Wedded bliss for Kimye

2014-05-25 15:00

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After nearly a week of hush-hush celebrations in Paris, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West tied the knot last night not so quietly in Florence, Italy, according to People magazine.

The celebrity magazine reported that Rich Wilkerson Jr, a pastor from North Miami, performed the ceremony, while longtime Kardashian family friend and celebrity event planner Sharon Sacks planned the couple’s nuptials.

Andrea Bocelli sang Con te Partiró (With You I Live) as Kim was walked down the aisle by former athlete Bruce Jenner. The couple were married in front of a massive wall of flowers and about 200 guests.

But not everyone was happy with the much-hyped wedding in the historic Renaissance city.

Lovers of history were frowning at the show of modern execess just hours before the sunset wedding party at the Forte di Belvedere, a 16th-century fortress on a hill overlooking Florence.

Private jets were turned towards Florence, bearing guests rumoured to include fashion writer André Leon Talley, tennis ace Serena Williams, and model Chrissy Teigen and her singer husband John Legend.

It was the 36-year-old performer’s first marriage, but 33-year-old Kardashian’s third trip to the altar.

The New York Daily News reported on its website yesterday that the high-flying couple had paid $420?000 (R4.3?million) to rent the building, which was constructed by the once-powerful Medici family.

Prince Ottaviano de’Medici di Toscana, a modern descendant of the Medici family, told The Telegraph he was incensed by the bash in the fort his ancestors built.

“The city is renting out our palazzi for small change to be used as dance halls. They are selling the city off and many here are disgusted,” he said.

Explaining how he had fallen in love with Florence, West told Florence’s La Nazione in an interview earlier this month that North, his daughter with Kardashian, was conceived there.

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