Model and actress Kate Upton married Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander in early November in an beautifully elegant Italian ceremony in Tuscany. Up to now you may have seen the released image of the newlyweds walking down the aisle, however within the last 24 hours the couple have shared details of their big day, as well as their wedding day photo album! Be prepared to swoon…
Kate and Justin tied the knot in Lisa Vorce, Tuscany because it was one of the first places they visited together. “It’s extremely romantic and will always be a special place for us,” Kate revealed. “We fell in love with the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort because of its amazing history and incredible scenery.”
In addition to boasting stunning views, all of the couple’s friends and family were able to stay at the location, which added to the family occasion and celebrations. “It was really important to Justin and me that it feel like we were on vacation with our closest friends and family,” the bride recounted. “We set up an entire afternoon dedicated to interactive games, which we called the ‘Uplander Olympics’. Each guest received game-day rules and everyone was divided into teams with custom Under Armour jerseys. The games included a ping-pong tournament, cornhole, a football toss, relay races, and an epic water balloon fight!”
When it came to the all-important wedding dress, Kate drew inspiration from the Italian venue to inspire her in the design process. “For my ceremony dress, I had the pleasure of collaborating with the fantastic team at Valentino. They are the best at creating delicate, beautiful lace and details, and their Italian heritage kept the fashion and feel authentic to our venue. The design process was extremely collaborative, so I was able to really include my personal style and create my dream dress.”
Upton called upon her two friends, hairstylist John Ruggiero and makeup artist Tracy Murphy when it came to creating an effortlessly simple look for the ceremony. “John is the best at creating a special twist on a simple updo, and Tracy is great at accentuating your favorite features without it being overdone,” she explained.
The breathtaking, intimate wedding ceremony took place above the garden at the Rosewood resort. “We found a beautiful corner of paradise that Tuscany Flowers helped transform into our secret garden.” Once the vows were concluded, guests followed candlelit steps to historic medieval castle ruins. “Justin and I didn’t want to take away from the natural beauty of the location, so Michelangelo Greenhouse constructed an actual greenhouse for our reception,” Upton explains. “The romance theme continued with lots of chandeliers, candles, and flowers. My favorite touch was the blue and white plates, which gave it the pop of color.”
Later in the night, following the first dance, the newlywed slipped into something a little slinkier for the evening reception. Upton opted for a low-back, high-slit embroidered dress. “I wanted a dress that I could have fun in, but that still brought the glamour,” she explained of the gown she created with Christy Rilling Studio.
The magical day was complete with a firework display (a surprise for Justin from Kate) that lit up the Tuscan sky while they cut their cake. The following day the couple jetted off on their honeymoon to Puglia.
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