Unless you were hiding under a rock over the past weekend you won’t have failed to learn that Kim Kardashian and the farther of her child, rapper Kanye have finally tied the knot.
The luxurious wedding ceremony was held in Florence’s Forte di Belvedere, where the pair exchanged vows in front of a huge wall of white flowers, having flown their guests from Paris where pre-wedding festivities had taken place.
The TV star, for whom it was the third marriage, wore a custom Givenchy Haute Couture gown created by outstanding design Riccardo Tisci, also a close friend of the couple.
The groom too was spotted in a custom tuxedo, as was the couple’s 11-month-old baby-daughter North, who wore a Haute Couture dress matching her mother’s.
“Following the ceremony the newly-weds entertained their guests, who included Vogue Italia editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani and US Vogue’s Andre Leon Talley, inside the historic venue,” The Telegraph describes the event.
“West is said to have given a 20-minute speech dedicated to his new wife, who later changed into a short cream beaded creation by Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Parisian fashion house Balmain, who was also in attendance.”
The publication adds: “The couple, who posed for multiple photos in a hired photo booth, also donned customised leather jackets, ordered by West – his the Schott ‘Perfecto’ jacket, hers the Leather Jacket 1 by BLK DNM – which artist Wes Lang daubed ‘Just Married’ art onto for the special occasion.”
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 toldOprah 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.