Spill! Kelly Ripa attended Neil Patrick Harris' surprise secret wedding to David Burtka this past weekend, and gave away some insider details on the Monday, Sept. 8 episode of Live! With Kelly and Michael.
"I spent the weekend, in Italy," Ripa, 43, told her co-host Michael Strahan. "I went to a destination wedding… the wedding of Neil Patrick Harris and his partner David Burtka," she continued as the room erupted into cheers. "They got married, yes!"
Ripa described the nuptials as a "very quiet, very private, family affair." She joked, "I'm probably not even supposed to talk about it," though adding that she received approval from one of the grooms. "Neil said I could talk about it," Ripa added.
"It was a beautiful family affair in Perugia, Italy. They rented a castle — or I think they rented it. I hope we didn't break into a castle and just stayed there," Ripa recalled. "Sir Elton John performed. There were fireworks. The food was amazing. There were magic tricks, because, you know Neil is way into magic. Their wedding vows were so beautiful."
The highlight of the evening, according to the chirpy blonde hostess, was Harris and Burtka's twins, Gideon and Harper, who were part of the ceremony. "Harper was going to be the flower girl and Gideon was going to be the ring bearer," Ripa revealed.
The couple's 3-year-old boy, however, was more stubborn than his sister. "He said, 'I don't want to be the ring bearer. I want to be the orange boy,'" Ripa told Strahan. "And he passed out oranges to everybody as he came down the aisle… he came up with it on his own. He had his little tux and his top hat and he passed out oranges."
Later that evening, Ripa met up with little Gideon on the dance floor and thanked him for the fruit! "We were dancing I said to him, 'Look, Gideon. I saved your orange because I'm gonna keep it forever.' And he goes, 'Oh, you shouldn't. They're so delicious!'"
Harris, 41, and Burtka, 39, have been together since 2004, and got engaged in June 2011, after it became legal for same sex couples to marry in the state of New York. How I Met Your Mother alum Harris confirmed his marriage news via Twitter on Monday, Sept. 8. "Yup, we put the 'n' and 'd' in 'husband'." he wrote.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) September 8, 2014
In all, Ripa recollected the wedding as "beautiful." She added, "They're such a beautiful family. So talented and really deserving."
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