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Move over Kate and Pippa - Is this the most lavish wedding ever?

Peak inside billionaire's son's €5m wedding complete with Kardashian-style floral arrangements, 12ft cake, extravagant firework display and surprise guest performance by Robin Thicke

If you thought the royals knew how to spend money on an occasion, you need to take a look at this billionaire's son's extravagant affair!

Folarin Alakija, son of a billionaire oil tycoon, wed Iranian model Nazanin Ghaissarifar in the luxurious Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, in an opulant wedding rumoured to have cost over €5.5million.

The groom's oil tycoon mother, Folorunsho Alakija, is the first self-made African billionaire and has amassed a wealth of over €2bn.


A celeb-dotted guestlist included Victoria's Secret Angel and model Shanina Shaik, and attendees were treated to a live performance by Blurred Lines singe Robin Thicke who was reported to have been paid €170,000 for his appearance.

A video posted by a guest on Instagram gave a peak inside the opulent affair, revealing a gold monogrammed marble ballroom floor that the couple had personalised with their initials.

A magnificent cake, created by Elizabeth's Cake Emporium, was adorned with hundreds of roses and doves and stood at over 12ft high.

Congratulations to the now Mr & Mrs Alakija It was an honor to witness your union as husband and wife

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The floral arrangements, which were said to have included one million roses, were provide by Kardashian florist and artistic director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, Jeff Leatham. The in-demand florist also did the flowers for actress Eva Longoria's wedding and the wedding of Sofia Vergara, and counts Burberry, Tiffany & Co, Philip Treacy and Waterford Crystal among his most high profile commisions.

The groom, who is an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, is one of billionaire Folorunsho Alakija's four sons. His mother overtook Oprah Winfrey in 2014 as the richest woman of African descent in the world and is ranked number 80 on Forbe's global Power Women list.

Along with big-budget blooms and elaborate sweets, the couple put on a huge fireworks display at the end of the evening and treated guests to a surprise performance by US popstar Robin Thicke.

Adding to the already staggering costs of the big day, the couple were also reported to have flown family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria.

Bride Nazanin Ghaissarifar, who studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, was once romantically linked with Rob Kardashian, brother of the reality star Kardashian sisters.

This wedding giving me all types of life #NazaAndFlo

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