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Originally posted 04/27/2009 06:55AM
Salma Hayek's Saturday wedding to French billionaire François-Henri at Venice's Teatro La Fenice opera house was a celebration worthy of its famous venue.
The music kicked in during the ceremony, when the 150 guests – among them Penélope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Ed Norton, Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron, Stella McCartney and Ashley Judd – serenaded the couple with a Hawaiian-style version of the sentimental classic from The Wizard of Oz, "Over the Rainbow."
Later at the elegant reception, Hayek, Theron and Harrelson joined Bono and Damien Rice on stage for a rendition of something bouncy: "Stand By Me."
Originally posted 04/25/2009 03:15PM
Salma Hayek finally got her fairytale 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 Nicolas 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.
Originally posted 04/24/2009 03:10PM
The charms of Italy's most romantic city isn't lost on Salma Hayek's wedding guests, who started arriving in Venice, Italy Thursday for the star's second wedding celebration with husband François-Henri Pinault.
Despite cloudy skies, actor Woody Harrelson and wife Laura Louie enjoyed a twilight hand-in-hand stroll around Piazza San Marco, while other guests – including Hayek's ex-boyfriend Ed Norton and actor Olivier Martinez – were seen enjoying the sites of the city.
The wedding weekend kicked off Friday with a rehearsal dinner at the Punta Della Dogana, one of Venice’s most historic buildings, which guards the south entry of Venice’s Grand Canal. The Carnival in Venice-style masked ball was held inside a white tent in the courtyard with many guests, including Charlize Theron and boyfriend Stuart Townsend, wearing black Venetian masks. Also in attendance were former French president Jacques Chirac and wife Bernadette. Others expected at the celebration are Penélope Cruz, Ashley Judd, Luis Miguel and Lucy Liu.
Originally posted 04/15/2009 04:55PM
Salma Hayek won't be having an extravagant, multi-million dollar wedding bash anytime soon – or ever.
The actress, who quietly wed Francois-Henri Pinault at City Hall in Paris on Valentine's Day, is debunking reports that she's planning a lavish follow-up ceremony and reception at the end of April.
"I think a wedding is about love, friends, family and fun," Hayek, 42, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "I think spending millions of dollars on a wedding is ridiculous and it has never been my dream. I would never do that."
Originally posted 03/17/2009 11:00AM
Newlywed Salma Hayek's husband is the CEO of a multibillion dollar fashion empire – but he's not above playing stylist for his wife.
"François was my stylist," Hayek, 42, tells InStyle for its April issue about the champagne Bottega Veneta gown she wore to the Golden Globes. "It was Christmas and I was just overwhelmed with so many things to do. He said, 'Let me help you. How can I help?'
"And I said, 'Well, I have to pick a dress for the Golden Globes,' " Hayek continues, recounting her conversation with hubby François Henri-Pinault, whose company PPR oversees Balenciaga, Gucci and YSL. "So Bottega Veneta sent swatches and sketches, and François worked with the designer Tomas Maier, and he took care of everything."
Originally posted 03/05/2009 08:00AM
Newly married Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault were the star attraction Thursday morning at the height of Paris's Fashion Week.
Making their first public appearance together since their Valentine's Day wedding, the actress and her billionaire-businessman husband arrived at the five-star Hotel Crillon for the Balenciaga show.
Not only does Pinault own the design house, but the couple re-ignited their on-and-off relationship at last September's Balenciaga show. In addition, Balenciaga designer Nicolas Ghesquiere is one of Hayek's favorites.
Originally posted 02/18/2009 06:30AM
At her small, romantic Valentine's Day wedding ceremony in Paris, Salma Hayek wore white, carried a bouquet of red and white roses, and said, "I Do" – in French! – to her on-and-off beau of three years, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, PEOPLE reveals in its new issue.
In the Salles des Mariages in the famed City Hall of Paris's Sixth Arrondissement, the bride shed a few tears as she said, "Oui," before a dozen guests, including mother Diana Jimenez, her brother Sami (who also served as her witness) and 17-month-old Valentina, her daughter with Pinault.
"The bride was extremely beautiful," an attendee tells PEOPLE, "even when she was crying tears of joy. They were extremely happy."
Originally posted 02/10/2009 01:00PM
What does Salma Hayek use for inspiration when locking lips with Alec Baldwin on 30 Rock? Her ex-fiancé and current boyfriend, Francois-Henri Pinault.
"I keep telling Francois, 'I Imagine I was kissing you,' " Hayek, who is doing a guest stint on 30 Rock as Baldwin's girlfriend, said on The Rachael Ray Show for a segment that airs Wednesday.
Hayek, 42, otherwise kept mum about Pinault – they called off their engagement in July though still remain a couple – but had plenty to say about her onscreen love interest.
Originally posted 02/06/2009 11:45AM
Salma Hayek has some words of wisdom for women who are hesitant about starting a family later on in life.
"When you turn 40, it's a lost easier than 30," the actress, 42, tells USA Today. "They lied when they said you get old when you're 40. The best is the 40s."
Hayek, who gave birth to daughter Valentina in September 2007, says she'll "maybe" expand her brood, adding that she won't let her age determine whether or not she'll have more kids.
Originally posted 11/03/2008 10:30AM
The crowd couldn't stop staring at Salma Hayek and her ex, billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, at Sunday's soccer game in the French city of Rennes.
But the two high-profile spectators only had eyes for each other.
"They were very together," said one fan who sat near the couple as local team Rennes FC took on rival Sochaux. "They talked a lot during the match and exchanged tender looks. ... They seemed very much in synch with each other."
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