Salma Hayek Shares Throwback Photo of Wedding Dresses – Brides

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When you’re in the thick of the wedding-planning process, it can be challenging to think beyond the big day. Salma Hayek, however, just reminded us all to take a step back and remember what a wedding is really all about—the joy of finding your life partner. In an Instagram post on April 25, 2024, the actress shared a powerful message about the connection she feels with her husband François-Henri Pinault, who she married in 2009, and how grateful she is to have found her person. “There are no words to explain the blessing of finding your soulmate. For all of you who found it, never take it for granted. For all of you who haven’t, never give up,” she wrote, adding “#tbt to one of the best days of my life” to the end of her message.

Hayek accompanied her sweet words with a few throwback photos from her wedding day, which unfolded in Venice, Italy, 15 years ago—and included a black and white image of the two gowns (she wore a V-neck Balenciaga ball gown, complete with an embellished bodice, to her ceremony and a sultry strapless corset dress to the reception) she donned during the celebration. The first image in her carousel also gave her fans an up-close glimpse at her bridal beauty look; she opted for a neutral smokey eye, lots of blush, and a glossy lip. It’s worth saving—the makeup holds up in 2024 and might just be the inspiration you need for your own big-day glam.

The actress concluded the round-up with a sweet photo of the couple’s ceremony. In the image, Pinault places a gold band onto his bride’s finger—and she couldn’t look happier. This vow exchange actually wasn’t the couple’s first; they quickly tied the knot at a courthouse on Valentine’s Day two months prior to their larger, more traditional destination celebration with family and friends.

According to Hayek, that courthouse celebration was a complete surprise. “I didn’t even know I was getting married that day,” she admits. “It was like an intervention. I don’t think I ever told this story. No, they just took me to the court. My parents, my brother, they were all ganging up on me. I had a phobia of the marriage thing.” She had already agree to marry Pinault, of course, but had a hard time wrapping her mind around the actual wedding—the courthouse ceremony, she said, expanded her point of view. “A little bit later I said, ‘Okay, this is kind of exciting,’” she admitted. “And he’s like, ‘Can we have a party now?’” And just two months later, that’s exactly what they did (and they loved their wedding so much, they did it all again when they renewed their vows nearly a decade later).

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