Dunblane, a small cathedral town of Scotland regaled as ace tennis champion Andy (Andrew) Murray tied the knot with long time sweetheart Kim Sears. Murray's wedding was delightful in many ways for millions of curious audience out there who tracked every single detail of the event, held at Dunblane Cathedral in the weekend gone by.
Firstly, it was a traditional wedding, which confirmed that Andy is still connected to his roots. Instead of flaunting a flashy Armani or Cavalli tuxedo, the tennis star was dressed in traditional Scottish ensemble - Eliban Tartan Kilts with a black jacket. There was no running away from the cameras and no shooing away the fans, as the newly-wed couple came out to wave to the onlookers who were way too excited to see that their home-grown hero had chosen Dunblane for his wedding. This was the place where Andy had spent his childhood and also survived the deadly Dunblane School massacre as a pupil of the primary school, in 1996.
The media was surprised that neither were there any high-profile celebrity guest lists to talk about nor rumours of a secret deal with a magazine for the wedding photographs.
Andy's marriage, which is dubbed as the Scottish wedding of the year, brought back memories of the year 2010, when a sleepy town near Dehradun came alive after Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni married a local girl Sakshi Rawat in a simple, traditional ceremony there. The media did not get a whiff, just like the locals, who were unaware that their cricketing hero was there to exchange garlands at Vishranti resort in Kandoli village (25km from Dehradun) from where he slipped away to his hometown Ranchi to partake in the family celebrations.
|Instead of flaunting a flashy tuxedo, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray was dressed in traditional Scottish ensemble.
Tim Henman, the retired English tennis player was the only guest from the sports fraternity at Andy's wedding, just as Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Ashish Nehra and RP Singh were the select few, who were part of Dhoni's wedding ceremony.
Mahi's wedding was attended by 80 guests, who were reportedly treated to vegetarian food, while the 150 guests at Andy's wedding were served cheese soufflé and tarte tatin.
While the world was busy congratulating Andy and applauding the subtleties, another wedding made news for its opulence at the same time. It was the extravagant marriage of the son of Sultan of Brunei Prince Abdul Malik - all about dazzling gems and attended by the high and mighty. The wedding mirrored the life of the blue bloods, characterised by profligate celebrations.
At a time when simplicity is fast fading away, exuberant marriages have become the name of the game. The luminaries from all fraternities enjoy the crazy media chase as much as they celebrate the maddening hoopla about a private event like an engagement, a wedding, pregnancy or child birth. Celebrity statements like "we want to keep it private" can have several connotations. It might mean that we (celebrities) are enjoying the sickening media circus and that we are set to earn some quick bucks by publicising our private life at the right time.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt exchanged vows at a secret location in a chateau in August 2014 and broke the news to Hello! magazine, which held the exclusive rights to publish the unseen pictures of their dream wedding. Photographs of Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic's wedding with his pregnant fiancée were also made public by Hello! after they signed an exclusive deal with the tennis player. Rumours were rife that Justin Timberlake and Jessica Beil sold their wedding photograph for $30,000 to People magazine, and for an unspecified amount to OK! magazine, which exclusively published pictures of the long Italian wedding.
Given the trend that offers celebrities an opportunity to mint exorbitant amounts of money, it is heartening to know that the likes of Andy Murray and MS Dhoni still uphold the idea of being genuine.