Kim Kardashian and Kanye West celebrated their wedding on Saturday in a 16th century castle overlooking the historic city of Florence.
City authorities confirmed the event, overseen by a Protestant pastor, that took place in the Forte di Belvedere, set on a hill overlooking the city which the couple have hired for the night for 300,000 euros ($408,900).
But few other details were leaked out ahead of the lavish festivities. A private security firm kept curious fans, paparazzi and television cameras from getting too close to the site, a Renaissance stronghold with high sloping walls that have been boosted by specially erected privacy screens.
People magazine reported that the couple exchanged vows in front of a wall of flowers – much like the over-the-top arrangement West gave Kardashian on Mother’s Day.
The bride reportedly wore a custom-made, white lace Givenchy Haute Couture gown, designed by Riccardo Tisci.
While several A-list celebrities were expected to attend the wedding, Us Weekly reported that Jay Z and Beyonce skipped the nuptials and decided to spend Memorial Day weekend in the Hamptons.
Also absent from the ceremony in Florence was Kim's younger brother Rob Kardashian who reportedly flew out Paris, France Saturday morning and arrived in Los Angeles shortly after the ceremony took place.
West, 36, a rapper, entrepreneur and self-declared romantic, proposed to 33-year-old reality TV star Kardashian in an empty baseball stadium with a specially hired orchestra, the event shown during an episode of the TV show “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.
The couple, known collectively as “Kimye”, will celebrate their nuptials accompanied by their daughter North and around 200 family and close friends. As the castle is not normally authorized to hold weddings, it is unclear whether the event will count as a legal marriage ceremony, however.
According to the local La Nazione newspaper, suppliers were threatened with a $5 million penalty if they reveal details of the event and guests were asked to hand in their mobile phones to stop anyone taking “selfies” or other pictures.
Most Florence residents appeared to take the preparations in their stride but groups of fans waited outside the luxury hotels and the party site, hoping for a glimpse of the celebrity couple and their guests.
“I’ve come here to see Kim Kardashian, I’ve been following her since 2008 and I like her a lot,” said Italian fan Lora Marotta. “I’m obsessed so I’ve come here to see her and will not leave until I’ve seen her,” she said.
The guests were escorted by city police to the event where they dined on catering provided by Galateo, one of Florence’s most famous caterers. Residents in the San Nicola area of Florence have received letters warning them that the music will be booming out until midnight.
- with files from Canoe.ca