In a Saturday surprise, France has a new First Couple
Carla Bruni is the new first lady of France, PEOPLE has confirmed.
Only nine weeks after meeting, and less than three weeks since telling journalists he was “serious,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the ex-supermodel turned singer-songwriter wed in a civil ceremony Saturday morning morning in Paris.
The French President 53, who divorced in October, and the Italian-born Bruni were wed at 11 a.m. in the Presidential Office of the Elysee Palace, in a private civil ceremony before 30 family and friends.
Bruni, 39, who signed her wedding certificate “Mrs. Carla Bruni Sarkozy,” wore a white dress and looked “ravishing as usual,” according to Paris’s 8th Arrondissement Mayor Francois Lebel, who officiated the 20-minute ceremony.
Bruni had a court of four bridesmaids. Her mother, Marisa Borini, and sister actress Valerie Tesdeschi-Bruni arrived by separate side entrances an hour before the ceremony, as did the groom’s mother “Dudu.”
Also in attendence, according to sources were the children of each from former marriages, including Carla’s 6-year-old son, Aurelian Enthoven.
While dozens of paparazzi crowded around the French President’s official residence entrances. Acting as witnesses for the couple were French businessman Francois Bazaire of the LMVH Groupe and Mathilde Agostinelli, communications officer for the Italian luxury goods firm Prada.
Among the guests were a select group of French showbiz personalities, reportedly including actor Vincent Perez.
The Elysee Palace has refused comment on the marriage reports, which began shortly before 1 p.m. on French radio and television.
The couple were introduced in November by French advertising tycoon Jacques Seguela and soon became a public item after an excursion to Disneyland Paris on Dec. 15.
This is the second marriage for Bruni, who has been previously linked to Eric Clapton and Mick Jagger, among others. The twice-divorced Sarkozy became the first “bachelor president” of France’s Fifth Republic in October, when his divorce from wife Cecilia Ciganer-Albeniz was announced by mutual decree just five months after he was elected.
The pair are expected to defer on a formal honeymoon – but it’s likely, according to sources, that Bruni will accompany Sarkozy on a visit to Romania on Monday.