Rybolovlev wedding on Skorpios had it (almost) all! See pics
It was a moving week for Russian tycoon Dmitry Rybolovlev, who reached a deal to settle his divorce with ex-wife Elena on Tuesday, before walking his daughter down the aisle. Dubbed the costliest break-up of all time, Elena had initially been awarded the equivalent of half his fortune ($4.2 bln, 3.6 bln euros), but this did not stop Rybolovlev from marrying off his daughter in grand style on Skorpios with no expenses spared.
Drizzle fell from early on Wednesday but turned into downpour as the exquisitely beautiful Katia Rybolovleva exchanged vows of loyalty and love with international businessman Juan Sartori, aged 34, in a private ceremony consisting of around 60 guests.
Little lamps had been lit on both sides of the path from the Pink House to the Church of Our Lady (Panagia). The route was strewn with thousands of white roses. Guests huddled under a canopy placed outside the church.
Rybolovlev, known for his poker face, let go of emotion and cried tears of joy as he moved on from his own divorce to his daughter’s day of joy. The bride’s grandfather and younger daughter, Anna, were by her side. Missing from the wedding of the decade was the bride’s mother, Elena. The mother had attended the earlier civil ceremony that had taken place on October 14, in Geneva.
The bride wore a specially created gown, and the groom couldn’t stop smiling while waiting for her. Both were overjoyed, especially Katia, who is speculated to be in the first months of her pregnancy.
Performing the cermeony were Markos of Russia and Metropolitan Bishop Theofilos of Greece, who gave the couple an icon of the Virgin Mary and a bible, written in Russian. The ceremony itself ran for 50 minutes, and most of it was in Russian.
Their love story began on Skorpios, when Juan attended Katerina’s 25th birthday party on June 4, 2014.
The wedding of the daughter of one of the world’s richest men comes 47 years to the exact day of Jackie Onassis’s famous wedding to Aristotle Onassis on the same small island that dots the Ionian Sea.