Nicole Richie and Joel Madden were married yesterday in a ceremony at the home of her father, Lionel Richie. Guests reportedly included Gwen Stefani, Khloe Kardashian, Ashlee Simpson and ... an elephant.
Why an elephant? No explanation has been offered yet, though including a pachyderm in your nuptials does seem to be the hottest new trend in Hollywood. If you remember, when Katy Perry and Russel Brand married in October they had elephants as well as camels and horses on hand. Note to all brides-to-be: Better start scoping out your circus animals soon because they're sure to be in high demand.
Elephants are traditional for weddings in some parts of the world and thought to symbolize good luck, but talk about upstaging the bride. That proverbial elephant in the room isn't a saying for no reason. Not to mention the potential mess.
You also have to wonder who thought of it first. Did Nicole see Katy Perry's elephants and decide to follow suit. Or had she already settled on them before Katy's nuptials and is a little miffed that she's now the trend follower instead of setter. Hmmm ...
The rest of the ceremony sounded lovely. Here's what we know so far:
"They wanted an Old Hollywood, glamorous feel to their wedding," a source told Popeater. "Nicole wanted a memorable, elegant affair for only their closest friends and family on their special day."
The dress was Marchesa; the ring was Neil Lane. Benji Madden, Joel's twin, served as the best man. Former BFF Paris Hilton wasn't even invited.
No photos from the ceremony have been released, though they were reportedly sold for $100,000, possibly to People. For that price, there better damn well be one of the elephant.
Hopefully this will be one Hollywood marriage that will stand strong. They've been together since 2006 and have two children together. If after all of that they still want to commit like this, it seems like a good sign.
Congratulations to the couple ... and to elephants everywhere who are sure to see a business boom.
Would you want an elephant at your wedding?
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