There are weddings and then there are fairy-tale weddings. When the festivities are held at the bride’s family castle in the French countryside on a flawless spring morning with a menagerie of counts, barons and princes in attendance, most people might consider it the latter.
Especially if they were at the wedding last weekend of Diane de Yturbe and Philippe Hottinguer.
Before the nuptials, though, there was some cause for concern when rain fell Friday on the small village of Anet, where the de Yturbe’s impressive 16th-century Chateau d’Anet sits.
“We checked all the forecasts, and they said everything would be all right,” said Pierre Ceyleron, the man responsible for organizing the fete. “But we were praying anyway.”
The 1,500 guests — men in top hats and tails and women in pastels and pearls — were too many for the chateau’s private chapel, so everyone piled into the village’s stone cathedral. When the newlyweds emerged after the service — she in a couture gown by Christian Lacroix — they were showered with thousands of flower petals.
Not everyone was invited for dinner, however, which may have caused a bit of tension with some of the guests. The de Yturbes had originally planned for only 500, but after so many people called the hostess, that number was raised to nearly 700.
At the dinner, which had guests both in the chateau and under a tent, friends serenaded the couple with original lyrics written to the tune of “If I Had a Hammer.” Afterward, a belly dancer kicked off the celebration, followed by tango dancers. The bride’s mother, Sandy, was one of the first out on the dance floor tangoing away with France’s Argentine Ambassador, Archie Lanus.