Newlywed Rooneys leave Italian Riviera

Newlyweds Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin have left the Italian Riviera, where they were married amid tight security.

The couple were spotted leaving Genoa's luxury Hotel Bentley with their families and later at the city's airport.

The Manchester United star chartered a private jet to fly wedding guests out earlier this week.

The 22-year-olds tied the knot in a civil ceremony in the resort of Santa Margherita Ligure on Thursday.

Rooney and McLoughlin became Rooney and Rooney in a simple 20-minute wedding in the Villa Durazzo, a 17th-Century palace overlooking the Mediterranean.

Glossy magazine OK! reportedly paid the couple £2.5m (€3.2m) for exclusive access to the big day, and security arrangements were tight to protect the deal. Burly guards surrounded the villa and La Cervara, a former abbey on a clifftop which was the venue for the reception.

The guest list was not as star-studded as some previous Wag nuptials, with Rooney's Manchester United team-mates Wes Brown and Michael Carrick among the biggest names present.

The childhood sweethearts were spotted shopping in Genoa on their first full day as man and wife after spending their wedding night on a huge luxury yacht.

Gianni Costa, the deputy mayor of Santa Margherita who conducted the ceremony, seemed blissfully unaware of the couple's exclusive deal with OK!, and was happy to describe the union to reporters held outside the ceremony by heavy-duty security.

Guests cheered and clapped when the translator told them in English that the couple were man and wife, he said.

"Everyone was very emotional and there were a few tears from everyone, especially the bride, but Wayne was very composed," he added.

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