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Happy ever Salpa: Gorgeous Georgia ties the knot with Joe in Portofino

ShowbizBy Daragh Keany
Georgia and Joe take a stroll.
Georgia and Joe take a stroll.
Georgia and pal Louise Johnston ahead of the big day.
Georgia and pal Louise Johnston ahead of the big day.

Georgia Salpa looked picture perfect as she wed millionaire businessman Joe Penna in the postcard town of Portofino in Italy yesterday.

And the Sunday World can reveal that Ireland’s top model could afford to turn down a SIX figure sum from a U.K. glossy mag for exclusive snaps of her 
big day.

The 30-year-old Irish-Greek goddess is now on millionaire’s row with super-rich Joe, a city hedge-fund manager and divorced father of one who she met after moving to London in 2012.

Penna is worth an estimated €50 million.

Georgia and Joe wed in the same church where Wayne and Colleen Rooney tied the knot on the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast.

Around 140 of their closest friends and family then partied in the five-star Splendido Hotel at an all-expenses-paid bash that went on into the early hours of this morning. 

As the last of the guests arrived on Friday afternoon, the loved-up pair arranged for each of them to be greeted in their hotel rooms by a ‘Welcome Pack’ detailing the three-day event. 

They were then treated to a champagne reception on Friday night in The Splendido Hotel.

Georgia said 'I do' to her millionaire boyfriend...

Even though each of the guests was invited months ago, the Sunday World has learned that the whole weekend was kept a secret from them as the happy couple wanted to add a “fun mystery tour” element to the festivities.

Hotel rooms, all meals, drinks at the official events and any transport between airports, hotels and churches were all paid for by the couple. 

Georgia flew into the idyllic town on Wednesday with Joe and her closest friends and family.  

The official wedding celebrations kicked off on Friday night and guests cheered as the bride and groom went their separate ways. The pair met up again at the top of the altar of the Santa Margherita Ligure church. 

One pal told the Sunday World that the fun couple asked all guests to wear “something bright” at the church and to “avoid boring wedding suits” which resulted in a “rainbow theme” for yesterday’s big day.

All guests were asked to avoid taking pictures of the pair in the church as the groom is notoriously private.  

Sultry Georgia looked stunning in her white wedding dress as she was walked down the aisle at 3pm Irish time yesterday.

Among her close family watching on were her mother Marie, step father Paddy Butler and sisters Emma Jane and Holly.

Georgia’s close pal Maurice Flynn – a celebrity hairdresser – acted as her ‘Best Man’ while former Fade Street star Louise Johnston was part of the bridal party. 

Model pals spotted among the VIP guest list were Louise Kavanagh, Karena Graham, Leah O’Reilly and Emily McKeogh.

Other guests included celebrity photographer Brian McEvoy and his wife.  The three-day spectacle includes today’s Beach Chic special where guests are invited to supper together in a glamorous beach party before heading home tomorrow morning.