The Italian wedding of Mikey Hess and Misha Nonoo has become a international spectacle as a result of the relatively private couple’s very famous friends.
The newlyweds’ guest list for the big day included: an American princess; three members of the British royal family; a supermodel; countless real estate scions; a family of Greek shipping heirs; a Grammy-winning pop star, her stylist and her actor fiance; two Republicans; the former wives of Rupert Murdoch and Roman Abromovich; a Beatle; and James Corden.
But how did a fashion designer who grew up in Bahrain and an oil heir from Manhattan come to have the most star-studded wedding of the year?
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Connections: Mikey Hess and Misha Nonoo had the most star-studded wedding of the year in Rome on Friday (Guests above and their ties to the newlyweds)
In the beginning: Markle (left with Markus Anderson) wrote in her now-shuttered blog that it was at Art Basel in 2014 that she Nonoo (right with ex-husband Gilkes and Anderson), during a night of drinking and dancing in Miami.
Matchmakers: David Geffen hosted Princess Beatrice on his yacht and the two later attended the US Open alongside Hess and others, just before the newlyweds started to date (
Fashionista: Princess Eugenie was seen with Nonoo just last week at her store opening in New York City, and event also attended by Karlie Kloss.
Lil’ yachty: Geffen brought the couple together with Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell, when they all spent time on the Rising Sun back in 2018, alongside Kloss and Kushner
On the bride’s side of the aisle were the two biggest names in attendance, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Nonoo claims she met Markle in 2010 when the two were sat together at a luncheon in Miami during Art Basel, and has said in the past that they struck up a friendship almost immediately.
Markle wrote in her now-shuttered blog that it was actually at Art Basel in 2014, and during a night of drinking and dancing in Miami.
It is Markle’s timeline that stands up, with photos confirming the two both attended an event at the Soho House that year.
The two were then introduced by Markus Anderson, one of the founders of the Soho House and a friend of Markle.
Anderson was also a friend of Nonoo and her husband at the time, Alexander Gilkes, who three years prior had started his own auction house for fine art, Paddle8.
His employees at the time included none other than Princess Eugenie, who had been a guest at his and Nonoo’s three-day wedding back in 2012, which also took place in Italy.
Nonoo is sticking the the three-days-in-Italy timeline this time around as well, but did switch up the venue by marrying Hess in Rome and Gilkes in Venice.
Princess Eugenie was seen with Nonoo just last week at her store opening in New York City, and event also attended by Karlie Kloss.
Princess Beatrice was also in attendance at Nonoo’s 2012 wedding as well, and is the matchmaker who likely brought the two together with the help of billionaire David Geffen.
The younger of the two sisters came to know Hess after the pair met in 2016 at the US Open, shortly after Princess Beatrice enjoyed a trip on Geffen’s yacht, Rising Sun.
Hess is a frequent guest on the yacht, as is his best friend, Joshua Kushner.
Kushner and Hess both attended Harvard and then Harvard business school together, and Kushner was a member of the wedding party.
The boys are so close that Kushner’s big brother also grabbed an invite with wife Ivanka.
Those two were also at the US Open back in 2016, along with Kushner’s now-wife Karlie Kloss, Geffen pal Dasha Zhukova and Wendi Deng.
That was the start of a friendship that led to the ex-wives of Rupert Murdoch and Roman Abromivich scoring invites to the wedding.
Geffen also brought the couple together with Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell, when they all spent time on the Rising Sun back in 2018, alongside Kloss and Kushner.
It was also likely Kloss who brought Scooter Braun into the fold after he began to rep the supermodel on her various projects off the runway.
Hess is also linked to Perry though through his friendship with Nico Mizrahi, whoae wife Jamie is the singer’s stylist.
It is unclear who knows James Corden.