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Someone took a bite of this billionaire’s fancy cake
Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner put his wedding cake on display, and someone took a bite out of it.
Austrian billionaire Richard Lugner is perhaps most famous for being the guy who paid Kim Kardashian $500,000 to be his date to the prestigious Vienna Opera Ball, then called her “boring,” but now he’s in the news again because some daring knave has assaulted his wedding cake.
According to The Local, the 81-year-old billionaire is engaged to be married on September 13. As part of the festivities, he arranged for a special, large-scale cake to be made by the Aïda bakery at his Lugner City shopping complex. To drum up interest in the upcoming wedding, the bakery, and the shopping center, the cake was left on display for passersby to admire.
Unfortunately for Lugner, leaving one’s wedding cake out in the open creates a tempting target for people to mess with, and Tuesday morning a random stranger “attacked” the cake. He reportedly grabbed the marzipan bride off the top tier and ate her right up. With the wedding two weeks away, there is presumably plenty of time for the damage to be repaired.
A suspect is allegedly in custody and could actually face charges for attacking the cake.
Lifestyle A Billionaire Couple's Divorce, in Impeccable Taste
On the social circuit this week, there was talk of the attractive way John and Patricia Kluge, who are said to be the country's wealthiest couple, are dissolving their marriage of nine years. It sounded like a divorce made in heaven, which was refreshing, since everyone had had enough of the other kind.
The world at large is still caught up in the matrimonial capers of Donald and Ivana Trump, to judge by recent headlines in tabloid newspapers and by television ratings. But, of course, the rich are different.
Unlike the masses who seek escape in the exotic lives of celebrities, the rich want nothing so much as to read about each other.
Yet, as everyone knows on the charity circuit, the rich have never considered the Trumps one of them, although they go to Trump parties and beg Trump money for their causes. This may explain why the rich as a group have grown more bored than others by the Trump marriage, which began to unravel in the gossip columns in February.
Estimated Worth of $5.2 Billion
''There have never been any surprises in the Trump story,'' Liz Smith, the Daily News columnist who first reported that story, said in an interview. ''The reason high society might be more interested in the Kluges is that they can't get the bottom line to this story. The question is why would they bother? The Kluges aren't going to wash their linen for us, so we're fascinated.''
The bottom line, financially speaking, is that the 75-year-old Mr. Kluge, chairman of the Metromedia Company, has an estimated worth of $5.2 billion. He ranks first on Forbes magazine's list of rich Americans. His third wife, who is 41, was recently quoted by The Associated Press as saying they had 'ɺ magnificent life.''
The Kluges (pronounced KLOOG-ee) have an apartment in Manhattan, an estate in the Virginia hunt country and a horse farm in Scotland. They are known in Washington and New York social circles for opulent parties. Mr. Kluge had the ballroom of the Waldorf done up like the interior of a Viennese belle epoque palace for Mrs. Kluge's 40th birthday.
Her birthday parties for him have been more intimate, friends say. Typically these involve only one or two other couples (once it was Frank and Barbara Sinatra) who take over L'Orangerie, a private dining room at Le Cirque that seats 100. The room was turned into an English garden for Mr. Kluge's 70th birthday, with dirt covering the carpet, flowering plants and trees. Hidden among the trees were nine violinists. The wine was a Chateau Lafite from 1914, the year of his birth. The birthday cake was in the shape of a $1 billion bill.
Besides giving lavish parties, the Kluges give away millions every year to a variety of causes. Mr. Kluge gave Columbia University, his alma mater, $25 million two years ago to create a program to help minority students. Even the rich are dazzled by such philanthropy, which is one reason the Kluge divorce interests them.
Another reason is the grace with which the Kluges are parting. Some people, like Beverly Sills, are struck by the contrast in Kluge and Trump styles.
''John and Pat have always kept a lower profile than Donald and Ivana,'' Miss Sills said. ''The Kluges would never let this go public. It is not their style.'' Michael M. Thomas, the novelist and social critic, observed: ''I have to admire the Kluges for the way they've handled this. They've done all the socially correct things. They announced their severence through Suzy, I believe, which is the protocol.''
Actually, news of the Kluge divorce first appeared a week ago in a brief item in The Washington Post's Personalities column. A press announcement from Mrs. Kluge's lawyers cited ''irreconcilable differences,'' said that the couple had ''resolved all matters amicably'' and that they ''wish each other well.''
Word reached New York over the weekend. On Sunday a socially prominent crowd gathered at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan for the memorial for Nancy, Lady Keith. They were talking about the Kluge divorce. ''Rome has fallen,'' Mario Buatta groaned. 'ɺgain.'' On Saturday, Arnold Scaasi, who designed Mrs. Kluge's wedding dress, gave a dinner at his country place on the South Shore of Long Island. The guests there, too, were talking about the Kluge divorce. 'ɾverybody felt how wonderful that the divorce is so compatible and that they're going to share neighboring estates,'' said Parker Ladd, a publishing executive.
The Kluges' primary residence has been Albemarle, a 300,000-acre spread near Charlottesville, Va. It has a 45-room neo-Georgian house designed by David Easton, as well as a private chapel, decorated with religious paintings, subjects from Virginia history, native fauna like black bears and white-tailed deer and Kluge family portraits. Friends say there are also his and hers crypts.
Albemarle has been the scene of weekend parties with guests like Malcolm Forbes and Katharine Graham and traditional English-style shoots. Mrs. Kluge, who is part English and part Iraqi, enjoys pheasant shooting, riding to the hounds and collecting 19th-century carriages. Friends say Mr. Kluge seems less fond of English sporting life, and this may have contributed to their ''irreconcilable differences.'' He is a city person and she is a country person, friends say.
According to the press release by Mrs. Kluge's lawyers, she will continue to live at Albemarle House with their 6-year-old son John W. Kluge 2d. Mr. Kluge will live at Morven, a part of the family estate, about three miles down the road. Interest on $1 Billion? The lawyers have declined to discuss the financial settlement, a subject that preoccupied the rich all last weekend. But by Monday, the New York gossip columnists were on the case with reports that the divorce was initiated by Mr. Kluge and that under the couple's prenuptial agreement, Mrs. Kluge is to annually receive the interest on $1 billion.
On Tuesday, Suzy's column in The New York Post carried more speculation on the agreement, said to be a sheaf of papers two and a half inches thick. By Wednesday, a number of socialites around town were doing some arithmetic. At a benefit at the Pierre, two single women were remarking over cocktails that at a conservative 8 percent, the annual income on $1 billion would come to $80 million.
You've probably never heard of billionaire Samvel Karapetyan, but after a glimpse at his son's wedding, you won't soon forget this family or this stunning bride. Sargis Karapetyan married 25-year-old beauty Salome Kintsurashvili in one of the most lavish weddings we've ever seen (and we've seen a lot of weddings). For starters, they enlisted Maroon 5 to serenade their guests for an estimated $500,000-$800,000. But when money's no object, that's just the beginning.
The more-than-million-dollar nuptials featured flower walls that put Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's to shame, towering centerpieces, and a ceiling-high cake covered in breathtaking florals that might have upstaged the bride herself — but not with wedding dresses like these. Salome selected three gowns, a glittering Elie Saab, a lacy Alessandra Rich creation, and a more traditional gown, each one fit for royalty. Speaking of which, she topped her look with a diamond Tiffany & Co. tiara (reportedly the same one worn by Carey Mulligan on the set of The Great Gatsby).
If that's not a wedding fit for a princess, I don't know what is. Read on to take in the stunning decor, the rock-star band, and the mesmerizing gowns.
Candlelight Wedding Joins 2 Billionaire Families
It was a power wedding. Laura S. Steinberg and Jonathan M. Tisch were married last night at the Central Synagogue in Manhattan in a candlelight ceremony joining two billionaire families that in one generation have carved a place in New York's world of high finance and society.
Mrs. Tisch is the 25-year-old daughter of Barbara Steinberg and Saul P. Steinberg, chairman and chief executive of Reliance Group Holdings Inc. Mr. Tisch, 34, is president of Loews Hotels. His parents are Joan and Preston Robert Tisch, who is president and co-chief executive officer of the Loews Corporation and former Postmaster General of the United States.
It was a Wall Street wedding, with names from the ''smart money crowd'' studding the guest list. Mr. Steinberg and Tisch family members are major stock market investors, notably the bridegroom's uncle, Laurence A. Tisch, who is chief executive of CBS. At the bridal couple's engagement party last year, a Tisch family member said, ''If they get married, it will have to be cleared by the S.E.C.''
It was a stylish wedding, white-on-white, with all the women's dresses designed by Arnold Scaasi. The bride's aunt, Lynda Steinberg Jurist, was matron of honor and the bridegroom's brother, the movie producer Steven Tisch, was best man. White on White
The bride wore an off-white taffeta dress, delicately embroidered in gold, with a seven-foot train. Her tulle veil was held in place by a diamond and pearl tiara that may have been something old, something new or something borrowed.
Dressed in off-white moire shot with gold were her 10 attendants. The men were in white tie and tails while children from both families were done-up as flower girls and ring bearers.
It was a wedding that blended tradition and contemporary mores. The bride's divorced parents were at her side during the ceremony, which was performed by Rabbi Stanley Davids, senior rabbi of the synagogue, under a chuppa fashioned of bronze palms from Mr. Steinberg's collection of antiquities.
Barbara Walters, Helen Gurley Brown and others hiked their bouffant skirts as they climbed out of limousines and ran to the synagogue steps, where a canopy shielded them from the rain. Most of the limousines could not reach the entrance because the wedding party's burgundy Rolls-Royce was blocking it. 'Queen of Nouvelle Society'
Spotlights illuminated the East 55th Street side of the synagogue, a landmark Moorish-style building. Guests said the effect inside was of sunlight on the stained glass windows. On the altar, banked with flowers and glowing candelabra, were antique pieces from the Steinberg home.
''We tried very much to respect the integrity of the synagogue by using period pieces,'' said the bride's stepmother, Gayfryd Steinberg. who was described recently in U.S. News & World Report as ''the queen of nouvelle society.''
The families declined a request by Life magazine to document what was being called the wedding of the 80's. Interest was keen, however, as news photographers scrambled in the rain to catch the bridal couple before they sped off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a gala dinner was held.
Passing through the receiving line in the museum's Great Hall were more than 500 guests, including Norman Mailer and Norris Church, Lord Weidenfeld, Beverly Sills, Carolyne Roehm and Henry Kravis, Donald and Ivana Trump, Georgette Mosbacher, Alex Papamarkou, Lewis Rudin, Laura and John Pomerantz, Vernon Jordan, Nancy and Frank Richardson, Hillary and David Mahoney. ɺ Young People's Party'
''It was a fairy tale wedding,'' Blaine Trump was saying to her husband, Robert.
''You can really describe this as very much a family party and a young people's party,'' Gayfryd Steinberg said, levelly, in an interview before the party.
Her presence had excited the gossip columnists. Caterers, florists and other worker were required to sign confidentiality agreements, which could have subjected them to lawsuits for leaking details.
In designer beige were the bridegroom's mother, the bride's mother and stepmother. The bride's mother, owner of an antiques shop, Barbara Steinberg Unlimited, was escorted by Justin Hornik, whom she introduced as 'ɺ man I've been seeing for some time.''
As for her daughter and son-in-law, she said they began dating about three years ago. ''It just clicked. I hope they will always be as happy as they are today.''
The bride, a graduate of the Dalton School and the University of Pennsylvania, has an M.B.A. degree from New York University. Until recently she worked as a story analyst for Warner Bros., Inc. in New York.
The bridegroom, who graduated from the Gunnery and Tufts University, is a trustee of both institutions.
After the reception, guests drifted past the Greek and Roman antiques to the museum restaurant, decorated in French Directoire, with swags, rosettes and tassels. On the tables were centerpieces of gilded magnolia leaves and spring branches.
Between courses of poached salmon with champagne aspic, trio of veal, lamb and chicken, orzo with porcini, and spring vegetables, guests danced to Hank Lane's orchestra.
The wines, from the Steinberg cellar, were Corton Charlemagne, Chateau Latour and Roederer Cristal Champagne.
A spun sugar sprig of sweet peas decorated each dessert plate. Dessert was wedding cake.
Melanie and Angie, bakers, best friends, and owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, whip up delectable desserts and hunt down crafty killers in this New York Times bestselling culinary cozy series.
ORDER OF SERIES:
SPRINKLE WITH MURDER
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are finally living out their dream as the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery. Their first big order comes courtesy of their partner and best friend, Tate Harper, who's getting married. Tate and his fashion designer fiancé want 500 cupcakes for the wedding. The only problem is Mel and Angie can't stand the demands of this bridezilla who insists on original recipes for the cupcakes and complete ownership of their creations.
When Mel stumbles upon the bride-to-be dead-by-cupcake, she immediately becomes the prime suspect. The police believe that a secret ingredient in the cupcakes may have caused her death. To save Mel and their business, the ladies need to find the real murderer, before the cupcake killer ices someone else&hellip
BUTTERCREAM BUMP OFF
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura's Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery is gearing up for Valentine's Day with a couples cooking class.
Meanwhile Mel's mother has her first date in forever. Unfortunately someone ices Baxter Malloy on their first date.
Now Mom's a suspect, and Mel and Angie need to find time around frosting to dig into the man's shady past and discover who served him his just desserts.
DEATH BY THE DOZEN
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are determined to win the Challenge to the Chef at this year's Scottsdale Food Festival. Taking home first prize will be great publicity for their Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery&mdashand beating rival Olivia Puckett will be the icing on the cake.
Mel's mentor from culinary school, Vic Mazzotta&mdashnow a Food Channel celebrity chef&mdash is one of the judges, but Mel and Angie will have to win fair and square by whipping up delicious cupcakes with a mystery ingredient.
But the real mystery is who put Vic Mazzotta on ice, literally&mdashwhen his dead body is found inside a freezer truck. Mel and Angie will need to use their best judgment to find the cold-blooded killer who iced Vic, or they may lose more than the contest&mdashthey may lose their lives&hellip
RED VELVET REVENGE
Someone Wants to Bake a Killing
It may be summertime, but sales at Fairy Tale Cupcakes are below zero&mdashand owners Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are willing to try anything to heat things up. So when local legend Slim Hazard offers them the chance to sell cupcakes at the annual Juniper Pass rodeo, they're determined to rope in a pretty payday!
But not everyone at the Juniper Pass is as sweet for Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Slim &mdash including star bull-rider Ty Stokes. Mel and Angie try to steer clear of the cowboy's short fuse, but when his dead body is found face down in the hay, it's a whole different rodeo.
With a vengeful murderer on the loose, the ladies are quickly realizing that while they came to save their business, they may have to save themselves&mdashand that's no bull.
GOING, GOING, GANACHE
After a cupcake flinging fiasco at a photo shoot for a
local magazine,Mel and Angie agree to make amends by
host a week long corporate boot camp at Fairy Tale
Cupcakes. SWS, Southwest Style is a local life
style magazine that chronicles the lives of Scottsdale's
rich and famous under the hawk eye of its editor and
chief Brigit MacLeod. The magazine has recently been
bought by billionaire Ian Hannigan, however, and he has
assigned Brigit, along with the rest of the staff, to a team
building week of making cupcakes for charity.
It is clear to Mel and Angie that the magazine staff would
rather be doing just about anything besides cupcake boot
camp. But when the creative director is found murdered
outside the bakery, Mel and Angie have a new team building
exercise -- to find the murderer before theirbusiness goes
SUGAR AND ICED
Sugar and spice and murderous vice.
That's what pageants are made of&hellip
Normally Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura wouldn't be caught dead at a beauty pageant, but when Mel's mom asks them to provide cupcakes for the 75th annual Sweet Tiara contest as a favor for her best friend, they can't say no. Plus, between cooking up a daily display for the three-day event and sponsoring a cupcake creation challenge for the participants, Fairy Tale Cupcakes will get great publicity.
But the world of pageants is even hotter than Mel's kitchen. A high-strung judge and a pushy stage mom target Lupe, a young friend of Mel and Angie's, as the competition to take out&mdashby any means necessary. When the same judge shows up dead underneath Mel and Angie's cupcake display, Lupe is crowned the lead suspect. Now Mel and Angie will have to find the real killer quickly or Lupe may be strutting the catwalk in prison pinstripes&hellip
DARK CHOCOLATE DEMISE
The New York Times bestselling Cupcake Bakery Mysteries bake up sweet surprises, but as the series continues, Mel and Angie are in for a fresh batch of trouble
Scottsdale, Arizona, may not be the liveliest place on earth, but it's never been as dead as this. Hundreds of fans have gathered together for the first annual Old Town Zombie Walk, and Mel, Angie, and the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew are donning their best undead attire to sell some horror-themed desserts to the hungry hordes.
In the eighth in the New York Times bestselling series by the author of Dark Chocolate Demise, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew goes double or nothing in Vegas.
Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura are taking a gamble by opening their first franchise of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes Bakery, so where better to hit the jackpot than in Vegas? Business manager Tate Harper has lined up a meeting with Holly Hartzmark, a former showgirl who's looking to bring Mel and Angie's sweet treats to Sin City, but Mel isn't so sure she's ready to hand her recipes over to a complete stranger&mdashespecially one as brash as Holly.
But after the potential bakery location gets blown up, Mel begins seeing another side to Holly&mdashone that reminds her very much of herself. Determined to help a kindred spirit, Mel sets out to discover who is trying to keep the bakery from cashing in. But with a murderous mischief maker on the loose, the odds are stacking up against a happy ending for Mel and her friends.
When a breakup via cupcake threatens to crumble their friend's life for good, Mel and Angie race to solve the murder as this New York Times bestselling series continues.
Love is in the air at Fairy Tale Cupcakes as Angie prepares for her wedding, but co-owner, Mel, is preparing for a breakup. Her old friend, Diane Earnest, is dumping her fiancé after discovering he's only marrying her for her money. She wants Mel to personally deliver a batch of caramel breakup cupcakes to the louse and give her a play-by-play of his reaction.
When Mel finally tracks the man down, the look on his face isn't the reaction she was expecting: he's dead. After the police arrive and see the incriminating cupcakes, Diane becomes their prime suspect. If she hopes to taste freedom again, Mel and Angie must make sure the real killer gets their just desserts.
WEDDING CAKE CRUMBLE
For the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew, wedding bells turn to death knells in this latest mystery in the New York Times bestselling series.
With Angie and Tate's wedding just around the corner, it's a happy time for Melanie Cooper and the bakery crew. Not only are they finessing the last minute details of the big day, but their bakery, Fairy Tale Cupcakes, has just been hired to bake cupcakes for the blockbuster book signing of a controversial author who wrote a steamy bestseller filled with juicy local gossip.
But one by one, the people Angie has hired to work at the wedding begin turning up dead. As the body count rises, the bestselling author is the next to bite the dust. Mel quickly realizes she needs to figure out how the murders are connected and why--before the killer brings the entire cupcake crew crumbling down. After all, Angie and Tate deserve their sweet happily ever after.
DYING FOR DEVIL'S FOOD
As the New York Times bestselling series continues, it's going to take every recipe the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew has to whip up a quick defense for Mel Cooper when her high school reunion goes from a cake walk to a car wreck.
Melanie Cooper has zero interest in catering her fifteen-year high school reunion, but Angie insists it's only right that they bask in the success of Fairy Tale Cupcakes--and Mel's engagement to the delicious Joe DeLaura is the cherry on top
Everything is going better than expected until Cassidy Havers, resident mean girl and Mel's high school nemesis, picks a fight. No longer willing to put up with Cassidy's bullying, Mel is ready to tell the former homecoming queen to shut her piehole and call it a night. But as Mel and Joe prepare to depart, Cassidy is found dead in the girl's bathroom, next to a note written in lipstick that points right to Mel--making her the prime suspect.
Now, Mel must follow the clues to find the real killer and keep her reputation from being frosted for a crime she didn't commit.
PUMPKIN SPICE PERIL
In the twelfth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay, the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew follows the clever crumb trail of a killer who's anything but cookie-cutter.
Life is all sugar and spice for the Fairy Tale Cupcake bakers&mdashMelanie Cooper is engaged to the delectable Joe DeLaura, Angie Harper and her husband Tate are savoring married life, and the bakery is bustling with happy customers. Until one of their most valued cupcake connoisseurs ends up dead.
Local glass artist and cupcake lover Rene Fischer-Klein has always suffered from a wide variety of health issues. In an effort to cheer her up, her doting husband, Peter, brings her a four-pack of her favorite cupcakes every week. But when the police discover that Rene has been poisoned, there's no sugarcoating the fact that the last things she ate were the bakery's signature pumpkin spice cupcakes! With their lives and bakery at stake, it's up to Mel and Angie to find out who poisoned their artist friend and why, before their future is frosted for good.
FOR BATTER OR WORSE
The Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must discover the truth behind a death sprinkled with suspicion before Mel and Joe can say "I do", in the thirteenth Cupcake Bakery Mystery from New York Times bestselling author Jenn McKinlay.
Life is sweet and business is booming at the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery--and the fact that Mel and Joe are getting married is the icing on the cake. Their reception will be held at the swanky resort where Oz works as the pastry chef. The wedding planning is all fun-fetti and games until Mel and Joe meet the head chef at the resort who has been making Oz's life miserable. When the eccentric chef insults Mel's bakery, Oz gets into a blowout argument with the culinary prima donna.
Things turn extra sour when the chef is murdered, and Oz is the police's main suspect. As the countdown to the wedding day begins, Mel, Joe, and the rest of the Fairy Tale Cupcake crew must sift through clues to catch the real killer and clear Oz's name before their wedding plans are totally battered and baked.
Queen was 'charming' and 'complimentary' recalls royal wedding cake maker
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were highly involved in their 2011 royal wedding plans, according to the baker who made their cake.
Fiona Cairns made the eight-tiered, metre-tall wedding cake for Prince William and Kate, his wife-to-be, and revealed she had a memorable encounter with the Queen while nervously setting up at Buckingham Palace.
As the couple mark their 10th wedding anniversary, Cairns told Yahoo UK how she came to be the royal wedding baker.
She said: "It was a bit of a process, we received the call to ask us to make the wedding cake for William and Kate in February 2011, so it was not long before the wedding – about two months.
"We had been to Clarence House to meet Kate and her PA and discuss the possibility of making the wedding cake, and we received the call a few days later. I remember saying at that meeting, 'if you do decide to ask us, would you mind asking us sooner rather than later because there isn't much time?'"
Her first meeting with Kate was so close to the wedding, Cairns did not think she was going to be asked to make the cake.
She added: "We all thought that by February, there was no doubt the cake would be sorted out. It's quite a key part of the wedding and we all assumed it would have been organised earlier in the year.
"We were thrilled to be asked, but it was very, very daunting and stressful. It's lovely to look back now but at the time, it was mixed emotions."
Cairns said she remembered every moment of the meeting with Kate, and explained: "There were three of us – myself, my husband and someone we work closely with, Rachel Eardley. We kept pinching ourselves, we really did, we couldn't quite believe we were there.
"I remember every moment of that meeting, we were made to feel relaxed - I can't say we were but we were made to feel it.
"[Kate] wasn't nervous, it was pre-wedding, it was a different time, we all didn't know very much about her. I remember every detail of what she said, what she wore and she was as charming as we all know."
But the relaxed bride-to-be didn't give too much away to her cake makers, as Cairns said: "We were [given] pointers as to how the wedding should all work together so that the flowers, the cake, the dress and the abbey would come together. We knew a bit about how the wedding might be because of the brief that they gave us, it was quite specific.
"It was perfect, it was a dream project for us, because they asked for fruit cake specifically, which is the traditional royal wedding cake choice, which Queen Victoria started and we make delicious fruit cake so that's a tick.
"We have quite a traditional style but with a contemporary feel, our cakes are lovely, delicious to eat but they have a certain style which is quite British and very floral. The brief was for a relaxed, romantic feel.
"We could not guess exactly but we could get an idea of what the wedding would be (like). It was very much the couple who planned it. It was beautiful."
Watch: William and Kate's wedding anniversary: 10 years in 10 photos
Cairns had to keep the project a secret in the months leading up to the day, and despite the size of it, it wasn't until the day before the wedding that they had any idea how the cake would look when it was all completed.
She said: "We worked in Buckingham Palace for two and a half days and I have many many memories of that time, and the whole process. It's very sharp actually, I hope that stays.
"It was quite dreamlike, we kept pinching ourselves. the Queen coming to visit, I thought, 'I can't take this in'.
"My husband and I actually went to the wedding on the day so that was very moving. I was concentrating but my mind did sometimes go back to 'this afternoon, the cake is going to be cut by William and Kate. we are a part of this'. It was almost surreal.
"My favourite moment is when I received a phone call from the Queen's pastry chef Kathryn Cuthbertson in Buckingham Palace. She rang me on the afternoon of the wedding day to say the couple had seen the wedding cake and it was beyond their expectations.
"It was only then that we could relax, it didn't matter what we thought or what anyone else thought, it mattered what they thought because it was their cake.
"We already had been celebrating, but that made us very happy."
She added: "We worked so closely together as a team and it was quite a stressful time because nothing could go wrong – it wasn't just the baking of the cake, it was the logistics, it was getting it there.
"We never saw it built until the day before in the picture gallery. We had made prototypes and we had built parts of it, but not the whole cake constructed.
"It was fine, nothing went wrong, because we had a good few people in charge of the logistics as well as the baking."
Recalling her interaction with the Queen, she said: "She was very charming. She knew we had to take a door off downstairs from the room we had been working in to move the cake on its trolley out of its room up to the picture gallery where the reception was to be.
"She knew William was going to cut the cake with his sword – she was commenting on the cake asking details about it, how we had made it, how many flowers there were.
"She was very complimentary. We weren't expecting to meet her – we said 'maybe we will' but we didn't expect it."
Asked how William and Kate might have heard about her cakes, Cairns said: "The couple were familiar with our cakes already, we had been making cakes for the Middleton family for many years, for [their business] Party Pieces and my husband knows James [Kate's brother] in particular, and so we knew the family and the business.
"We had been selling to Fortnum and Masons for many years and maybe they were familiar with our cakes that way, as it's close to Clarence House and they are the royal grocer.
"For whatever reason they selected us."
Cairns and her team have gone on to make another royal wedding cake, as they were asked to make the cake for Lady Gabriella Windsor and her husband Tom Kingston in May 2019.
On that occasion, they made an eight tier cake, featuring fruit cake, Limoncello cake and a classic Victoria sponge.
Cairns said while they had been successful before the 2011 Cambridge wedding, they were propelled to a new level when they became the royal wedding cake makers.
She said: "We were quite well known because we sell within Waitrose and Fortnums, Selfridges, and Harrods, but we became internationally known and there was huge media interest worldwide.
"We were not prepared for that at all – it was like an avalanche the day the news was released, on the 27th of March, it was released because it was about to get leaked actually.
Ten years on, she adds: "We just carry on doing what we do – but it has changed things for the better!"
Here are 9 of the most adorable wedding cake toppers on Instagram
Choosing your wedding cake is one of the best parts of the wedding planning process.
And after you&rsquove decided, the fun doesn&rsquot have to end there &ndash you still have to pick a cake topper!
Ok, so you don&rsquot have to get one but they&rsquore so cute and fun and can add a lovely, personal touch to your day if you want it to.
Here are a few of the cutest wedding cake toppers around:
1. The perfect way to &lsquoSave the Date&rsquo forever
2. Why have normal heads when you can have bobble heads?
3. No one can resist sloths that are this cute!
4. For the romantic, dog-loving duo
5. For the couple who bonded over Star Wars
6. The one that shows off who you are
7. For the couple who knows what real love looks like!
8. Lovebirds on their perch
9. For the couple who loved Disney&rsquos &lsquoUp&rsquo
We've Got All the Details on Tana Mongeau and Jake Paul's Wedding and They're WILD
Ever since YouTuber Jake Paul popped the question to Tana Mongeau at her 21st birthday party last month, people have been skeptical about whether the engagement is actually real. But, the wedding has come and gone and it seemed fairly legit. It might be a while until we actually know if the two legally tied the knot, but until then, we can still enjoy all of the details from the couple's wild nuptials.
Where was it held?
The wedding was held in Tana's hometown, Las Vegas! The ceremony took place at the Graffiti Mansion, which if you didn't know, is a building in Vegas that was created in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in 2017. Its mission is to "promote art and positive outlets for all ages," but it's also notable because it is literally a giant mansion completely branded with the Supreme logo.
For the wedding, however, the mansion went through a complete makeover and was outfitted in #JanaForever art, including the couple's wedding date and both of their Instagram handles.
The wedding was officiated by the mansion's founder and Jake's friend, Izadi, who wore a priest's costume to the event.
After the ceremony, guests headed to the Sugar Factory Las Vegas where they walked the red carpet. They then indulged in some sweet drinks, as the couple cut the wedding cake, though Jake quickly attacked the tiered-treat with a sword.
Will I be able to see it?
Tana and Jake were very active on social media throughout the night, posting about the event on their Instagram for their millions of followers. The event was also streaming live online, though fans had to shell out $5o for access. On top of that, the whole night was filmed for an upcoming episode of Tana's realty show MTV No Filter: Tana Turns 21, which has apparently been extended to include an episode on the wedding. We can also expect the newlyweds to post some content on their respective YouTube channels.
Who attended it?
A press release about the wedding guaranteed a "star-studded" guest list, but it's unclear exactly who showed up to the event. Of course, Jake's even more controversial brother, Logan Paul was in attendance, as well as many YouTubers and members of Jake's media company Team 10. But many notable people seemed to be missing, including YouTuber Shane Dawson and Tana's ex, Bella Thorne.
One notable attendee was the incredible Oprah Winfrey! JK, the couple hired an impersonator to attend the event, though she reportedly told Buzzfeed that she "didn't know why" she was there.
What did the bride and groom wear?
Tana wore not one, not two, but THREE dresses during her big night, starting with a hip hugging lace dress for her arrival, changing into a pink ombre ball gown to read her vows, and ending the night in a silver mini dress with matching thigh-high boots.
Meanwhile, Jake stuck with just one look for the entire evening, a white Dior suit, accessorizing with a leather bag and black umbrella.
Was it real?
People have been questioning the legitimacy of Tana and Jake's relationship from the start, and now that they have officially had a wedding, you would think people would accept that Jana is, in fact, a genuine relationship, but considering the odd nature of the event, the speculation has only gotten stronger.
It's unclear if the couple actually got legally married, or if they whole thing was just for fun. Yes, Jake's friend Izadi cold have totally gotten ordained, but we haven't seen any proof that that's the case.
To make matters worse, one Buzzfeed reporter approached Jake's brother, Logan, at the wedding and asked him if he thought the marriage would last, to which he quickly responded, "No," giving the couple a "month, month and a half" before they break up.
Many are also skeptical considering the couple departed from the event separately, with Jake reportedly heading to the casinos, while Tana got in an Uber at the end of the night.
Leaving your wedding with your new bride seems like an obvious thing to do, so the fact that they departed separately is definitely suspicious. Between that, the weird nature of the wedding, and Logan's lack of support, it's hard to believe Jana actually tied the knot at all.
When was it held?
At VidCon earlier this month, Tana was in the middle of a Q&A when Jake surprised her onstage, and the YouTuber came prepared with a poem. We will get to the poem in just one second, but the most important piece of information to take away from it is that the couple would get married on July 28th!
This means, their engagement will have lasted about one month, and their entire relationship will be about three months old when they tie the knot. The whole thing seems super quick, but I guess if you're ready, you're ready?
Anyway, the wedding date was announced amidst a very interesting poem recited onstage by Jake, and the lines are filled with funny callbacks to all the drama the couple has faced in the past month since their engagement was announced. Let's take a dive in, shall we?
The day I met Tana she ate my banana.
Two years later we turned into Jana.
While Tana and Jake got together two years ago, they didn't start actually dating until this April.
No more broads in Atlanta no more girls caught on camera.
Tana and Jake's relationship began when Tana posted a Instagram story from Jake's bed and his fans noticed right away. The two decided to go with the rumors that they were together and their love bloomed from there.
Loyal to you and all the spray tan-as.
Welcome to the Paul family, we welcome you with love.
Jake posted the first time Tana met his mom, Pam, on YouTube. Pam seemed to hit it off with Tana right away, and the two have apparently have continued to get close, and even hung out over the weekend.
i&rsquom blacking out with jakes mom.&mdash tana mongeau (@tanamongeau) July 14, 2019
From the moment I met you we fit like a glove.
She's the ying to my yang and is always down to bang.
Dear Daily Mail, stop hating on the ring.
Of course this is referencing the fact that the Daily Mail, and may other publications have pointed out the fact that the ring Jake used to propose with is not a real diamond, but instead made out of cubic zirconia. This has been used as evidence to prove that the engagement isn't real.
From Calabasas to Vegas to getting blacked out.
It's about all of our moments and not just the clout.
Again, Jake is poking fun that many people think this whole thing is simply to get more social media engagement and views on their YouTube videos.
Logan and Bella can hate, the world can question our fate.
When Tana's ex, Bella Thorne, found out about the engagement, she posted photos on Instagram of her crying. She has also insisted that the couple sign a prenup.
But on July 28th, you can all save the date.
The wedding will be held on a Sunday, which is definitely kind of odd, and it's unclear how public the event will be, but knowing this couple, we will get to see every last dirty detail.
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Internet Mogul Sean Parker Trashes Big Sur Redwood Forest to Create a Fantasy Wedding
It’s not unusual for the weddings of the rich and famous to veer into ridiculous excess, but internet billionaire Sean Parker’s recent nuptials really take the over-the-top wedding cake. Parker’s wedding took place in a redwood grove on a Big Sur campground. Apparently the natural grandeur wasn’t good enough for Parker and his guests, because the groom spent a reported $10 million on the festivities, which involved trashing the forest to build a pond and fake castle ruins.
Sean Parker, former president of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, cut a deal with the nearby Inn that manages the campground property to shut down the campground for months while Parker manufactured his fantasy wedding — without any permits — smack dab in the middle of a sensitive redwood forest. The construction included a stone bridge, rock walls, a pond, multiple staircases, a dance floor and fake castle ruins. And lest you assume, being an apparent Big Sur lover, that Parker took precautions to protect the area during the build, structures were built without regard for protecting the forest, with stairs built right up against redwoods and structures on the edge of the creek running through the grounds.
In the report from the California Coastal Commission, experts predict that the damage to the area will be long lasting. Redwood propagation will likely be impacted as a result of the digging and nearby building, and the activity has probably caused sedimentation of the creek, which may reduce the aquatic plants. The activity will also likely impact the steelhead trout that run through the creek.
The CCC was made aware of the issue prior to the wedding, but decided not to take action because the damage was already done. Parker has agreed to pay a 2.5 million dollar fine and to work with experts to get the area back in shape, which includes restoring a nearby trailhead that the Inn had commandeered for guest parking long before Parker showed up on the scene. How long it takes, and how well the area truly can be restored, remains to be seen.
Russian Oil Tycoon Spends A Billion Dollars On Son's Wedding, Gets Sting, JLO And Enrique To Perform Together
A marriage in a billionaire’s home is no ordinary affair. Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Gutseriev saw to it that his son’s wedding made headlines. Gutseriev is said to have spent $1 billion on his son’s wedding which included a nine-tier wedding cake, most expensive pop-star performances and stellar fireworks.
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Gutseriev’s daughter in law is a 20-year-old dental student. The bride is reportedly said to have adorned a $1 million Ellie Saab dress, especially imported from Paris.
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Pop stars like Jennifer Lopez, Enrique and singer Sting were reportedly paid a bomb to perform at the wedding. JLo performed some of her hits, and so did Enrique and Sting.
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The royal reception was held at Moscow’s most lavish restaurant which would have put even the royal wedding to shame.
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The venue was decked with fairy lights and was decorated with some extravagantly beautiful flowers.
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The guests at the wedding arrived in a fleet of luxury cars like Rolls Royce and Bentley.
A little on Mikhail Gutseriev
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Mikhail Gutseriev is a Kazakh born billionaire. He owns oil corporations like Russneft and Neftisa. He also owns Moscow's famous hotel National, which he purchased from Russia's richest woman Elena Baturtina. Last year, he spent $1.5 billion on buying real estate companies, warehouses, oil fields, banks and factories.