Madonna bows down to Caetano Veloso at star-studded wedding

The vow renewal ceremony of Brazilian model Michelle Alves and Israeli-American talent manager Guy Oseary brought together what may be the biggest cadre of international celebrities Rio de Janeiro has ever seen.

Caetano Veloso performed at the couple’s rehearsal dinner on Monday night, and he was introduced by Madonna, who piled on the adulation. “It is my honor honor to introduce the one and only Caetano Veloso,” she said, affecting a dramatic pause. “Please, people, no talking, no drinking,” she interjected, mock-seriously, as the audience clapped. When Veloso came on stage she let out an “oh, wow” and asked for a hug. After they embraced and exchanged some inaudible words, all Madonna could say was “I can’t … I bow.” And bow she did.

Posted by Caetano Veloso on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Veloso had this to say:

Today we celebrate love. Love has so many different forms to be expressed and I was glad to be invited to sing for @guyoseary and @immichelealves at their pre wedding party. Thank you guys for having me and thank you @Madonna for introducing me with so much kindness and respect! I wish you all the love in the world!

The international media, of course, has been focusing on the details of the lavish affair, and on the A-list stars who flocked to it, many of whom are managed by the groom. The event reportedly cost $250,000, and in addition to causing Ipanema’s Hotel Fasano to be off-limits to the public for three days, hotel staff even had their cell phones confiscated to protect the celebs’ privacy, according to G1.

After a religious ceremony at the feet of the Christ the Redeemer statue Tuesday evening, guests were feted at the 97,000 square-foot mansion of TV Globo power couple Luciano Huck (a potential presidential candidate) and Angélica, and the good times are still rolling — a Wednesday brunch at the hotel was underway as of this writing.

Little more than a year after the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the city is facing such a budget crunch that many public employees are working without pay, and a security crisis that saw military police deployed to its biggest favela, but you would never know it by these fabulous shots.

Written by Sergio Barreto

Brazilian-American editor, web developer and (occasional) event promoter. As founder and content director for this site, I keep an eye on what's wrong with Brazil, but what really makes my heart beat faster is sharing the exciting things happening in Brazilian tech, music, film, and other creative industries.

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