.

The most important guests sat nearby on sofas, attended constantly by waiters.

A huge buffet was laid out for guests on tables along the walls.

Empty plates decorated with the logo of Sahara Computers, the Guptas’ company, lay about on the floor yesterday morning while Sun City staff dismantled the decorations.

Among the guests the previous evening were President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane, nephew Khulubuse and one of the President’s wives, Thobeka Madiba-Zuma.

Also present were IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi and ministers Rob Davies, Susan Shabangu, Malusi Gigaba and Naledi Pandor.

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