. One Million Adorned Roses
. £33,000 Venue
His mother is one of the richest women in the world so it’s little surprise that Folarin Alakija’s wedding was a fairytale affair.
Folarin, who is one of oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija’s four sons, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in a lavish bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend.
No expense was spared as the father-of-one, who lost his first wife to cancer, tied the knot to his stunning wife in front of friends, family and celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.
Folarin, an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, is the son of Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, 66, who is the richest black woman in the world with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion.
Forbes rank her as the 14th richest woman in Africa and she is number 80 on its Power Women list; she overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.
According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.
The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses.
Known for his floral arrangements and elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes, it was no surprise that Jeff Leatham was in charge of the flowers.
Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, he was not only working with copious amounts of roses but white orchids as well.
Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.
Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.
The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Prices start at £300 per tier and Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals. With eight tiers on their cake, the base price would be around £2,400 – and that’s excluding the elaborate iced flowers and doves.
Elizabeth is also the only three times winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which featured the best wedding cake makers in the country.
The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele and luxury partners alike so it was little surprise she was called upon.
Searcys are the approved caterer for the Orangery at Blenheim palace and three course meals start at £52 per head – excluding alcohol.
Folarin’s new wife studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.
She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.
She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. She let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.
The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.
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