The countdown is over: Kim Kardashian is officially Mrs. West, and we've got all the details on her and Kanye's big day! Everyone on the Western hemisphere knew that the krazy-in-love couple would pull out all the stops for their May 24 nuptials, but how exactly do you top a Vogue cover, a baseball stadium proposal, a 15-carat ring worthy of its own zip code and worldwide domination?
Well, for starters, the 33-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and 36-year-old "New Slaves" rapper's wedding festivities were hosted in two different countries. The pre-wedding celebrations took place in Paris — including a private tour of the Palace of Versailles (complete with fireworks and a surprise performance by Lana Del Rey), a bachelorette party at the Eiffel Tower, and a brunch at Valentino's Château de Wideville — before guests were flown out on private jets to Italy for the ceremony and reception.
The newlyweds exchanged vows at Forte Di Belvedere in Florence, Italy, which reportedly cost a cool $411,000. Both countries have special meaning to the couple but Yeezy recently told La Nazione that daughter North was conceived in Florence "among the masterpieces of the Renaissance" (TMI alert!).
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Pastor Wilkerson Jr. officiated the ceremony and stepfather Bruce Jenner walked the bride down the aisle. At almost 11 months, baby North was too young to walk down the aisle by herself, so grandmother Kris Jenner carried the adorable flower girl. E! Online reports that famous Italian tenor Andrea Boccelli serenaded the newlyweds with hits including "Con te Partiro."
Among the 100 guests in attendance: John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Carmelo and La La Anthony, Serena Williams, and Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley. An eyewitness tells Us Weekly that "[The ceremony] was beautiful. Absolutely magnificent."
Kardashian wore a Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by good friend Riccardo Tisci. With its long sleeves, sheer panels and exquisite lace, the bride looked beyond stunning. Makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic created a soft and pretty beauty look while Chris McMillan (of Jennifer Aniston fame) styled the bride's glamorous half-up, half-down hairstyle. North wore a dress that matched Mom's design and the the groom also wore a custom tux by the same label.
The reality star loves switching it up with costume changes even in her day-to-day, so of course the wedding would be no different — she kicked off the reception in a white mini-dress by Olivier Rousteing (the creative force behind Balmain) featuring a plunging neckline and pearl and crystal detailing.
Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner served as bridesmaids. The bride's closest girlfriends — including Brittny Gastineau, Larsa Pippen, Lala Anthony, Blac Chyna and Carla Dibello — donned custom-designed couture dresses by Michael Costello, a former Project Runway contestant.
Sharon Sacks, the same planner who organized Kardashian's second wedding to Kris Humphries, brought the couple's dream vision to life. The 16th-century fortress was adorned with all-white flowers including roses and hortensias, and filled with magnificent sculptures and art installations by Italian artist Vanessa Beecroft. Guests dined on traditional Tuscan cuisine catered by Galateo Ricevimenti. The pièce de résistance: A seven-tier cake!
John Legend performed his smash hit "All of Me" — but that wasn't their first dance song. They chose several older classics for their debut as a married couple, including Etta James' "At Last" and Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine" and "Tenderness."
No expense was spared for Kanye's dream girl: "I'm really into fantasy, as you know. I'm obsessed with Walt Disney and Tim Burton and Hayao Miyazaki. Kim is like a fantasy, period...I think a dream girl should live in a dream world," West tells Vogue. "Once you get a wifey, your wifey basically runs your life. Everything you do is based on wifey," he added.
"Literally, he is the most romantic person I've ever heard of," she said of his romantic proposal on her 33rd birthday. "The lights go on and they start playing my favorite Lana Del Rey song, 'Young and Beautiful' from The Great Gatsby. It just reminds me of us," Kardashian says. The pair were friends for about seven years before they began dating.
The next stop is their honeymoon but they won't stay out of the spotlight for long — West is scheduled to perform at the X Games in Austin, Texas just two weeks from now.
Stay tuned for more details as they emerge...
Auguri to Mr. and Mrs. West!