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Monday, April 27, 2009

Salma Hayek weds Francois-Henri Pinault - again

By Issie Lapowsky

Monday, April 27th 2009

It's "I do" part deux for Salma Hayek.

The actress and her billionaire French husband François-Henri Pinault renewed their vows Saturday as part of a two-day celebration in Venice, People magazine reports. 

The couple originally wed during an intimate Valentine's Day ceremony in Paris, but this weekend's nuptials featured a guest list of some of the entertainment world's hottest celebrities, including Penelope Cruz, Stella McCartney and Bono.The celebration began Friday at a masquerade ball/rehearsal dinner at the Punta Della Dogana, followed by Saturday's wedding ceremony. 

The 42-year-old bride wowed the 150 wedding guests in a Balenciaga gown, accompanied by a bouquet of orchids, stephanotis and crystals. The couple's 19-month-old daughter Valentina and her eight-year-old step-sister preceded Hayek down the aisle as flower girls, while the groom's 10-year-old son acted as a page boy. 

A reception was held at the Palazzo Grassi, where the couple first met in May 2006. Guests wore black tie and took advantage of the invitation to wear Venetian masks. 

Over the course of the night, revelers such as Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron accompanied Bono on stage, seranading the crowd with a chorus of "Stand by Me." There was certainly no shortage of celebrity couples in attendence - Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith, Hayek's ex, Ed Norton and his producer-girlfriend Shauna Robertson, and Cruz and Javier Bardem were all on hand. They danced the night away with fellow A-listers Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Liu, Ashley Judd and David Blaine, among others. 

Hayek and Pinault's first wedding at City Hall came as a surprise to many; they'd called off their engagement just months before. Reportedly, the couple had found it too difficult to conduct a relationship across the Atlantic. Pinault owns the Paris-based firm, which owns Gucci, Balenciaga and Yves Saint Laurent, while Hayek lives in Los Angeles.

But the twosome reconciled, and by December's Dubai Film Festival, a mutual friend told People they were "very evidently in love with each other."Though rumors have surfaced that this weekend's festivities cost a grand total of $2 million, Hayek has denied she'd ever foot such a large bill for her nuptials. 

"I think spending millions of dollars on a wedding is ridiculous and it has never been my dream," she said. "I would never do that."

A honeymoon may be next on the happy couple's to-do list. After the wedding, Hayek and her family were spotted en route to the Marco Polo airport.


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