Combine extreme wealth, two wedding ceremonies, socialites and a wedding planner to the stars, and what could possibly go wrong?
Well, if you’re newlywed couple Alex Carl and Peter Campbell, just about everything, apparently, which is why Carl’s parents, Joan and Bernard, are now locked in a fierce legal battle for millions of dollars against Hollywood wedding planner Mindy Weiss.
According to the Carls, the first wedding took place in 2015 at the family’s private South Hampton estate. The bride wore a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown and the grounds were studded with 3500 white roses. The 250 guests were treated to a five-course dinner, wiping their chins on monogrammed napkins between bites and sipping on a custom-created cocktail served in an ostrich eggshell. There was also a seven-tier wedding cake, a cigar bar, brownie station and hot chocolate service.
One week later, guests travelled to the family’s 16th-century chapel in Loire Valley for a candlelit ceremony. Hot-air balloon rides the next morning followed, as did features in Brides magazine.
All up, the weddings cost Bernard and Joan around US $3 million (AU $3.9 million), with Weiss reasoning that the family never mentioned “the word budget.” The Carls, however, say the budget for the wedding of the eldest of three children, was never meant to exceed US $1 million.