The wedding of Brooklyn Beckham and billionaire heiress Nicola Peltz last week marked the union of two powerful dynasties on opposite sides of the pond. Brooklyn, 23, is the eldest son of footballer David Beckham and pop star-turned-designer Victoria Beckham. American actress Nicola is the 27-year-old daughter of billionaire businessman Nelson Peltz and his former model wife, Claudia Heffner Peltz.
Closer to home, Sydney society just witnessed a similar merger of two influential families when Louise ‘Lou’ Hay and property developer Jake O’Neil tied the knot at the heritage-listed Carthona mansion at Darling Point.
Jake is the son of multi-million dollar superyacht broker and Rose Bay Marina owner Denis O’Neil, while Lou is the daughter of multi-millionaire brush pioneer and Hayco founder, the late Donald Hay.
The couple are mainstays of the eastern suburbs with many ultra-rich and powerful friends in their inner circle. Their marriage is just one of the unions to have merged some of Sydney’s most influential dynasties.
Heiress Deborah ‘Deb’ Symond O’Neil, the daughter of Aussie Home Loans founder John Symonds, now counts Lou as a sister-in-law having linked up with Jake’s older brother Ned in 2018.
The couple rented the entire Qualia resort on Queensland’s Hamilton Island for the three-day extravaganza, exchanging vows in front of 120 family and friends.
Deb, now a mother of two, founded a luxury clothing store Sports Fashion in 2015, she enlisted the interior design expertise of her sister-in-law Poppy Tzaneros (née O’Neil, sister of Ned and Jake) when she was furnishing the Double Bay boutique.
Like her brothers, Poppy’s marriage also forged ties between two powerful Sydney families. She married Anthony Tzaneros, son of cargo boss Terry and Anne Tzaneros, who own the country’s largest private cargo logistics company, ACFS Port Logistics. The couple tied the knot in a New York Met Gala-themed wedding in 2020.