Vanity Fair has published photos from Sean Parker's "Lord of the Rings"-themed wedding, and it turns out the ridiculously lavish affair was even more over the top than we thought.
Yes, there were costumes for all 364 guests, custom-made by the costume designer who won an Academy Award for "Lord of the Rings." There were also faux bridges, a six-tier flower-adorned cake, a ruined stone castle, two broken Roman columns and a pen of bunnies "for anyone who needed a cuddle."
The Napster co-founder and former Facebook president wed singer-songwriter Alexandra Lenas on June 1 in a campground in Big Sur during an event that reportedly cost $10 million. (Parker has disputed that figure, although he admitted it cost $4.5 million alone just to build the extravagant set for the wedding; then there was the $2.5-million fine he had to pay for not having a permit to build in a redwood grove).
The Vanity Fair spread showed several wedding guests in their costumes, among them Twitter founder Jack Dorsey; "Girls" star Allison Williams; and actress Olivia Munn cradling an all-white bunny. Facebook co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, Sting, Sean Lennon and Gavin Newsom also attended. Mark Zuckerberg, who got married recently in a toned-down affair, was invited but sent his regrets.
Other details gleaned from the photos: Guests were treated to an elaborate feast that included pigs roasting on spits; a lounge area that featured ornate beds draped with what appear to be bearskin blankets; and dining chairs adorned with white furry seat covers.
According to Vanity Fair, Parker and his 24-year-old bride envisioned the wedding as a "performance art project." And, oh, there was performing all right: For the first dance, the groom serenaded the bride with "Part of Your World," from "The Little Mermaid." Can you hear us cringing?
Parker's nuptials caused quite the outrage this summer and was slammed by many as a prime example of Silicon Valley excess.
Without a permit, the couple trucked in plants and flowers, dug an artificial pond and erected a stone bridge and elevated dance floor amid the old-growth forest, raising the ire of conservationists and leading to the hefty fine.
A few weeks after the wedding, Parker wrote a nearly 10,000-word blog post on Tech Crunch in which he blasted the media and others for their criticism of the wedding.
"These reactions were so extreme, so maniacal, so deeply drenched in expletives, they seemed wasted on us; this was the sort of angry invective normally reserved for genocidal dictators," he wrote. "But nothing is sacred on the Internet, not even a wedding."