Surprise! 18 Celebrity Weddings that Happened in Secret
by Rachel Weeks
It can be difficult for superstars to get the intimate wedding they’re looking for with the paparazzi following them everywhere they go. So, many famous couples opt for secret—and often small—ceremonies that allow them to say, “I do,” in private. These 18 celebrity weddings allowed for just that.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Superstars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt famously waited to get married until gay marriage was legal in California. The day finally came for the couple on August 23, 2014 when they held a formal wedding ceremony in Chateau Miravel, France—although, they were officially wed before the big day. Jolie was reportedly escorted down the aisle by her oldest sons, Maddox and Pax. Zahara and Vivienne were flower girls, and Shiloh and Knox were ring bearers.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Like Brangelina, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard waited to say, “I do” until their gay friends could as well. And finally, after a long three year engagement, they officially tied the knot on October 17, 2013 in the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s Office. All-in-all, their simple ceremony only cost the couple $142, including the fuel to get there.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
After 10 years together and two super-cute kids, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka made their partnership official on September 5, 2014. The couple tied the knot at an intimate ceremony in Italy, officiated by Pam Fryman, a close friend of the couple and director of How I Met Your Mother in which Harris starred.
Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey
Only three months after bitterly ending her engagement to Big Sean, Naya Rivera married actor and good friend Ryan Dorsey in secret on July 19, 2014, Dorsey’s birthday and the original date for her wedding to Big Sean. The couple tied the knot in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in front of family. Most of their friends didn’t even know it was happening.
Beyoncé and Jay Z
Beyoncé and Jay Z exchanged vows in the privacy of their Manhattan penthouse on April 4, 2008, after six years of dating. Only 40 guests were in attendance, but the list did include close friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin. The event was executed so quietly that pictures didn’t surface until Beyoncé released them herself three years later in the documentary, Beyoncé: Year of Four.
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren
Jessica Alba and Cash Warren kept their marriage as simple as possible, choosing a courthouse union over a big event. The two wed in May of 2008 in the Beverly Hills courthouse without a single guest in attendance. At the time, Alba was pregnant with their first daughter, to be named Honor.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Like his first wedding with Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds kept his second ceremony with Blake Lively top secret. The two weren’t even reportedly engaged by the time they wed on September 9, 2012. The nuptials were held at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and were reportedly saved from disaster by the one and only Martha Stewart!
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Famously quiet about their under-the-radar romance, Spanish superstars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem said “I do” before even confirming their engagement. The ceremony, held at a friend’s house in the Bahamas, shouldn’t have been a surprise as the couple had been dating for three years by the time of their marriage in July of 2010. Cruz wore a gown designed by longtime friend John Galliano.
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
After six years of engagement, Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen finally tied the knot in Paris on March 15, 2010 in front of only six wedding guests. The intimate, Judaic ceremony perfectly suited the actors who rarely speak about their private life to the media. Plus, it came just five months before the birth of Fisher and Cohen’s second daughter in August of 2010.
Cameron Diaz and Benji Madden
On January 5, 2015, Cameron Diaz and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden exchanged wedding vows in a small ceremony in Diaz’s Los Angeles home. Diaz’s bridesmaids included her older sister Chimene Cain and assistant Jesse Lutz, along with close friends Drew Barrymore and Nicole Richie, who set Madden and Diaz up.
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
Zoe Saldana and Italian artist Marco Perego held a very small, romantic wedding ceremony in June of 2013. However, the media didn’t know anything about these super-secret “I do”s until the couple was spotted wearing wedding bands three months after the fact! These two really know how to keep a secret.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
After two years of engagement, Natalie Portman married French dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millepied in August of 2012. The intimate Jewish ceremony was held in a very private location outside of Big Sur, California, and was attended by only close friends and family. However, the guest list did include friends Macaulay Culkin and Ivanka Trump, and Millepied and Portman’s young son, Aleph.
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Only a month after Natalie Portman’s hush-hush nuptials—September 9, 2012 to be precise—Anne Hathaway married actor Adam Shulman in an equally intimate ceremony in Big Sur, California. The similarities are no coincidence, however; Hathaway used the same wedding planner as Portman.
Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac
Three years after her marriage with Ryan Reynolds ended in 2010, ScarJo got engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac, and on October 1, 2014, the couple married. The intimate ceremony, held on a ranch in Philipsburg, Montana, closely followed the birth of Dauriac and Johansson’s daughter, Rose. But the media didn’t know the two had tied the knot for more than a month!
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Brazillian model Gisele Bündchen and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady married February 26, 2009, just weeks after getting engaged. The quiet ceremony in Santa Monica, California was only attended by immediate family, including their parents and Brady’s young son John. The couple now have two biological children: Benjamin and Vivian.
Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
In December 2012, Kate Winslet and third husband Ned Rocknroll held a private wedding ceremony in the Catskill mountains. The guest list was short, including only a handful of family and friends, but it did include Winslet’s Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio, who reportedly walked her down the aisle.
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck
Two years after falling in love on the set of Daredevil, one year after ending their respective relationships, and just five months before the birth of their daughter Violet, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck secretly married in June of 2005. The event was reportedly held at Bruce Willis’ villa in Turks and Caicos.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
In June of 2014, Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser wed during a hush-hush ceremony in California. The Mad Men actors met on set, playing extramarital lovers, Beth Dawes and Pete Campbell.