Perth fashion designer Lydia Tsvetnenko sparks wedding speculation after posting photos on social media

Perth fashion designer Lydia Tsvetnenko sparks wedding speculation after posting photos on social media

Perth fashion designer Lydia Tsvetnenko sparked speculation she had tied the knot for a second time after a series of snaps on social media, but not all was as it seemed.

The co-founder of fashion label House of Zhivago posted the photos of her with partner Ben Newport to her Instagram stories on Sunday.

Camera IconLydia Tsvetnenko is a Perth fashion designer. Credit: Alan Chau/The West Australian

In one photo, she was wearing a white mini dress with thigh high white boots and a veil, and captioned the post “we did a thing…”.

While Tsvetnenko, the ex-wife of embattled tycoon Eugeni “Zhenya” Tsvetnenko, dressed up for the ‘nuptials’, Newport opted for a low-cut t-shirt worn under a suit, whilst he also donned a beanie.

Ben Newport and Lydia Tsvetnenko pose together.
Camera IconBen Newport and Lydia Tsvetnenko pose together. Credit: Lydia Tsvetnenko/Instagram

Two other photos were posted of the couple, a series of photo booth shots and another of them kissing.

Shots of Ben Newport and Lydia Tsvetnenko from a photobooth.
Camera IconShots of Ben Newport and Lydia Tsvetnenko from a photobooth. Credit: Lydia Tsvetnenko/Instagram

However when contacted by AAA, Tsvetnenko dashed hopes of newly wedded bliss, saying the photos were simply from a party with an op-shop theme.

Her first wedding, to tech tycoon Zhenya Tsvetnenko, cost a whopping $600,000, but for a short time it appeared that Lydia Tsvetnenko had opted for a more low key affair to tie the knot a second time.

Star company: Zhenya Tsvetnenko and Lydia Tsvetnenko with rapper Snoop Dogg at Mr Tsvetnenkos 29th birthday bash.
Camera IconStar company: Zhenya Tsvetnenko and Lydia Tsvetnenko with rapper Snoop Dogg at Mr Tsvetnenkos 29th birthday bash. Credit: Unknown/Supplied by Subject

Her wedding to the tech tycoon was at Peel Manor House in Baldivis in 2008, with the bride arriving in a horse drawn carriage, while $80,000 was spent on the marquee, $60,000 on flowers, and $12,000 on black silk, crystal chandeliers and hundreds of butterflies .

A photo of Zhenya Tsvetnenko and Lydia Tsvetnenko together.
Camera IconA photo of Zhenya Tsvetnenko and Lydia Tsvetnenko together. Credit: Michael Wilson/The West Australian

Despite the expensive nuptials the pair split in 2019. Tsvetnenko first revealed she was in a new relationship earlier this year when she posted a photo with Newport and their friends Ryan Crowley and Lauren Dunn at Cooee restaurant.

While her ex is currently in custody in the United States for his role in “one of the biggest telecommunications scams in US history”, Newport is the former chief executive of investment company Hot Copper Holdings and is now alumnus of business school INSEAD.

Tsvetnenko has two children from her previous marriage, daughter Max who was born in 2013, and son Jet, born in 2015.

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