My Strange Addiction: The Wedding of Sofia Richie

If you haven’t already seen it on your TikTok “For-You Page,” Sofia Richie got married last weekend. The model, Nudestix beauty entrepreneur and daughter of Lionel Richie married Elliot Grainge — son of Sir Lucian Charles Grainge, CEO of Universal Music Group — at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes in the south of France. Move over Meghan Markle, because social media has dubbed this the year’s royal wedding – for good reason. Everything about it echoes old Hollywood glamor, and I am obsessed. 

If you had asked me last week who Sofia Richie was or what she was up to, I probably would have said something along the lines of, “You mean Scott Disick’s girlfriend?” However, after being victimized by some strategic publicity, not only do I know that I am terribly mistaken, I now know every small detail about her big day. Elliot asked Sofia to marry him in Hawaii after a year of dating… at golden hour (take notes, you eligible  bachelors). The 24 year old has been sharing snippets of her special day – including fireworks and a performance from her famous father – on her TikTok platform all weekend. I have dubbed it my guilty pleasure; Sofia Richie’s wedding has turned into my Super Bowl.  

I will admit that I became a religious follower of her wedding account, “sofiarichiegrainge.” Fans are flocking to the page to see Sofia’s first ever batch of GRWM (“Get Ready With Me”) videos she posted on the account she launched the day before her wedding. Let’s start with the dresses. The Met Gala may be here, but Sofia Richie’s display of Chanel was the fashion event I didn’t know I needed. The celebrity sported not one, not two, but four custom, designer dresses throughout the weekend. Let’s be real, this is a fairytale wedding that would send my younger, cinderella-obsessed self into orbit. During the wedding, Vogue even posted a video to its Instagram page showing Richie trying on three custom Chanel dresses – a long-sleeved beaded gown for the rehearsal dinner, a fitted, beaded halter gown and veil and a minidress for the reception. Let’s just say that though my roommate and I are no fashion specialists, we were on the floor. One user commented on her TikTok videos, “I have become the biggest Sofia Richie fan in the span of a singular day.” Girl, same. I wonder if Sofia Richie’s back hurt waking up Tuesday morning after carrying the weight of the entire TikTok population on her shoulders? 

Another fun fact: in April 2023, a year after announcing her engagement, Sofia Richie shared that she actually converted from Christianity to Judaism (her fiancé’s religion) ahead of her wedding. In a series of Instagram Stories, Richie posted a photo of herself signing a document in Hebrew. “What a magical day,” she captioned the post. “I want to thank cantor Nathan Lam for helping me along this journey of converting to Judaism. It has been one of the greatest experiences of my life.” She added, “Today was that day!!!,” accompanied by five Star of David emojis.

And then there is the star-studded guest list. The wedding-goers were an inter-generational blend of all types of celebrities. The millennial stars obviously dominated the stage: sister Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton, Cameron Diaz and Benji and Joel Madden of the rock band “Good Charlotte.” If you are wondering the answer is yes, of course they performed at the after party. Another guest caught my eye while I spectated this wedding as a rather isolated, third party: the TikTok user Jake Shane, also known as “Octopusslover8.” While it made sense for Sofia Richie’s family and longtime famous friends to be in attendance, many fans – including myself – were confused by Jake Shane’s attendance. In doing some digging, I learned, through a commenter on the TikTok app, that the TikTok comedian is actually Elliot Grainge’s cousin, and more importantly, is now related to Sofia Richie. Is there a way that I can find my way into this family tree?

Long story short, give me about 7-10 more business days until I stop blabbing about Sofia Richie’s storybook wedding.