Tina and Erwin

ZURICH (Reuters) - Singer Tina Turner has married her long-time partner in a civil ceremony in Switzerland ahead of a Buddhist celebration at their home on the banks of Lake Zurich on Sunday.

The 73-year-old "Simply the Best" singer tied the knot with German-born record producer Erwin Bach at a registry office in the Kuesnacht suburb of Zurich where they live, a municipal official said on Wednesday.

The Official Invitation! - The bride and groom kneeled side by side on a special pedestal to give their guests the opportunity to bestow their individual blessings. This they did, one by one, by gently pouring water over the hands of the couple. The water passed through the hands of the bride and groom and into a flower filled vessel beneath.

Florists decorate the entrance to the home of Tina and Erwin Bach. Chateau Algonquin

Turner, an eight-time Grammy winner known for songs like "River Deep, Mountain High" and "Private Dancer", will celebrate the wedding with a Buddhist water ceremony at her lakefront mansion this weekend, Swiss newspapers reported.

 View from the lake behind Tina and Erwin Bach's home 

The singer, who was born in Tennessee but has lived in Switzerland for nearly 20 years, was reported to have sent flyers to neighbors apologizing in advance for any noise from the residence where a small stage is being built for the party.

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