Stars Who Waited to Wed

Gone are the days of quickie Vegas weddings. Meet the celebs who took their sweet time getting to the altar.

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Kate Moss and Jamie Hince

After a string of bad-boy boyfriends, the supermodel settled down with Kills rocker Jamie Hince. The couple’s 3-day affair in the Cotswalds was so lavish, the British press dubbed it “Moss Stock."

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Mariska Hargitay & Peter Hermann

Hargitay, 40, donned fresh gardenias in her hair and a blush-colored Carolina Herrera gown for her summertime nuptials to actor Hermann, 37, whom she met on the set of Law & Order: SVU. "It’s my first marriage," she has said. "I wanted to find out where I was going before I found out who was going with me."
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Julianna Margulies & Keith Lieberthal

A seven-months pregnant Margulies, 41, quietly tied the knot with lawyer Lieberthal in late 2007. The ER alum, whose father walked her down the aisle, now plays a scorned spouse on CBS’s The Good Wife.
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Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford

She used to have nightmares about walking down the aisle, but at a church in Scotland, she became the queen of his heart at age 52.
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Salma Hayek & François-Henri Pinault

After their daughter was born and their engagement called off, Hayek, 42, switched gears again and wed her longtime boyfriend, French magnate Pinault, 46, in a civil ceremony at City Hall in Paris’ chic 6th arrondissement. The couple followed up their weekend nuptials with a star- studded bash at Venice’s Teatro La Fenice opera house.
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Ellen Pompeo & Chris Ivery

On Grey’s Anatomy,she sealed the deal by signing a Post-it note. In real life, the 37-year-old bride kept it low-key and McDreamy at New York’s city hall.
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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia de Rossi

Much to the surprise of girlfriend de Rossi, 35, DeGeneres, 50, announced her wedding plans live on her talk show. "This is very exciting," DeGeneres began, "California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage. I would like to say right now, for the first time, I am getting married." The funny woman added, "I’ll tell you who the lucky guy is soon." She later lamented the passing of Proposition 8, which repealed the court’s ruling, by saying, "One day, when everyone is treated with full equality, we’ll look back and realize how wrong this was."
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Marcia Cross & Tom Mahoney

Cross, 44, married stockbroker Tom Mahoney, 48, in 2006 after meeting in a local Los Angeles flower shop. Cross has said of their random encounter, "If we had met in our 20s, we would have been ships in the night. He had his journey to go on, and I had mine. He possesses stability and I’ve got an impulsive side. It’s a wonderful combination."
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Diane Sawyer & Mike Nichols

He introduced himself at an airport lounge; she suggested he appear on 60 Minutes. Months later, their love took flight, and at 42, Sawyer landed at the altar.
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Elizabeth Hurley & Arun Nayar

Hurley and Nayar made it official in 2007 with a week-long wedding celebration that spanned two continents. The 41-year-old bride said "I do" to her 42-year-old beau in front of 300 guests at an Anglican ceremony at Sudeley Castle in Winchcombe, England. The pair then whisked off to Jodhpur, India, where they had a traditional Hindu ceremony.  (The couple have since split)

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Susie Essman & Jimmy Harder

For a long time, Essman didn’t think she was marriage material. Now the Curb Your Enthusiasm star, 53, is wife to real-estate broker Harder, 51, and stepmother to his four children. "I never had any interest in getting married or having kids. I was always having fun and enjoying my career, and now here I am, in the middle of this big, wonderful family, and my whole life has turned around." Watch HLN’s Showbiz Tonight on April 28, May 1 and May 2 at 11 PM ET/PT for more on these later-in-life marriages. *AND IF YOU CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF HOLLYWOOD ROMANCE, CHECK OUT OUR SLIDESHOW OF COUPLES WE LOVE, HERE.*
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