A rainbow arching over their yacht greeted newlyweds Tiger Woods and Swedish bride Elin Nordegren yesterday in Barbados, a day after the couple married in a lavish sunset ceremony that reportedly cost $1.5 million.
The couple came ashore after apparently spending their wedding night aboard the vessel. They stayed largely out of public view following the ceremony, which was held in a white-netted pagoda decorated with red roses.
As the couple came ashore, the California-born golfer was in swimming trunks and carrying a wet suit. The two were accompanied by the bride's identical twin, Josefin. Both women wore shorts and tank tops.
The Barbados Daily Nation quoted unidentified sources as saying the event cost $1.5 million. Woods reportedly imported 500 red roses for the ceremony.
Talk show host Oprah Winfrey and former NBA stars Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley were among more than 120 guests seen by an Associated Press reporter overlooking the clubhouse of the posh Sandy Lane resort and golf course, which went to extraordinary lengths to shield the ceremony from journalists.
Nordegren, 24, met Woods, 28, three years ago while she was the nanny to the children of Swedish golfer Jesper Parnevik.
At the ceremony, Nordegren wore an off-white sleeveless gown, according to the witnesses, while Woods wore a beige suit.
The rock group Hootie and the Blowfish performed under a tent at the "19th hole," a garden area of the Green Monkey golf course, witnesses said. Then fireworks lit up the night sky along Barbados's west coast.
Woods rented out the entire hotel, which has about 200 rooms ranging in price from $700 to $8,000 a night, according to the hotel's Web site.
-- From News Services