Inside Donald and Melania Trump's Extravagant 2005 Wedding
Just like everyone else who's walked down the aisle, Melania Trump will most likely never forget the day she said "I do" to husband, Donald Trump. Theirs was an extravagant event!
January 22, 2005, was a beautiful day for the couple; it was the day they had their nuptials and became one! Just before the controversies associated with Donald Trump thanks to his political career, he was once a businessman who found love again after two failed marriages in the beautiful model, Melania Knauss.
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IT WAS A STAR-STUDDED AFFAIR
Most will attest to the fact that the event was one befitting for a royal. And just like a "royal wedding," it was a conventional marriage graced by family and close friends of the couple.
At the event, the Metropolitan Opera soprano singer, Camellia Johnson gave a beautiful rendition of the song, "Nessun Dorma," while Trump's daughter from a previous marriage, Ivanka read the Bible.
Their multi-million dollar wedding welcomed A-list guests from all aspects of the celebrity world and amongst them were, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Sir Elton John, Barbara Walters, P. Diddy, Kelly Ripa and Heidi Klum, to name a few.
The spouse of the wedding's bandleader, Sandra Rose once made a funny comment when revealing the calibre of those at the event, she said:
"Let me tell you something, if someone had dropped a bomb on that place, it would have wiped out an entire generation of famous Americans," and she couldn't have said it better.
The grand event which was covered and reported by major media outlets in and out of the country took place at the Episcopal Church Bethesda by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, recording over 350 guests.
The church program was followed by a ballroom reception at Donald’s Palm Beach private estate, Mar-a-Lago, which was where the couple had their first dance in front of family and friends.
According to the Mirror, the lavish $35 million ballroom's decoration was inspired by Versailles-inspired Louis XIV-style, and it was adorned in preparation of the grand occasion.
With so many people, it was a surprise that most kept mute about one of the biggest celebrity weddings ever. It was reported that Melania shut down attempts to have NBC telecast the wedding live.
Just like any other perfect wedding, Melania made sure to make her day whole by shopping for the best dresses befitting for the day. Two attires were chosen for the special day, and the first was a sleeveless hand-beaded Duchesse-satin Dior gown accentuated by an oceanic veil; this of course was selected after trying on so many others which didn't make the cut.
The elegant dress was about 300 feet of white satin adorned with lots of embroideries. The second of the lot (worn for the poolside afterparty) was a body-hugging Vera Wang hand-ruched silk tulle Grecian dress with a long slit reaching the knee.
Melania graced the alter with no bouquet in hand, but rather a set of family heirloom rosaries. She also had only one maid of honour who was her sister, Ines Knauss. Just like the bride, Ines chose to wear Wang for the day.
Donald Trump unlike his wife had two best men: his sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump.
A wedding is not complete without the cake! The Trumps' cake for the event was a seven-tier chef-d'oeuvre. The cake was 70 metres wide, and it weighed over 200 pounds.
Although the bride initially wanted a blue and gold cake, she eventually settled for an even more beautiful gold and white classic yellow sponge cake. The lovely cake was baked to perfection by chef, Cedric Barberet.
The details and effort put into making the cake, which looked like a huge bouquet, as beautiful as it was made it one of the finest cakes ever made. It was adorned with 2000 single flowers made from sugar, and it was a sight to behold.
However, due to the wiring support for the cake, it wasn't possible for guests to eat before leaving the venue. Barberet later revealed that the cake was served to the employees after the event saying:
"We had some very hungry employees."
Years after their big day, the duo is not only still going strong, they are now one of the most powerful couples in the world, and their wedding is one that will always be remembered as one of the grandest in history.