Kim Kardashian’s wedding—featuring three expensive dresses, $15 million in diamonds and over 50,000 flowers—is setting world records for over-the-top wedding extravaganza. Leave it to an outgoing Libra with an extravagant Pisces moon to throw the wedding of the century (so far)…
With three couture gowns, 50,000 flowers, and $15 million worth of diamonds, Kim Kardashian’s storybook wedding to NBA star Kris Humphries is chronicled in the latest issue of PEOPLE, with 11 pages devoted to exclusive photos, interviews, and delicious details of her big day including the gowns, the guests, and the glamour.
Grand and unapologetically described as “over-the-top glam, but just so elegant” by the bride, the August 20 nuptials of Kim, 30, and Kris, 26, at a private estate in Montecito, California, were as outsized as the 6’9″ groom himself. But even in the midst of such arresting extravagance – the bride was decked out in Lorraine Schwartz jewelry worth $15 million – the big day was also filled with small moments of surprising intimacy. There was Kim’s nephew, 20-month-old ring bearer Mason, scoring laughs in a tiny custom tux as he gleefully ran up and down the aisle. And there was Kris, mouthing the words “I love you” to Kim as his family pastor officiated the brief Christian ceremony. After Pastor Joel Johnson declared them husband and wife, Kris put his hands on Kim’s waist for a romantic kiss. “I’m such a girl that plans everything out,” Kim tells PEOPLE, “and I remember thinking, ‘Oh, we forgot to practice the kiss!'”
She needn’t have worried. From the poignant “something old” sewn into Kim’s dress – a heart-shaped piece of fabric cut from one of her late father Robert Kardashian’s signature Tommy Bahama shirts – to the 300 candles lighting up the initials “KK” outside the reception tent, the entire affair “was all so perfect,” Kim’s sister Kourtney, 32, tells PEOPLE. As the newlyweds walked down the aisle under a shower of white rose petals, “it felt like a fairy tale,” says Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, 55. “The whole event unfolded so beautifully I wanted to stop time so I could enjoy each moment over and over again.”
Working out the morning of the wedding, “it was hitting me just how fast everything happened,” says Humphries. And yet, “I feel like I’m perfect for her and she’s perfect for me.” For her part, Kim – whose first marriage to music producer Damon Thomas ended in 2004 – praises Kris for the trust she has in him and for “bringing out the fun in me.”
What do you think—what does Kim Kardashian’s wedding say about her?