April 6, 2013 was definitely a big and unforgettable day for e-commerce giants JR and Loren Ridinger as their only daughter, Amber Ridinger, finally tied the knot with her long time boyfriend, Gospel singer Duane McLaughlin. The wedding celebration was organized and designed by topnotch celebrity wedding planner, Preston Bailey. Breathtakingly magical is simply an understatement as The Ritz-Carlton Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico was artistically transformed into a sublime chapel and jaw-dropping reception hall for the lovely couple and 175 of their closest family and friends.
The fairytale-inspired affair, aptly called the DNA Royal Wedding was tasteful, solemn, and heavenly. Of course, the beautiful bride looked all the more stunning and captivating as she walked down the aisle while her handsome groom waited patiently at the altar. Amber Ridinger wore an absolutely mesmerizing custom gown from Australian wedding gown designer, J’Aton Couture and an equally enchanting pair of blue-soled Christian Louboutin shoes that were inspired by the brand’s own Cinderella slippers. What completed the bride’s divine wedding ensemble was the luxurious headpiece designed by famous jewelry designer, Jacob Arabov. The double-stranded tiara features over 100 carats of sparkling diamonds in various shapes and colors. In its center, the tiara holds a 22 carat diamond and is set in fine platinum. This marvelous piece of art doubles as a necklace and retails at $16 million. Another Jacob Arabov masterpiece that adorned the bride was the diamond eternity wedding band in rose prong setting that she wore during the ceremony. The bride was not the only showstopper of the day as the groom, Duane McLaughlin, looked dashing in a navy white uniform that was originally his grandfather’s – the late Carl Maxie Brashear who is known to be the first ever African-American US Navy diver.
Some of the more notable well-wishers who not only attended but also performed during the day’s wedding vows to reception include celebrities like Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Fat Joe, Scottie and Larsa Pippen, Alejandro Sanz, and Paulina Rubio. The big-budget wedding not only displayed opulence, but also brought happiness to the newlywed couple and those who witnessed their romantic and heart-warming wedding celebration.
Among those who participated as part of the entourage was the newly single actress, Eva Longoria who evidently showed the same taste in luxurious Jacob Arabov jewelry as the bride. The 38-year old actress was undeniably alluring as she wore an elegant strappy blue gown accessorized with luxury gem pieces designed by Jacob Arabov. The Desperate Housewives star was spotted celebrating the event with friends, Khloe Kardashian, Lala Antony, and Jacob Arabov himself, who attended the event with his lovely wife, Angela.
Jacob Arabov is the founder and head designer of Jacob & Co. Throughout the 25 years that he has been in business, the famed Jeweler to the Stars was able to establish a globally-renowned brand that is synonymous to beauty, uniqueness, and high level of craftsmanship. His list of clients include hotshot celebrities like Tom Cruise, Vanessa Hudgens, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Lawrence, Madonna, Justin Bieber, Jessica Simpson, Karl Lagerfeld to name a few.