Pierre Karl Péladeau is the Leader of the Opposition in the Quebec National Assembly.
Parti Québécois Leader Pierre Karl Peladeau had to wait for his bride, but the province’s most publicized couple tied the knot at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the historic Musee de l’Amerique francophone, a museum dedicated to francophone culture in North America.
The bride, television host and producer Julie Snyder, arrived 75 minutes late to the ceremony, pulling up in an electric car driven by ex-Environment Minister Daniel Breton to join her betrothed, media mogul Peladeau.
Dressed in a cream-coloured gown by Jean Paul Gaultier, Snyder blamed her lateness on the fans who approached her on her journey from her hotel to the museum.
“There were a lot of people and I thought the least I could do for the people who waited for me to come out of the hotel and who were there for the trip was to take a few photos with them and to greet them,” she explained upon arrival.
Several hundred onlookers lined the sidewalks and greeted the popular television host with chants of “Julie! Julie! Julie!”
As she entered the chapel, Snyder, holding the hand of her daughter, Romy, said she felt “incredibly emotional.”
She wasn’t the only one. Even after 14 years as a couple, her future husband admitted to feeling feverish before the ceremony.
“I slept badly, and I admit that I’m very nervous,” Peladeau said. “It’s worse than my first question in the National Assembly.”
Pulling up to the ceremony on a tandem bicycle with his son, Thomas, a fleur-de-lys floating in the wind, the Parti Québécois Leader and principal shareholder of the Quebecor media empire refrained from political statements.
“Listen, we aren’t going to do politics today except to salute National Acadian Day,” he said.
More than 400 people attended the wedding, billed as the social event of the year, including a number of local music and television stars including Michel Barrette, Guylaine Tremblay, and Michel Rivard — as well as numerous Parti Québécois members.
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe took a break from the federal election campaign to attend the wedding with his wife, Yolande, accompanied by former premiers Pauline Marois and Bernard Landry, and their spouses.
Quebec showbiz was in attendance with performances from Marie-Mai, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Eric Lapointe, with Claude Gauthier and Paul Piche also taking part.
Singer Ferland, who performed at the ceremony.
Before the glamorous evening, the guests ate a vegetarian meal with Québécois, First Nations and Thai dishes. An effort was made to ensure only Quebec products were served.
Quebec singing star Celine Dion, who is planning to return to the Vegas stage and who is caring for her ailing husband, Rene Angelil, was not able to attend. She nevertheless appeared in a video message introducing a singing performance by Romy, Peladeau and Snyder’s daughter.
Source: Ottawa Citizen