Robin Thicke and Earth, Wind and Fire are nothing to sneeze at but when billionaire heiress Petra Ecclestone married on Saturday, she had opera superstar Andrea Bocelli serenading the guests before the sunset ceremony, rock icon Eric Clapton playing the newlywed’s first dance and none other than The Black Eyed Peas as the dance band!
Now that’s a wedding!
Petra’s walk-down-the-aisle with James Stunt is estimated to have cost $6.5 million, and there wasn’t a cable network paying the tab. Of course that’s small potatoes for the 22-year-old who recently paid $85 million for Candy Spelling’s Los Angeles estate.
There were no signs of wedding day nerves for the daughter of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone as she arrived at her over-the-top nuptials in the back of a Rolls Royce looking calm and collected.
No expense was spared for the magical event at a castle in the Italian town of Bracciano — the same one where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes wed in 2006 — with guests sipping on $6,000 a bottle wine and Louis Roederer Cristal Champagne while watching acrobats and fireworks.
The bride’s custom-made Vera Wang dress reportedly cost in the region of $120,000.
Paris, Nicky and Kathy Hilton, David Arquette, and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Eugenie were among the 250 VIP guests.
Her sister, Tamara, was Petra’s maid of honor.
Petra and her new husband will be spending much of their time in Los Angeles, after her massive renovations on the Spelling mansion are complete.