As Rachel Vennya took to the dance floor, she was wearing a classic white wedding dress that, although beautiful, didn’t quite seem to be quite as spectacular as what had come before. But then the lights dimmed, and her secret was revealed: suddenly, she transformed into a true princess as she began to dance.
Niko Al Hakim and Rachel Vennya were already internet famous before they got married in early 2017; indeed, they each have hundreds of thousands of social media followers. And given their presence online, it’s perhaps not that surprising that their big day was documented on the web.
In fact, the couple even created a website especially for the occasion. This not only gave their fans a glimpse of their preparations but also included some handy features for those who had been invited to attend. In particular, it featured both an RSVP form and a clock counting down the days until the event.
Not only that, but there was also a line-up of all the bridesmaids and groomsmen. All 14 of them appeared on the website, decked out in black and with a headshot so that people would recognize them when the time came.
And of course, a couple so popular on social media couldn’t get hitched without their very own hashtag. Fortunately, the website provided a suggestion for that, too. Specifically, it encouraged guests to include #NikoRachelWedding when posting any photographs of the occasion online.
And while Rachel and Niko wouldn’t have been alone in wanting to produce a celebration that would absolutely stun their guests, perhaps only their nearest and dearest could have expected the level of extravagance on display during the proceedings. What’s more, all of the couple’s many internet fans could be party to the big day, too.
That’s because they uploaded a 23-minute long video documenting their day to YouTube, which has since had a staggering 2.7 million views. The clip showcases not just the extravagant setting for the reception but also all of the entertainment and festivities put on for their Disney-themed event.
And from the video, it’s clear that a breathtaking amount of detail had been put into its planning. Not only that, but the couple had seemingly pulled out all of the stops to ensure that every feature both fitted their Disney theme and looked utterly beautiful.
First, the video takes the viewer around the room where the wedding will take place, showing off the magnificent decorations. There’s even what appears to be a cake in the shape of an enormous Disney castle, which nearly touches the ceiling and visibly glows inside when the lights in the room are low.
Then we get to see the bridesmaids, who are wearing lilac-colored princess-inspired dresses with giant bows on the back. Naturally, they all look stunning. But it’s the groom’s choice of costume that pretty much has to be seen to be believed.
That’s because Niko is seen stepping out in an incredibly intricate Prince Charming outfit, which replicates the costume of the animated hero right down to the fringing on the epaulettes. Well, it wouldn’t be a true Disney-themed wedding if the groom wasn’t styled as a fairy tale prince…
As the groom walks down the aisle, carrying a blue and white bouquet, ballerinas in light blue dresses dance behind him. Then the grand white gates at the back of the room open to reveal something truly spectacular.
It’s a carriage, adorned with flowers, just like Cinderella’s. And who’s inside? The bride, Rachel, of course. But she’s certainly not wearing a Cinderella dress; her costume perfectly echoes the famous outfit of yet another Disney heroine.
Yes, she’s wearing a full Snow White costume, complete with bright red cloak. And understandably, many guests have their phones out ready to take pictures as the bride steps out of the elaborate carriage and into the aisle.
But the most astonishing part of a wedding that was already pretty special was still to come. During the reception, the guests watched a performance by two dancers, who can be seen in the video doing a elaborate routine to the James Arthur track “Say You Won’t Let Go.” Then, finally, it was time for the married couple’s first dance.
Before the special moment, the bride had changed into a white wedding gown fit for a princess. And while the dress was certainly magnificent enough by itself, something truly magical happened after the lights were turned low. As she started to dance, the dress lit up.
If it wasn’t a fairy tale wedding already, then it certainly was now. The groom, still in his Prince Charming outfit, shared the special moment with his princess bride, who illuminated the room with her amazing outfit.
And given the sheer splendor of the day and that first dance in particular, it’s perhaps no wonder that the video garnered so much attention online. What’s more, the couple received a tidal wave of praise for their incredible wedding in the comments section.
“Every girl’s wedding dream,” one user wrote. And that sentiment was echoed by another commenter, who seemed utterly overawed by the whole event. “Never seen a wedding as incredible, marvelous, beautiful as the wedding that I am watching right now #nikorachelwedding,” they wrote.
Other people, though, seemed to be more concerned with the costs involved in putting on a wedding of such grandeur. “Man, I’d like to see the work that went into this,” another YouTube user wrote. “Also, I wonder how much money this wedding cost… probably so damn much.”
Certainly, such a dazzling day couldn’t have come cheap – but many would argue that it was worth it. And it seems as if Rachel and Niko might just have their happily ever after, too, as they’ve since announced on Instagram that they’re expecting a baby. Aww.