Nicole Richie, the 29-year-old socialite, fashion designer and reality television star, married her boyfriend of four years Joel Madden, in a winter themed wedding in Beverly Hills yesterday (11th December 2010), reports US Magazine. The ceremony was held at the home of the bride's father, soul legend Lionel Richie, and included guests such as Khloe Kardashian and Samantha Ronson.

Around 150 guests attended the formal black-tie event, and reports suggest that an elephant was also part of the celebrations. There had been much speculation as to who would designer the dress for Richie's big day and the 29-year-old was said to be torn between two designers just days before the ceremony. 'Marchesa' and 'Chanel' were the two possibilities, but Richie flew into New York City on December 3rd 2010 for a fitting with the former, and her stylist SIMONE HAROUCHE said of her decision, "A lot of thought went into her dress - it was a priority for her".

Richie's father Lionel walked his daughter down the aisle at the exclusive wedding, and later spoke of his love for the entire family, including Nicole's two children 'Harlow' and 'Sparrow', saying, "My happiness for Nicole and Joel knows no boundaries. They have given me two beautiful grandchildren, Harlow and Sparrow, and have proven to be great parents. I am not sure who is luckier, Nicole and Joel to have each other, or me, to have both of them in my life."