When the words ‘teen’ and ‘wedding’ are said together, usually a reception with two of the biggest singers in the world isn’t what pops into your head. In all fairness, that’s not the image for any wedding, regardless of the couple’s age.
But this past Saturday, London’s Landmark Hotel was home to the wedding of teens Irene Kogan and Daniel Kevey, who spent the night dancing with their guests to music from Mariah Carey and Sir Elton John. And by ‘music from’ we mean the two superstars were there in the flesh to perform. We really need to work on getting invited to more weddings.
Kogan’s grandfather is Valery Kogan, one of the richest men in Russia and owner of Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. Valued at approximately $2 billion, the elder Kogan didn’t spare any expense for the 19-year-old couple, booking superstars Mariah Carey and Sir Elton John for the reception, two performers that set the billionaire back a reported $4 million.
Elton John hit the stage for a 12-song set, dedicating his performance of “Tiny Dancer”, a song twice as old as the couple, to the young bride.
As for Carey, this was her first time on stage since her now infamous NYE performance, and she appeared to be back on her game, singing some of her biggest hits, including “Hero,” “We Belong Together” and “My All.”
Carey brought Kogan on stage during her performance, joking that she’s already been married twice. Maybe talking about divorce isn’t the best topic for a performance at a wedding, but the bride still looked happy.
Even with two of the biggest singers of all time in attendance, the wedding was still totally relatable and featured a DJ set at the end of the night. The DJ was Mark Ronson. Nevermind!
The reception also included performances from Russian singers, as well as a speech by Antonio Banderas, although it’s unclear whether the actor was there in a professional or personal capacity.
In case you were wondering, the reception featured a nine-course meal, including yellow fin tuna tartare and roasted fillet of dry-aged beef. We’re just gonna assume it wasn’t a buffet.