Monday, April 27, 2009
Salma Hayek's Wedding Reception an All-Star Song Fest
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 on stage for a rendition of something bouncy: "Stand By Me."
While guests danced to a 14-member band inside the opera house, Theron and companion Stuart Townsend, along with designer McCartney, took a break outside. At one point, the two women sang "Don't Cry For Me Argentina," from Evita, before Hayek – who had exchanged her Balenciaga wedding gown for a knee-length fuschia dress– joined them for the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
By 3 a.m. the reception was winding down as one of the last guests, Lucy Liu, departed on foot.
"It was all about love, family and friends," says a wedding guest. Not to mention song.