Folarin Alakija, whose mum is Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, spared no expense on his opulent nuptials to Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar
The father-of-one, who sadly lost his first wife Chena to cancer, decked the historic Oxfordshire venue out in one million roses, a 12ft-tall cake and star-studded guests, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.
The cost of hiring the palace and state rooms totals a staggering £33,000, but it is believed the wedding party took over the whole venue.
Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium created the 12ft-tall cake, which was decorated with hundreds of roses and ornate doves.
Searcy’s are the approved caterer for The Orangery at Blenheim Palace and three course meals start at £52 per head, excluding alcohol.
After enjoying the feast, guests were entertained with a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire.
The evening ended in an awe-inspiring firework display in the hotel grounds.
The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle, who specialises in luxury weddings.
Folarin is an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, while his new wife Nazanin studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester.
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“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.”
But this is far from the only wedding to garner attention – with Channel 4 going behind the scenes at the Mandarin Oriental wedding where the bride was handed envelopes full of cash.