Russia’s wedding of the year! Self-made millionaire Maria Solodar, 30, wears custom Vera Wang dress to marry entrepreneur Joan Schnelzauer, 33, in £3million ceremony in front of Victoria Falls 

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  • Maria Solodar’s £3m marriage to Joan Schnelzauer has been named the Wedding of the Year in Russia
  • The couple, both entrepreneurs, tied the knot in a £3 million ceremony in Zambia against the backdrop of Victoria Falls
  • The five-day event included a huge party with stag and hen do, a dinner with African cuisine, white water rafting, a safari and black caviar from Russia.

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With a sommelier from France, black caviar at every desk and an after party that includes whitewater rafting, it’s no surprise that Maria Solodar’s £3 million wedding to Joan Schnelzauer has been dubbed the wedding of the year.

With a picturesque ceremony off the coast of the Zambezi, close to the Victoria Falls in Zambia, self-made millionaire bride Maria flew from her homeland to Africa by a fleet of private jets for five days with all the food, chefs, pop stars and most of the guests. blew it up Fluffy game at The Royal Livingstone Hotel.

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The Internet marketing specialist married Joan, 33, a Luxembourg-based international business entrepreneur, and the wines and their accompanying sommeliers were delivered from France.

The Russian newspaper Komosmolskaya Pravda called it the most expensive wedding of the year.

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Maria Soloder’s £3 million marriage to Joan Schnelzauer has been dubbed the wedding of the year. The couple is depicted in front of a giraffe

With a picturesque ceremony on the edge of the Zambezi, close to Victoria Falls in Zambia, self-made millionaire bride Maria flies from her homeland to Africa by a fleet of private jets for a five-day wedding ceremony with all the food, chefs, pop stars and more. Blown away most of the guests.  at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

With a picturesque ceremony on the edge of the Zambezi, close to Victoria Falls in Zambia, self-made millionaire bride Maria ferried all food, chefs, pop stars and more from her homeland to Africa by a fleet of private jets for a five-day wedding ceremony. Blown away most of the guests. at the Royal Livingstone Hotel

Internet marketing expert (pictured) married Joan, 33, a Luxembourg-based international business entrepreneur, and the wines and accompanying sommelier were delivered from France

Internet marketing expert (pictured) married Joan, 33, a Luxembourg-based international business entrepreneur, and the wines and accompanying sommelier were delivered from France

The web guru started his career selling backpacks in a market in Ukraine, and is now one of Russia’s most spectacular internet success stories.

The five-day event included stag and hen do, dinner with African cuisine, white water rafting, a safari and a huge party with black caviar from Russia.

The stunning bride wore a Vera Wang outfit for the ceremony before changing into a Zuhair Murad number for the party.

“Private jets from Russia to South Africa need to bring everything from decor to dishes,” Komosmolskaya Pravd explained.

The web guru started his career selling backpacks in a market in Ukraine, and is now one of Russia's most spectacular internet success stories.  her pre wedding photo

The web guru started his career selling backpacks in a market in Ukraine, and is now one of Russia’s most spectacular internet success stories. her pre wedding photo

The five-day event included a huge party with Stag and Hen Do, a dinner with African cuisine, white water rafting, a safari and black caviar from Russia – the couple is depicted on the altar

The five-day event included a huge party with Stag and Hen Do, a dinner with African cuisine, white water rafting, a safari and black caviar from Russia – the couple is depicted on the altar

The stunning bride wore a Vera Wang outfit for the ceremony before changing into a Zuhair Murad number for the party.  he is painted on the altar

The stunning bride wore a Vera Wang outfit for the ceremony before changing into a Zuhair Murad number for the party. he is painted on the altar

The Ukraine-born bride, who had made her meteoric career in Russia, claimed: ‘Many said it was the wedding of the century… but I would say it was the thrill of the century.

‘I never wanted a great wedding. I’m not about dressing up and doing makeup, it’s just not my style.

‘I chose one of the first dresses for the fitting, and I took the second one without even trying.’

‘Making such a holiday out of nothing in the desert is a genius. There was no such scene in Zambia even during national holidays.’

“The country refused to let such a big stage inside, the kitchen had to wait at the border for three days and arrived three hours before the banquet,” he said. ‘We brought everything, everything.

‘Food, drinks, chefs… we organized breakfast with black caviar from Russia, cheese and the best wine from France, we had sommeliers, cooks, make-up artists, all guests had their own individual style, every day Had my own dress code. …the amount of work was heroic.

The Ukraine-born bride, who had made her meteoric career in Russia, claimed: 'Many said it was the wedding of the century... but I would say it was the thrill of the century.

The Ukraine-born bride, who had made her meteoric career in Russia, claimed: ‘Many said it was the wedding of the century… but I would say it was the thrill of the century.

Jet-set lifestyle: The couple reportedly met in Dubai and say they are 'very grounded and simple' despite often flying around the world and partying extravagantly

Jet-set lifestyle: The couple reportedly met in Dubai and say they are ‘very grounded and simple’ despite often flying around the world and partying extravagantly

Taking full advantage of the wedding shoot, the bride poses on a bed of watermelon

The couple even posed in the train

Taking full advantage of the wedding shoot, the bride poses on a bed of watermelon (left). The couple even posed in the train

‘It’s a talent and a talent.

‘The event was organized in such a way that everyone cried, even the stern European men… those who have never cried before our eyes.’

She later posted online: ‘I knew how important this was to our family.

‘So everything was done for them, to unite all of them, our family members and friends.

‘That’s why we chose such an inhospitable place and one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen – a safari in the jungle, a hotel where zebras, giraffes and roe deer roam freely, and a wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.’

She said that both the families were ‘very simple and simple’.

The couple reportedly met in Dubai. Guests were honored by the 1990s Russian band Ivanushki International, along with French stars Helena Segara and Damien Sarguez.

The guests were seen by the 1990s Russian band Ivanushki International with French stars Helena Segara and Damien Sarguez - the couple is pictured in front of a train

The guests were seen by the 1990s Russian band Ivanushki International with French stars Helena Segara and Damien Sarguez – the couple is pictured in front of a train

Getting ready: Maria says she's not into makeup and gets dressed in just one fitting - despite having two dresses on the big day

Getting ready: Maria says she’s not into makeup and gets dressed in just one fitting – despite having two dresses on the big day

Maria said everyone 'including those tough European men who had never cried before' shed tears at the beautiful ceremony

Maria said everyone ‘including those tough European men who had never cried before’ shed tears at the beautiful ceremony

Picture perfect: The bride wore two dresses for the big day and posed in front of a train in her wedding photos

Picture perfect: The bride wore two dresses for the big day and posed in front of a train in her wedding photos

Maria (pictured) said the amount of work that went into the wedding was 'heroic' and that each guest had their own dress code for the big day

Maria (pictured) said the amount of work that went into the wedding was ‘heroic’ and that each guest had their own dress code for the big day

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