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Justin Timberlake marries Jessica Biel

Showbiz couple tie the knot in romantic celebration in Italy

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They’re married! Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel at the Costume Institute Gala

It’s official – Justin Timberlake has married long-term sweetheart Jessica Biel in Italy.

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The couple released a statement through People magazine confirming the happy news and telling fans “It’s great to be married, the ceremony was beautiful and it was so special to be surrounded by our family and friends.” Justin debuted his gold wedding band on Saturday morning as he was spotted out and about enjoying the sunshine at Borgo Egnazia, an exclusive resort in the Southern Italian resort of Puglia. 

Jessica and Justin exchanged personalised vows in front of 100 guests during the romantic ceremony. Jessica looked radiant in a bespoke soft pink Giambattista Valli Haute Couture dress teamed with a long veil and a small posy of crisp white flowers. She was serenaded down the aisle by her husband-to-be playing a piece on his guitar that he had written especially for the occasion. Justin chose a Tom Ford tux for his big day attire which he helped to design himself. Take a look at Justin and Jessica’s first official wedding picture here!

Speculation the pair were set to wed started last week when Justin was snapped by photographers enjoying an al fresco evening drinks party in the grounds of a countryside castle in Brindisi, a picturesque coastal region of Southern Italy. The couple are thought to have flown friends and family into the country onprivate jets in a bid to keep the nuptials a secret, but Justin was spotted on Wednesday night spending time with his guests.

The rural retreat which played host to the drinks party is a traditional Italian castello and the estate features pretty olive groves, rustic stone buildings and log fences with authentic finishing touches like open fires and hay bale seating. During the day, guests are reported to have enjoyed a sunshine-filled picnic of local delicacies.   

The venue did ramp up the glamour as the sun set though, with snowy white day beds and giant white lanterns dotted on to the terrace. As the night drew in, guests were treated to a stunning fireworks display.

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Justin is thought to have celebrated his stag do last month with parties in Las Vegas and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. The couple got engaged in December 2011 but are thought to have started dating in 2007.