FIRST PICTURE of Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand wedding revealed

Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand wed: FIRST PICTURE of couple’s Turkish nuptials unveiled… as bride reveals she had ONE WEEK to find her gown and groom claims Kate was ‘sent to him’

  • The first official photo from Kate and Rio’s wedding day shows them standing on a beach against an idyllic Turkish backdrop after saying ‘I do’ on Friday
  • Former TOWIE star Kate, 28, stunned in a form-fitting ivory fishtail gown adorned with intricate lace and diamanté details and featuring a train and dramatic veil
  • Stunning bride Kate has revealed that she had just a week to find a new wedding gown, after the dress that had been worked on since January ‘wasn’t right’
  • Former football ace Rio, 40, who looked dapper in a dark three-piece suit, admitted that he cried as he watched his three children take part in the wedding
  • Sportsman Rio’s daughter Tia, eight, served as Kate’s maid of honour, while his sons Lorenz, 13, and Tate, 11, walked her halfway down the aisle
  • Rio and Kate, who announced their engagement in November 2018 after around two years of dating, tied the knot at The D Maris Bay hotel in Marmaris, Turkey 

Following much anticipation, the first official image of Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand’s romantic wedding has been unveiled.

The snapshot revealed by OK! magazine shows the couple standing against an idyllic backdrop in Marmaris, Turkey, as former TOWIE star Kate, 28, stuns in an ivory lace fishtail Berta gown, which features a long train and a dramatic floor-length veil.

Meanwhile, former football ace Rio, 40, cuts a dapper figure in a dark three-piece suit, smiling ear to ear as he wraps his arm around his new bride just moments after they said ‘I do’ at their lavish ceremony, which took place on Friday. 

Revealed: Following much anticipation, the first official image of Kate Wright and Rio Ferdinand’s romantic wedding – which took place in Turkey on Friday – has been unveiled

But Kate has revealed to the publication that the couple’s nuptials didn’t come without some major stress, as she was tasked with finding a new wedding dress with just one week to spare.

She explained: ‘I had been having a dress made since January but it all went wrong and it just wasn’t made right. A week before we flew to Turkey, I still didn’t have a dress. it was a total nightmare and I was stressed!’

The newlywed beauty added: ‘I had to have an entire new dress made by The Wedding Club and fitted within a week. In the end I adored my dress and preferred it to the original. Some things are meant to be.’

Stress: Kate revealed that the nuptials didn’t come without some major stress, as she was tasked with finding a new wedding dress with just one week to spare (pictured in May 2018)

Stunning: Kate, 28, and Rio, 40, exchanged vows at the luxurious D Maris Bay hotel in Turkey, which has rooms ranging from £370 to an eye-watering £5,322

And when things finally did come together on the day, football pundit Rio admits the tears flowed as he watched his daughter Tia, eight, served as Kate’s maid of honour, while his sons Lorenz, 13, and Tate, 11, walked her halfway down the aisle.

Rio claims that Kate Wright coming into his family’s lives was ‘fate’ and he believes she was sent to them after he lost his first wife. 

The sportsman admitted: ‘I cried as soon as the day started. Seeing Tia walk up the aisle before Kate set me off. It was just so emotional. There was just no going back on the emotion, that’s why I had to keep my shades on!

‘Seeing Tate and Lorenz walk Kate down the aisle was particularly poignant and we wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way. They were so proud and they couldn’t wait to do that, they felt important.’

Adding to the romantic sentiment during the interview, Kate revealed that she knew she was going to marry Rio on the first night they met – before they’d even kissed.

Newlyweds: Kate and Rio tied the knot during a ‘beautiful’ three-day ceremony in Turkey, the former TOWIE star’s mother confirmed (pictured in June)

The loved-up couple looked blissfully happy in their official wedding snap as they smiled for the camera just moments after becoming husband and wife. 

Kate stunned in her plunging, form-fitting gown which showcased her enviable hour-glass figure to perfection. 

Her jaw-dropping dress featured thin spaghetti straps and a fitted bodice, with the overlay adorned with intricate lace and diamanté details. 

The stunning bride rounded out her breathtaking look with diamond studded earrings and a matching bracelet.

For her big day, Kate opted for delicate make-up, while her blonde locks were styled into soft waves, on top of which she wore a flowing white veil which cascaded delicately down to the ground. 

Proud mum: Describing Friday’s ceremony as the ‘best day of my life’, the TV personality’s doting parent Jacqueline told MailOnline, ‘It was a beautiful occasion’ (pictured in 2017)

Meanwhile, her new husband paired his smart attire with a white boutonnière, crisp white shirt, a tie and black loafer shoes, opting to forgo socks for the occasion. 

The newlyweds looked the picture of joy as they stood against the idyllic Marmaris backdrop featuring the dazzling blue sea, lush greenery and majestic mountains.  

Rio and Kate, who announced their engagement in November 2018 after around two years of dating, tied the knot at The D Maris Bay hotel in Turkey.

And Rio showed his romantic side as he hired R&B superstar Ashanti, 38, to perform at the nuptials as a surprise to his new wife, who is a huge fan of the singer.

Although the fee Ashanti commanded for the wedding is not known, the star was paid $20,000 (£16,274) to speak and perform at an American high school in 2012. 

Loving life: Rio showed his romantic side as he hired R&B superstar Ashanti, 38, to perform at the nuptials as a surprise to his new wife. The singer later posted a video of herself relaxing in a bikini after their nuptials

Details: The Mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay, recently stated that he officiated the couple’s lavish wedding at the hotel

Kate and Rio marked the nuptials with a lavish three-day celebration, with Kate’s mother describing the ceremony as the ‘best day of my life’.

The TV personality’s doting parent Jacqueline told MailOnline: ‘It was a beautiful occasion. We’ve had a wonderful three days. The ceremony was on Friday. I’ll never forget it, it was one of the best days in my life. 

On their nuptials, Kate’s beloved mum added: ‘I’m really happy for them both and wish them a wonderful life together.’

Jackie also revealed 180 guests had been invited for the wedding, which was spread across three days: ‘We took the whole hotel over and it was quite a party.’

The Mayor of Marmaris, Mehmet Oktay, claimed he officiated the couple’s lavish wedding at the hotel.

Sweet: In early November, Kate and Rio announced their engagement after he proposed on a family trip to Abu Dhabi in front of his three children, Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight

The pair announced their engagement in November after he proposed to her on a family trip to Abu Dhabi with his three children – Lorenz, 13, Tate, 11, and Tia, eight, with the late Rebecca Ellison.

The former England star first started dating Kate in late 2016, following the death of his wife Rebecca – who is the mother of his three children – in 2015.

Following Rebecca’s passing, Rio has been open about the struggles of raising his children without her. Kate has since formed a close bond with his offspring. 

According to Daily Sabah, the Mayor of Marmaris told Demirören News Agency (DHA) that he officiated the wedding of the couple on Friday night in front of a crowd of exclusive guests. 

Mehmet shared: ‘Both the couple and the guests told me that they enjoyed Marmaris a lot. Ferdinand said they will visit Marmaris in the years to come.’

Officiated: According to Daily Sabah, the Mayor of Marmaris told Demirören News Agency (DHA) that he officiated the wedding on Friday night in front of a crowd of exclusive guests

Rio and Kate’s celebrations kicked off on Thursday with a pre-wedding party, followed by the ceremony and a reception on Friday – where Rio’s daughter Tia served as Maid Of Honour.

The reception kicked off mid-afternoon and continued into the night, where the guests enjoyed a boozy free bar and gastronomic delights prepared by expert chefs.

Out now: Read Kate and Rio’s full interview in the latest issue of OK! magazine, out now

Armed security guards had reportedly been deployed at the hotel, where rooms range from £300 to £5,000 per night, for the three-day wedding celebrations.

Kate and Rio are said to have ended their nuptials with a lavish pool party on Saturday at the 196-room hotel their guests were staying in while out in Turkey.

The five-star hotel’s pool was strictly off limits to other guests as Rio and Kate were joined by friends and family at their exclusive bash. 

A hotel guest, who did not want to be named, told MailOnline: ‘It was quite a party. You could hear the music and the cheering throughout the hotel. The whole pool area had been sealed off, even for us.

‘There was a lot of champagne and other drink flowing. It was a very boisterous affair and looked like great fun. You could feel the love in the air for the couple and that’s very beautiful.’ 

Bliss: Rio and Kate’s celebrations kicked off on Thursday with a pre-wedding party, followed by the ceremony and a reception on Friday

Eyewitnesses told MailOnline that they were surprised that more of Rio’s former football team-mates and other celebrities were not spotted.  

Their party area was adorned with white flowers, while plush canopied sun beds were placed around the edges of the pool, which offered stunning views of the Mediterranean sea.

The wedding party boogied the night away to an array of R&B hits, soul classics and reggae, featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Will.i.am and Bob Marley.

Happiness for Rio after the death of his wife Rebecca aged just 34 

Rio has been candid about the difficulty of becoming a single parent following the tragic death of his wife Rebecca Ellison.

He met Rebecca, a former fitness trainer and accountant, while he was at West Ham United in the late 1990s. The pair married in the Caribbean in 2009.

Rebecca was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 but had appeared to be clear of the cancer following treatment

But a scan earlier in 2015 revealed it had returned and spread to her bones and she died just five weeks later on May 1.

The BT Sport pundit opened up about his loss in a BBC documentary – Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad, in which he explored ways of managing grief.

Rio broke down in tears as he accepted the BAFTA award for Best Single Documentary in May 2018, saying: ‘I didn’t do this for any other reason other than my three kids. The worst thing to come out of this is that I get quite emotional now. 

Ferdinand was still playing professional football for Queens Park Rangers when Rebecca lost her battle with breast cancer, but retired the same month without playing a further match.

Staff were allegedly asked to leave their phone’s locked away during their shifts to adhere to the wedding’s strict social media ban.   

The lovebirds had celebrated their upcoming wedding with lavish hen and stag getaways over the summer – and they gave fans a glimpse via their social media accounts. 

Rio enjoyed a raucous weekend in Barcelona with his pals in July, clutching a doll bearing his fiancée’s face under one arm, reassuring her she was ‘never far away’ during the trip.

The TV pundit was joined by 11 of his nearest and dearest including brother Anton and cousin Max for his wild weekend. 

Kate also had a similar Rio doll for her own hen do on the Greek island of Mykonos two weekends beforehand.  

Rio found happiness again with Kate, after previously opening up about losing his wife Rebecca, in a tearful conversation six months after her death. 

The father-of-three said in the weeks following her death in May 2015 didn’t ‘look at himself’ and instead focused on his children — sons Lorenz, then nine, Tate, then six, and daughter, Tia, just four. It was ‘all about the school run, the basic stuff,’ he said.

He filmed a documentary, Being Mum and Dad, in 2017,  about how he and his three children have coped with grief. 

‘This is one of the only things in life that we’re going to go through together, where I haven’t got the answers for them, and that’s quite a worrying, daunting thing’, he said in the programme.

‘When they don’t speak, it’s difficult sometimes, you’re just sitting there going like ‘what are they thinking? Where are they? Are they worried, are they happy, are they sad?”

Rio added that while he is ‘desperate to know’ what his children are thinking, he doesn’t ‘want to scare them.’

In a previous interview with The Sun, he admitted his wife’s battle was a private one, as she opted to stay out of the limelight for the sake of her family.

‘Rebecca was an incredibly brave woman and a very private person who didn’t want anything about her illness to appear in the media while she was fighting for her life,’ Rio noted. ‘Only a close-knit group of family and friends knew.’ 

Read Kate and Rio’s full interview in the latest issue of OK! magazine, out now. 

Fun times: Kate and Rio are said to have ended their nuptials with a lavish pool party on Saturday at the 196-room hotel their guests were staying in while out in Turkey

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