This Wedding Actually Cost $6.3 Million & The Pictures Are Stunning

Plenty of people dream of fairytale weddings, but Folarin Alakija and Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar’s nuptials make fairytales (and our Pinterest boards) look downright quaint. Alakija, the son of a Nigerian oil billionaire, and Ghaissarifar, an Iranian model, said “I do” in a ceremony that came with a price tag of $6.3 million dollars.
The wedding was held at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England and the guest list included the likes of supermodel Shanina Shaik and fashion blogger Temi Otedola. As if the venue itself isn’t stunning enough, celebrity florist Jeff Leatham curated one million white roses to adorn the interior. Check out the full flower walls and hanging installations:
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 Luxury designer Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created a 12-foot tall wedding cake that was covered in white roses to match the venue’s decorations.
Ghaissarifar donned not one but two white dresses for her big day. She wore a strapless ball gown-style dress for the ceremony, while her bridesmaids dressed in matching one-shoulder cream gowns. For the reception, the bride changed into a long-sleeved design with lace detailing.
The menu was, of course, not your ordinary wedding fare. Guests enjoyed a five-course meal that included foie gras, beef, and sole with alternative options like crispy duck egg and guinea fowl.
The entertainment at a $6.3 million wedding is definitely not provided by a DJ. Robin Thicke serenaded the guests, and a fireworks show ended the festivities with a bang.
Alakija, a businessman, and Ghaissarifar, who has a degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering, met through mutual friends while studying in London. The couple also had a traditional Nigerian wedding last November.

We’ve Seen Lots Of Crazy-Rich Weddings, But This One Made Our Eyes Pop Out

Weddings, while magical, are a seemingly never-ending money pit — and I say that as someone who recently got married and is happier than she’s ever been.
You have to budget for things you never thought you’d think about — if anyone needs recommendations for mercury glass votives, I think I’ve scoured the entire internet at this point — and you end up undoubtedly spending more than you allocated towards food, drinks, napkins, etc.
But what about people who have no need to be concerned about every last penny? You know, the people who can afford a dress valued at $1 million? Well, wonder no more, because Victoria Swarovski (yes, that Swarovski) just threw what has to be the most lavish wedding we’ve seen thus far.
The German singer’s three-day-wedding extravaganza in Trieste, Italy, was truly something out of a fairytale, and included everything from a massive welcome party to an extraordinary crystal-encrusted gown (valued at $1 million), according to Brides.
On the first night, the bride and her groom, Werner Mürz, greeted guests with a red-and-white-themed gala at Falisia Resort & Spa, where attendees dined on pasta surrounded by shimmering candelabras and wine. Swarovski wore a high-low red gown designed by Michael Cinco in Dubai that looks like a blast to wear.
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On Friday, the couple tied the knot in style at the Cathedral of San Giusto. Take a look at some of the photos from the big day below.
According to one of Cinco’s Instagram posts, Swarovski’s train was six meters long and boasted hundreds of thousands of crystals. Brides reported that the dress weighed approximately 100 pounds and was paired with a 26-foot long veil.
Following the ceremony, the couple reportedly danced, sang, and laughed the night away with their family and friends.

Super-Romantic Places To Elope

To some, the term “elope” still conjures images of hasty lovers stumbling into clandestine chapels, or frugal pairs looking to save a few pennies on the guest list.

But elopements have changed.
Today, they’ve become an intimate alternative to a traditional wedding, where the details matter less than the vows being exchanged. No longer taboo, eloping is an incredibly romantic and wild way for adventurous couples to profess their love in some of the most stunning destinations around the world. Here are some of our favorite romantic places to sneak away to say “I do.”

Nevis, West Indies

This quiet, off-the-beaten-path Caribbean island is an oasis with its sandy beaches, warm water, and chill seaside bars.

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The Four Seasons Nevis offers plenty of versatility when it comes to a spot for your ceremony; you can get hitched in the sand, on a golf course, beside an old sugar mill ruin… Stay in one of the little cottages dotting the grounds.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE RESORT AT PAWS UP.

Greenough, MT

Many couples want to stray off the beaten path when they elope — and amid Montana’s gorgeous wilderness, you can do just that.

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Paws Up resort offers luxury vacation homes or glamping for couples and their guests. The resort’s elopement package includes a ceremony with a private carriage ride, a gourmet dinner with Champagne, a couples’ spa treatment, and a wedding cake with a Western-style topper.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE DATAI LANGKAWI.

Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi is an idyllic getaway for anyone who seeks blissful solitude, loves water sports, or just wants to hang on the beach.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE DATAI LANGKAWI.

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From rainforest pool villas to bespoke weddings to the ultimate couples’ spa experience, The Datai Langkawi will take care of you during your elopement vacation.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF BANYAN TREE.

Lijiang, China

Lijiang, in the southwestern province of Yunnan, is a charming, historic town with cobblestone streets and a dramatic Himalayan backdrop. It’s also a Unesco World Heritage site.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF BANYAN TREE.

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You don’t want to miss the Spa Sanctuary Duplex at Banyan Tree Lijiang, a private townhouse where you can also indulge in daily 90-minute spa treatments for couples. Plus, the resort has a “romance concierge” who will help you plan your ceremony.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE HOTEL CANOUAN.

Canouan, Grenadines

This tiny island is just the place for a tropical-paradise elopement. With sandy beaches and clear-blue waters, you’ll have the most picturesque seaside ceremony.

PHOTO: COURTESY OF THE HOTEL CANOUAN.

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The Hotel in Canouan is a luxurious beachside spot where you can stay in a penthouse or even a private villa and enjoy plenty of amenities like tennis and a spa. The good life awaits you…

PHOTO: SCHLOSS ELMAU.

Bavaria, Germany

Sure, we often think of elopements as beach affairs, but frolicking among the Alps Sound of Music-style (yes, we’re aware that was set in Austria, but go with us here) — complete with beer and bratwurst — could be just what you need.

PHOTO: SCHLOSS ELMAU.

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The Schloss Elmau is partially inside an early-20th-century castle and describes itself as “a sanctuary framed by dramatic peaks, whispering forests, and rushing streams.” Onsite, there’s an extensive wellness program, including a hammam, a pool, yoga classes, personal training, and a Chinese-medicine center. You can also enjoy world-class performances in the concert hall.