Inside the lavish $4 million wedding of Bacardi heiress's daughter

A toast to the happy couple! Inside the wildly lavish $4 MILLION wedding of Bacardi heiress’s 29-year-old daughter as she marries softball player beau in ‘magical’ three-day extravaganza at Disney World

  • Erica Vazquez-Bacardi wed Joey Depriest-Capparelli, 32, on Saturday
  • Her mom Hilda is Bacardi founder Don Facundo’s great-great-granddaughter
  • The wedding venue was turned into a ‘whimsical’ forest and had 300 guests 

The daughter of rum heiress Hilda Maria Bacardi has tied the knot in a lavish $4 million three-day wedding held at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Erica Vazquez-Bacardi, 29, wed her 32-year-old beau, pro softball player Joey Depriest-Capparelli, at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World on Saturday, People reported.

Hilda is Bacardi founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso’s great-great-granddaughter. 

Celebrity wedding planner David Tutera and his team turned the resort’s Palm Ballroom into a ‘whimsical, magical and beautiful forest’ for the 300-guest celebration.

Erica Vazquez-Bacardi, 29, wed her 32-year-old beau, pro-softball player Joey Depriest-Capparelli, at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World on Saturday

Flowers hung from the ceiling over the dance floor at the Palm Ballroom at the Four Seasons Resort at Walt Disney World. The couple is pictured right on the dancefloor as guests watch on

The elegant design featured woodland mosses with six to 150-foot-tall trees – including oak, maple, silver tip fir and olive.

French tulips, garden roses and hybrid delphiniums were also used to decorate the ballroom, with a wisteria-adorned, stained-glass windows acting as a backdrop for the wedding ceremony.

Erica walked down the aisle in a Galia Lahav gown, which has a general price range of between $6,000 and $16,000, on a winding custom-made path.

David also escorted the mother of the bride, Hilda, down the aisle and officiated.

Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben Ari, Tony and Grammy-nominated Shoshana and DJ Valentina wowed guests at the wedding.

After the ceremony, guests were treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres – such as mini brie with fig jam and marcona almond; baby marble potatoes with sour cream, chives, and black caviar; and beef Wellington with red onion marmalade.

As for the reception, waiters served up pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, fish and poultry as well as a range of sides and bread for dinner.

Guests finished off their meals with mini-desserts, macarons and flower cupcakes. 

The table decorations at the lavish wedding planned by David Tutera and his team

Performers at the celebrations included painted green entertainers on stilts covered in vines

The couple are pictured when they got engaged in 2021

Guests packed the dancefloor before dinner during the three-day celebrations in Orlando

Purple velvet-covered chairs were put out for attendees and the room was decorated with large trees and flowers, lending to the forest feel

The flower-adorned gates of the entrance to the ballroom that greeted guests

A piano appeared to be set on a stage surrounded by more greenery and shrouded in smoke

The wedding cake – which had vanilla and chocolate tiers with a Bacardi 8 Crème Anglais, and D’usse and caramel sauces – was created by pastry chef Rabii Saber. 

During the celebrations, cocktails made with liquors from the Bacardi stable appeared on the bar menu, including a Grey Goose lavender martini and a spicy Patron Reposado margarita.

One guest at the stunning nuptials was popular YouTuber Zane Hijazi who shared clips from the wedding.

An astonished Zane described the event as ‘like Coachella’ before turning the camera on the dancefloor, which was reportedly designed to make it appear like attendees were dancing on water.

Guests were seen tearing it up while surrounded by performers wearing outfits to mimic disco balls. 

He also shared photos of the happy couple, the bride tossing her bouquet, and more entertainment, including green performers covered in vines and walking on stilts.

Behind-the-scenes footage shows the scale of the event, with purple velvet-covered chairs laid out for guests at the ceremony, and a closer look at the involved process.

David, 56, previously revealed to the Orlando wedding was the most expensive he’d ever done, coming in at almost $4 million.

Erica and her new husband, Joey, see the ballroom for the first time before their guests arrive

Erica walked down the aisle in a Galia Lahav gown, which has a general price range of between $6,000 and $16,000

David, 56, previously revealed to Erica and Joey’s wedding was the most expensive he’d ever done, coming in at almost $4 million

David’s team works on putting together the incredible dancefloor before the wedding

The couple stands in front of their guests and say ‘I do.’ David officiated the ceremony 

He said the Orlando extravaganza was one of the ‘most intense’ events he’d ever planned. 

‘The client basically gave me carte blanche to create something that has never been done before, which is what I always do anyway,’ David said.

‘And I’m turning this beautiful venue into a legit forest. We had three tractor trailers [that left] three days ago from Los Angeles with hundreds of trees that will go into two ballrooms [for the] ceremony and celebration.

‘We have amazing entertainers… one is a Grammy award-winning entertainer who is performing, a second one is a Grammy and Tony award winner, and we have this room that is just overwhelmingly stunning.

‘It’s like I had a dream and I woke up, because my client said, “Where did you get this?” I said, “I don’t know really, quite frankly.”‘

In 2016, Bacardi, the world’s largest privately owned spirits company, reportedly made about $4.6 billion in sales.

The company has been with the family for seven generations after it was started in 1862 by Don Facundo Bacardí Massó in Santiago de Cuba.

It owns brands such as D’usse, Bombay, Cazadores and Grey Goose.

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