PHOTO NEWS OF THE MOST Lavish WEDDING EVER… ENJOY!

A NIGERIAN BILLIONAIRE’S son and his model girlfriend tied the knot in a lavish bash at a British palace over the weekend, which is reported to have cost OVER N2.1BILLION

Folarin Alakija, whose mum is Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, spared no expense on his opulent nuptials to Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar,

Folarin, who is one of 66-year-old oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija’s four sons, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in an extravagant bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend, which is estimated to have cost around £5m.

The father-of-one, who is in his late 30s and lost his first wife to cancer, tied the knot to his stunning wife in front of friends, family and celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret Angel, Shanina Shaik.

While Folarin makes his money as an entrepreneur, investor and cinematographer, it’s his mother who has an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion. Forbes rank her as the 14th richest person in Africa but the richest woman in the country. She is number 80 on its global Power Women list and overtook Oprah Winfrey as the richest woman of African descent in the world in 2014.

It is thought the family flew hundreds of close friends and family members over from Nigeria, who were no doubt put up in the lavish hotel for the weekend.

The Woodstock venue, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses, a lavish cake decorated with hundreds of ornate white roses and even hosted pop star Robin Thicke at an estimated cost of £150,000.

Wedding planners believe the venue hire was exclusively hired at a cost of £150,000 with the bespoke marquee and bespoke marble floor with their initials etched in gold costing around £200,000 on top.

Folarin Alakija, who is the son of Folorunsho Alakija, the richest black woman in the world, married Iranian beauty Nazanin Jafarian Ghaissarifar in a lavish bash at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire over the weekend

Folarin's new wife studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant. The happy newlyweds are pictured walking down the aisle after tying the knot

According to the venue’s website, the cost of hiring the whole venue is on application but hiring just the palace and state rooms costs £33,000.

Searcys are the approved caterer for the Orangery at Blenheim palace and three course meals start at £52 per head – excluding alcohol – but it’s believed they had a much more expensive bespoke package with catering company, rhubarb.

The breathtaking flowers were the work of Jeff Leatham, who is known for his elaborate decorating of the Kardashian’s homes.

Bringing over 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony, Jeff adorned every inch of the venue with copious amounts of roses and white orchids.

Guests were treated to a lavish five-course menu - printed on a golden menu card

Jeff, who can command up to £250,000 for flowers, has worked for Madonna, Oprah and Tina Turner. He was also the man behind the flowers at Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s wedding.

Guests were also treated to a surprise performance from Blurred Lines singer Robin Thicke, who reportedly costs around £150,000 to hire and would have been flown over from the US, as well as a magnificent firework display in the hotel grounds later in the evening.

Folarin’s new wife, who once dated Rob Kardashian, studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

The stunning brunette is the daughter of businessman Mr. Khosro and Mrs Nooshin Ghaissarifar, who are from Iran. It is believed that Naz, as she is known among her circle, was born in Iran and lived in London in her youth before moving to Manchester to study.

She has also spent time in Los Angeles, where much of her modelling work was based, and regularly mingled with celebrities, including the Kardashians.

Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London, was previously married to a lady named Chena, with whom he had a daughter. She tragically lost her life to cancer six years ago. It is believed that Folarin met Naz through friends in London.

The stunning bride, who has worked as a model, changed outfits for the reception and the pair were seen enjoying their first dance as man and wife in the lavish surroundings 

She stunned in a traditional strapless white gown with lace embellishment as she was walked down the aisle by her father. She accessorised her look with a dazzling diamond necklace and white Manolo Blahniks.

She later changed into a racier, floor length white gown with sheer panelling. Beaming before her friends and family, she let her hair down as she danced the night away with her new husband and glamorous wedding guests.

The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.

A FAIRYTALE ROMANCE: HOW FOLARIN AND NAZANIN MET

Folarin, who studied Geography at Imperial College, London, was previously married to a lady named Chena, with whom he had a daughter. She tragically lost her life to cancer six years ago.

The new Mrs Alakija dated Rob Kardashian in 2013 and it was reported at the time that the Kardashian women ‘loved her’.

The stunning brunette is the daughter of businessman Mr. Khosro and Mrs Nooshin Ghaissarifar, who are from Iran. It is believed that Naz, as she is known among her circle, lived in London in her youth and moved to Manchester to study.

Naz studied Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Manchester, has a graduate Diploma in Law and has also worked as a model and marketing consultant.

She has also spent time in Los Angeles, where much of her modelling work was based, and regularly mingled with celebrities, including the Kardashians.

It is believed that Folarin met Naz through friends in London. The pair became engaged last year and had a traditional Nigerian wedding in Lagos in November.

 The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele

The bride was seen walking down the aisle on the arm of her father and she donned some glittering jewels for the occasion

She later let her hair down on the dancefloor with her new husband, who proposed last October

Elaine Coles was the celebrant who performed the ceremony. Elaine, of UK Ceremonies, told MailOnline: 'It was a pleasure to hand write a bespoke and personalised ceremony for the couple'

The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses and ornate doves, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Elizabeth’s clients include British, European and Middle Eastern Royalty, celebrities and high net worth individuals.

With eight tiers on their cake, topped with elaborate iced flowers and doves, it is estimated that their cake could have cost up to £10,000.

SOME OF THE MOST EXPENSIVE ELEMENTS OF THE WEDDING 

Wedding venue: £150,000

Marble floor and marquee: £200,000

Flowers: £200,000

Robin Thicke: £150,000 

Cake: Up to £10,000 

(Prices are all estimates)  

Elizabeth is also the only three times winner of The Great Cake Bake, a show which featured the best wedding cake makers in the country.

The event was planned by Sade Awe of The Bridal Circle. Sade’s impeccable taste and selective eye for the exquisite make her a trusted resource for an elite clientele and luxury partners alike so it was little surprise she was called upon.

Other famous faces at the event included Starboy Records artist Mr Eazi and Nigerian fashion blogger Temi Otedola, who were recently revealed to be dating.

Hamish Shepard of Bridebook.co.uk, said: ‘The preparations and construction of their custom clear marquee, including a bespoke marble floor with their gold initials, would have required up to a week of exclusive hire of the Palace, with the cost of the marquee on top.”

‘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.’

Guest Manny Kess uploaded this snap with the happy couple that was captioned: 'The most amazing wedding I will ever attend outside of my own (one day). Beyond grateful to be able to celebrate these 2 wonderful beings tying the knot'

The lavish bash was attending by the most glamorous society guests and their Nigerian friends and family who flew over
The floor of Blenheim Palace was engraved with the couple's initials
The lavish bash was attending by the most glamorous society guests and their Nigerian friends and family who flew over. The floor of Blenheim Palace was engraved with the couple’s initials
The cake, which was adorned with hundreds of roses, was created by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium; prices start at £300 per tier

Folarin is the son of Folorunsho Alakija's, pictured, left, with her husband
In 2014, she knocked Oprah Winfrey off her post as the richest woman of African descent in the world

Blenheim Palace, which is the ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill, was kitted out with one million white roses

THE WOMAN WHO OUSTED OPRAH WINFREY FROM THE TOP SPOT AS THE RICHEST BLACK WOMAN IN THE WORLD

Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, 66, is the richest black woman in the world with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion.

Nigerian oil tycoon Folorunsho Alakija, 66, is the richest black woman in the world with an estimated fortune of $2.1 billion

Starting her career as a secretary in a bank in the mid 1970s, Alakija, 62, then studied fashion in London and returned to Nigeria to start a label, Supreme Stitches. But her biggest break came in oil.

In 1993, her company, Famfa Oil, was awarded an oil prospecting license, which later became OML 127, one of the country’s most prolific oil blocks, by then-president Ibrahim Babangida.

The company owned a 60 per cent stake in the block until 2000 when the Nigerian government unconstitutionally acquired a 50 per cent interest without duly compensating Alakija or Famda Oil.

In May 2012, Alakija, a married mother-of-four, challenged the acquisition and the Nigerian Supreme Court reinstated the 50 per cent stake to her company.

She also has a charity called the Rose of Sharon foundation that helps widows and orphans by empowering them through scholarships and business grants.

In 2014, she knocked Oprah Winfrey off her post as the richest woman of African descent in the world.

Forbes rank her as the 14th richest woman in Africa and she is number 80 on its Power Women list.

Glamorous guests donned their gladrags for the occasion
The lucky men and women who attended the nuptials posted images on their social media from inside the lavish bash
Glamorous guests donned their gladrags for the occasion. The lucky men and women who attended the nuptials posted images on their social media from inside the lavish bash
His model wife has  featured in a campaign for Monkee Jeans, an organic denim brand, and dated Rob Kardashian in 2013

Over the weekend, Australian model Shanina Shaik (pictured) attended the wedding of Nigerian billionaire Folorunsho Alakija's son at Blenheim Palace
The cake, right, was adorned with doves and thousands of handcrafted roses

THE LAVISH VENUE: INSIDE BLENHEIM PALACE

Located in Oxfordshire, the historic Blenheim Palace has played host to some of the biggest films in Hollywood over the years.

Regularly used as a film location the grand country house, which is the principal residence of the Duke of Marlborough, has been seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Rogue Nation, Cinderella and the upcoming Transformers: Revenge of the Knight.

It even doubled up as Palazzo Cadenza in Rome for the latest James Bond film SPECTRE.

Available to hire for the big day prices start from £4,800 to hire the Orangery and you can hire the Marlborough Room for the ceremony at £960 as well as six different locations to host a reception.

Standing in all its Baroque splendour near the pretty village of Woodstock, just a few miles from Oxford, it is ideally placed for weekend visitors and attracts them in high numbers with its fascinating history and Churchill connections.

Although better known for its links to Winston Churchill, Blenheim has an interesting history of its own and culture-vultures will love the collection of tapestries, paintings and works of art throughout the palace.

Built as a gift for the First Duke of Marlborough by Queen Anne following his triumph in the Battle of Blenheim in 1704 the palace definitely shows the Queen’s appreciation of his efforts.

Available to hire for the big day prices start from £4,800 to hire the Orangery and you can hire the Marlborough Room for the ceremony at £960 as well as six different locations to host a reception

The couple tied the knot in a traditional affair at the Grand Ballroom of Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, in November.

The star-studded guestlist included the likes of Aisha Buhari, wife of the president, Gimbiya Yakubu Dogara, wife of the Speaker, Federal House of Representatives, and Aliko Dangote, deputy Governor.

Known for his floral arrangements and elaborate decorating of the Kardashian's homes, it was no surprise that Jeff Leatham was in charge of the flowers

Other famous faces at the event included Starboy Records artist Mr Eazi and Nigerian fashion blogger Temi Otedola, who were recently revealed to be dating

Jeff flew 30 staff members to the UK for the ceremony and he was not only working with copious amounts of roses but white orchids as well
He made bouquets for the bridal party, the tables and the fireplaces

Glamorous guests included models, fashion designers and famous bloggers, who all donned their best outfits for the occasion 

Guests included actress Rio Fredrika and fashion designer Becka Indigo

Dapper male models, entrepreneurs and politicians were also in attendance

Guests took to social media to share snaps from inside the event, including a surprise performance from Robin Thicke 

The bar was stocked to the brim with expensive wines, with rows and rows of glasses lined up for guests to help themselves to
The invitations were embossed with the couple's initials in the same style as the gold initials etched onto the marble floor

Guests took to social media to upload snaps of the wedding's beautifully ornate details
They included blush pink gift bags embossed with white flowers, as well as matching invites and menu cards

The Kardashian's most trusted florist was tasked with adorning the venue with beautiful roses and orchids

There was also an impressive firework display in the hotel's stunning grounds after the event

The stunning flowers not only adorned the main hall but also the entire outdoor entrance

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