Nuptials

Sean Parker Got Married This Weekend and It Was Pure Class (For a Ren Faire)

“It was almost out of a fairy tale."
(Photo: Mobypicture.com, John Perry Barlow)

(Photo: Mobypicture.com, John Perry Barlow)

It’s a done deal, folks: This weekend Sean Parker tied the knot with Alexandra Lenas. Attendees included Sting, Cory Booker and the ubiquitous Allison Williams. And this morning, “insiders” are trying to convince the country’s gossip rags that this wedding was, like, totally tasteful.

You know, for an event that practically jumps up and down and screams, “RENAISSANCE FAIRE.”

Allow me to explain.

Electronic Freedom Frontier founder and Grateful Dead songwriter John Perry Barlow led the charge, tweeting yesterday: “Forget what you heard about Sean Parker’s wedding.” He called it “elegant, tasteful, and magical.” We’re going to interpret that as more Charles de Lint nod than George R.R. Martin homage, but it still gives off a distinct nerd vibe.

His fellow guests (speaking anonymously) echoed this enchantment to the Daily NewsOne guest said, “It was almost out of a fairy tale,” and another described it as “romantic, magical.” Also, “they made the forest come alive.”

Amazing how easy it is to make magic when you’ve got $9 million to hurl at lighting, sets, an entire Latin American nation’s worth of flowers and custom costumes designed by someone who worked on Lord of the Rings. 

What really tells the tale, though: DigitalSpy reports that Loreena McKennitt performed at the wedding. If you ever went through your own Ren Faire phase, you might remember her warbling recording of Tennyson’s poen “The Lady of Shalott,” because it is basically the unofficial anthem of the kind of attendees who wear costumes (as opposed to the kind who go to watch jousts and eat turkey legs).

Now, anyone who listens to Ms. McKennitt has–mark my words–had this kind of poster on her wall at some point in her life. And that, in turns, leads us to conclude that this wedding was designed to evoke the sword-and-sorceresses works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Look at that blissed-out embrace, plus those long sleeves and slightly medieval veil. Classic knight-and-his-lady posturing.

So congrats to the happy couple and let’s hope it works out better for them that it did for Arthur and Guinevere.

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