Revelling in the car crash that is the Kardashians has never been my thing. Watching the way they’ve dominated the tabloids with their D grade antics has made my eyeballs rattle over the years.
But I find myself oddly fascinated by Kim Kardashian‘s wedding to Kanye West … I just couldn’t look away. Come on, admit it, you’re a teensy bit curious too … OK, maybe it’s just me …
Well, here’s the lowdown anyway:
The couple of two years married on Saturday in Florence, Italy, at the 16th-century Forte di Belvedere in front of 600 of their closest family members and friends, including Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, LaLa Anthony, Lorraine Schwartz, Q-Tip, Jaden Smith and more. Er, who are these people? I must be getting old.
The E! network just released some exclusive wedding photos, as per above. Click here for the rest, including their Just Married matching leather jackets (oh, yes).
Among the scandalous no-shows was Kim’s younger brother Rob, who flew out of Paris, France, a few hours ahead of the ceremony after having a row with Kim.
A source told X17: “Rob said he was sickened by Kim and Kanye’s display of wealth and clothes and beauty and called it ‘superficial bulls***’ but Kim was pissed that Rob hadn’t made an effort to drop any weight over the past few months. Rob basically thinks Kim cares about him only for his appearance and he said he’d ‘make life easier’ for her and just leave.”
It had been widely speculated that Jayz would be best man at the wedding, but he and wife Beyonce didn’t attend. In response to the controversy, Beyonce posted a pic of Kim, Kanye and baby North on Instagram with the caption: “Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family.”
The festivities kicked off last Friday, with brunch at designer Valentino‘s castle, followed by a rehearsal dinner at the Palace of Versailles, where Lana Del Rey performed.
Valentino president Giancarlo Giammetti snapped the pic above of the bride and groom addressing their guests at the rehearsal dinner.
Then the guests flew to Italy for the ceremony itself. The couple were married in front of a wall of flowers that echoed Kanye’s Mother’s Day gift to Kim, beside a white grand piano. More than $100,000 worth of floral arrangements were included in the ceremony, from one of Florence’s oldest flower shops, Fiori Della Signoria, including tuberose flowers.
The happy couple and their daughter all wore custom Givenchy (designed by close friend Riccardo Tisci – check out the wedding dress here: pic.twitter.com/q6gHaqeCdo) and were serenaded by a opera singer Andrea Bocelli and an orchestra. Bocelli sang “Con te Partiró” as the bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her stepfather, Bruce Jenner.
Kim’s bridal party consisted of sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kris, Kylie, Kendall. Khloe shared an Instagram photo of the view over Florence from the ceremony, captioning it “E vissero felici e contenti…”, which is Italian for “and they lived happily ever after”.
I’d been secretly hoping the who thing would be a tacky horror story, but a source who was at the wedding told Us Weekly: “It was just the most perfect night. And for all the talk about it being over the top or crazy—it really wasn’t! It was just the most beautifully put together, chic, intimate celebration. I don’t think anyone will forget it.”
Kim and Kanye danced to 2014’s wedding anthem, John Legend‘s “All of Me.” Unlike most couples, however, John Legend was there himself to sing the hit song.
Legend told the crowd: “I am so happy for Kim and Kanye, Kanye was 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!”
Kanye also rapped for the crowd during a mashup of Etta James‘ “At Last” and Otis Redding’s “These Arms of Mine” and “Tenderness”.
The menu had a pink theme and included chicken, steak, salmon, tortelloni and both rosé and gold Armand de Brignac Champagne. The wedding cake was a towering seven-foot white cake with fruit layers.
Speaking after the ceremony to E! News, mother of the bride Kris Jenner said she was “beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North. Such a magical, romantic wedding! I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.”
And there was tutting in some quarters about her choice of cleavage baring dress …
Kanye gave a 20-minute speech at the reception, beginning: “I just wanna stop the music a second ‘cos my baby’s coming back with a new dress on. Here she is – Kim Kardashian West.”
At one point, he called the Kardashian family an “industry” and “the most remarkable people of our time” who can “make the world a better place.” Huh?
And then he crowed to a cheering room: “I am defined by being a celebrity…the world is our altar. We are not stupid!”
OK, maybe I take it back about it not being a tacky horror story …
After dinner, guests took happy snaps in a photo booth with the happy couple, then partied until long after 1am.
The town was also treated to a massive fireworks display in the couple’s honour.
The happy couple have since reportedly flown to Cork in Ireland for a 5-day honeymoon. The Mirror reports the couple are staying at a five star estate in Munster: “Rumours were rife on Twitter that the A listers are currently holed up in the posh Castylemartry Resort.
“A spokeswoman told the Irish Mirror that the Presidential suite, which costs €2,750 for a night, and all 10 of the rooms in the 7th-century Manor House have been booked up.
“The break could cost Kanye, who appears to have booked the suite for five nights, up to €50,000.”