When last we left the story of Sean Parker and Alexandra Lenas’s elaborate wedding plans, the Napster founder and former Facebook president was insisting that, despite reports, it was not a theme wedding and there would be “nothing medieval about it.”
Rather, the outfits created by Lord of the Rings costume designer Ngila Dickson would be “based on modern suits and dresses with some elements of victorian flair and whimsy.”
But he didn’t say anything about the backdrop!
Today, TMZ says it has details and pics of the venue, which is in a forest in Big Sur, California. The gossip site reports that Mr. Parker is spending–brace yourself–$8.6 million on decorations and backdrop alone.
And maybe they’re not going medieval, but the whole thing sure looks Lord of the Rings meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with maybe a dash of Neil Gaiman.
To realize his vision … we’re told Sean hired a landscaping company to build fake ruins, waterfalls, bridges, ponds and a gated cottage in the resort’s surrounding forest — where he’ll say “I do” in a ceremony fit for a king … or Hobbit.
All the guests will enter through a $600,000 gate, dance on a $350,000 floor, and they better stop and smell the roses … because Parker’s dropping more than $1,000,000 on plants and flowers!
Once the wedding is complete the backdrop will vanish entirely like fog in the sun, leaving only a fairy ring. And by fairy ring, we mean torn-up grass and a bunch of roses mouldering in a California dumpster.