Richard Branson gives his daughter away during wedding on his ruined private island
Holly Branson has married her fiance, Fred Andrews, on her family’s private island, just months after it was ravaged by a devastating fire.
When a terrifying blaze burnt her family’s Necker Island home to the ground in August, Holly’s dream of having her wedding on the idyllic spot looked pretty slim.
But just hours after the fire swept over the Caribbean island, dad Richard Branson vowed to rebuild Necker in time to host his daughter’s wedding on December 20.
And, true to his word, Holly has 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.
Although, for their wedding Richard made his entrance swinging from the bottom of a helicopter. Like you do.
Sharing his excitement before the nuptials, the Virgin tycoon wrote on his blog: ‘Very happy day today.
‘Giving away our daughter Holly to an absolutely delightful husband (and family).’ He then posted a pic of his own wedding, where little Holly and brother Sam Branson look ultra cute.
He wrote: ‘Here’s a photo of the last Branson family wedding on Necker Island also on December 20th but some years ago.
‘Holly and Fred will get married at exactly the same spot, but unlike us, chose to wait for their children until married.’
Around 100 invitees attended, including Princesses Beatrice and Eugine, who declined an invitation to lunch with the Queen to make the special day.
In August the Great House on Richard’s £60 million Necker resort was struck by lightning and burnt to the ground while guests slept in their beds.
Oscar winner Kate Winslet was holidaying on the resort at the time and helped evacuate the house and carried Branson’s 90-year-old mother to safety.