Facebook Billionaire Sean Parker Fined $2.5 Million For Extravagant Wedding
UPDATE! While Sean Parker's wedding budget may have been $9 million, let's hope he had some wiggle room! The Facebook-made billionaire was fined $2.5 million by the State of California over his extravagent, environmentally-dangerous decorations near the ecologically-sensitive redwoods and a protected stream.
The cottage, fake ruins, waterfalls, staircases, and dance floor for his elaborate but "tasteful" decorations, made by a designer from the Lord of the Rings films, proved pretty distasteful to the California Coastal Commission, with whom Sean failed to file proper permits. The Commission requires permits ensure that projects like Sean's wedding won't put the redwoods or endangered steelhead trout at risk.
It all worked out, though: in addition to his $2.5 million fine, Sean has promised to develop either a mobile app or a video on accessing coastal lands properly.
Sean Parker may be somewhat of a pop culture icon, prompting Justin Timberlake's famous portrayal in The Social Network, but he didn't let his status in the tech world unduly influence his wedding.
While there was much discussion of Sean's nuptials prior to the big day, including rumors of a Game of Thrones theme and $9 million worth of wedding decorations, guests were pleasantly surprised to see that, while still lavish, the celebration erred on the side of moderation.
Business Insider reports that wedding guest John Perry Barlow painted a very different picture of Sean's wedding to singer Alexandra Lenas. "Forget what you heard about Sean Parker's wedding," he tweeted. "It [was] elegant, tasteful, and magical."
Sean confirmed the event's relative normalcy on Twitter, writing, "Sorry to disappoint, but the wardrobe we’re giving wedding guests is essentially modern… Just because we don't trust our guests to dress themselves doesn't mean we want them to look like #GoT (Game of Thrones) characters… This is not a "theme" wedding, and there will be nothing medieval about it."
As for the $9 million sean was allegedly planning to spend on decorations alone, People has that figure set as the reported budget for the entire shindig, including the bride's Elie Saab gown, the wedding's lavish sets, including forests, waterfalls, and ruins, and the guest's attire, provided by Oscar-winning costumer Ngila Dickson.
It may not have cost a billion dollars, but it sure sounds pretty cool.