After an on-and-off engagement, the star says 'oui' on Valentine's Day to billionaire François-Henri Pinault

By Kristen Mascia
March 02, 2009 12:00 PM

On the most romantic day of the year, in the most romantic city on Earth, Salma Hayek couldn’t help but shed a few tears as she sat beside her beau of nearly three years, French businessman François-Henri Pinault, 46, and their 17-month-old daughter Valentina in the City Hall of Paris’s 6th Arrondissement on Feb. 14. Wearing white and carrying a bouquet of red and white roses, Hayek, 42, said her “I do” in French—”Oui!”—before a dozen guests, including her mother, Diana Jimenez, and brother Sami. “The bride was extremely beautiful,” says an attendee, “even when she was crying tears of joy.” For a romance that has weathered a few ups and downs, it was a blissful moment. After being introduced by Pinault’s stepmother in 2006, the actress and the mogul (he runs PPR, a company founded by his father, whose holdings include Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Christie’s auction house; his family is worth an estimated $16.9 billion) announced both their engagement and Hayek’s pregnancy in March 2007. She gave birth to Valentina that fall, but in July 2008 they called off their engagement. Yet they continued spending time together with Valentina, and by last fall—when they were spotted looking cozy in L.A., Ibiza and France—the pair seemed headed for a reconciliation. And on Feb. 9 Hayek told Rachael Ray that every time she smooches her 30 Rock costar Alec Baldwin, “I keep telling François, ‘I imagine I was kissing you.'” Pinault is equally smitten. “He’s good to her,” a Hayek source says. “They’re happy together, totally in love.”