A billionaire’s son and his model girlfriend tied the knot in a highly extravagant ceremony that reportedly cost 5 million pounds ($6.3 million) — and why not, after all his mother is one of the richest black women in the world.
Folarin Alakija married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in a fairytale bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. Alakija’s mother is 66-year-old business tycoon Folorunsha, who unseated Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world.
With an estimated fortune of 2.1 billion, Forbes ranked her as the richest woman in Nigeria.
As for her son, he is an entrepreneur, cinematographer and investor and has one daughter from his first wife, Chena, who passed away due to cancer. His beautiful new wife has studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate diploma in law and has worked as marketing consultant and model.
The couple had already tied the knot in a traditional affair at the Grand Ballroom of Oriental Hotel at Lagos in November but chose to have another ceremony in the United Kingdom.
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For her wedding, the bride wowed in a strapless white gown overlaid with lace and chose to wear a glitzy diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks. Later, Ghaissarifar changed into a floor length, figure hugging lace gown with sheer panels and let her hair tumble down.
The wedding venue, which was the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was exclusively rented out at a cost of 150,000 pounds (USD $190,000). The custom made clear marquee and marble floor engraved with the couple’s initials in gold added a further 200,000 pounds ($250,000) on top.
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The event was also bedecked with a million white roses and orchids arranged by celebrity florist Jeff Leatham, who works for the likes of Madonna and the Kardashians. The breathtaking flower display was created by 30 members of staff and is believed to cost over 250,000 pounds ($317,000).
The 12-ft wedding cake was a masterpiece of confection and was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, whose clients include British, European and Middle Eastern royalty as well as celebrities. It was decorated with hundreds of roses and ornate doves and cost over 300 pounds ($380) per tier.
The food was provided by Searcy’s, who are the approved caterers for The Orangery at the Woodstock venue. A three course meal starts at 52 pounds ($66) per head excluding alcohol, but it is believed the couple’s customized package cost a fair bit more.
Guests were introduced to culinary delights like Montgomery cheddar custard and chive yogurt, parmesan panna cotta and Wiltshire truffle.
After enjoying the scrumptious feast, the guests were entertained with a surprise performance by “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around 150,000 pounds ($190,000) to perform.
The evening was given a flashy end by an awe-inspiring display of fireworks on the hotel grounds.
The entire event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle, whose specialty is luxury weddings.
The star-studded event was attended by several celebrities – including Victoria Secret’s Angel Shanina Shaik, who uploaded her gold-clad photo on Instagram.
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