'What a magical day': Sofia Richie reveals she embraced Judaism ahead of wedding to Elliot Grainge
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Sofia Richie has announced her conversion to Judaism ahead of her upcoming marriage to fiance Elliot Grainge. The 24-year-old model and daughter of Lionel Richie took to Instagram on Monday to share the news along with a photo of herself. In her post, Richie expressed gratitude towards Cantor Nathan Lam for guiding her through the conversion process, describing it as "one of the greatest experiences" of her life. She wrote, "What a magical day...Today was that day!!! ✡️✡️✡️✡️✡️."
Grainge, a 28-year-old music executive and the son of Universal Music Group CEO and chairman Sir Lucian Grainge, is Jewish. He has previously shared stories about his bar mitzvah, where he had a big UK boyband in attendance. Richie and Grainge are set to tie the knot later this year, and her recent conversion to Judaism is seen as a significant step in their relationship.
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Countdown to the 'big day'
The bride-to-be, Richie, has been busy with pre-wedding preparations, determined to achieve her perfect bridal glow. Last week, she shared a glimpse of her pampering session at Sev Laser Aesthetics, a luxury skincare and spa center, on her Instagram Story. Alongside a photo of the entrance, Richie wrote, "pre wedding touch up @sevlaseraesthetics."
Prior to this, Richie posted a photo on Instagram of herself relaxing in her backyard, dressed in a cozy gray sweater, black jeans, and pink heels, accompanied by the caption "The countdown begins 👰🏼♀️." Her use of wedding-related emojis made it clear that the big day was fast approaching. Even family friend Paris Hilton expressed her excitement in the comments, writing, "Can't wait sis!" Overall, Richie seems to be fully immersed in her pre-wedding rituals and is eagerly anticipating her nuptials.
Romantic proposal and engagement
Last April, during a tropical getaway, Grainge proposed to Richie in a beautiful setting adorned with candles and flowers. Capturing the moment on Instagram, Richie wrote, "Forever isn't long enough," sharing images from their engagement. Richie's father, Lionel, who happens to be a friend and frequent collaborator of Grainge's father, expressed his admiration for the young man. "I love Elliot. I've known him since he was 12 ... It was one of those things where I don't have to go back and check out the kid. I know who it is," Lionel told Access Hollywood shortly after the engagement announcement.
To celebrate their engagement, the couple threw a party attended by Richie's siblings Nicole and Miles, brother-in-law Joel Madden, and Benji Madden. The festivities featured a grazing platter, a two-tiered floral cake, and a personalized drinks menu that included 'The Elliot' and 'The Sofia.' Richie looked stunning in an embellished white dress paired with white heels, while her fiance donned a beige linen suit and brown loafers.