Guests who had come to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s place thinking to attend his girlfriend Priscilla Chan’s graduation party were in for a surprise. The Couple announced their wedding to the 100 guests gathered at the couple's home in Palo Alto, California.
The couple had been planning the ceremony for months but kept it a secret."Everybody was shocked," an anonymous guest said. Zuckerberg designed the ring, which featured "a very simple ruby," the guest added.
Chan wore a traditional white dress by designer Claire Pettibone. According to People Magazine, the "Sky Between the Branches" gown was "an ivory laser-cut floral dress adorned with matte sequins lined in silk. The gown featured subtle cutouts in the overlay, plus an illusion jewel neckline, sheer back and chapel-length train. The dress retails for $4,700."
Although the ceremony coincided with Facebook going public, the sources states that Zuckerberg and Chan planned the wedding around her graduation, not the IPO.
The wedding feast came from the couple's favorite Palo Alto restaurants, Palo Alto Sol and Fuki Sushi, and for desert they had Burdick Chocolate "mice," which Chan and Zuckerberg had on their first date.
Chan is fluent in English, Spanish and Cantonese and encouraged Zuckerberg to learn Mandarin.
Chan may have also influenced Facebook's decision to include an option to become an organ donor by signing up on the site. Along with Sheryl Sandberg's dedication to the cause, which she described to ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Zuckerberg also cited his soon-to-be-wife as inspiration for the addition.
Zuckerberg and Chan had been dating for approximately nine years. They both met at Harvard at a fraternity party during Zuckerberg's sophomore year in 2003.
"Our dinner conversations are often about Facebook and kids, and the kids that [Priscilla's] meeting," Zuckerberg told ABC News' Robin Roberts. "She'll see them getting sicker, then, all of a sudden, an organ becomes available, and she comes home and her face is all lit up because someone's life is going to be better because of this."
The couple adopted a Hungarian sheepdog they named Beast in 2011. And of course, the pup has his own Facebook page.
The site, which was founded in 2004 in a Harvard dorm room, has grown into a worldwide network of almost a billion users. Today, the company, headquartered at 1 Hacker Way in Menlo Park, has grown as its popularity has risen, now employing 3,500 people.
Her husband is now worth an estimated $20.3 billion, according to Morningstar IPO analyst Jim Krapfel. But the fact that she met Zuckerberg before Facebook earned him billions, it seems Priscilla Chan has been a strong support to the Facebook Creator.
The Couple are now in Rome. Facebook CEO along with Priscilla Chan wandered around the chapel in the Vatican with a priest and tour guide. They were snapped listening intently to a guide explaining the marvels of the stunning 500-year-old paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings.
They were also spotted at the ancient Colosseum, as well as Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps taking photographs every few minutes.
The couple are thought to have arrived in Rome by private jet and stayed at the luxury five star Portrait suites hotel close to the Spanish Steps which is owned by the family of fashion designer Salvatore Ferragamo.