What We've Learned About The KimYe Pre-Wedding Lunch From Andre Leon Talley

25 May 2014 by

Incase you were unaware, there's a teensy tiny wedding that happened this weekend. Yup - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West tied the knot in Florence yesterday and the world's gone krrrrazy about it. (If you somehow managed to miss anything, we've got a pretty snazzy live blog of the wedding festivities).

Kanye West, Valentino Garavani, Kim Kardashian, and Giancarlo Giammetti [ALT Wedding Blog]

But as much as Instagram may have made us all feel like we were almost present at what's shaping out to be the wedding of the our generation (soz Kate and Wills), the fact of the matter is... well, okay fine, we weren't actually there. Mr. Andre Leon Talley however, was, and he kept a handy diary of an insiders experience of KimYe Fest. Here's our roundup of 10 new things we've learned about #theworldsmosttalkedaboutcouple...

1. Paparazzi really don't leave them alone

Khloe Kardashian told Andre Leon Talley that 30 photographers followed them all the way from Paris to Valentino Garavanis Château de Wideville where pre-wedding celebrations were taking place. Oh, and a helicopter hummed over head throughout the entire time they were there. (Find out more about the wedding lunch).

2. Valentino gave a tear-jerking speech

“I would love to toast these two beautiful people here before me,” Valentino said at the end of the lunch. "And I also want to thank Kris Jenner for having these beautiful girls. These girls make my dining room even more beautiful.” He then went on to toast Kim and Kanye in Italian: “I wish you much success, a lot of love, and a long life.” 

3. Valentino's dining room is (as expected) divine

Valentino's dining room is full of rare treasures and beautiful things including a rare white porcelain Meissen chandelier, seventeenth-century Russian wine vessels and Fabergé silver-tipped wine decanters with intricate crystal handles. Leon Talley describes his favourite as a lifetime collection of Meissen swans 'that seemed to float on a lake of embroidered white linen'.

Kim Kardashian's table setting / ALT Wedding Blog

4. North can SPEAK

"I heard her say 'Pa,' looking for her father," said Leon Talley. Guess she's a daddy's girl! Aaahh our uterus' ache. 

5. The food was deeelicious

“I love people who love food. When people don’t love food, they make me nervous,” toasted host Valentino. A man after our own heart! It should come as little surprise, then, that the food was a deliciously concoted three course extravagance consisting of artichoke hearts salad and poached eggs with hollandaise, followed by baked sea bass with zucchini sliced to simulate fish scales, a mix of vegetable tempura and a saffron risotto Milanese. Yum.

US Vogue

6. North loves vegetable tempura

Ahh what an adorable image! Leon Talley describes baby North attempting to chew on a slim carrot slice of vegetable tempura with her newly coming in baby teeth. 

7. The wedding cake was sugar-free

KimYe's wedding cake, which said “Kanye and Kim” with arrows and hearts was sugar-free! "It's my dietetic cake" said Valentino, of the green apple and strawberry cake which was made with Xyla as a subsitute for sugar. 

Instagram / Francasozzani1

8. None of the guests knew where they were going

Seems it wasn't just the wider world that were kept in the dark about the wedding festivities, guests reportedly didn't have a clue where they were heading, either! Following the lunch, guests were piled into cars with their own personal security and chauffers to get dressed for a 6:00 p.m. departure from Paris to an unknown destination. Ever the private one, Kanye said only “I don’t know what you are talking about?” when asked where they were going or what was about to happen.

9. Film crews were present 

Well Kim K herself did say everything leading up to and after the wedding would be captured for Keeping Up With The Kardashians (although not the wedding itself - boo!). ALT reports photographers and film crews swarming around the proceedings. 

10. They talked Pilates

Valentino, matriarch Kris and bride-to-be Kim reportedly spent a big chunk of the lunch talking about one of their shared passions - Pilates. Valentino revealed he does it every day with trainers in New York, London, and Paris; Kris was questioning and seeking advice on where to put her new Pilates equipment at home and Kim revealed how she discovered Pilates during her pregnancy with North.

We're live blogging the Kimye Wedding here. And for the dramas you didn't see, pick up the new issue of Grazia, out on Tuesday. 

GALLERY >> The Best Instagram Pictures

@jenatkinhair: La Vita è Bella @chrissyteigen @khloekardashian @monicarosestyle

@blacchyna: Xo

@krisjenner: Perfection @riccardotisci17 @kimkardashian Love you guys!!! #family #herecomesthebride

@kendalljenner: strolling around the palace #Versailles

@larsapippen: Versailles is beyond amazing! @khloekardashian


@allierizzoHBD: to the best photog in town @letthelordbewithyou

@francasozzani1: So lucky!!! Love @riccardotisci17 and @alexanderwang #fashion#designer#givenchy#balenciaga

@brittgastineau: Taking in the city of #paris w @kourtneykardash

@chrissyteigen: Thank you for having us at mixx, @borgataAC!! Also learned you have the best chicken soup in the room service game. Xx

@abbeylwilson: @realjoefrancis and I with the beautiful bride @kimkardashian #Congratulations!! #Italy

@kourtneykardash: #chills #notredame

@kourtneykardash: No photograph could express the beauty. It took 180 years to build! #notredame

@larsapippen: Love is the only thing that matters! #friendsforlife

@lala: The best thing about memories...is making them!

@michaelsilvahair: Ear sniffing? @riccardotisci17 #wedding #photoboothfun #nicest

@simon_huck: Thank you Mr. & Mrs. West for an unforgettable weekend filled with so much love

@makeupbymario: #Repost from @michaelsilvahair --- Such an amazing night! @makeupbymario @kimkardashian #makeupbymario #florence

@jonathancheban: Congratulations to Kim and Kanye! Thank you for a magical weekend. Love you both!



@letthelordbewithyou Elegance at its finest






@KourtneyKardash Flashback Sunday AKA too busy to post. An unforgettable lunch at Valentino's

@KylieJenner goodbye

@krisjenner Good Morning @riccardotisci17 Love you!!! #herecomesthebride #Florence

@showstudio_nick_knight Wonderfully tranquil morning in Florence . Congratulations to Kim and Kanye for such an incredibly beautiful and loving wedding . A real pleasure to be part of it.

@Blachhyna Mr. & Mrs Kanye West .... Congrats Kimmy muahhhhh !

@Johnlegend Love love love

@realjoefrancis Congratulations @KimKardashian and @kanyewest and Thank You for an amazing weekend!!!! XOXOXO @abbeylwilson

@realjoefrancis LOL!! Photo bombed by white Batman AKA @OfficialJaden @kourtneykardash

@rachel_roy Beauty

@khloekardashian Ciao Bella!

@carladibello: Congratulations to Mrs. Kanye West... Most magical night ever

@francasozzani1: What a voice @lanadelrey #wedding @kimkardashian@kanyewest79 #paris#florence

@amberridinger: @jatoncouture

@kendalljenner: last night dancing in the rain with @olivier_rousteing


@francasozzani1: Paris/Florence... Travelling with the great unique talent Steve McQueen and his sweet daughter!!! Congratulations! #florence#wedding @kimkardashian

@brittgastineau: The two foodies hit the streets #Italy

@rachel_roy: Hi loves @carladibello w our men

@arsapippen: We are outta Paris! Jet setting w/ crew! #pippensinparis

@michaelsilvahair: Here we go! @olivier_rousteing @simon_huck

@rachel_roy: Airbus w @michaelsilvahair #weddingwkend


@krisjenner: @olivier_rousteing @alexanderwangny EPIC #herecomesthebride

@privategg: Keeping up with a real great family #thekardashians #wedding #versailles

@privategg: Magnificent voice @lanadelrey #kardashian #versailles #fun #wedding

@rachel_roy: A dream #weddingwkend

@krisjenner: Uh huh Honey.....#herecomesthebride

@privategg: Fun party #wedding #versailles @francasozzani1 #theemperor #kardashian

@krisjenner: Fabulous shoes Valentino @francasozzani1 @privategg #herecomesthebride

@khloekardashian: ?? - @kendalljenner

@kyliejenner: my date tonight. This smiling thing is weird. @robscheppy

@francasozzani1: Fireworks at Versailles..... @kanyewest@lanadelrey@kimkardashian@privategg

@francasozzani1: Valentino's cake x K&K lunch in Wideville @privategg #castle#love

@francasozzani1: Walking in the Garden at Wideville.. Stunning garden @kimkardashian @khloekardashian @krisjenner @privategg

@francasozzani: 1The best luch ever at Wideville! Thank you Valentino

@kimkardashian: Little angels in the sky blessing us #TheyDidntShowUpInAnyoneElsesPicture #Valentino

@kourtneykardash: A garden stroll with Valentino.

@privategg: Here are the most lovely couple @kimkardashian #kanyewest #wideville


@krisjenner: #Valentino @khloekardashian @kendalljenner #Glorious

@krisjenner: Thank you Valentino and @privategg for the beautiful lunch today at your magical Castle....unbelievable!!! #herecomesthebride #Giancarlo #unforgettable


@kimkardashian: I'm so lucky! I have the best friends in the whole wide world! #ParisNights #LastSupper

@kimkardashian: *heart* my grandma MJ. Her 1st time in Paris

@kourtneykardash: Things are getting real. #paris #froglegs

@kyliejenner: sister

@kyliejenner: miss you

@krisjenner: Love on a merry-go-round!!!! #nightsinparis #herecomesthebride #KanyeheartsKim

@kimkardashian: Supermodel sisters

@kyliejenner: I love you sometimes

@kyliejenner: parissssss

@kendalljenner: on a carousel, in the pouring rain, under the Eiffel Tower...I can check that off my bucket list

@kyliejenner: sister day

@kyliejenner: Saint Laurent

@kyliejenner: angry but I still love you

@privategg: Ready for lunch @andreleontalley #theemperor


@kimkardashian: #Bae'sInParis

@thescottycunha: This is @kourtneykardash's "serious face"

@kimkardashian: Beautiful day in Paris


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