Saturday, September 2

Billionaire Property Mogul's Daughter Ties The Knot In Breathtaking $25m Italian Wedding

The daughter of New York's 'King of Retail' Jeff Sutton, married in a sunset ceremony overlooking the Adriatic Sea today watched by of over 400 friends and family.

Renee Sutton and her fiancée Eliot Cohen wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony following a four-day build up to the big event.

Her billionaire father Jeff – the 522nd richest man in the world – is said to have spent $25 million on
the wedding extravaganza making it one of the most expensive ever staged.

The property mogul had arrived for the ceremony with his daughter in a horse drawn carriage.

Friends and family – who had been flown to the Italian resort of Monopoli on the Puglia coast by chartered plane from New York – took their seats on a wooden platform built on a rocky outcrop.

A choir sang modern love songs as they waited for the service to begin.

The couple were wed in a traditional Jewish ceremony standing beneath a chuppah – a wedding canopy that symbolizes a new home being created by the union.

The newly weds were cheered as they walked between rows of guests past Saint Stefano Abbey and made their way to the reception being held on a nearby beach

Workmen had spent the last week transforming the small curved sandy beach into a party area complete with a dance floor.

More than 100 locals gathered to watch the ceremony, which began after 6pm local time (noon in New York) .

Many had been drawn by rumors in the Italian press that Madonna or Lady Gaga were to perform for the couple at their wedding party.

The rumors turned out to be false as did speculation that Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton would be attending the nuptials.

A Boeing 757 made two trips and a Boeing 747 chartered from United Airlines brought the bride and groom along with close family members.

Each of the 13,000 round trips from New York to Bari cost $700,000.

As the 522nd richest man in the world with a fortune of $3.6 billion no expense was spared for the lavish wedding.

More than eight tons of flowers had been flown in from Holland and the 400 guests stayed at a luxury five star resort where rooms start at over $500 a night.

Sutton had also hired beach clubs to keep guests entertained with unlimited food and drink.

More than 50 mini buses were hired for the entire week to ferry guests around.

Teams of security men were also flown over from New York as were the musicians providing the evening's entertainment.

Guests stayed at the exclusive Borgano Egnazia resort in the town of Fasano.

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