The only thing better than winning the World Series might be marrying a supermodel the same week, as Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is about to find out. The athlete, who got a huge smooch from love Kate Upton when his team clinched the World Series in Game 7 Wednesday night, will be tying the knot with his supermodel fiancée in Italy this weekend.
The couple, who announced their engagement at last year’s Met Gala with a one-of-a-kind ring designed by Verlander and jeweler Anita Ko, have been dating since early 2014. Verlander proposed shortly before baseball season in 2016, but the couple kept it under wraps for a few months – and have maintained that same low-key approach as they’ve planned their wedding over the past year and a half.
In February, Upton said her focus was on “fun, party, tequila and food,” and added, “we haven’t done any details. We are getting married, but it’s really hard. Everyone’s always like, invite whoever you want, do whatever you want, don’t feel bad about it, but you feel bad!” In May, she started looking at dresses, attending the Pronovias show in Barcelona in search of a dress that was “something that’s classic, with a sexy twist,” and noted that Verlander would love anything that she chose: “Justin is so supportive and I don’t think that he would honestly have a strong opinion in that way. He’s a lover, not a judger.”
Verlander has long been a huge cheerleader for his fiancée’s career, supporting her as she takes on tough workouts and covers the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And she returned the favor as his team played a nailbiting World Series against the Dodgers, cheering him on in a special Houston Astros necklace and rushing the field as his team took the final win. It’s no wonder Upton told PeopleStyle “Our relationship is my favorite thing about my life right now.”
Both stars are sure to look spectacular on their wedding day, thanks to Upton’s hard work in the gym (and no crazy bridal diets, she says) – as well as the glow that comes from a World Series win (not to mention Verlander’s penchant for borrowing beauty products out of Upton’s medicine cabinet).
Are you excited to see the wedding photos?