Russian Self-Made Millionaire Maria Solodar Marries Entrepreneur Joan Schnelzauer In A £3million Ceremony In Zambia At Victoria Falls


Perhaps the most lavish marriage ceremony ever held in Zambia’s Livingstone town, home of the mighty and beautiful Victoria Falls, which is one of the 7 wonders of the world. Maria’s marriage ceremony cost a whooping  £3million!

Sommelier was flown in from the France, black caviar to every desk and an after party that included white water rafting, it's not much of a surprise that Maria Solodar's £3million nuptials to Joan Schnelzauer has been dubbed the wedding of the year. With a picturesque ceremony by the banks of the Zambezi, close to Victoria Fall in Zambia self-made millionaire bride Maria flew all the food, chefs, pop stars and most guests from her homeland to Africa by fleet of private jets for a five day nuptials extravaganza at The Royal Livingstone Hotel. The internet marketing specialist wed Luxembourg-based international business entrepreneur Joan, 33, and the wines and accompanying sommeliers were delivered from France. Russian newspaper Komosmolskaya Pravda dubbed it the most expensive wedding of the year.

The Ukrainian-born bride who had forged her meteoric career in Russia boasted: 'Many said it was the wedding of the century... but I would say it was the adventure of the century. 'I never wanted a magnificent wedding. I am not about dressing up and putting makeup on, it's just not my style. 'I chose one of the first dresses for fitting, and I took the second one without even trying it on.' 'Making such a holiday out of nothing in a desert is a talent. Even on national holidays in Zambia there was no such scene.' 'The country refused to let such a big stage in, the kitchen had to wait at the border for three days and arrived only three hours prior to the banquet,' she said. 'We brought everything, everything. 'Food, drinks, chefs… we organised breakfasts with black caviar from Russia, cheeses and the best wine from France, we had sommeliers, cooks, make-up artists, all the guests had their individual styles, every day had its own dress code... the amount of work was heroic.