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Nicole Richie’s Wedding Elephant Explained!

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Why in the world was there an elephant at Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's wedding?

Folks were baffled Saturday when an elephant with an elaborate headdress was seen entering the premises of Lionel Richie's Beverly Hills estate — where 150 guests watched his daughter and Madden exchange vows.

Related: PHOTOS: Nicole and Joel's most romantic moments

The answer lies in an interview Richie, 29, gave way back in November 2005, when she was then engaged to marry the late DJ A.M. (real name: Adam Goldstein).

On Larry King Live! she told guest host Ryan Seacrest all about her wedding plans. "I want to have a very, very big wedding. I want it to be very extravagant. I want like hundreds of people and elephants…and a horse and carriage."

Related: PHOTOS: Nicole and Joel's adorable daughter Harlow

Befuddled, Seacrest asked about the inclusion of elephants. "Because elephants are really good luck," Richie explained. "And they're beautiful animals. You don't think?"

To illustrate, she added: "You know, the movie Coming to America," in which Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who has a beyond-lavish wedding with elephants and many other creatures.

Related: PHOTOS: Gorgeous celeb weddings

"I want it bigger than that," she said.

Elephant or not, Richie's actual nuptials were slightly more low-key. Richie wore three different Marchesa outfits for the black-tie, winter-themed event, attended by celeb pals like Khloe Kardashian and Samantha Ronson. Rapper-minister Rev. Run officiated the ceremony, and guests dined on goodies like homemade butternut squash ravioli, filet mignon and a dessert buffet.

"It was awesome!" a guest told Us.

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