Instagram hadn't yet been invented when Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady tied the knot in 2009, and the private pair declined to sell photos of their wedding to a tabloid, so we've had to rely on their more recent throwback photos to glean even the tiniest details about their big day. In her new book, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, however, Bündchen finally opens up about her and Brady's second ceremony, which took place in Costa Rica in April 2009, a few weeks after they officially sealed the deal in a quieter church ceremony in Santa Monica, California.
In an excerpt from Lessons (which hit bookshelves on Tuesday) published by Boston.com, the supermodel describes the low-key and intimate ceremony, which took place at sunset in her and Brady's home in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. "Around  people gathered in our open living room: Tom's and my entire extended family—including nieces—and three good friends apiece. On a nearby table strewn with candles and assorted crystals sat two bowls, one containing honey and the other rice. The honey, it is said, would sweeten our future, and the rice anticipates prosperity," she writes, adding that then-2-year-old Jack, Brady's son from a previous relationship, served as ring bearer for the "brief" ceremony, and that she wore a simple white slip dress and no shoes.
"There was no formal wedding reception afterward. It was more like a free-for-all, a joyful, relaxed party, just the way I'd always imagined it would be. People ate Mexican food and drank margaritas. They sat or stood in the kitchen, or on the lawn, or by the side of the pool. My sister Pati and Tom's sister Julie each read a beautiful poem, and everyone had a slice of the chocolate wedding cake. Tom had made playlists—his had songs by Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, James Taylor, and others—and at some point my friend Nino, whom I've known since my earliest days in New York and who’s like a brother to me, plugged in his iPod. The kids went swimming in the pool, while guests danced around in their bathing suits," Bündchen continues.
"I remember drinking two margaritas, and after two margaritas you don't remember or care about very much," she writes. "But I do remember looking for, and finding, Tom, and though I can't remember who led and who followed—does it matter?—we started to dance. We are still dancing, and growing through the ups and downs of life."