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
Fans crowd outside Forte Belvedere in Florence, Italy, Saturday, May 24, 2014.   (Gregorio Borgia)

(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.

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