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Bill Gates was photographed sharing a loving embrace with his oldest child, daughter Jennifer Gates, at her wedding rehearsal on Friday ahead of the big event on Saturday.
The 25-year-old billionaire's daughter is set to wed fellow
professional equestrian Nayel Nassar on Saturday at the North Salem estate the Microsoft co-founder purchased for $15.82 million.
Photos taken from Friday's lavish festivities show the bride-to-be sharing a sweet moment with her father outdoors on the property. Jennifer looked elegant in a white dress paired with a matching cropped jacket. Her hair was pulled back in a ponytail.
Gates appeared in good spirits ahead as the wedding weekend kicked off. According to reports, the wedding is likely to cost the Gates family "at least" $2 million.
JENNIFER GATES SET TO WED FIANCÉ NAYEL NASSAR AT SPRAWLING $16M UPSTATE NEW YORK HORSE FARM Bill Gates and his daughter Jennifer share a loving embrace at her wedding rehearsal festivities on Friday ahead of her big day on Saturday. The billionaire’s daughter is set to marry equestrian Nayel Nassar. (TheImageDirect.com)
Another photo shows the famous father and daughter in conversation while on a deck at the property. The two were seen sipping drinks as other attendees, including her younger siblings Rory and Phoebe Gates, were also spotted socializing.
It appeared Jennifer had an outfit change in between the picture-taking. She was spotted in a form-fitting white gown that showed off her shoulders. She accessorized her look with a sparkly white handbag.
Friday's events were also significant in that it was the first time Bill was photographed with his now-ex-wife Melinda, 57, following their divorce. The couple announced in May that they were splitting after 27 years of marriage.
Their divorce was finalized in early August. Jennifer Gates, 25, is seen having a chat with her father on the deck of the $16 million North Salem horse farm where she plans to say ‘I do’ on Saturday. (TheImageDirect.com)
sprawling 124-acre horse farm that's been turned into the couple's wedding venue is located in North Salem, just 35 miles outside of Manhattan. The property features featuring multiple barns, paddocks, and training rings. The neighborhood is also home to some other household names, such as former "Late Show" host David Letterman. Georgina Bloomberg, also an equestrian, owns a horse farm nearby. Her father, former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, reportedly snagged the property for her.
Architectural Digest, the Gates' multi-million dollar home was previously owned by Duncan Dayton, heir to the Dayton-Hudson Corporation, now known as the Target Corporation. A LOOK AT BILLIONAIRE BILL GATES’ MULTIPLE LAVISH HORSE PROPERTIES
Meanwhile, recent photos showed there was a massive overhaul to the property in recent weeks in preparation for the nuptials. Elaborate pavilions have been built on the property with floor-to-ceiling windows and hardwood floors in addition to a stage, the
New York Post reported. 25-year-old Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar, 30, met on the prestigious show-jumping circuit and got engaged in January 2020. (Jean-Louis Carli/AleA / Getty Images)
It's also a fitting location for the soon-to-be newlyweds. Nassar, 30, represented Egypt this past summer in the Tokyo Olympics. He also rides out of
Evergate Stables, which has two locations purchased through a Gates family trust. Meanwhile, Jennifer, also a medical student, is an accomplished equestrian who was part of the Longines Global Champions Tour and the Global Champions League. She's competed in shows all over the U.S. and in Europe.
The couple met on the prestigious show-jumping circuit and got engaged in January 2020. At the time, Jennifer shared the news on
Instagram, with a photo of the two of them on a ski vacation. "Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind," she wrote. BILL GATES IS ALL SMILES AS HE ARRIVES IN NYC AHEAD OF DAUGHTER JENNIFER'S LAVISH WEDDING Jennifer Gates competes in Villepinte, France. (Daniel Bockwoldt/picture alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)
"Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over," Jennifer gushed.
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HERE Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Jennifer Gates attend Global Champions Tour of Monaco 2017 on June 23, 2017 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. The now exes reunited on Oct. 16 to take part in their oldest daughter’s wedding festivities. (fotopress/Getty Images / Getty Images)
Nayel was just as delighted at the thought of spending forever with the Microsoft founder's daughter. In his own post announcing their engagement, he wrote, "SHE SAID YES!! I'm feeling like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right about now. Jenn, you are everything I could have possibly imagined..and so much more. I can't wait to keep growing together through this journey called life, and I simply can't imagine mine without you anymore. Love you more than you can possibly imagine, and thank you for making every single day feel like a dream to me. Here's to forever!"
FOX Business' Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.
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