To Keep His 'Sacred' Wedding Private, Sean Parker Invited Vanity Fair

Rebecca Greenfield
August 1, 2013
To Keep His 'Sacred' Wedding Private, Sean Parker Invited Vanity Fair

Sean Parker, the man who recently wrote a nearly 10,000 word diatribe against the press lamenting that "nothing is sacred on the Internet, not even a wedding," invited a Vanity Fair reporter to his supposedly sacred wedding. Despite saying that "we chose a remote location (Big Sur), invited no press, and did our best to conceal that location from the press" in his TechCrunch screed, Parker invited one member of the press: David Kirkpatrick, "who covered the wedding exclusively for Vanity Fair." Technically, Kirkpatrick wasn't there to report on the wedding, says Vanity Fair. "We asked David to write about it after the fact as he has written a number of stories for Vanity Fair and he was a guest at the wedding," a Vanity Fair spokesperson told The Atlantic Wire. 

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Still, Vanity Fair has the "Inside" story of the wedding care of Kirkpatrick, who has written about Parker before, along with a 32 picture slideshow of the "lavish" affair — even though Parker insisted "we didn’t sell our photos to tabloids." And technically he didn't. The magazine says that they reached out to Parker for the pictures and he gave them the photos. "One of his wedding photographers—Mark Seliger—also happens to be a Vanity Fair contributor," said the Vanity Fair spokesperson. 

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Parker claims he had his wedding among the Redwoods — away from bloggers, tabloids, and even high brow fashion magazines like Vanity Fair — for privacy, specifically from press:

One of the most salient themes of our ceremony, and also of our vows, was the notion of 'sanctuary' – finding a literal and existential place of solace where my wife and I could be together, alone with our thoughts, at peace with ourselves, able to express ourselves openly without fear of judgment or social scrutiny.

Kirkpatrick reiterates this point in his piece: "From the start, Parker and Lenas had sought to avoid the spotlight, requesting that guests leave cameras and cell phones behind. Scores brought them anyway, and indulged in bedazzled documentation," he writes.

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Yet, Parker gave his photos to Vanity Fair and invited a journalist who has before written magazine articles about the Internet millionaire. See, Parker doesn't mind if one of the most respected fashion and culture magazines shows off his "intimate" ceremony. But, it's "the fast-and-loose world of 'blogging for dollars,'" of which Parker doesn't approve. (That is, unless they let him rant for 9,500 words about his wedding.) Parker just really wants everyone to say nice things about his wedding, okay? Doesn't a Vanity Fair spread buy any respect these days?