The wedding took place in the beautiful setting of redwood forests in Big Sur, California, in the United States of America. The wedding is estimated to have cost somewhere in the region of $4.5million.
Whilst not a theme-wedding per se, it looks as if it has come straight out of a fairy tale world. Indeed this is what Parker and Lenas had in mind when planning their wedding. The enchanted forest setting was, says Parker, somewhat based upon ‘Lothlórien, the mythical home of Galadriel’, the royal Elf character from the Lord of the Rings series by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Parker and Lenas consulted conservation group ‘Save the Redwoods League‘ in choosing the perfect location for their nuptials. They chose an area which had already undergone development, the Ventana Hotel & Spa, in order to minimise disruption to the forest. The couple also donated ‘$1.5 million in charitable contributions serving the coastal region of the Monterey Peninsula.’
On having an outdoor wedding, Parker said: ‘We wanted our wedding to be spiritual, though not overtly religious. Everyone is familiar with man-made cathedrals, but there is another kind of cathedral, built by God. In many old growth forests, redwood trees naturally grow in a circular configuration around the nutrient-rich soil where a dead tree once stood. Standing inside these clusters of trees, engulfed on all sides by the forest canopy, it’s hard not to be moved by the majesty of this natural “cathedral,” an ancient setting of unparalleled beauty.‘
A beautiful and poignant reminder of a famous anecdote by Freddy Fritz, that a couple who choose to marry outdoors are still ‘getting married in a sanctuary [just that] the ceiling is just a little higher’. Fantasy inspired costumes were designed for the guests to wear by Academy Award winning designer Ngila Dickson, noted for her work on the Lord of the Rings film franchise. The bride and groom were also rumoured to have been dressed by Dickson, who has also received a Costume Designers Guild Award.
- 4 Things You Need To Know About Sean Parker’s Wedding (theknot.com)