It’s second time lucky for James Middleton, who finally got to exchange “I do’s” with his bride, Alizée Theven.
The Duchess of Cambridge’s younger brother shared pictures of his wedding to the 32-year-old trilingual French financial analyst on Saturday.
They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Bormes-les-Mimosas, a village in the southeast of France.
“Mr & Mrs Middleton,” James captioned a post he shared on social media of the newlyweds.
“Yesterday I married the love of my life surrounded by family, friends and of course a few dogs in the beautiful village of Bormes-les-Mimosas. Words cannot describe how happy I am.”
Alizée is pictured wearing an off-white off-the-shoulder
dress, and James is in a pale blue shirt paired with a cream blazer and navy-blue
His sister, Kate and his brother-in-law, Prince William, attended the ceremony along with his sister, Pippa Middleton, and her husband, James Matthews.
James and Alizée became engaged in 2019, and had planned to marry last year, but the pandemic put paid to that plan.
“It’s a year since I asked Alizée to marry me,” he wrote on Instagram.
“What a year it’s been! Two homes, lockdown, two attempts at a wedding, a litter [of puppies], launching of new company @ella.co, a beard shave and much more but the best part is that I get to share it with you @alizeethevenet and I can’t wait to take on whatever the future holds for us,” he wrote.
The couple met in 2018 at a private members’ club in
London when his cocker spaniel, Ella, approached Alizée.
“The two of us (Ella and me) were at the South Kensington Club in Chelsea. Ella was lying at my feet under the table; realising she might want some water, I trusted her to take herself over to the water bowl across the terrace.
“However, she made a beeline for Alizée. Rather embarrassed, I went over to apologise and bring Ella back.
"But Alizée thought I was the waiter and ordered
her drink while continuing to stroke Ella, who at this point was on her back
lapping up the attention.
“Little did I know, but I had just met my future wife, all thanks to Ella. If I hadn't trusted Ella, I wouldn't have brought her to the South Kensington Club and she wouldn't have been able to say hi to the woman who became my fiancée,” James wrote on social media.
The couple bought themselves a £1,45 million (R24m) four-bedroom farmhouse in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury earlier this year.
“I think buying a house is up there with one of the most stressful experiences in my life.
“It's been a hectic few months moving into our new home, but we couldn't be happier. We’re settling into our life in the country and the dogs in to their new home,” he said about buying the home.
Earlier this year, James also revealed that he’s
celebrating a rather emotional anniversary.
“It’s been exactly 1 255 days since I got diagnosed with clinical depression,” he shared.
“That day was the first day I learnt about mental health and how it is integral to the way we live our lives.
“Ten days later I disappeared. I packed my dogs into my car and, telling no one where I was going, drove to a wild and remote part of the Lake District [in northwest England].
“There I swam in an icy lake, took solitary walks on snow-capped mountains and stayed alone in a remote cottage, trying to still the tumult in my mind.”
Since his diagnosis, James and Alizée have embarked on
regular adventures in the British countryside with their seven dogs.
“I have endless tales of how nature has helped me over the last few years, and I couldn't not recommend an ongoing prescription to nature as a fantastic support for your mental health and wellbeing,” says James.