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Jennifer Gates, the daughter of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his philanthropist ex-wife Melinda Gates, got married over the weekend to Egyptian show jumper Nayel Nassar – and her parents are full of pride.
“It’s impossible to put into words how happy it makes me to see you filled with joy on your wedding day. I’m so proud of you both for everything you’ve accomplished in your lives so far and everything you will do with your future together,” Bill Gates wrote on Instagram in a message to his daughter and new son-in-law.
Melinda Gates also shared a message: “What a joy to celebrate the light and love of @jenniferkgates and @nayelnassar this past weekend. So grateful we were able to find a way to safely gather for this special day.”
The bride kept her post short and sweet. “My universe,” she wrote alongside a photo from the day and the date of their nuptials, Oct. 16, 2021.
The bride wore a custom Vera Wang Haute dress in a light ivory with long sleeves and hand appliqué French macrame lace details throughout, the designer shared in a press release. She changed into another custom Vera Wang Haute gown for the reception, again in a light ivory but with a square neckline.
Nassar wore a classic black tuxedo with black bowtie.
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The lavish outdoor wedding was held in Westchester County, New York, at a 124-acre North Salem equestrian farm. In the days leading up to the wedding, workers were spotted erecting massive platforms and glass-walled tents, The Journal News, part of the USA TODAY network, reported Wednesday.
The property, known as Evergate Stables, was acquired for 25-year-old Jennifer Gates for $15,825,000 in 2018 through a trust. According to New York State property records, the sale, which included three separate parcels, was completed on Jan. 5, 2018, by Robert Buote as Trustee of Wellington Trust.
The following year, Gates renovated a massive barn on the property.
The hoopla brought mixed reaction from neighbors, but they seemed mostly unbothered as preparations were underway, The Journal News reported. The area is known as a magnet for the rich and famous: David Letterman lives nearby, as does Georgina Bloomberg, the equestrian daughter of businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Jennifer Gates announced she was engaged in January 2020.
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“You are one of a kind. Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions,” she wrote with a ring emoji. “I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over. AHHH!!!”
Both equestrians, the couple have been together for years, with social media posts together dating back to 2017.
Bill and Melinda Gates announced they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage in May; the divorce was finalized in August. They also share another daughter, Phoebe, 19 and a son, Rory, 22.
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Contributing: Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY; Karen Croke, Rockland/Westchester Journal News