Talking to guests at the iconic Palace of Versailles on Friday, May 23, Us Weekly can exclusively reveal the rapper, 36, filled the time as they were waiting for a delayed Lana Del Rey to arrive by telling stories about his wife-to-be.
As Kim, 33, tried to draw her fiance's tales to a close, the "Yeezus" hitmaker made a touching tribute to the mother of his daughter, North, 11 months.
"He was telling everyone stories until Kim said, 'OK, let everyone drink and do their thing now,'" a source told Us.
"Kanye kept making the cutest remarks to her. He said, 'It's amazing to look around this room, there are so many talented people,'" the source continued.
"Then Kim said, 'And beautiful people.' Kanye replied, 'Yeah, but Kim's way more beautiful than I am talented.' It was so sweet—he said a couple adorable things like that. They seemed so happy."
As Us Weekly previously reported, guests at the private tour of the prestigious Palace were greeted by men on horseback and handed a glass of Ace of Spades champagne, before being shown into the famous Hall of Mirrors, where an orchestra dressed in 17th-century ensembles sat underneath the chandeliers. Celebrity magician David Blaine performed card tricks to amuse guests as they waited.
Bride-to-be Kim, wearing a stunning white gown with a plunging neckline, took the microphone to welcome guests and revealed that they would be flown to Italy the next day.
"Nobody was surprised," the source told Us. "Then Kanye said it's in Florence, and Kim got playfully annoyed. She said to him, 'You were only supposed to say Italy!' It was funny."
Attendees are currently arriving in Florence, where the couple's nuptials are due to take place later today, Saturday, May 24, at the stunning Forte di Belvedere.
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