The French connect: A-listers who picked France to say ‘I do’

  • Junisha Dama, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 06, 2014 18:22 IST million hearts broke when Brangelina tied the knot. The couple married in a small chapel on their private wine estate in the south of France. But the couple aren’t the first celebs to take the plunge in France. How have previous unions fared?

Keira Knightley + James Righton
Married: May 2013

Status: Happily married
Knightley said ‘I do’ to musician Righton in a quiet ceremony in the town hall of the hilltop village of Mazan. The ceremony was set to a bohemian mood and looked straight out of one of Knightley’s period movies.

Salma Hayek + FranÇois-Henri Pinault
Married: February 2009

Status: Happily married
Although the couple’s Venice April 2009 wedding celebration is more known, Hayek and Pinault first had a quiet ceremony on Valentine’s Day that year. It took place in the city hall of the Sixth Arrondissement in Paris. It was a special day as their daughter is named Valentina.

Alicia Keys + Swizz Beatz
Married: July 2010

Status: Happily married
Wearing a Vera Wang gown despite a baby bump; that’s how Keys chose to say ‘I do’ to her rapper boyfriend Swizz Beatz. A waterside ceremony in Corsica, friends like Queen Latifah and U2 rocker Bono in attendance – this is exactly what celebrity weddings are made of.

Eva Longoria + Tony Parker
Married: July 2007

Status: Divorced
The Desperate Housewives star married French basketball player Tony Parker in a ceremony which was conducted in a Paris church. Then the party moved to a 17th century chateau outside the capital city.

Avril Lavigne + Chad Kroeger
Married: July 2013

Status: Speculation about divorce
Punk pop star Lavigne and Nickelback vocalist Chad Kroeger tied the knot on the beautiful French Riviera. The three-day wedding saw a fireworks display and a party that went on till six in the morning for 50 guests. But Lavigne later claimed at a talk show that she didn’t remember much of the wedding. Oops!

Halle Berry + Olivier Martinez
Married: July 2013

Status: Rumours of divorce
Berry and French actor Martinez were married at Château de Condé in Vallery. The small-town chateau stands opposite the church where princes and princesses are known to be buried. It was a picturesque location for the quiet weekend ceremony and the couple stayed in the room often preferred by newlyweds, but which was once used to house pigeons.

From HT Brunch, September 7
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