Salma Hayek had a weekend long destination wedding in Venice, Italy attended by celebrities and bigwigs like Penelope Cruz, Bono, Anna Wintour, Antonio Banderas, Ashley Judd, Charlize Theron, and Ed Norton. Former French President Jacques Chirac was even there. Less than two weeks ago, Hayek denied that she was planning a large second wedding to follow-up her Valentine’s Day civil ceremony. She also condemned multi-million dollar weddings, saying “I think spending millions of dollars on a wedding is ridiculous and it has never been my dream. I would never do that.” Judging by the elaborate masked ball on the day before the ceremony, the ceremony with the bride in a Balenciaga gown, and the five course reception dinner, Salma and her new husband, billionaire François-Henri Pinault, had a ridiculously fabulous second wedding:
The actress and her husband, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, tied the knot – for the second time – Saturday in a star-studded ceremony in Venice, Italy, PEOPLE has confirmed. They originally got married in a civil ceremony at the 6th Arrondisement City Hall in Paris on Valentine’s Day.
This time around, Hayek, 42, went all out. She wore a Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicholas Ghesquiere as she exchanged vows with Pinault, 46, at Venice’s opera house La Fenice. The bride, who wore her hair in a bun with a long veil, held a bouquet of orchids and stephanotis with crystals.
The couple’s daughter, Valentina Paloma, 19 months, was a flower girl, along with Francois-Henri’s son and daughter from his first marriage, Francois, 10 and Mathilde, 8. Valentina wore a dress by Bonpoint for the ceremony, which started around 7 p.m. At one point in the ceremony, the guests sang “Over the Rainbow.”
About 150 friends and family members were in attendance, including Penélope Cruz, Edward Norton, Woody Harrelson, Olivier Martinez, Luis Miguel, Ashley Judd, Charlize Theron, Stuart Townsend, Bono, Gael García Bernal, Enrique Murciano, David Blaine, Ziyi Zhang, Anna Wintour and former French President Jacques Chirac. The wedding was a black tie affair. Guests wore black and gold masks as they arrived for the nuptials.
The weekend celebration kicked off Friday evening with a carnival-style masked ball at the Venice’s historic Punta Della Dogana. The structure, which is leased from the city by Pinault’s father and has undergone a $70-million renovation, will open to the public on June 6 as the Pinault Foundation Centre for Contemporary Art.
The couple’s guests have enjoyed the sites of Italy’s most romantic city since arriving Thursday. Woody Harrelson and wife Laura were spotted hand-in-hand taking a stroll around Piazza San Marco on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Hayek told PEOPLE, “I think a wedding is about love, friends, family and fun.” And she certainly got that during the celebration surrounded by loved ones.
The actress and Pinault, the CEO of luxury-goods company PPR, met in spring 2006 at a gala party at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice, a white marble palace built in 1748-1772 and owned by the Pinault family.
Just like the first photos of her daughter, Valentina, Salma has released her own photo from the wedding instead of offering it to the highest bidder. It really sounds like she was set against a luxury wedding and her husband talked her into it. That’s romantic that they were married in the city where they first met and it sounds like a wonderful weekend that they’ll remember forever. Congratulations to Salma and François-Henri.