Mireya Navarro

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How Not To Have a Green Wedding

Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, had the millions of dollars to throw the wedding of his dreams. Unfortunately, he got in trouble with California authorities for choosing a redwood grove as the venue and then going a bit too far with decorations to make it an “enchanted forest.”

Any green bride could have told him that a wedding is not environmentally sound just because it’s held in a natural setting. And when the venue is spectacular Big Sur, what more beauty does a couple need?

Forbes tallied the costs as $4.5 million for the wedding, which was attended by 366 guests, and another $2.5 million to pacify state regulators. You can read Parker’s defense of the affair here. You can read his critics here. The California Coastal Commission, which fined him, explains why here.

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