The wedding of Nigerian-born Folarin Alakija to his bride and Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar over the weekend will likely top the list as one of the most extravagant weddings in the world.
Alakija’s wedding to Nazanin cost an estimated £5 million, is described as one of the most lavish affairs the U.K. has ever seen, according to the Daily Mail.
Alakija is one of four sons of Nigerian oil tycoon Modupe Alakija, and his mother, Folorunsho Alakija, is one of Africa’s richest women with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion, according to Forbes.
In 2014, she replaced TV personality Oprah Winfrey as the richest Black woman in the world.
Mrs. Alakidja, 66, is also one of the most influential people in Nigeria with connections in high places, and she spared no effort in treating the more than 200 A-list guests, including friends and family members have flown in from Nigeria to a memorable occasion.
The wedding was held on the grounds of the famed Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire with the Woodstock venue of the event adorned in seemingly endless amounts of roses and white orchids by celebrity florist Jeff Leatham.
The eight-tier wedding cake, intricately decorated with iced flowers and doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, which caters for an exclusive list of clients that include celebrities, royalty, and high-net-worth individuals.