Kim and Kanye wed in Florence fortress

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IOL CELEBRITIES-KARDASHIAN-_0522_11 REUTERS TV personality Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West

Florence - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially “Bound” to each other.

The celebrity couple, who have made a habit of over-the-top, public displays of affection, got hitched Saturday in a decidedly private spot: a Renaissance fortress in Florence.

The nuptials were confirmed to The Associated Press by Kardashian's rep, who noted the reporting of E! Online, the news site from the network that carries her reality show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” E! Online reported the wedding party consisted of her sisters, while stepfather Bruce Jenner walked her down the aisle.

Kim’s mother Kris Jenner said she was "bursting with happiness" after the wedding.

Speaking shortly afterwards the 58-year-old star said that she is "beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North."

She also told E! News: "Such a magical, romantic wedding! I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours."

Kim - who is believed to have worn a Givenchy white gown - was escorted down the aisle by her stepfather, Bruce Jenner, as well as her sisters, Kourtney, 35, Khloé, 29, and half-sisters, Kendall Jenner, 18, and Kylie Jenner, 16, who acted as bridesmaids.

The couple, who exchanged vows outdoors in front of a wall of flowers, were serenaded by acclaimed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli during the ceremony, who performed several of his biggest hits, including 'Con te Partiro.' John Legend sang for the couple at the reception.

The couple's guests broke into applause twice during the ceremony, which was organised by celebrity party planner Sharon Sacks, and Kris was seen wiping away tears in the front row, according to PEOPLE.com.

After the "beaming" couple softly exchanged vows, off-white and gold escort cards, designed by Lehr and Black, directed guests to their seats for dinner along huge engraved marble table.

The city's mayor's office had said a week earlier that the couple rented Belvedere Fort for a wedding to be performed by a Protestant minister, adding a flurry of excitement in the entertainment world about the ceremony, which had been anticipated for months.

In the days before the nuptials, the pair held court in Paris, parading in front of photographers for pre-wedding festivities. Kardashian posted a picture on the social media site Instagram of the gardens of fashion designer Valentino's 17th-century Chateau de Wideville west of Paris, where one of their events was being held. The couple also toured the Chateau of Versailles.

The duo, who have one child together, were not shy about their romance; he briefly appeared on her reality show, and he gushed about his love for her in a talk show hosted by her mother, Kris Jenner. A topless Kardashian also starred in his music video for “Bound 2,” in which they simulated having sex on a motorcycle bike.

West, 36, proposed to Kardashian, 33, in October on her birthday. He rented out San Francisco's AT&T Park to pop the question.

But when it came to the wedding, media was only able to get photos of the many celebrity guests 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 actor and teenage son of Will and Jada Smith; and Joe Francis of “Girls Gone Wild” fame.

Jay Z and Beyoncé Knowles didn't attend the wedding.

The 'Holy Grail' hitmaker, who was expected to be his close friend and collaborator's best man, reportedly decided to spend the weekend with his wife in The Hamptons, New York.

Sources told UsMagazine.com that Jay, 44, bailed on the couple's wedding at the last minute, as he wanted to enjoy a quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend with Beyoncé and their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

The nuptials drew crowds of fans eager to witness the glitzy event, but they were kept far away from the heavily-walled 16th century fortress, which offers stunning views of Florence and surrounding Tuscan hills.

The rapper was recently quoted in the Florence newspaper La Nazione as saying he and Kardashian had come here previously incognito and he believed that their daughter, North, was conceived “among the Renaissance masterpieces.” The baby was born in June 2013.

It is the first marriage for West, and the third for Kardashian. Her last marriage, to 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.

Sapa-AP and Bang Showbiz



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