Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is known for being a fiercely private person, but pending the release of her tell-all memoir Lessons: My Path To A Meaningful Life, the mum-of-two has started to be more open about the more intimate details of her life.
With no topic off-limits, the book reveals a runway incident that left a young Bündchen in tears and also details the ups and downs of her relationship with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, including the moment she found out Brady’s ex-girlfriend was pregnant with his baby just two months into their relationship.
The couple rode the initial wave of scandal and eventually married, first in a private stateside ceremony followed by an equally top-secret second wedding in Costa Rica.
The most we’ve ever known about the ceremonies are from the rare snapshots shared by Gisele on her Instagram.
But now the model has revealed all the sweet and romantic details of her 2009 wedding, and it sounds just as magical as you would expect.
Although the Brazilian bombshell held the title of highest paid model for an impressive 14 consecutive years, the Costa Rican wedding was an intimate low-key affair with just 40 friends and family.
In an excerpt from the book, Gisele writes, “Around 40 people gathered in our open living room: Tom’s and my entire extended family — including nieces — and three good friends apiece. On a nearby table strewn with candles and assorted crystals sat two bowls, one containing honey and the other rice. The honey, it is said, would sweeten our future, and the rice anticipates prosperity. Jack was two, and still our ring bearer! I wore a simple white slip dress. My feet were bare."
The model continued, “People ate Mexican food and drank margaritas. They sat or stood in the kitchen, or on the lawn, or by the side of the pool."
Bündchen also revealed her hair and makeup choices for the big day.
“Before the ceremony, my sister Fafi helped me do my hair. I wore waterproof mascara since I knew I was going to cry — because I always cry! — and it wouldn’t have been a pretty sight having racoon eyes at my own wedding.”
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