Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied, a French dancer and choreographer, got married. The wedding ceremony took place on the scenic central California coast of Big Sur.
They met on the set of Black Swan in 2009. Benjamin was working as a choreographer on the film and the two started to date during shooting movie. In 2010, they announced they were engaged and expecting their first child.
The couple wanted an intimate atmosphere, so at their wedding they were surrounded by friends, relatives and family. Natalie and Benjamin exchanged vows after dark in a Jewish ceremony at a wonderful private home, nearby the ocean.
It’s not surprising that the wedding ceremony was discrete as Natalie Portman is very discrete with her personal life: “Nothing is more important than my personal life. It’s something which comes first, always makes sense, and compared to the happiness of a successful family life, everything else is practically superficial.”
For her wedding, the actress chose a traditional white gown from Rodarte, the fashion house that designed her dress for 2010 Oscars and also a crown of white wildflowers. The groom wore a midnight blue tux. The menu was strictly vegan and the ceremony featured only wildflowers instead of flowers flown in.
The ceremony lasted 45 minutes and it’s said to be coordinated by Stefanie Cove and Yifat Oren. It took place under a rustic and beautiful Jewish chuppah made of twigs. The two were wrapped in a tallits, which is a Jewish prayer shawl and at the end of the wedding ceremony, Benjamin smashed a glass to shouts of “Mazel Tov”.
Additionally, instead of choosing the traditional wedding cake, the two opted for French macarons. At the wedding were approximately 100 guests and party favours consisted of packages with wildflower seeds that their guests took home. The packages were inscribed with “Merci”.
Natalie Portman may plan now to become a French citizen: “I now have the possibility of taking on French nationality. It would accomplish the Francophile dreams of my father and myself. I lived in Paris when I was 12 and my father gave me the name Natalie as an homage to Gilbert Becaud’s song. Everything in my life has drawn me towards a French family.” As she is married to a French, it seems that her dream will come true and she will be very happy.