Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright have revealed details of their three-day wedding extravaganza after tying the knot in Turkey on Friday.
Not without drama was the bride, 28, almost without a gown for her big day after a clothing disaster, while the soccer player, 40, confessed to being tears during the ceremony.
Speak against OK! magazine in their first interview since the wedding, the couple spoke frankly about the wedding, with Rio & # 39; s three children Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11 and Tia, eight heavily characterized.
Emotional: Rio Ferdinand and Kate Wright have revealed the details of their three-day wedding extravaganza after tying the knot in Turkey on Friday (shown in May 2018)
Prior to the lavish ceremony held at the D Maris Bay hotel, Kate remained stressed & # 39; and in a & # 39; total nightmare & # 39; after her original wedding dress was not made the way she wanted.
The former TOWIE star finally made her Berta wedding dress by The Wedding Club in just a week, but admitted that she ultimately preferred her new hurried dress.
All her worries melted away on the wedding day itself, where Kate was walked down the aisle by Rio & # 39; s two sons, following the daughter of the star Tia.
Overwhelming: Kate and Rio tied the knot at the five-star D Maris Bay hotel in the midst of a lavish three-day wedding extravaganza (stock image)
Rio confessed that he had been left in tears throughout the ceremony and said OK! & # 39; There was just no turning back on the emotion, so I had to keep my shadow!
& # 39; Seeing Tate and Lorenz walking Kate down the aisle was particularly moving and we wouldn't have done it differently.
& # 39; They were so proud and they couldn't wait to do that, they thought it was important. & # 39;
He gave Kate a book with something on each page that he loved, leaving her in tears.
The ceremony concluded an emotional love story between the couple, who started more than two years ago in a meeting that Rio described as & # 39; fate & # 39 ;.
He explained: & # 39; I wasn't open to bring someone in to be stepmother for my kids … Meeting Kate changed everything and sometimes it's just destiny & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, Kate told the magazine that on the night of their very first date, she knew they were getting married.
Sweet moment: Rio, 40, admitted that he felt good looking at his daughter Tia, eight, walking up the aisle with his new bride, 28 (photo in March)
Meanwhile, Kate & # 39; s loving mom Jacqueline MailOnline told about the wedding: & # 39; It was a great opportunity. We had three fantastic days. The ceremony was on Friday. I will never forget it, it was one of the best days of my life.
The former reality star and the BT sports expert pulled everything out of the closet for the special event when the couple called in the celebration with a post-wedding celebration alongside the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean.
To their marriage, Kate & # 39; s beloved mother adds: & # 39; I am really happy for both of them and wish them a great life together. & # 39;
Newlyweds: Kate and Rio tied the knot during a & # 39; beautiful & # 39; three-day ceremony in Turkey, 10 months after engagement (shown in June)
Jackie also revealed that 180 guests were invited to the wedding, which was spread over three days: & # 39; we took over the entire hotel and it was a decent party. & # 39;
The mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay, claimed that he had led the couple's lavish wedding at the hotel.
The couple announced their engagement in November after introducing her to a family trip to Abu Dhabi with his three children – Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11 and Tia, eight, with the late Rebecca Ellison.
Proud Mother: Describing Friday's ceremony as the & # 39; best day of my life & # 39 ;, the loving parent of the TV personality Jacqueline told MailOnline: & # 39; It was a great opportunity & # 39; (shown in 2017)
Details: the mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay, claimed to have led the couple's lavish wedding at the hotel
Amazing: Kate, 28 and Rio, 40 have exchanged vows at the luxurious hotel D Maris Bay in Turkey, with rooms ranging from £ 370 to a stunning £ 5,322
Sweet: In early November, Kate and Rio announced their engagement after proposing a family trip to Abu Dhabi for his three children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11 and Tia, eight
The former English star first started with Kate at the end of 2016, after the death of his wife Rebecca – the mother of his three children – in 2015.
According to Daily Sabah, the mayor of Marmaris told Demirören News Agency (DHA) that he was organizing the couple's wedding on Friday night for a crowd of exclusive guests.
Mehmet shared: & # 39; Both the couple and the guests told me that they enjoyed Marmaris a lot. Ferdinand said they will visit Marmaris in the coming years. & # 39;
The bigger the better: the hotel staff builds a flower wall near the striking swimming pool
What a view: Kate and Rio would have ended their wedding with a lavish pool party on Saturday at the hotel with 196 rooms where their guests were staying while in Turkey
Abundant: sun loungers and outdoor benches were decorations with bouquets of flowers in honor of the wedding
The Rio and Kate parties started on Thursday with a pre-wedding party, followed by the ceremony and a reception on Friday – where Rio & # 39; s daughter Tia served as Maid Of Honor.
The reception started mid-afternoon and continued into the night, where guests enjoyed a boozy-free bar and gourmet delicacies prepared by expert chefs.
Armed guards were reportedly deployed at the hotel, where the rooms range from £ 300 to £ 5,000 per night for the three-day wedding celebrations.
Kate and Rio ended their wedding with an extensive pool party on Saturday at the hotel with 196 rooms where their guests were staying while in Turkey.
Officiated: According to Daily Sabah, the mayor of Marmaris Demirören News Agency (DHA) said he organized the wedding on Friday evening for a crowd of exclusive guests
The swimming pool at the 5-star hotel was strictly forbidden for other guests, as Rio and Kate were accompanied by friends and family in their exclusive bash.
Their party area was decorated with white flowers, while fluffy four-poster beds were placed around the edges of the swimming pool, which offered a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea.
The wedding party bent the night away to a series of R&B hits, soul classics and reggae, including Kendrick Lamar, Will.i.am and Bob Marley.
Allegedly the staff were asked to keep the phone under lock and key during their services in order to adhere to the strict social media ban of the wedding.
While their guests lived in the hotel's royal accommodation, the newlyweds would have stayed in a luxury villa complete with a private terrace, a private swimming pool, and a sauna.
A hotel guest, who did not want to be mentioned, told MailOnline: & # 39; It was quite a party. You could hear the music and the cheers throughout the hotel. The entire pool was closed, even for us.
& # 39; A lot of champagne and other drinks were flowing. It was a very boisterous affair and seemed very nice. You could feel the love in the air for the couple and that is very beautiful. & # 39;
Eyewitnesses told MailOnline that they were surprised that more of Rio & # 39; s former soccer teammates and other celebrities were not noticed.
Picturesque: the hotel offers tailor-made packages with tailor-made menus and a specially made wedding cake
One said: & # 39; It seems like it was an overwhelming family and friends affair, which is quite unusual for a high-profile wedding like this one. I was looking for famous soccer players and other characters but I didn't see any. Maybe they just kept a low profile. & # 39;
Little has been revealed so far about which stars flew to Turkey for the big day, although a source told MailOnline that Lydia Bright was the only former TOWIE co-star from Kate who was invited.
A staff member of the hotel described the size of the beautiful wedding, they told MailOnline: & # 39; we have not had such a wedding for a long time and it has been a lot of hard work.
At work: preparations for the hotel prior to the wedding were plagued by an employee who posted a video on Instagram Stories, but otherwise little was revealed about the big day
& # 39; I am a big football fan and know who Rio Ferdinand is, but I will be happy when things get back to normal at this hotel & # 39 ;, said an employee Mehmet.
It comes after it was reported that the couple was finally ready to take the plunge this weekend, ten months after the announcement of their engagement.
It is said that the couple has put their heart into keeping their special day in Turkey after a secret trip to the country.
On Thursday a source told The sun: & # 39; All their family and friends are already there. Telephones have been taken from everyone – nobody has one. & # 39;
Ready to return: He said: “Both the couple and the guests told me they enjoyed Marmaris a lot. Ferdinand said they will visit Marmaris in the coming years & # 39; (photo in June 2018)
The couple have been together since the beginning of 2017, but two years prior to his relationship with Kate, Rio lost his first wife and the mother of his children, Rebecca Ellison, to breast cancer at the age of only 34.
After Rebecca's death, Rio was open about the struggle to raise his children without her. Kate has since formed a close bond with his offspring.
Speaking of her romance with the former Manchester United player, Kate previously told the Daily Mail YOU magazine: & # 39; Rio and I just clicked.
& # 39; I knew about the children and what had happened, but at first I didn't think much about it.
Bridal beauty: they announced their engagement in November after Rio proposed a family trip to Abu Dhabi with his three children Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11 and Tia, eight (shown in June)
Wedding clocks: it came after it was reported that the couple was finally ready to take the knot this weekend, ten months after the announcement of their engagement
& # 39; When you meet someone, you just enjoy the moment and don't think about how serious things can get. & # 39;
& # 39; I fell in love with Rio, then I met the children and fell in love with them. I realized: & # 39; Wow, my life is going to change & # 39 ;. I could not be a part of his life and not a part of them.
& # 39; I knew it would be a challenge, but if you love someone, you deal with it and you deal with the difficult things. & # 39;
In July last year, Kate discussed her decision to leave the world of TOWIE and the showbiz behind to become a stepmother.
The happy couple: Kate previously discussed her decision to leave the world of TOWIE and the showbiz behind to become a stepmother for the children of Rio (pictured last year)
The former reality star spoke to The Sun about stopping the spotlight because she insisted that his children need someone at home & # 39; after Rebecca's death.
She admitted that they worked to involve & # 39; the children in everything & # 39; to ensure that their relationship worked after first coming together.
After becoming famous on TOWIE in 2015, when she was introduced as the ex-girlfriend of show heartbreaker Dan Edgar, she became a fan favorite, with her sizzling figure and girl girl & # 39; s hearts winning hearts.
Despite two years of fame, winning several lucrative contracts and gathering more than 1 million Instagram followers, she confirmed that her time was in the spotlight in 2017.
Family unit: Kate explained her decision to choose love over fame: & I had two choices. I am in this world with a lot of drama and then I met Rio and the children & # 39;
In her frank discussion, Kate explained: & # 39; I had two choices. I am in this world with a lot of drama and then I met Rio and the children and, I thought, & I am with these children who have lost their mother, they do not need a woman who is absent all the time .. .
& # 39; They need someone at home. & # 39; A very large part of our relationship and working for the children is that we have included them in everything we have done …
So from the first date he asked me to be his girlfriend, we – everything – the children joined. So it wasn't me who took their father from them, but we became more of a family unit. & # 39;
Since finding love with Kate again, Rio kept the details of their love life especially private, but in the past year, Instagram has shared Instagram excerpts of their adventures.
True: Rio recently shared a few throwback snaps of his deer on his Instagram page in July, showing his athletic physique as he went shirtless by the pool
Because they both had a preference for the gym, the couple often uploaded images of their workouts together, many of which were probably in preparation for their wedding.
The lovebirds celebrated their upcoming wedding with lavish bachelor parties during the summer – and they gave fans a look through their social media accounts.
Rio enjoyed a raw weekend in Barcelona with his friends in July, a doll clutched with the face of his fiancé under one arm, reassuring her that she & # 39; never far away & # 39; was during the trip.
The TV expert was accompanied by 11 of his most dear ones, including brother Anton and cousin Max for his wild weekend.
Kate also had a similar Rio pop for her own hen on the Greek island of Mykonos two weeks earlier.
& # 39; MrsFerdyToBe & # 39 ;: Kate enjoyed a lush chicken in Mykonos with her good friends in June
Happiness for Rio after the death of his wife Rebecca, only 34 years old
Rio has been frank about the difficulty of becoming a single parent after the tragic death of his wife Rebecca Ellison.
He met Rebecca, a former fitness trainer and accountant, while in West Ham United in the late 1990s. The couple got married in 2009 in the Caribbean.
Rebecca was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, but appeared to be cancer-free after treatment
But a scan earlier in 2015 revealed that it had returned and spread to her bones and she died only five weeks later on May 1.
The BT Sport expert talked about his loss in a BBC documentary – Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, exploring ways to control grief.
Rio shed tears when he accepted the BAFTA prize for the best single documentary in May 2018 and said: & I did not do this for any reason other than my three children. The worst thing about getting out of this is that I'm getting pretty emotional right now.
Ferdinand still played professional football for Queens Park Rangers when Rebecca lost her fight against breast cancer, but retired the same month without playing another game.
Rio found happiness with Kate again, after she had previously told about losing his wife Rebecca, in a tearful conversation six months after her death.
The father of three said not to look at herself in the weeks after her death in May 2015 and instead focused on his children – sons Lorenz, then nine, Tate, then six, and daughter, Tia, only four. It was & # 39; all about the school run, the basic things & # 39 ;, he said.
He filmed a documentary, Being Mum and Dad, in 2017, about how he and his three children deal with sadness.
& # 39; This is one of the few things in life that we go through together that I have no answers for, and that is quite a disturbing, discouraging thing, & he said in the program.
& # 39; If they don't talk, sometimes it's hard, you just sit there & # 39; what do they think Where are they Are they worried, are they happy, are they sad? & # 39; & # 39;
Rio added that while he & # 39; is desperate to know & # 39; what his children think, he doesn't want to scare them & # 39 ;.
In an earlier interview with The sun, he admitted that his wife's fight was private because she chose to lose sight of her family.
& # 39; Rebecca was an incredibly brave woman and a very private person who did not want anything about her illness to appear in the media while she fought for her life, & # 39; Rio commented. & # 39; Only a close-knit group of family and friends knew. & # 39;
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