Kim Kardashian and Kanye West wedding pictures show them saying vows in front of wall of flowers | Mail Online

By Lizzie Smith and Lizzie Edmonds In Florence

Published: 12:24 EST, 24 May 2014 | Updated: 17:46 EST, 24 May 2014




Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in a lavish Italian ceremony on Saturday - then introduced her to their hundreds of guests as 'my baby, Kim Kardashian West'.

The multi-million dollar nuptials saw the couple say their vows on a hilltop overlooking Florence, shielded by a 20ft high wall of white roses and peonies as the sun began to set at the 16th century Forte di Belvedere.

The pair were seen standing with their hands clasped watched by rows and rows of their 600 guests - who did not include Kanye's friends Beyonce and Jay Z or Kim's brother Rob.

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Her fairytale moment: Kim Kardashian is photographed in her backless Givenchy gown next to a white piano during her wedding ceremony in Florence on Saturday

They do! Kim and Kanye, right, say their vows in front of her bridesmaids, in white, and 600 guests

Idyllic: The couple wed in the shade of a tree on the hillside, just as the sun began to go down

Kim chose a demure mermaid-silhouette gown in delicate white lace custom-made by Givenchy, who also designed a little white dress for her 11-month-old daughter North.

Small panels of a sheer lace decorated the arm and also accentuated her slimmed down waist.

The backless dress was long-sleeved with a train, while a dramatic flowing white cathedral-length veil completed the look.

The bride's hair was worn loose and long, with her make-up restrained and flawless.

The wedding spot: The huge floral backdrop was hand made, and is a larger version of Kanye's extravagant Mother's Day gift to Kim

Guests stood as Kim came face to face with her fiancé, who wore a black suit.

The couple gazed at one another as the vows were said under the direction of Rich Wilkerson Jr, a pastor from North Miami.

Kim's bridesmaids, her sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie were all dressed in white, although their dresses did not match.

They sat front row next to mother-of-the-bride Kris Jenner, also in white, and Bruce Jenner, who like most of the male guests wore a black suit.

Kim's girly gang: Designer Rachel Roy wore a suit, founder of burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls Robin Antin wore black, as did LaLa Anthony

Grandmother Kris held baby North on her lap, while Kourtney had little Penelope on hers.

Speaking moments after the ceremony to E! News, who film the family's reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kris Jenner said she was 'beyond bursting with happiness for Kim, Kanye and baby North.'

'Such a magical, romantic wedding!' she added. 'I feel blessed to have my new son and his family as part of ours.'

And Kanye seemed equally ebullient, with a source telling MailOnline he gave an eight-minute speech to the gathered guests.

'I just wanna stop the music a second 'cos my baby's coming back with a new dress on. Here she is - Kim Kardashian West,' he said, introducing his bride.

Snazzy dressers: Celebrity magician David Blaine and Spin City reality star Jonathan Cheban, a close chum of Kim's, dressed for the wedding

'The gang!' Kim's friends LaLa Anthony, Malika Haqq and Loren Ridinger posed for an Instagram pic before the nuptials

John Legend and other celebrity guests arrive for wedding

After the ceremony the guests broke bread together sitting family style on a 70-metre-long marble banquet table - a gift from master craftsman Gualtiero Vannelli who used marble from the Tuscan quarry in Carrara, according to Us Weekly.

And as Kim finally relaxed her strict low carb diet, they feasted on traditional Italian food with an 'innovative' twist.

The menu included chicken, steak, salmon, tortelloni, strawberry gelato and both rose and gold Armand de Brignac champagne.

The food was color-coordinated with pink being the theme.

During the ceremony famed Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of his songs, including Con te Partiro.

Not in mourning: Lala joined Khloe's best friend Malika Haqq, along with Kim's pal Brittny Gastineau and her guest Simon

Fashion meets fame: Former American Vogue's editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley and rapper Common

Then pop star John Legend took over festivities as the party began in earnest.

A source told MailOnline exclusively that he played At Last, thought to have been the couple's first dance, followed by All Of You.

And in a short speech he told the newlyweds: 'Kim and Kanye. It's really inspired me to be here.

'All these wonderful people here - it's a celebration of your love.'

Then the crowd jokingly heckled him as he referenced Kanye's ex girlfriends.

'I've seen Kanye with other women,' he said. 'I'm serious... this is a bad speech but I have never seen him as in to someone as he is in to you Kim.

'He was so in to you before he was even with you. He is in love with you. I am so happy to see you two together.'

Girls Gone Wild owner Joe Francis and his pregnant girlfriend Abbey Wilson were amongst those with the golden ticket

The singer also played Ordinary People, getting the crowd to sing along.

And there was a shout out to 'the mother of the bride'.

As the dancing began - tracks including Beyonce's Drunk In Love, showing that there were no hard feelings despite the singer's absence.

But it was Kanye's All Of The Lights that got the party-goers singing along.

The wedding was organised by long-time Kardashian family friend and celebrity event planner Sharon Sacks - with much direction from Kanye.

Sacks also planned Kim's 72-day second wedding to Kris Humphries in 2011.

Welcome to Florence: Kylie, Kris and Kendall Jenner waved at fans as they arrived at Fort Belvedere in Florence

Sister act: Khloe is thought to be a bridesmaid and wore her white dress as she and Bruce Jenner arrived at the Fort

Family time: Kourtney Kardashian carried her daughter Penelope in her arms

Despite the huge guest list Beyonce and Jay Z did not the couple for their big day.

Instead Beyonce posted a picture of herself in bed, make-up free, before later tweeting a snap of Kim and Kanye's controversial Vogue shoot with a message of goodwill.

And while Jay Z was widely expected to be the best man at the nuptials, he did not attend.

Another notable absence was Rob Kardashian, Kim's only brother.

Star guest: Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of songs, including Con te Partiro

Arm-in-arm: The famed Italian tenor, 55, serenaded Kim and Kanye with several of his songs

According to reports the 27-year-old sock designer rowed with his famous sister and left Paris early on Saturday morning on a flight for Los Angeles.

His decision followed a row with Kim prior to the pre-wedding lunch at designer Valentino's chateau.

A source told X17: 'Rob said he was sickened by Kim and Kanye's display of wealth and clothes and beauty and called it 'superficial bulls***' but Kim was pissed that Rob hadn't made an effort to drop any weight over the past few months.

'Rob basically thinks Kim cares about him only for his appearance and he said he'd 'make life easier' for her and just leave.'

Beyonce, Jay Z and Rob certainly missed an incredible party, with guests a mixture of close family and friends, and the pair's clebrity chums.

In their wedding finery: High powered publicist Tracy Nguyen and her plus one depart their Florence hotel, left, as many guests chose shades of violet for the nuptials

The big day is here: Supermodel Allie Rizzo carried off her floral maxi dress, while other guests chose lilac and a crushed silver

They included Chrissy Teigen, rapper Common, Vogue's Andre Leon Talley, celebrity magician David Blaine, designer Rachel Roy, founder of burlesque troupe The Pussycat Dolls Robin Antin, and Kim's besties LaLa Anthony and Brittny Gastineau all seen leaving their Florence hotel dressed in their wedding finery.

Kim had earlier arrived at the wedding venue with her grandmother, Mary Jo Shannon, shortly after catching a private jet from Paris with her bridal party.

This included sisters, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian, and mother, Kris Jenner, fresh from the pre-wedding celebration at the Palace of Versailles on Friday night.

Rapper Kanye West arrived alone about 90 minutes earlier.

Friends and family: Along with the high profile arrivals, there were also plenty of close relations and old chums

An eyewitness told E! News'A convoy of cars arrived at around 3pm local time. Kim was in the first car, which was a Mercedes-Benz.

'They drove the car right up and her assistant opened the door and Kim dashed in. She looked to be wearing white.

'Kourtney was carrying her daughter Penelope and her son Mason - in a red-striped outfit - followed behind.

'Kris Jenner got out of second car wearing a black suit. And she put a big professional camera on a strap on her shoulders. She has obviously been taking professional pictures to remember the occasion.'.

Men in black: Kanye and Kim's guests suited up after they arrived in Florence, before heading to the venue

Girls on parade: The guests wore a dazzling array of designer gowns for the big day

The family's entourage carried large dress bags with them as the group made their way in to the venue.

At least 20 SUVs drove into the venue - all with at least five people on board - one of whom is rumoured to be Canadian pop sensation Justin Bieber.

MailOnline exclusively reported that scores of excited Bieber fans have waited outside the venue all day - and security have been struggling to contain the crowds.

The idyllic spot: Kim and Kanye said their vows in front of these specially erected walls, which were covered in peonies and roses

Hollywood meets history: The couple chose to wed at the 16th century Forte di Belvedere

Deliveries included flowers, chairs and a piano; visible is the table in which the 'family style' evening meal of Italian food with a modern twist will be served

Guest Jaden Smith was spotted at Florence airport earlier that day - but while he will attend, it is not known if he will be there as Kylie Jenner's boyfriend despite them being seen in Paris together prior to the big day.

New Slaves hitmaker Kanye surprised Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kim by proposing to her on her 33rd birthday on October 21 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The couple started dating just months after the reality TV star split from ex-husband Kris in October 2011 after 72 days of marriage.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's Italian stage is set

A tale of two cities, rivers of champagne, fireworks over Versailles, a fairy tale Givenchy gown, and wonderwall of roses overlooking Renaissance Florence : How Kim and Kanye's epic two day wedding played out...

FRIDAY: Kim, Kanye and family enjoyed a pre-wedding brunch hosted by designer Valentino Garavani at his home Chateau de Wideville, the magnificent French residence where King Louis XIV used to keep a mistress. On Friday night, the couple hosted a glamorous party with close friends including music producer Rick Rubin and 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen at their first-choice wedding venue the Palace Of Versailles

FRIDAY NIGHT: Kimye welcomed guests to their fabulous reception at the Palace Of Versailles in the iconic Hall of Mirrors. Guests feasted on truffled delights washed down with $6000 bottles of champagne and Lana Del Rey performed three songs, included Kim's favourite - Young and Beautiful. The evening ended with a spectacular firework display.

SATURDAY: Guests shuttled between Paris and Florence by private jet, with the groom leading the way. Kanye arrived alone around lunchtime to inspect preparations at the 16th century Medici seat Fort Belvedere the couple chose for their ceremony. A 25ft floral wall had been erected at the vista point selected for their big moment. His bride followed a few hours later in a car with her grandmother, Mary Jo, followed by a fleet containing her mother and sisters. Kim was walked down the aisle by her stepfather Bruce around 7pm as Andrea Botticelli sang. The bride wore Givenchy.

And we're off! Kim and Kanye began the wedding extravaganza early on Friday morning. They left their hotel with baby North - and Kris Jenner in tow

Deluxe: The couple celebrated with fabulous fashion friends and family at the brunch hosted by designer Valentino

Designer seal of approval: The elegant brunch hosted by designer Valentino at his magnificent French home, Chateau de Wildeville , a 17th Century residence to the west of Paris

Quick change: By Friday evening, Kim and Kanye changed outfits ahead of the party at Versailles

She's no blushing bride! Kim wore Maison Martin Margiela white tuxedo and Kanye showed off matching cleavage

Guests have started to arrive for Kimye's wedding

Let the preparations begin: Thousands of flowers were delivered to the Palace of Versailles, the former home of the French monarchy and now a historical building, on Friday morning

A venue fit for Hollywood royalty: The vast grounds of the French palace

Drum roll please: Drummers in traditional dress look like they are readying themselves for a procession at the wedding party for Kim and Kanye

Grand arrival! The couple rolled up to Versailles in black cars and were greeted by costumed guards on horseback

Grandiose: The Château de Versailles, is considered one of the most beautiful architectural achievements of 18th-century French art

Meanwhile in Italy... Preparations got underway on Friday at the Fort Belvedere in Florence

Inside Versailles: Kim and Kanye took the stage to welcome guests at their pre-wedding party in the Hall of Mirrors on Friday evening. Singer Lana Del Rey serenaded the couple with her song Young and Beautiful

Orchestra: Musicians, pictured inside the event, wore classic 18th century gowns and wigs

Family affair: Kim was joined by sisters Kourtney, Khloe, Kylie, Kendall and her mother Kris Jenner at the lavish celebration on Friday night

Fireworks: The couple put on quite the display for their guests

Instagram time! Friends, including Jonathan Cheban, couldn't resist boasting about the extravaganza



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