There was nothing ostentatious or flashy when Gisele Bündchen married Tom Brady. In fact, the couple’s wedding was intimate, sweet and completely low-key.
In Bündchen’s autobiography, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, she discusses many details about her relationship to Brady, beginning with how they first met all the way to how the couple grappled with his ex Bridget Moynahan’s surprising pregnancy. Of course, the couple eventually married, first with a stateside ceremony, which was eventually followed by a formal wedding in Costa Rica a few months later. Very little was known about both days—but the Brazilian beauty finally unveiled some tidbits about the occasion in her new book.
“Our wedding took place at sunset on a warm day in early April,” Bündchen reveals (in an exclusive excerpt obtained by Boston.com). “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 raccoon eyes at my own wedding.”
The bride opted for a simple gown for the nuptials held in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica in April 2009. The simplicity of her wedding day look reflected the attitude of the entire day.
“Around forty people gathered in our open living room: Tom’s and my entire extended family — including nieces—and three good friends apiece,” she continued. “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.”
Brady’s son with Moynahan was a toddler at the time and he served as the couple’s ring bearer. “I wore a simple white slip dress. My feet were bare,” she writes. “The ceremony was brief, and the last words anyone heard were: For the pillars of the temple stand apart / And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
The reception was equally a celebratory occasion, lacking structure in some ways but still a party for all to enjoy. “There was no formal wedding reception afterward. It was more like a free-for-all, a joyful, relaxed party, just the way I’d always imagined it would be,” she expressed. “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.”
Family members toasted to the couple, and yes—there was food (Mexican to be exact), chocolate cake and a lot of dancing. The groom, in fact, handled much of the entertainment.
“My sister Pati and Tom’s sister Julie each read a beautiful poem, and everyone had a slice of the chocolate wedding cake,” she writes. “Tom had made playlists — his had songs by Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, James Taylor, and others — and at some point my friend Nino, whom I’ve known since my earliest days in New York and who’s like a brother to me, plugged in his iPod. The kids went swimming in the pool, while guests danced around in their bathing suits.”
The bride also had a few cocktails. “I remember drinking two margaritas, and after two margaritas you don’t remember or care about very much,” she confesses. “I do remember looking for, and finding, Tom, and though I can’t remember who led and who followed—does it matter?—we started to dance. We are still dancing, and growing through the ups and downs of life.”
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