updated 11/17/2009 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/18/2009 AT 6:30 AM ET
“We planned [the wedding] in like 10 days, and it was perfect,” Brady tells GQ in its December issue, on newsstands Nov. 24.
Their Feb. 26 wedding, at Santa Monica’s Catholic Church, was a small affair with only immediate family, including their parents and Brady’s then-18-month-old son (with actress Bridget Moynahan), John, in attendance.
“We went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips. We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night,” says Brady.
“I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.”
As for the April 4 follow-up wedding at Bündchen’s Costa Rican estate, more extended family was invited to the days-long affair, but “the thing about it is, the day’s for you,” he says. “It’s nothing personal against anybody, but it’s not about them. It’s about what you and your wife need for that day.”
Tough Finding Time Together
So how’s married life now that the Patriots quarterback, 32, is back to work after a season out with an injury?
“You know, we find time to spend together,” says Brady, who is expecting a child with his wife in December. “But Gisele understands the job requirements. I get some time with her on my day off, Tuesday, and then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday nights. Probably after wins I’m more with her.”
When he loses though, the model, 29, may have to give Brady his space. “After losses, I don’t think much of anything other than the game,” he says. “This morning at breakfast, for instance, I was talking to her, but I just wasn’t there.”