Edward Enninful and Alec Maxwell show off their wedding bands
Newlyweds Edward Enninful and Alec Maxwell show off matching platinum wedding bands in their first photo as husbands – as guests continue to share snaps of the lavish ‘£600,000’ wedding at Longleat
- British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful and partner Alec Maxwell married at Longleat on Tuesday
- The couple were joined by friends including Naomi Campbell, Diane von Furstenberg and Victoria Beckham
- They were given use of Longleat House, in Wiltshire, by close friend Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath
- Experts estimate the wedding could have cost in the region of £600,00, up to £1.5million
- First photo shows the newlyweds showing off their matching platinum wedding bands on trip with friends
British Vogue’s Edward Enninful looks the picture of newly-wedded bliss in the first photo of him and new husband Alec Maxwell since their lavish English countryside wedding.
The couple tied the knot on Enninful’s 50th birthday on Tuesday at Longleat House, in Wiltshire, in front of starry pals including Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and the Marchioness of Bath, who lives at the 16th-century stately home.
One expert estimates the day could have cost in the region of £600,000, even without the fee to hire the exclusive venue, which is understood to have been offered to the grooms as a wedding present by the Marchioness.
Close friend Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, the owner of a luxury fashion advertising agency, shared a snap of the grooms with their arms around each other on Wednesday, as guests joined the couple for a tour of the 9,000-acre estate and famous safari park.
Burberry-clad Edward and Alec, who have been together for almost two decades, smiled as they showed off matching platinum bands in the candid snap.
The celebrations continued with a lunch at The Bath Arms, a nearby 17-bedroom pub, which was entirely booked out to allow some 80 guests met for lunch.
It comes as guests shared details of the big day, including the personalised menus featuring the couple’s beloved bulldog Ru and the miniature bottles of Champagne they were given to enjoy the morning after.
Meet my new husband! British Vogue’s Edward Enninful looks the picture of newly-wedded bliss in the first photo of him and new husband Alec Maxwell since their lavish English countryside wedding
Newlyweds: Close friend Ronnie Cooke Newhouse, the owner of a luxury fashion advertising agency, shared a snap of the grooms with their arms around each other on Wednesday, as guests joined the couple for a tour of the 9,000-acre estate
Black tie brilliance: YouTube fashion and beauty chief Derek Blasberg offered a behind-the-scenes look at getting ready with Diane von Furstenberg (pictured)
All dressed up! Karen Elson, left, and Tabitha Simmons, right, shared their outfits from yesterday’s wedding
Little touches: Guests shared photos of the menu, printed with a cartoon of Edward and Alec’s dog Ru (left) and the mini bottles of Champagne they were given to enjoy the morning after
Taking in the sights: Guests drove through the Longleat Safari Park on Wednesday as the celebrations continued
Party continues: Model RJ King (left with Alec Maxwell) was among the group of around 80 people, including the newlyweds, made their way to The Bath Arms on the Longleat estate for lunch on Wednesday (right)
Others, including Derek Blasberg, Karen Elson and Diane von Furstenberg, shared photos of the chic ensembles they sported to the black tie soirree.
The event kicked off on Tuesday evening with a handful of the couple’s nearest and dearest invited to see them exchange vows in the Orangery. Ordinary couples must pay a minimum of £13,800 for venue hire of the Orangery for their ceremony and a marquee for the reception.
Guests were ferried in a fleet of black BMWs to the Longleat Estate. Some on the invite list were flown in by helicopter, including Victoria Beckham.
It was a short trip for friends like Poppy Delevingne, Marc Jacobs and Italian model Bianca Brandolini, who checked into nearby Babington House, part of the Soho House group, ahead of the event.
Still on cloud nine: Guests including Ben Skervin (left) and Diane von Furstenberg (right) shared photos from this morning
The Orangery is one of the wedding venues available to hire at Longleat House, starting from £275 per head
Intimate venue: It is understood Edward and Alec married in The Orangery underneath a stunning floral arch
House party! Longleat House was lit up by Emma Thynn, Marchioness of Bath, for her friend Edward Enninful’s party
Golden girl: Naomi Campbell was among the 300 guests who gathered for Edward Enninful and Alec Maxwell’s wedding
A-list friends: Karlie Kloss looked glamorous in black dress is by Bach Mai as she arrived at Longleat with Joshua Kushner
Designer dresses: Diane von Furstenberg (left, getting ready for the bash). Right, Enninful with husband Alec Maxwell in 2019
Glamorous guests: Anders Christian Madsen, a fashion critic at British Vogue, shared a picture with editor Christine Centenera and Victoria Beckham – who sported a white dress
Party time! Kate Moss appeared to be among the guests who partied into the night at Longleat House, in Wiltshire
Rooms at Babington House cost upwards of £400-a-night, with the most expensive accommodation, The Cabin, setting you back £1,180, although it is only open to members.
Fortunately there was no shortage of Soho House card holders at the wedding, with Diane von Furstenberg and influencer Derek Blasberg also bagging rooms.
One local taxi-driver said: ‘It was a hell of a bash apparently, I think they got through rather a lot of champagne. It’s unusual for it to be this busy in February – the place has been full of black BMWs and Mercedes people carriers ferrying guests around.’
The Orangery, which was built by Jeffry Wyatville for the 2nd Marquess of Bath in the early 1800s, was decorated in a simple and elegant fashion. But such pared back luxury doesn’t come cheap, warned Jess Martin, party decorating expert at Ginger Ray.
‘The venue was adorned with beautiful creamy blooms and an abundance of dark green foliage from none other than Simon Lycett, the high profile florist for the likes of Buckingham Palace and Mary Berry,’ she said.
‘The rest of the venue consisted of clean lines and white decorations, achieving a summery “LA” look right in the middle of Bath’s stately home. You can just imagine fashionable gowns and tuxedos standing out against the all-white backdrop making it the perfect place for a Vogue wedding to unfold.
Fashion editor Sophia Neophitou-Apostolou, centre, shared this photo from the evening celebrations on Instagram
Showtime! Maya Jama on her way to the party. Right, celebrity hairdresser Ben Skirven with his glamorous dates
Black tie glamour: Karlie Kloss and Joshua Kushner arrived at Longleat last night for the birthday and wedding celebration
Radiant: Model Karlie looked beautiful in a black cut-out gown, which she wore with glittering chandelier earrings
Starry bash: Karlie and Joshua are understood to have been among the guests invited to the evening celebrations
On their way to party! A guest keeps his eyes down as he arrives in the back of a car for the bash at Longleat House
Well-dressed: A suave man in the back of the car was driven to the venue, where A-listers gathered to celebrate
Stylish: Two guests arriving for the evening celebrations at Longleat House, in the Wiltshire countryside
Night-time arrivals: It is thought Edward and Alec exchanged vows in front of a few friends then partied with hundreds
Arrivals: Well-dressed guests arrived by car at Longleat for the star-studded evening bash
‘All in all, the simple but showstopping display alone could have cost anything over £250,000 as it certainly didn’t compromise in style and quality.’
Holly Moore, CEO & founder of Make Events, agreed that there will have been no expense spared when it came to planning the big day, saying: ‘When it comes to a wedding, especially a high profile celebrity wedding you’re guaranteed to go over budget.
Holly agreed that there will have been no expense spared when it came to planning the big day, saying: ‘When it comes to a wedding, especially a high profile celebrity wedding you’re guaranteed to go over budget.
‘All the little details add up, from wanting a specific product that needs to be imported (incurring additional shipping charges due to Brexit) staffing costs, venue costs (although this may have been gifted in Edward Enninful’s case) catering costs, it all adds up.
‘This particular wedding sounds beautiful and looks like it has been planned to perfection, including all the magic touches you would expect from a celebrity wedding. They would have also had a wedding planner which I imagine would have taken 15-20 per cent of the budget.
‘I would estimate this would be in the region of £1million to 1.5million, because when it comes to dream weddings, they also have the dream price tag.’
Model RJ King opted for a sharp black Dior ensemble for the wedding on Tuesday. Right, cars queuing up
Writer Pippa Vosper shared this photo from her nearby hotel room. She wore a stunning black and white Chanel gown
Celebrity hairstylist Ben Skervin shared his journey from dressed down to glam for the celebrity bash yesterday
Getting ready! Edward’s BFF Adut Akech shared this photo from a hotel room as she got ready for the party
Large scale operation: Suppliers were spotted arriving at Longleat, a sprawling Wiltshire estate, ahead of the celebration
Setting up: Florists arriving at Longleat House, in Wiltshire, yesterday, hinting at a pink and white theme for the day
Guests’ gowns were carried across the estate in garment bags, pictured, ahead of dressing for the big event
Chris Ayre, managing director at AYRE Events told FEMAIL, he thought the cost would be more in the region of £600,000, saying: ‘I would say a wedding like this would certainly cost around £600,000, if not more.’
Sarah Balfour, director of luxury London-based wedding planners Orchid Events, added: ‘This is a knockout wedding I have no doubt every supplier pulled out all of the bells and whistles.’
A-listers including partied the night away, swigging bottles of Champagne and dining on food by high-end London caterers Cellar Society, whose clients typically have a budget in the region of £20,000 to £100,000. Flowers were provided by sought-after royal florist Simon Lycett.
Guests were also treated to Clase Azul tequila on each table, a source told FEMAIL.
Enninful is said to be a huge tequila fan and wanted a bottle on each table. Each Clase Azul ceramic decanter is hand painted in Mexico by a team of artisans and was set to look visually stunning among the festivities.
In yet another show of Enninful’s VIP status, it is thought he was allowed to host the evening bash for some 300 guests in the house itself, while mere mortals marrying at Longleat can only hold events in the gardens and grounds.
Supermodel style! Bianca Brandolini and Poppy Delevingne shared a snap on their way to the nuptials today
Guests arriving at the wedding appear to be treated to a tour of Longleat. Socialite Richie Akiva – who is known as ‘the king of New York nightlife’ as he owns many clubs in the US, shared a video to his Instagram story showing his arrival at the estate and a tour headed by Emma Weymouth, followed by afternoon tea
Richie shared a snap heading into the venue showing the luxurious estate from outside and inside
Security are seen arriving At Vogue Editor In Chief Edward Enninful’s Longleat wedding on Tuesday
Vendors unpack flowers, food and more in what’s set to be the A-list celebration of the year
Photographers were seen on the estate, alongside vendors carrying in various items on what’s set to be an incredibly lavish celebration
Guests arrived at the venue where they readied themselves for the evening’s celebrations
Flowers arrived at the Longleat estate in Wiltshire on Tuesday as preparations began for the wedding of Vouge editor Edward Enninful to his long term partner his long-term partner Alec Maxwell, a director and editor
Partying with the lions! The editor is set to be among animals in a safari park at the grand Wilshire wedding
It is believed that Mr Enninful’s close friend Emma Weymouth, the Marchioness of Bath, has given him the use of Longleat where she lives with her husband Ceawlin Thynn, the 8th Marquess of Bath
Flowers arrived at the Longleat estate in Wiltshire yesterday as preparations began for the wedding of Vouge editor Edward Enninful to his long term partner his long-term partner Alec Maxwell in what’s set to be the A-list event of the year
Protecting themselves from the British weather! Guest were seen sheltering under umbrellas as they arrived at the estate
The festivities continued yesterday afternoon, with guests tucking into burgers and chips at a local pub.
Residents of the village of Horningsham turned up for lunch to be told the Bath Arms was closed until 4pm for a private party.
One wedding guest said: We’ve taken every table, there’s 80 of us left over from the wedding. It’s a lovely pub, I hope the locals don’t mind too much. We’ll soon be gone.’
Afterwards guests were driven to London or Heathrow. Some American visitors stopped off at Stonehenge.
Edward, who is European editorial director of Vogue, revealed in 2019 that he had proposed to Alec, a director/editor who works under the name Kloss Films, after 15 years together.
He said they were ‘not in a rush’ to get married so it is not known whether the pandemic waylaid their wedding plans.
As well as getting help with the venue from Emma Thynn, Edward would have had his entire phone book of well-connected friends at his disposal. It is no doubt both grooms were dressed in exquisite designer creations for their big day.
‘This is going to be the wedding of the year – there will be no expense spared and no detail ignored,’ a source previously told the Mail on Sunday.
‘Edward is one of the best-connected people in Britain, and across America too, so expect super-famous guests. People are already saying you won’t see so many A-listers in one room ever again.
Guests sported fashionable looks as they headed into the wedding celebrations
Glamourous guests were clutching bags sure to be full of designer clothes as they headed to the festivities today
Travelling in style: The guests appeared to be in casual clothes ahead of the celebrations where they are sure to be dressed to the nines
Bianca Brandolini looked effforlessly stylist with her monogrammed Louis Vuitton suitcase as she arrived with Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Delevingne arrived clutching a alongside Italian model Bianca Brandolini and a designer suitcase
Poppy Delevingne lead the arrivals at the the Longleat estate in Wiltshire as Vouge editor Edward Enninful’s gets ready for his wedding to his long term partner Alec Maxwell in what’s set to be the A-list event of the year
Spotted arriving on the estate yesterday was model Poppy Delevingne who arrived clutching a Covid test alongside Italian model Bianca Brandolini
Men in black suits were among the guests arriving at the estate in Wiltshire
Bianca held a bottle and a suitcase as she headed into the luxury estate on Tuesday
‘Edward appears to have saved some money on the venue as he is thought to have been given it by Emma Weymouth as a wedding present.
‘Edward and Alec have been wanting to marry for some time and Edward’s 50th birthday seemed such a special day to do it.’
Initially there was some speculation as to whether the big bash at Longleat was simply a birthday celebration for Edward – or if it was a way to keep the details of their nuptials under wraps.
But a handful of guests hinted at the true occasion, with Diane von Furstenberg writing: ‘Getting ready to go and celebrate @edward_enninful and @kloss_films.’
Edward himself wrote: ’50th birthday on 22.2.22. Let’s go.’
Guests including model Adut Akech shared photos as they had their hair and makeup done ahead of the event.
Others snapped photographs en route, like Maya Jama, who looked radiant in a black strapless gown. It was a night of big name designers, with ensembles by Dior, Chanel and Victoria Beckham all on show.
Some guests, including socialite Richie Akiva – who is known as ‘the king of New York nightlife’, were given a tour of the historic stately home on their arrival.
Evening guests were treated to the spectacular site of Longleat lit up against the night sky. Vogue Australia editor Christine Centenera shared a photograph of the stunning view.
Ghanaian-born Enninful began his career as fashion director of British youth culture magazine i-D. In 2011, Enninful was tapped to take the style directorship at W magazine.
In August 2017, Enninful was named editor-in-chief of British Vogue. In December 2020, Enninful was promoted to be the first European editorial director.
He now oversees Vogue’s editorial operations in France, Germany, Spain and Italy.
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