It was a picture-perfect chic affair when TV personality Adrienne Bailon and gospel singer Israel Houghton married in France in 2016. The nuptials took place at the 5-star luxury Hotel Plaza Athénéel, approximately a decade after the pair met at the very same location. C’est romantique, non? The ceremony was small and intimate, with only around 70 guests accompanying the love birds.
The bride specified that they wanted something intimate: “I didn’t want to invite people I felt I had to put on a performance for.” The bride almost looked as sparkly as the Eiffel Tower in a mermaid-cut dress that was adorned with glitzy accessories. The wedding hall was ultra-lux, with massive chandeliers magnifying the scene. Tres Magnifique!
Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault
The Mexican-born actress Salma Hayek and French businessman François-Henri Pinault got hitched on Valentine's Day in a French court in 2009. The pair later did an elaborate do at the oldest Opera House in Europe, Teatro La Fenice, situated in Venice, a city that is part of Italy's 118 little islands divided by canals.
The wedding gave fairytale vibes, with 150 A-list guests, including Bono, who serenaded the couple. The wedding weekend kicked off in Venetian fashion with a masquerade-themed ball dinner followed the next day by exchanging rings with 150 close friends. The post-wedding fete took place in the billionaire groom's stunning Venetian palace overlooking the Grand Canal. If that doesn't scream class, then what does?
Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter
After three years together, the swimsuit model Hannah Davis and retired Yankees player Derek Jeter tied the knot in 2016. The two wedded in an intimate ceremony at the picturesque Meadowood Resort in Napa Valley, California, surrounded by 100 guests. The resort is a private and intimate club with over 250 acres of vineyards.
It offers a multitude of activities, including hiking, swimming, tennis, and wine tours. The bride wore a high-neck Vera Wang gown for the ceremony, which was enclosed in layers of tulle and Chantilly lace. The reception was held in an open greenhouse where everything was draped in white, from the entry hall to the tables.
James Corden and Julia Carey
James Corden and Julia Carey spared no expense in their lavish 2012 wedding. The two exchanged their I dos at the Babington House in Somerset, England. Jimmy Carr, Natalie Imbruglia, and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol, who serenaded the couple on their big day, were among the 200 guests attending the event.
The posh Babington House is a 32-bedroom structure. It was once state-owned but is now a hotel and private club for Soho House members, who pay over £1000 for an annual membership. In the core of Somerset and bordered by 18 acres of the English countryside, its construction started at the end of the 17th century.
Frida Aasen and Tommy Chiabra
Frida Aasen the Norwegian supermodel had the Italian wedding of her dreams in 2022. The groom, entrepreneur Tommy Chiabra, and the model got engaged on the Italian Riviera just months before, so it was an easy decision to return to have the wedding where it all started. The couple tied the knot in Portofino at La Cervara, a former 14th-century abbey with sprawling gardens and a backdrop of the Ligurian Sea.
Attendees were lavished with options of Italian chow, including pizza, pasta, and locally sourced fish for mains and lemon vodka sorbet to digest. Fireworks adorned the couple for the cake-cutting part of the evening, and the party only stopped in the early hours of the morning.