Inside Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer’s wedding to Nayel Nassar: Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist, dinner by Jean-Georges, live music by Coldplay – and no fewer than 3 exquisite Vera Wang dresses
The wedding saw several heart-warming events take place; two marriage ceremonies, starting with katb el kitab, the Islamic marriage ceremony, followed by a main outdoor ceremony on Saturday and a post-wedding brunch on Sunday.
Multiple ceremonies also means multiple designer outfits, of course, and Gates wore a total of three different designs for her wedding weekend. The most spectacular was her bespoke ivory A-line Vera Wang Haute wedding gown. It looked ethereal with its hand appliqué French macrame lace on the bodice and sleeves that flowed onto her champagne Italian tulle skirt.
The tulle skirt deserves a special mention as it added oodles of grace with its lining of white hybrid Dutch delphinium flowers. The pretty bride kept her look minimal and fresh as she wore her auburn hair half up and sported simple accessories in the form of a pair of studs to match her dress. She completed the look with Aquazzura heels.
Clearly, Jennifer found herself mesmerised by Wang’s various creations, as she chose to wear yet another outfit by the designer for the reception that followed.
Though still stunningly haute couture, the evening gown was a reduced (read: more comfortable) version of the wedding gown, complete with similar details. The dress flaunted a square neckline in nude tulle, and was also embellished with hand appliqué French macrame lace on the skirt and straps. The square neckline looked great with Jenn’s dazzling diamond necklace. Her third dress was yet another stunning white outfit by Vera Wang, but this time a sweet, sleeveless ivory number for their pre-wedding shoot the night before the festivities began.
The bride may have stolen the spotlight, but let’s not forget the groom’s classic look too.
Egyptian-native Nayel Nassar looked dapper in a classic Armani tux with a Lily of the Valley boutonnière pinned to his lapel that tweely matched with the bride’s bouquet.
The nuptials cost a reported US$2 million and took place on the couple’s sprawling US$16 million horse farm in North Salem, New York. It saw 300 guests in attendance (all vaccinated and Covid-19 negative, we’re told) and even featured a performance by Coldplay, if the UK’s Evening Standard is to be believed. Dinner was catered by none other than Michelin-starred chef Jean Georges.
- Mum Melinda Gates threw a bridal shower at her US$25 million mansion before the couple said their vows on their own US$16 million farm near New York
- The daughter of one of the world’s richest men married Egyptian Olympian Nayel Nassar in a US$2 million affair that she described as an ‘otherworldly fairy tale’