Kardashian, Kanye Wed in Florentine Fortress

Reality star and rapper say 'I do' in private ceremony

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 24, 2014 3:00 PM CDT

(Newser) – Reality star Kim Kardashian and rapper Kanye West wed today in a Renaissance fortress in Florence, the TV network that carries Keeping Up With the Kardashians confirmed. 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, stirring a flurry of excitement in the entertainment world. A story on E! said the couple were married in a private ceremony before family and friends. The bride's sisters made up the bridal party, and stepdad Bruce Jenner walked her down the aisle.

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. 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 teenage son of Will and Jada Smith; and Joe Francis of Girls Gone Wild fame. West, 36, proposed to Kardashian, 33, in October on her birthday. He rented out San Francisco's AT&T Park to pop the question. It is the first marriage for West, and the third for Kardashian.

Fans crowd outside Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Fans crowd outside Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)
A view of the Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
A view of the Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)
Fans gather to watch guests arriving, as they look inside one of the cars at the entrance  of the Chateau de Versailles  in Versailles, France, west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014.
Fans gather to watch guests arriving, as they look inside one of the cars at the entrance of the Chateau de Versailles in Versailles, France, west of Paris, Friday, May 23, 2014.   (Jacques Brinon)
American entrepreneur and film producer Joe Francis, left, and Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, right, arrive in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
American entrepreneur and film producer Joe Francis, left, and Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, right, arrive in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Fabio Muzzi)
British film director and producer Steve McQueen, left, and Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, right, arrive in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
British film director and producer Steve McQueen, left, and Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia Franca Sozzani, right, arrive in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Fabio Muzzi)
American actor and rapper Jaden Smith arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
American actor and rapper Jaden Smith arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Fabio Muzzi)
American rapper Tyga arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
American rapper Tyga arrives in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)
Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating Charles James: Beyond Fashion on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.
Kanye West, left, and Kim Kardashian attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" on Monday, May 5, 2014, in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Fans are reflected on a van as they crowd outside an hotel where are believed to stay Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.
Fans are reflected on a van as they crowd outside an hotel where are believed to stay Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)
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