If you were to ask Sean Parker what the cost of true love is, he can tell you. It is $12.5 million. That is what his fairytale, film set wedding set him back after the state of California got done with him.
It seems that the former Facebook president and co-founder of Napster ended up paying more than he had budgeted for. His extravagant wedding which boasted a huge guest list and a specially made “film-set” decor, cost him more than the already budgeted $10 million.
Parker has been hit with a $2.5 million bill from the California Costal Commission for his construction of a lavish and very large wedding venue that included, among other things; a gated cottage, fake ruins, ponds, and bridges (presumably for those same ponds) and a “his and hers” specially constructed dance floor and, last but not least, a whole slew of imported plants to decorate that special dance floor and venue.
According to the former Facebook President, he and his new bride thought that Big Sur was the perfect spot for a wedding. In a statement Parker said, “We always dreamed of getting married in Big Sur, one of the most magical places on earth. In continuing my foundation’s mission, we are excited to support these important conservation-related projects for and with the local community.”
But apparently as “magical” as Big Sur was, it was not magical enough. In order to improve on what “Mother Nature” or “God” or “Darwin” had created, he ordered all the additional items that you need to really make the ecologically protected area that little bit “more” special.
In a little nook of the redwood forest in Big Sur, Calif., Parker commissioned his own wedding village and according to those that attended, it was worth every penny. According to the Associated Press the problem is, that all of this “special” construction commenced without the proper permits being in place.
“Permits? We doan need no stinkin’ permits!” Sean Parker probably didn’t say that exactly, but hey, what is the cost of true love when it comes to getting your bride to be the “perfect day.” We’re sure that Sean thought that everything had been set up properly. Who hasn’t, in the throes of all those pre-wedding jitters, not forgotten something.
Obviously, by “nook” or by crook, Alexandra was going to get the fairytale wedding of her dreams.
And what about that little nook? Well, the custom-made village was apparently a little bit too close to the redwood forest and a stream where threatened steelhead trout live. It appears that those steelhead trout weren’t the only redwood residents a bit annoyed by Parker’s fairytale wedding.
It seems that the California Coastal Commission caught wind of Parker’s plans after being tipped off by aggrieved and presumably, somewhat annoyed, neighbours. By the time the Commission could check out the area, most of the structures for the wedding were already built.
But never let it be said that the Costal Commission of California stands in the way of true love. The commission allowed Parker to proceed with his wedding plans on the condition that he pay the $2.5 million, which will be used for coastal conservation and access.
Parker has also agreed to create a video or an app that will pinpoint areas of the coast that the public can access. The California Coastal Commission staff will oversee the dismantling of the venue to ensure no environmental damage takes place.
So it seems that when you’ve already forked out a mere $10 million for the venue alone what’s another $2.5 million just to pay for the pleasure? Apparently not a lot, because according to the California Costal Commission, Parker has been very cooperative in the settlement.
So if you were to ask Sean Parker the question, “Hey Sean, what is the cost of true love?” He would look you in the eye and say $12.5 million. At least that is what it costs if you are marrying singer/songwriter Alexandra Lemas.
By Michael Smith