Dutch World Cup star Wesley Sneijder makes TV presenter Yolanthe a footballer's wife

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 12:41 AM on 18th July 2010

Dutch footballer Wesley Sneijder married model and Dutch TV presenter Yolanthe Cabau van Kasbergen in a ceremony in Tuscany that could only be described as a fashion own goal.

Yolanthe, while unquestionably beautiful in white, wore a dress that would not appeal to all brides - over-the-top as it was with layers, hoops and lace.

And Wesley's choice of outfit was almost as breathtaking as some of the fouls perpetrated by his Netherlands side in their World Cup final defeat by Spain.

Wesley Sneijder

The happy couple: Wesley Sneijder and his wife Yolanthe pose for photographers after their ceremony  in Castelnuovo Berardenga about nine miles from Siena

Wesley Sneijder

Oh dear: In the over-the-top manner of football weddings, Wesley and Yolanthe release doves during their ceremony

The diminutive Dutch midfielder, 26, chose a hideous pale blue shiny suit, which appeared ill-fitting in places and was in serious danger of starting a static electricity fire wherever he went.

The bride and groom could be forgiven for their lack of fashion taste - it was their special day after all - but some of the guests were also dressed in questionable outfits.

Sealed with a kiss: Dutch football star Wesley Sneijder and Yolanthe Cabau lock lips

Sealed with a kiss: Dutch football star Wesley Sneijder and Yolanthe Cabau lock lips at the Church of San Giusto e Clemente

Wesley and Yolanthe have been dating for less than a year, after the international and Inter Milan player, who last year won the Champions League and Serie A title, left his wife and four-year-old son last summer.

 

Wesley's affair with 25-year-old Yolanthe - considered Holland's most glamorous TV presenter - was a scandal that engrossed his home nation.

Wesley Sneijder

The bride wore white: Yolanthe's dress was like something out of a Disney movie, all layers, hoops and lace

Wesley Sneijder

Horse-drawn: Yolanthe Cabau - having perfected her royal wave - arrived in Castelnuovo Berardegna in a horse-drawn carriage

Their secret relationship was revealed when closed-circuit TV footage of the pair kissing in a car park was broadcast in Holland last year, at a time when Van Kasbergen was living with the country's most famous pop star, Jan Smit. 

At the time there was a fierce backlash against Sneijder and his girlfriend, and overwhelming sympathy for Smits, Sneijder's wife, Ramona, and the former couple's little boy, Jessey.

But predictably, given the fickle nature of celebrity, that has now evaporated.

Like father, like son: Wesley Sneijder's boy Jessey was dressed in matching light blue suit

Like father, like son: Wesley Sneijder's boy Jessey was dressed in matching light blue suit

The couple announced their engagement at Christmas and have since been planning the Tuscany wedding - although attire must have been put on the back burner.

They were married in a church in the Church of San Giusto e Clemente in Castelnuovo Berardenga, about nine miles from Siena.

Yolanthe arrived in a horse-drawn carriage and the couple released doves during their ceremony.

Wesley Sneijder

Something blue: Sneijder's choice of wedding suit was breathtaking for all the wrong reasons - and the guests' outfits didn't fare any better

Beautiful setting: Wesley and Yolanthe in the Tuscan village square of Castelnuovo Berardenga

Beautiful setting: Wesley and Yolanthe in the Tuscan village square of Castelnuovo Berardenga

 

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Shame hes only about 5 foot tall.

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Oh come on, compared to the chavvy footballer weddings we have in this country this is pretty nice

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Hideous wedding dress, groom suit, and that guy standing in open flies PRICELESS lol thanks DM for a fabulous belly laugh I have not laughed so much since .... I can't remember HaHa

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He has done very well picking her but choosing Diego Maradonna to drive the horse and trap could have led to some dramas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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What a rude article. Do you know I'm not all that fussed by what they're wearing, whoever they are, but isn't the whole point that it's THEIR day? Were they supposed to consult the ever critical fashion gurus at the Daily Mail before deciding what they wore? For goodness sakes, two people in love, getting married - people in love ALWAYS look beautiful

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Ashley Cole doesn't seem like such a wally now does he?

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