Although their love was present in her heart as she walked down the aisle St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, California, Gisele Bundchen’s family and friends were not there to fill the pews on that February day when she exchanged vows with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Wanting to share her happiness with those close to her, the supermodel once again donned a wedding dress on April 4, 2009– this time with 25 witnesses, their beaming smiles a benediction as the bride, clutching a bouquet of white orchids– strolled toward her groom.
Not even the sound of gunfire as security kept the paparazzi at bay could shatter the beauty of the moment as the bride– who had slipped into her wedding attire at the Hotel Flor Blanca– made her grand entrance inside a tent erected on the balcony of her Santa Teresa, Costa Rica home. Seen only at a distance from the media, the model wore an ethereal white silk John Galliano gown paired with a 6-foot, lace-edged silk tulle veil. People magazine reported.
The ceremony marked the culmination of a wedding weekend which included a rehearsal dinner at the Milarepa Hotel and a trip to the beach for the newlyweds and the groom’s young son, Jack.
Updated: April 7, 2009