Jay Z Carter Sean , was expected to be his close friend and collaborator’s best man Kanye West, reportedly decided to spend the weekend with his wife in The Hampton’s, New York, in favor of attending the rapper’s nuptials to Kim Kardashian 33, in Florence, Italy on May, 25, 2014. Sources said that Jay, 44, bailed on the couple’s wedding at the Forte di Belvedere at the last minute, as he wanted to enjoy a quiet Memorial Day holiday weekend with Beyoncé and their two-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy. Shortly before the extravagant wedding got underway, the ‘XO‘ singer, 32, who is said to have a ‘frosty’ relationship with Kim, also signaled to fans she wouldn’t be present, as she posted a make-up free photograph of herself in bed on Instagram. Jay and Beyoncé‘s absence came as a surprise, as the rapper has been friends with Kanye, 36, for more than 14 years. Hours later, took to Instagram in a bid to prove her thoughts were with the newlyweds. The 32-year-old singer posted a picture of the couple and their 11-month-old daughter, North, from their recent Vogue spread, with the caption: ‘Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family.’ Kim’s younger brother Rob Kardashian, 27, also missed the festivities. he flew back to Los Angeles ‘in tears’ following an argument with the bride on Friday, May 23, 2013.. Meanwhile, John Legend serenaded the happy couple at their reception at the 16-century fort, specially decorated with installations by contemporary American artist Vanessa Beecroft. The duo looked besotted with one another as the Grammy Award-winning R&B star performed a cover of the Etta James classic ‘At Last’ for their first dance..