They finally said, “I do!” Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are now husband and wife after the couple tied the knot in front of about 200 guests on Saturday, May 24.
The ceremony was held at the historic Forte di Belvedere, a 16th-century-era fortress atop a hill near the Arno river, and was performed by Rich Wilkerson Jr., a pastor from North Miami, while longtime Kardashian family friend and celebrity event planner Sharon Sacks planned the couple’s nuptials.
The People Magazine reports that the gorgeous bride was walked down the aisle by Bruce Jenner while Andrea Bocelli sang “Con te Partiró”. Kim looked absolutely stunning in a long-sleeve white Givenchy gown, as well as the groom in his Riccardo Tisci tuxedo.
Givenchy was also responsible for dressing the couple’s 11-month-old daughter, North, who wore white lace like her mother. Kardashian’s bridesmaids, her four sisters, also wore white, although each sported different dresses.
Kanye appeared to be very nervous beforehand, according to one eyewitness who said: “It was funny how nervous he was. He clearly knew the gravity of what he was about to do. This morning he was all smiles, but as it got closer, you could see that the nerves were kicking in. It’s common for most grooms. I’ve seen it all before.”
John Legend also serenaded the couple inside their wedding reception, singing “All of Me,” a source told Us Weekly, adding that their first dance, however, was to a mash up of Etta James’ “At Last” and Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” and “Tenderness.”
“I am so happy for Kim and Kanye, Kanye was inspired by you, knew he was in love with you, knew you were the one…I know Kanye personally as person, as friend and as a mentor…I believe in you two and I also believe in this song, and it’s number one now!” said Legend at the wedding.
Among the notables sighted arriving in Florence ahead of the nuptials were Steve McQueen, director of Oscar-winner 12 Years a Slave; Lala Anthony, wife of NY Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony; Jaden Smith, the teenage son of Will and Jada Smith; and Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild fame.
Reportedly it took the rapper nine years to finally win the woman of his dreams, but it was in March 2012 when they appeared together at Paris Fashion Week together that they were officially an item. Kardashian told Oprah Winfrey during a 2012 interview that she didn’t know what took them so long, writes CNN.
West, 36, proposed to Kardashian, 33, in October on her birthday. He rented out San Francisco’s AT&T Park to pop the question. After just over a year together, the couple welcomed their first child, North West, in June 2013.
This is West’s first marriage and Kardashian’s third.Her last marriage, to the professional basketball player Kris Humphries, in 2011, lasted 72 days. That ceremony was featured in a two-part TV special.
The city’s mayor’s office last week had said that the €300,000 euro ($420,000) rental fee for the fort would help fund restorations of Florence’s art treasures.