In November, model Kate Upton married football player Justin Verlander in a stunning ceremony in Tuscany. Now, we’re finally getting a closer look at the model’s wedding dress! Or should we say, wedding dresses. That’s right, this bride donned two gorgeous gowns on her wedding day.
In a new interview with Vogue, Upton explains the choice of location: “We fell in love with the Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco resort because of its amazing history and incredible scenery,” she said. “It was really important to Justin and me that it feel like we were on vacation with our closest friends and family.”
Well, this vacation was one the bride and groom almost missed due to a little thing called the World Series. Verlander was pitching for the Houston Astros in Game 7 of the World Series when their guests were already arriving at their venue! “Everybody is in Italy! Everyone is at the venue! We had an event that night and everyone’s texting us, saying your wedding is so pretty. Wish you were here!” Upton later joked on The Tonight Show. But thankfully, the couple made it to Tuscany in time for their I dos—and with a World Series win under the groom’s belt.
On the big day, the couple wed in a flower-filled ceremony. “We found a beautiful corner of paradise that Tuscany Flowers helped transform into our ‘secret garden,'” Kate told Vogue. And the romantic, otherworldliness of the ceremony space extended to the bride’s truly lovely wedding dress.
“For my ceremony dress, I had the pleasure of collaborating with the fantastic team at Valentino,” said the bride. “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.”
As for her big-day beauty look, “We wanted to keep the beauty classic and simple for the ceremony, and then went bolder for the reception,” explained Upton.
And about that reception… Post-ceremony, the supermodel pulled off a quick costume change, slipping into a slinky, sultry second dress by Christy Rilling Studio. “I wanted a dress that I could have fun in, but that still brought the glamour,” Kate told Vogue of her second frock. Elegantly embellished with pretty pearls and featuring a swooping, low-back detail, the dress was a major success.
The best part of her second slip? It was just the thing to dance the night away in! The reception dance floor was packed all night long, with the festivities including a fireworks show, two bands (the Soul Brothers and The Kitts), and late-night karaoke.
With a World Series win and fresh I dos, these two certainly had a lot to celebrate!
The Most Photogenic, Over-the-Top, And Globe-Spanning Weddings of the Year
Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis during their wedding at La Mamounia resort in Marrakech, Morocco, May 2017.
Brendan Fallis and Hannah Bronfman celebrate their first day as a married couple in the best way possible—crystal blue pool water and a bright green inflatable lime.
Tommy Hilfiger’s wife Dee Ocleppo captured the wedding of her stepdaughter Ally Hilfiger and longtime boyfriend Steve Hash, with whom she already has a daughter, Harley.
An intimate shot of Ally Hilfiger and Steve Hash before their wedding on the private island Mustique.
And for the ceremony itself—she captioned this one “OUI OUI OUI”—Courtin-Clarins opted for a straight-off-the-runway Jacquemus tunic and straw hat, quite the fashion-forward alternative to the classic white wedding dress.
Beauty scion Claire Courtin-Clarins celebrated her wedding in Mykonos, Greece, last month.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews after their wedding at St. Mark’s Church in Englefield, England, May 2017.
Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, leads the pack of children at the ceremony in Englefield, England, May 2017.
Tracee Ellis Ross attended the wedding of her 29-year-old brother Ross Naess, June 2017.
Ross Naess married girlfriend of 11 years Kimberly Ryan, with whom he was then expecting his second child, at a camping-themed, “shoes optional” ceremony in the woods last month.
Zac Posen designed Arden Wohl’s ethereal, antique-looking wedding dress for her wedding to art star Jonah Freedman in Williamsburg, New York, June 2017.
Director Tara Subkoff was also in attendance at Arden Wohl and Jonah Freedman’s Williamsburg wedding—and she made sure to document the ceremony.
Domino Kirke poses with sisters Jemima and Lola, both actresses, at her civil ceremony wedding to Penn Badgely in Brooklyn, New York, February 2017.
Victoria Swarovski, the Austrian singer and heiress to the crystal fortune, married mogul Werner Mürz in Portopiccolo, Italy, wearing a dress designed by Dubai-based designer Michael Cinco, featuring 500,000 Swarovski crystals and a five-meter train.
Victoria Swarovski at a fitting for her Michael Cinco-designed dress for her wedding to Werner Mürz, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi at her wedding to Filippo Richeri in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Actress Fiammetta Cicogna and guests at the wedding of Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri at their wedding in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Lucilla Bonaccorsi and Filippo Richeri, newlyweds, ride off into the sunset after their wedding in Sicily, Italy, June 2017.
Nina Dobrev and Maude Hirst attend Julianne Hough’s wedding to Brooks Laich, the “most fun wedding I’ve ever been to,” according to Dobrev, in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Actress Maude Hirst with newlyweds Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich wed in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, July 2017.
Miranda Kerr with Maria Grazia Chiuri of Christian Dior, who designed her custom couture gown for her wedding to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel.
Model Miranda Kerr and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel on their wedding day—Kerr in a custom Dior couture gownand Spiegel also in Dior.
Sarah Staudinger of Staud at the wedding of former DJ Cassie Coane in upstate New York, with fellow bridesmaids Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and Harley Viera-Newton, July 2017.
In another outtake from the same group portrait, Harley Viera-Newton captioned, “We all got married!!!!”
“When your wedding vision is George Harrison finding God in India,” Lily Waronker captioned her Instagram from Coane’s wedding.
Naomi Campbell in Hussein Bazaza for the wedding of Carol Sabbagha in Beirut, Lebanon, July 2017.
Naomi Campbell in Ralph & Russo at the wedding party of Carol Sabbagha in Beirut, Lebanon, July 2017.
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