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Romantic Mediterranean ceremony for football star Andrés Iniesta and his bride

09 JULY 2012

A week after Spain's victory in the European football championships, Andrés Iniesta kisses his bride passionately watched by his jubilant team mates.

Barcelona mid-fielder Andres wed girlfriend of four years Anna Ortiz at an 11th-century castle overlooking the Mediterranean sea. 

 

Andres Iniesta

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Among those wishing them well were Lionel Messi, who was accompanied by his pregnant girlfriend Antonella, and Cesc Fábregas, who was fresh off a plane from Indonesia where he had been holidaying with his love Daniella.

Meanwhile, Gerard Piqué, who left girlfriend Shakira at home, compared the atmosphere to the Tour de France after seeing the cheering crowds gathered behind barriers on the road to the castle.

But the guest of honour was undoubtedly, the happy couple's one-year-old daughter Valeria.

 

Andres Iniesta



The groom was escorted down the aisle by his mother to the strains of the title song from Gladiator, his favourite film.

A few minutes later, Anna walked in with her father to the tune of Whitney Houston ballad I will always love you.

She looked breathtaking in a vintage tiered gown, complete with an Amelia Earhart-inspired veil.

Once the ceremony was over, the 300 guests moved on to a popular restaurant and were joined by another 400.

 

Gerard Pique

 

Before sitting down for the banquet, the emotional groom said a few words of thanks to all the well wishers. 

Referring to the press pack, he said: "Thank you all for covering such a special and unforgettable moment. For all the people that have come out and have shown us their affection.

"It's a very happy day, the happiest ever and we are going to toast for a happy future."

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