No ex­pense spared in Nige­rian heir’s wed­ding

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SHE WAS the ec­static bride at the most lav­ish wed­ding of the year.

But Ira­nian- born model Nazanin Ghais­sar­i­far’s £5 mil­lion (R81.9m) nup­tials at Blen­heim Palace – com­plete with 1 mil­lion white roses – were a world away from her hum­ble life in a Cheshire coun­cil house.

Her new hus­band, en­tre­pre­neur and cine­matog­ra­pher Fo­larin Alak­ija is heir to a £1.66 bil­lion for­tune courtesy of his mother, Nige­rian oil ty­coon Folorun­sho Alak­ija, 66.

In con­trast, the new Mrs Alak­ija’s mother, Nooshin, 51, was de­clared bank­rupt in 2014 and now lives in a three-bed­room semi in Knutsford.

Her younger brother, Sam, 24, was caught speed­ing through Mac­cles­field af­ter tak­ing co­caine while nine times the le­gal limit for al­co­hol last year. He was given a six-week sus­pended jail sen­tence at Stock­port Mag­is­trates’ Court ear­lier this year.

Nazanin, 28, was born in Iran but has spent at least the past decade liv­ing in the UK, study­ing bio­engi­neer­ing and bio­med­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing at Manch­ester Univer­sity.

She went on to fea­ture in an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign for or­ganic denim brand Mon­kee Jeans and dated re­al­ity TV star Rob Kar­dashian.

It is thought the fam­ily flew hun­dreds of close friends and rel­a­tives from Nige­ria to the lav­ish cer­e­mony in Ox­ford­shire. It fol­lowed a tra­di­tional Nige­rian wed­ding in Lagos.

Celebrity US florist Jeff Leatham was charged with deck­ing out Sir Win­ston Churchill’s an­ces­tral home in Ox­ford­shire with an es­ti­mated £200 000 of or­chids and roses. – Daily Mail

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