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This 315-Million-Peso Wedding Is the Most Extravagant One We've Seen This Year

An oil tycoon married his model girlfriend in a venue adorned with one million flowers.
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A billionaire's son and his model girlfriend tied the knot at Blenheim Palace this weekend and with an estimated cost of £5 million, or nearly P315.6 million*, it was a far cry from the average summer wedding.

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Folarin Alakija is the son of Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, who has been ranked as the 18th richest person in Africa by Forbes. He's said to have met Iranian-born Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar while studying in London and it's safe to say that this bride and groom's big day was every bit a fairytale.

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It's believed that hiring the Oxfordshire stately home, which is the main residence of the Duke of Marlborough, would have cost £150,000. And when it came to decorating the historic venue, no expense was spared.

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Wedding pictures shared on social media by guests (including Victoria's Secret Angel Shanina Shaik) showed the couple during their first dance on a marble floor covered with their initials in gold.

Celebrity florist Jeff Leatham took charge of the flowers and transformed the palace into a 'white wedding.' Leatham, the artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, reportedly arranged one million white blooms around the venue.

The event included a 12ft wedding cake, which was also covered in flowers, and a five-course menu from caterers Searcy's. To end the evening, there was a performance from Robin Thicke followed by a fireworks display.

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As for Nazanin's dress, she chose a strapless white gown adorned with lace during the day but is said to have changed into a party dress in the evening.

Commenting on the cost of the occasion, Bridebook.co.uk's founder, Hamish Shephard, told Harper's Bazaar: "Venue hire would likely be up to £150,000 with the bespoke marquee with marble floor and production around £200,000 on top. The spectacular endless flowers by Jeff Leatham are likely to have cost at least £200,000. With food and drink, Robin Thicke (at £150,000) and all the other items for the big day, including the dress, on top, the wedding will have no doubt cost more than £1million and potentially several million more."

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The couple got engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November, The Daily Mail reports. Folarin is an entrepreneur, while his new wife Nazanin has a degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from the University of Manchester.

*£1 = P63.12

From: Harper's BAZAAR UK

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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