Final preparations were today underway to prepare the romantic venue behind the high walls of the ancient Castello Brown fortress in the Italian village of Portofino.
Staff have been sworn to secrecy and made to sign legal agreements, forbidding them from talking about the wedding, which has been billed as the showbiz event of the year.
Back in black: Kourtney Kardashian, 43, son Reign, seven, and Travis Barker, 46, pictured holding hands and walking around Portofino, Italy. The reality star wore a striking black dress and veil
The ceremony was widely tipped to take place sometime this weekend, but we can exclusively reveal that guests will gather tomorrow to watch the couple tie the knot.
The castle which was once used as a stop off point for Richard the Lionheart on his way to the Crusades normally operates as a museum for tourists.
But the entire building on a hilltop overlooking the historic seaside village near Genoa has been sealed off since last Wednesday after the Kardashians hired it for a week.
A steep path leading up to the castle from Portofino harbour has remained open so that locals and visitors can still access the rocky coastline on the seaward side of the fortress.
Preparations: Security guards refused to answer questions at the entrance to the castle, saying only that it was closed to members of the public
Bride to be: Kourtney donned a black sheer veil with blue lace detail and Travis wore a full-length gown as the pair strolled with Reign
Suit up! Dolce&Gabbana suits are delivered as preparations get underway for Kourtney and Travis’s wedding at Castello Brown in Portofino
But signs have now gone up saying that the path will be closed on Sunday and re-opened on Monday in an apparent measure to guarantee privacy for wedding guests.
Security cameras have been erected to help monitor the area and keep unwanted visitors away.
Teams of workers were today seen moving around boxes containing sound equipment and trays with glasses and boxes of drinks between the castle and a nearby storage area.
Security guards refused to answer questions at the entrance to the castle, saying only that it was closed to members of the public.
Festivities: The lovebirds are currently in Italy kicking off the celebrations for their rumored weekend wedding, after they legally tied the knot at a Santa Barbara courthouse last Sunday
A wedding with a view: A steep path leading up to the castle from Portofino harbour has remained open so that locals and visitors can still access the rocky coastline on the seaward side of the fortress
Busy: Teams of workers were today seen moving around boxes containing sound equipment and trays with glasses and boxes of drinks between the castle and a nearby storage area
American and Canadian tourists from a cruise ship stopping off at Portofino were today being escorted by their tour guides on walks around the castle perimeter.
Kourtney and Blink-182 drummer Travis are believed to be staying on the 213ft superyacht Regina D’Italia which is moored just offshore from the tourist hotspot fishing village.
It is believed that the couple will be ferried to their wedding venue by tender boat, arriving at a small private jetty on the secluded cove at the rear of the castle.
These boots are made for walkin’: Khloe Kardashian, 37, steps out in Portofino, wearing stunning suede leather boots as wedding preparations are underfoot in the village
Wow! Kourtney and Travis will reportedly have a third wedding ceremony at the lavish Castello Brown in Portofino, Italy, this weekend
Workers were today seen attaching a silver carpet to the wooden planks of the jetty which is in the grounds of a historic house next door to the castle.
The house is believed to be currently rented by members of the Kardashian family who are staying there during the festivities.
But the closure of the path tomorrow will mean that the couple will be able to move between the house and the path away from the prying eyes of tourists and the paparazzi.
But they will still have to climb more than 100 steps from the jetty to the castle, meaning they may change into their wedding finery in private rooms inside the fortress which dates back to Roman times.
A security guard with a radio handset at the entrance of the house insisted today: ‘I’m not allowed to say anything. I don’t know anything about a wedding.’
That’s amore: Kourtney Kardashian and her husband Travis Barker put on an amorous display after attending a pre-wedding dinner at Ristorante Puny in Portofino, Italy, on Friday
Kourtney’s children Mason, 12, Reign, seven, and Penelope, nine were seen around the jetty on Friday.
Her mother Kris Jenner, 66, who recently revealed that she had been ‘sworn to secrecy’ about the upcoming nuptials, was seen out shopping in the village earlier in the day.
The whole Kardashian clan including Kourtney’s sister Kylie, 24, later gathered on Friday night for a pre-wedding meal at Ristorante Puny near the harbour.
Happy together: Kourtney – who is the eldest of the Kardashian sisters – flashed a huge grin while sipping on a flute of champagne
Loved-up: Kourtney giggled as Travis placed another kiss on her neck
A member of staff connected with the wedding preparations smiled as she told a MailOnline reporter: ‘Yes, I am working here, but I can’t talk to you because I have signed an NDA (a Non Disclosure Agreement).’
Bright floral arrangements, designer suits and chic outdoor furniture were seeing being delivered to the venue on Friday, as a helicopter lowered a large wooden structure into the grounds of the castle.
Local villager Dino who was walking his border collie Zack beside the castle this morning, said: ‘We are used to VIPs visiting here because Portofino is such a beautiful place.
‘The boss of Pirelli tyres and Berlusconi’s son have houses here. Celebrities generally arrive in their yachts and then come ashore
‘The Castle is used for lots of events including weddings. The terrace is magnificent and has the most wonderful views in the whole of Portofino.
Family trip! She was joined by her children Mason, 12, Penelope, nine and Reign, seven, as well as Kim’s eldest daughter North (far left) with her husband-to-be Travis and his daughter Alabama also in attendance
Large affair: Kourtney, 43, and Travis, 46, are believed to have rented out the entire castle (gardens pictured), which was built during Roman times as a military fortress, and will be celebrating their nuptials over the next four days
‘There is space in the grounds for a lot of people, so most people want their weddings to be outside, but there is space inside as well.
‘It is often closed to the public, but it is very unusual for the paths to be closed as well. It does suggest that this wedding is going to be very big.
‘I have never known the path and the park around the castle to be closed before. I will have to find somewhere else to walk my dog tomorrow.’
Kourtney and Travis unofficially married after the Grammys in Las Vegas and held an official ceremony in Santa Barbra last Sunday to legally become man and wife.
Landscape: Castello Brown sits in an elevated position on a rural hill and boasts sweeping ocean views, while the property is surrounded by an array of prestigious villas
Exciting: It will be the couple’s third wedding after they legally tied the knot at a Santa Barbara courthouse earlier this week after their unofficial nuptials after the Grammys in Los Angeles
Just married! Kourtney and Travis shared their first photos as newlyweds with their Instagram followers earlier this week
But it is believed that they will be repeating their vows under the Italian sunshine to confirm their union in front of family and friends.
Guests are expected to include Kris, Kourtney’s sisters, Khloe and Kim Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, and Kris’ partner Corey Gamble
But Courtney’s former partner Scott Disick – the father of her three children – has not been invited.
It is believed that 46-year-old Travis’ son Landon, 18, and daughter Alabama, 16, will also be there.
But it is thought that Kourtney’s maternal grandmother Mary Jo ‘MJ’ Campbell and Travis’ dad, Randy, have not travelled abroad for the ceremony, although they were present at their legal courthouse nuptials.
Riding off into the sunset: After getting hitched, the reality star and drummer were seen driving off in a vintage car
Wild PDAs, IVF struggles, and THREE weddings: A look back at Kravis’ whirlwind romance history
They’re saying ‘I do’ for a third time this weekend in Portofino, Italy in front of a close circle of family and friends. Here, DailyMail.com takes a look back at the three weddings, wild PDAs, IVF struggles and whirlwind romance of Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker…
Travis’ first Kardashian crush on Kim
Having been a friend of the family for years, Travis Barker first showed his interest in the KarJenner clan when he confessed to first being attracted to Kim Kardashian – not Kourtney – back when she was an assistant to Paris Hilton around 2006.
‘How could you not stare at Kim? Mind you, I enjoyed hanging out with Paris, but I love curvy girls,’ Travis admitted in 2015. ‘Kim was eye candy. I was no way disrespectful to Paris, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off Kim!’
Travis went on to say he spent time with Kim in their Calabasas neighborhood and while he had a ‘crush’ on her, he said ‘nothing ever happened.’
Eyes for someone else? Travis is seen looking away in a 2018 flashback photo that Kourtney recently posted
Getting to know the family
Travis then made several appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians while he was still married to ex-wife Shanna Moakler, cementing his status as a true Kardashian family friend.
His daughter Alabama revealed in October 2017 that she had been bonding with the Kardashians, along with her father, though she did not specifically mention Kourtney.
‘Actually, the other night I had dinner with all of them and they were really sweet,’ she said at the time. Travis shares Alabama and a son Landon with his ex Moakler, who he was married to from 2004 to 2008.
A look of love? Travis is seen in an old episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Kourtney and Travis first sparked romance rumors when they were spotted on what appeared to be a date together in 2018 Los Angeles.
For their evening out, the duo attended an evening service at the famed celebrity Hillsong Church, and then later went out for a vegan dinner at Crossroads where they dined with Kourtney’s pal Larsa Pippen.
At the time, Kourtney had broken up with French model Younes Bendjima just a few months before.
Getting close: Kourtney and Travis are spotted out together in 2018 heading for dinner
From friends to lovers
Their relationship was confirmed in January 2021 after growing closer during the pandemic, as Kourtney recently revealed she made the first move while the pair were enjoying a friendly movie night together.
‘I was definitely always attracted to Travis. I think it was just the right time in my life,’ she said on the show this year, adding: ‘We were texting and I put it out there, like flirtatious conversation.’
After Travis failed to make a move and went to put on a second movie for them to watch, Kourtney took action: ‘I was like, “I don’t have time for this movie marathon,’” so I made the first move.’
Getting closer: The pair are seen together in another episode of KUWTK
PDA power couple
‘Kravis’ became Instagram official for Valentines in February 2021 with Kourtney posting a picture of the pair holding hands, but that was just the start of the wild PDAs that followed. By April, Travis posted a blurry snap of them making out, while they later revealed their signature move on Kourtney straddling the Blink 182 drummer in the Utah desert.
Their PDAs reached a fever pitch in August last year, when Scott Disick reached out to her ex Younes Bendjima on Instagram after seeing Kourtney straddle Travis on a gondola. He later apologized.
They made their red carpet debut at the VMAs in September last year, and their display of tongue-kissing for the cameras set the tone for many more PDA-heavy events including this year’s Met Gala.
Wow! Kourtney and Travis show off their signature straddle pose in Utah
The first of many: Kravis made their red carpet debut at the MTV VMAs in September last year
While the couple’s romance has seen many highs, Kourtney has revealed they’ve also faced heartbreak as she’s struggled to have a child with Travis.
In an episode of the Kardashians, Kourt confessed their doctor had taken them down ‘this road of doing IVF’ saying ‘it hasn’t been the most amazing experience.’
The reality star is mother to Mason, 12; Penelope, nine; and Reign, seven — with her former partner Scott Disick, whom she dated from 2005 until 2015.
A romantic proposal
Travis popped the question in October to Kourtney, whisking her away to a beach in Montecito, California, as the special moment was captured for the Kardashians Hulu reality show.
Later, it was revealed there was drama as Kris Jenner made the call not to include Kourtney’s children in the happy moment – which resulted in her daughter Penelope becoming upset.
‘I woke up all night thinking it was a dream,’ Kourtney gushed on Instagram at the time.
‘I woke up all night thinking it was a dream,’ Kourtney penned on Instagram about her proposal from Travis
Not content with just one ceremony, Kravis kicked things off with a drunken Las Vegas wedding in April this year after partying at the Grammy Awards. But the wedding was void as it was revealed the loved-up couple did not have the correct paperwork.
In the run up to their big wedding in Italy, Kravis legally tied the knot in Santa Barbara in May with her grandmother Mary Jo “MJ” Campbell present, as well as Travis’ father Randy Barker. The pair drove off in a vintage lowrider convertible with a ‘Just Married’ sign.
However, the couple really pulled out the stops for their big bash in Portofino renting out an entire castle for their family and friends. The pair chose the historic house museum Castello Brown located on a hill above Portofino harbour for their official big celebration.
First wedding: Kravis tied the knot in Vegas, though it was not legally binding
Second: They officially got hitched in Santa Barbara in May with her grandmother Mary Jo “MJ” Campbell present
Source: | Dailymail.co.uk