The latest lavish Russian wedding on the Cote d' Nuptials sees an intriguing alliance between the daughter of a major Russian property dynasty with the scion of deposed Libyan dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 'right hand' man Massoud Abdelhafid.
Glamorous Anastasia Fuks, 21, wed Massoud Abdelhafid - a namesake of his infamous grandfather - at a poolside location bedecked by flowers at a villa in France's Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat on the Cote d-Azur.
The bride - who studied in London at Regent Business School - is daughter and heiress to Pavel Fuks, 44, a significant development magnate in Vladimir Putin's Moscow.
The gorgeous sunset over the French Riviera as the couple wed outside the villa used for the expensive wedding
The bride wore a $5,000 white dress designed by Zuhair Murad, and boasted an 'impressive' diamond ring
Anastasia Fuks, 21, wed Massoud Abdelhafid - at a villa in France's Cote d-Azur. Her dress was designed by Zuhair Murad and cost $5000
She wore a $5,000 white dress designed by Zuhair Murad, and boasted an expensive and 'impressive' diamond ring.
The groom's forebear was interior minister and loyalist servant to the ruthless despot Gaddafi, aka his 'right hand man' and 'walking encyclopedia'.
After Gaddafi was overthrown, Massoud senior escaped to Cairo where he was reported to have died from illness in 2015.
No expense spared: the happy couple were wed on a path in the middle of a floating pool looking over the French Riviera coastline
Despite the lavish occasion in a villa described as being 'smothered' in flowers, it is reported that the bride's family did not go out of their way to advertise the identity of the groom's lineage at a wedding where the guests enjoyed 'exceptional European cuisine and elite alcohol drinks'.
In one account he was described merely as 'her long haired darling'.
The ceremony ended with a 'mesmerising fireworks display', said Russian reports.
The French Riviera provided the backdrop to the expensive nuptials between the wealthy bride and groom
The French villa was decorated in minute detail for the wedding celebrations - including plenty of flowers and lights
Wedding guests enjoyed live music courtesy of a band playing by the pool well into the night. Several celebrities from Russia attended
Flower arrangements for tables at the French villa wedding reception were far from subtle
The 10-foot wedding cake took centre stage at the nuptials. But how to start cutting slices for your guests?
The bride and groom during the reception enjoy their first moments together as man and wife
The bride's dress for the wedding was believed to be worth more than $5000. It was designed by Zuhair Murad
Guests enjoyed shelter from the warm weather on the French Riviera - and a mirrored dancefloor
The guests enjoyed 'exceptional European cuisine and elite alcohol drinks', according to Russian media
The bride and groom held hands. The ring was described as an 'impressive' diamond ring while her designer dress cost $5000
It is stated that in the bride's Instagram account there is just one picture of Massoud - and she is covering his face with her hand.
The picture - if it exists - is not publicly visible.
Yet happy images of the latest money-no-object Russian society wedding have appeared on the web, including a cake almost 10 ft in height.
The bride's father owns development company MosCityGroup that is noted for building an elite residential block Sky House in Moscow city centre, and other landmark addresses.
Pavel Fuks was born in Kharkiv, in Soviet Ukraine in 1971, graduating from the local university where he studied economics.
Later he switched to Moscow and studied 'world economy'.
Even the umbrellas oozed money at this French Riviera wedding of a Russian property heiress and the grandson of a Gaddafi henchman
Guests enjoyed the delightful sunset and long summer evening lit by candles scattered around the villa
Pavel is listed number 150 in Finans Magazine's table of self-starting Russian businessmen, who founded their businesses themselves.
He is one of the biggest developers in Moscow-City, a Western-style skyscraper district of the Russian capital, two miles from the Kremlin.
He is an ex boxer.
In one interview, he told how his first steps in business involved selling cigarettes one by one in the dying days of the Communist USSR.
He stressed how he came from from an ordinary Soviet family and it was 'the street' that pushed him towards capitalism.
The wedding was attended by some Russian A-list celebrities. Guests enjoyed 'exceptional European cuisine and elite alcohol drinks'
Guests enjoyed a photo or two with the expensive floral decorations at the summertime wedding on the French Riviera
The ceremony ended with a 'mesmerising fireworks display', said Russian media reports
Meanwhile, Tatiana Fuks, Pavel's wife and Anastasia's mother, is the founder and owner of the TAJ jewellery brand.
The French wedding was attended by a number of Russian A-list celebrities, it is reported.
Among them were reported to be composer Igor Krutoy and his family and also Galina Yudashkina, wife of an 'elitny' fashion designer.
In 2011, the groom's grandfather was among a number of top Libyans on whom sanctions were imposed by the United Nations Security Council .
He was also nicknamed Mr Chad for his leadership of insurrections in the African state.