Pictured: Justin Timberlake enjoys pre-wedding drinks ahead of nuptials with Jessica Biel at Italian country retreat… and what a VERY rustic affair it is
Nuptials reported to be taking place this weekend in Brindisi, southern ItalyFamous couple have been flying in guests by private jet from New York
21:27 GMT, 18 October 2012
They are rumoured to be tying the knot in Italy this weekend.
And wedding preparations for the nuptials of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel seemed to be getting underway on Wednesday, with Justin spotted enjoying pre-wedding drinks with guests including Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg.
But rather than enjoy a modern wedding full of luxurious trappings, the multi-millionaire couple seem to have opted for a very rustic-style occasion.
Preparations: Justin Timberlake enjoyed pre-wedding drinks with a group of guests on Wednesday night in Brindisi, Italy
Interior shots of the Italian castle known as a 'castello' in Brindisi, show overgrown grass and ye olde stone monuments dotted around the grounds.
Horses graze next to a ramshackle stable, along with hay bales and a rickety teepee style structure with fire underneath.
There has even been a sighting of a group of Italian entertainers dressed in traditional costume while guests enjoyed a country-style picnic of tomatoes and potatoes, along with obligatory peasant clay pots.
Celebration: Justin Timberlake's Saturday Night Live friend Andy Samberg was one of the famous faces enjoying a welcome drink on Wednesday before the firework display
Jetted over: Samberg is one of several friends and family said to be flown to Italy by private jet from New York City
Justin was pictured by Life & Style magazine sporting a grey and black hat, as he mingled with the 'few hundred' guests who sipped champagne in the grounds of the castle in southern Italy.
The guests later enjoyed a lavish firework display in a nearby seaside town.
Fiery blasts of red, green and white
lit up the sky, while a large van and several
spotlights were seen in the area.
Location location location: Interior photographs of the chteau which is said to be where the nuptials are taking place
Picturesque: Justin and Jessica are said to have chosen the southern Italy location as it 'means a lot to both of them'
In the country: The grounds of the venue featured beds and cushions dotted around
The happy couple: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were all smiles at the Costume Institute Gala in New York City on May 7
An insider told the New York Post that Justin, 31, and Jessica, 30, chose the Italian location, near Naples, because it 'means a lot to both of them.'
According to the newspaper, Jessica's maid of honour will be her best friend Lindsay Ratowsky, while the A-Team star's stylist Estee Stanley, who is also a partner in his home dcor business HomeMint has been helping to plan the wedding.
'A private plane was flown out of New York to take guests to Italy, including both their publicists,' a source told the newspaper.
'But the event has been shrouded in a lot of secrecy, and not even the guests were told the exact location or day of the wedding before they left.'
Samberg and music producer Timbaland are both said to have been flown out to Italy by private jet.
couple are reported to have sent 'vague save the date notifications'
back in the spring, and guests are reported by the newspaper as being
'prohibited from bringing cameras or phones.'
Meanwhile, it has been reported that Justin is preparing to perform a dance to Jessica's favourite 'N Sync song at the wedding.
Into the wild: The extensive grounds appear to feature horses, a ramshackle stable and log fences
Traditional country mood: The wedding venue seemed a far cry from the more salubrious venues the couple are used to
Cry Me A River hitmaker has been rehearsing a surprise routine to his
former band's track It's Gonna Be Me with his best man and ushers as he
prepares for his nuptials to the Total Recall actress.
A source told The Sun newspaper:
'Justin has been working on this for months. Jessica used to love the
track growing up and he wants it as a special treat.
'It will be very much tongue-in-cheek. There will be loads of exaggerated boy band moves and poses. She's going to love it.'
in the park: A little boy appears to be dressed in traditional costume
holding a goat, while the guests relax in the sunshine
Italian feast: Guests are reported to have enjoyed a picnic consisting of traditional cuisine
All dressed up and somewhere to go Several people in the grounds were spotted dressed up in traditional Italian costume
The pop star-turned actor – who sold
more than 50 million albums with 'N Sync – got engaged to Jessica last
December and the pair are widely reported to be tying the knot in at
some point this weekend.
An insider told Us Weekly the couple is taking 'extra precautions' to keep details of their nuptials secret.
Spokespersons for Biel and Timberlake have not responded to MailOnline's request for comment.
Timberlake, 31, and Biel, 30, became engaged in December 2011, after he proposed in the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming.
Glass of bubbly: Samberg dressed in casual clothes as he drank from a champagne flute
Picturesque setting: The guests appeared to be socialising in front of some giant white lanterns and next to a white outhouse
The night of a thousand stars: The guests drunk and chatted as the night went on, standing next to giant lanterns
Picturesque: Guests enjoyed a dramatic setting next to lit up lanterns outside the chateau
The singer-turned-actor is said to have celebrated his bachelor party in September.
of the star surfaced with a group of
male friends – first in Las Vegas, and later in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico –
amid reports the days to Timberlake's wedding date were
Although they have been tight-lipped
about their plans, the Alpha Dog star recently reminisced
about when he asked his fiance on their first date.
That was back in 2007 – after Timberlake got her details from a friend.
Getting ready: Some guests stroll through the grounds of the chteau where the nuptials are said to be taking place
Pre-party: The wedding guests dressed casually for the drinks, as they mingled in the rustic surroundings
He told UK's Hello! magazine: 'I did
it the old fashion way – by telephone. That’s something I learned from
both my stepdad and my grandfather – that there is a thing called
chivalry and it doesn’t have to die with the birth of the internet.
'The way I see it, if you’re asking a girl out on a date, it’s only right to do it in a way that she can hear your voice.'
But because he was a big name popstar at the time, not to mention a former Mouseketeer, it was not an easy sell.
Wedding celebration A firework display went off in southern Italy on Wednesday night
Patriotic: Red, white and green – the colours of the Italian flag – were a prominent part of the display
New photograph: The Timberlake picture was first seen on Life & Style's website, with the new issue out now
The SexyBack singer admitted: 'I had to be pretty persistent in order to get her to say yes.
'But I have a fair amount of tenacity and if I want something I stick to it. And in the end she agreed.'
He also said that their most important quality as a couple is their willingness to work hard on their relationship.
He said: 'Some days are better than
other days for all of us – and if we have our good days and bad days
individually, and then we’re dealing with someone else’s good and bad
days on top of that, it’s going to add up.
'But what I have learned from my stepdad is something as important, which is patience and compassion.
'Because when you are living with someone else, those two qualities go a long way.'
Jessica has meanwhile insisted she has not turned into a fearsome 'bridezilla' in the run-up to the big day.
She told E! News earlier this month: 'I'm just pretty much cool as a cucumber in general in my life. So no, I'm cool.'
The new issue of Life & Style Weekly is on newsstands now.
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