The Virgin tycoon's daughter walked down the aisle on Necker Island...
Holly Branson Wedding Album
When a terrifying blaze burnt Richard Branson’s Necker Island home to the ground last August, the chances of realising his daughter Holly’s dream of having her wedding on the idyllic island looked pretty slim. But the Virgin tycoon vowed to rebuild the family home in time for the nuptials – and did just that, ensuring the beautiful island was ready to host the wedding. And today, the tycoon decided it was time to share a few of the snaps…
‘We thought it might be nice to share Holly and Freddie’s wedding photos,’ Branson wrote on his Virgin blog. ‘It really was a wonderful occasion.’ It’s thought around 100 guests attended the exclusive ceremony on the family’s privately-owned Necker Island, to watch Holly tie the knot to her shipbroker beau Freddie Andrewes. The bride walked down the aisle in a bespoke ivory gown by Australian designer Jane Hill, carrying a pretty posy of cream roses.
The intimate family wedding photos, posted online by the Virgin tycoon – and captioned by his daughter – include snaps of the bride-to-be getting ready for her big day, surrounded by bridesmads, who were the lucky recipients of beautiful Tiffany gifts.
After the Great House on Richard’s £60 million Necker resort was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground, Holly tied the knot ‘under the stars on the ruins of the main house’ – the same spot where her father and mother, Joan Templeman, married on the same day in 1989. Romantic, no? ‘Because it is such a dramatic environment, you don’t get a sad feeling on the ruins, it’s more of an uplifting, wow, a feeling of celebration and a time to reflect,’ she said of the ceremony.
The newly-married couple enjoyed a lavish reception on the private island – as well as an intricate white wedding cake, rather appropriately, adorned with tiny pieces of Holly.
Princesses Beatrice and Eugene were among guests at the beautiful island wedding. It’s thought the young royals even declined an invitation to lunch with the Queen to make the special day.
Ceremony over, it was time to the evening celebrations to begin – and for the bride to have a dance with her father.
‘Fred and I entering the dinner to Blues Brother’s Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,’ bride Holly wrote, in a short caption to this snap. ‘Everyone got on their chairs and waved their napkins.’
The newly-wed couple danced the night away with their friends and family, enjoying performances by Holly’s brother Sam, Brit artist Ed Sheeran and even a song by an African artist over Skype.
Clearly delighted at the way their big day, the newly-married couple posed for photos with Richard Branson, and his wife Joan.
Despite wet weather on the day, the couple managed to enjoy a romantic first dance under the stars.
During the evening, Holly’s brother Sam took to the stage to entertain guests.
The lucky couple managed to steal some time away for a dance on the beach, before returning to the wedding party.
Just how cute? Their first kiss as a married couple was among the many beautiful shots of Holly and Fred’s big day.
Celebrations over, the 100-strong bridal party all piled in for one final snap to mark the big day.
In true Branson style, Holly and Freddie’s wedding celebrations took place over four days, with guests enjoying an action packed schedule, which included sailing races, beach olympics, a white night, a pirate evening and a volleyball tournament.
Blue sky? Check. Beautiful beaches? Check. The ushers looked like they were having a whale of a time in the days leading up to the nuptials.
The boys seemed more than happy to interrupt party proceedings to pose for a photo.
The minute guests arrived on the island, the celebrations began. ‘The first night everyone arrived,’ Holly explained of the photos. ‘This was meant to be a quiet night, but everyone was too overexcited.’
When Holly’s brother Sam took to the stage during on of the pre-wedding parties, she was clearly delighted with his performacne. ‘My reaction after Sam’s song. He was brilliant,’ she wrote.
Next on the agenda was yet another fun night, with guests – and the bridal couple – dressing up a pirates.
Father of the bride Richard Branson clearly had no problems joining in the pirate proceedings. Shiver me timbers!
Brother of the bride Sam Branson looked like he was having a whale of a time as he celebrated at one of the many parties over the specacular 4-day event.