Nigerian Billionaire Marries Model in $6.4 Million Wedding: Go Inside the Opulent Nuptials

See photos from the seriously opulent wedding held this weekend at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. (Photo courtesy of Shanina Shaik)

What happens when an oil tycoon’s son marries a model? One seriously extravagant wedding.

Folarin Alakija–whose mother, Folorunso Alakija, is one of Nigeria’s wealthiest women–married Iranian model Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an over-the-top, lavish wedding this weekend. The mother of the groom—the vice chair of Fame Oil—currently rests at No. 14 on Forbes’ list of Africa’s wealthiest billionaires, and no expenses were spared for her son’s nuptials held at Blenheim Palace in the English countryside.

My queen 👑 such a beautiful day celebrating the love of these two 💗 #floandnaza #weddingday

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Celebrity florist Jeff Leatham—who’s engaged to Rough Night actor Colton Haynes—executed the breathtaking floral production at the venue, which housed a display of one million white roses and matching hanging orchids.

“We created heaven on earth for you and your new hubby,” Leatham wrote on Instagram. In a separate post, he added, “Team Leatham Out – but the memories of this EPIC event will live and inspire forever.”

The Phail Drip – Courtesy of #TeamLeatham – #FloralArt around every corner

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And it’s a wrap! One of the most magnificent fairy tale weddings for the sweetest couple ever! It was a joy to have you both as my client and friend. Thank you for wholeheartedly trusting me to hand pick every partner in bringing your vision to life. I love you both xoxo Thank you to the amazing partners that helped me see this though: A special thanks to Emma and the amazing crew @blenheimpalace @invisibleblueuk that provided the out of this world production decor @ascot_structures for building this beautiful white structured glass marquee we called home @rhubarb_food for the exquisite cuisine @elizabethscakeemporium for creating this princes cake that not only looked good but was delicious @rossharvy for his talented ability to capture the most beautiful images, @mrphilipwhite for fililming my clients Storybook in film, and @jeffleatham for your exquisite taste in the flower decor.. @lehrandblack for the breathtaking stationery designed, @scarletentertainment for your repertoire of talent #getFunked was amazing and the Orchestra was stellar, #bespokesignature for the signature transportation service. My biggest and best supporters @lolaoyewole2 @brenner0526 @fdawodu, Yewande, Eva, @sarakatecouture Martin, Garin and Richard and my team.Thank you all so much! #sadeawe

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I want something just like this – 🎼🎼🎼- #TeamLeatham- #kickingassandtakingnames – YESSS !!

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And here we go #TeamLeatham – #WeddingWeek – #FloralArt – #Orchids – #love – #kickingassandtakingnames

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A bespoke marble floor etched with the couple’s initials perfectly accentuated the white-and-gold color palette. Guests enjoyed a divine five-course menu, which included sole, foie gras. The 12-foot cake alone—crafted by high-end bakery Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium—was estimated at close to $13,000.

This wedding giving me all types of life 😓🌸 #NazaAndFlo

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The bride chose multiple gowns for her wedding day, donning a beautiful strapless dress for the ceremony paired elegantly with a diamond necklace. She later swapped into a lace sleeved number that draped her toned physique.

Victoria’s Secret model Shanina Shaik attended the wedding, while guests were treated to a live performance by Robin Thicke. Fireworks rounded out the extravagant night. “Congratulations to the now Mr & Mrs Alakija,” Shaik wrote on Instagram. “It was an honor to witness your union as husband and wife.”

A white wedding ☁️💍👰🏻 Thank you @galvanlondon @giuseppezanottidesign @gemporia 💛

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According to the Daily Mail, the family flew hundreds of guests over from Nigeria for the glitzy affair. The couple enjoyed a traditional Nigerian wedding in November 2016 after getting engaged.

The groom, an entrepreneur, and the bride—who studied bioengineering at the University of Manchester— reportedly first met through mutual friends in London. This is the second wedding for Alakija, who lost his first wife to cancer. He is a dad to a young daughter.

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Esther Lee
Esther Lee
Esther is the Senior News Editor at The Knot. A self-proclaimed pop culture enthusiast, she appreciates a good celebrity interview just as much as she adores Nancy Meyers movies. You can find her kicking off her mornings with barre and a green juice, traveling and exploring new cultures, and rapidly scrolling her feed for the latest and greatest news. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @theestherlee.