On 18 December 1998, in St. Clotildes church, in the Seventh
District of Paris, the most romantic of French actors and his fiancée, finally, said
"I do." For this happy day the newlyweds invited 200 guests including show
business people and the Parisian jet-set.
The bride, wearing a fantastic ivory-colored dress signed by Lacroix, was late for the
ceremony. Around 3:30 pm, relieved and doubly happy, Vincent Perez, who had been waiting
inside St. Clotildes church for around 30 minutes, finally saw Karine Silla, his
fiancée. Holding her brother Jean-Baptistes arm, the young woman, visibly very
happy, went toward the altar and the ceremony finally began.
Bridal attendants were Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Jean-Baptiste Silla, while groom's
attendants were actor Jean-Philippe Ecoffey and Charles, Vincents brother. Among the
200 guests were American actor Harvey Keitel, Kate Barry, Jane Birkins oldest
daughter, Romane Bohringer, Elsa Zylberstein and Antoine de Caunes. Finally, Carla Bruni,
ex-girlfriend of the groom and sister of Valeria, Charles Berling...
Around 5pm, after promising love and fidelity to each other for the rest of their
lives, the young couple left the church under a rain of rice and admiring comments from
the guests. Everyone went to the nearby Hotel de Poulprey, where a deliciously refined
dinner was waiting for them: pumpkin soup with lobster, beef fillet with foie gras, salad
Karine and Vincent then cut the cake, which was shaped like a cathedral, and then
everyone went on to dance. Holding his wife with his eyes constantly on her, Vincent was
close to Karine all night long. He had been waiting for this moment for 10 years.
Finally, around 3 am, the couple disappeared discretely toward a Parisian palace. The
party was finished at around 4 am, like in a dream