Kanye West and Kim Kardashian marry in Italian wedding

24/05/14

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have married at a fortress in the Italian city of Florence.

The E! network, which runs the Keeping Up With the Kardashians reality TV series, confirmed the news.

"Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were married in a private ceremony in the presence of family and friends in Florence, Italy," publicist Ina Treciokas said.

It is the first marriage for West, and the third for Kardashian.

Jaden Smith
Image caption Will Smith's son Jaden was one of the guests invited to celebrate the wedding

The rapper and reality TV star were joined by several hundred guests at the 16th-century Fort Belvedere.

West proposed on Kardashian's birthday in October.

12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen and Will Smith's son Jaden were among the celebrities spotted in Florence.

The couple had arrived there by private jet after holding a series of parties in Paris.

Steve McQueen
Image caption 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen was spotted arriving in Florence

They'd spent Friday night celebrating at Versailles.

West, 36, and Kardashian, 33, held a private costume party at the chateau after they were told they would not be able to marry there in January.

The celebrations included horses adorned with bright colours, riders wearing huge feathers in their hats, musketeers in wigs and drum rolls.

It's thought the wedding could earn the couple up to $21 million (£12.5m) thanks to sponsors and through the sale of exclusive photos of the ceremony.

Fans outside Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy
Image caption Fans wait outside Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy, hoping to see Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Fans outside Fort Belvedere in Florence, Italy

The money will help repay the hire of Fort Belvedere, a Renaissance fortress which overlooks Florence and which is costing more than $400,000 (£237,000) for the day.

Earlier on Friday, the couple had lunch in the Chateau de Wideville west of Paris, which is owned by designer Valentino.

Security guard
Image caption Security was incredibly tight around the venue in Florence

On Thursday night, Kim Kardashian celebrated her hen do with friends in Paris sporting a white Pierre Balmain mini-dress embellished with pearls.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tweeted several photos of herself in the city, including one with the Eiffel Tower lit up behind her and her friends with the message: "Night out in Paireeeeee."

One showed her with her grandmother while yet another of her and her friends bore the message "I'm so lucky! I have the best friends in the whole wide world."

Fans outside the Chateau de Versailles
Image caption Fans mob a car arriving at the Chateau de Versailles west of Paris

Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian on her 33rd birthday in October last year at San Francisco baseball ground AT&T Park.

The couple's first child, a daughter named North, was born in June 2013.

Kardashian was previously married to music producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2003 and spent 72 days married to professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011.

Their ceremony was broadcast as a two-part TV special called Kim's Fairytale Wedding.

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