Celebrity weddings are highly publicized events with so much media speculation and stories surrounding the big day. From what designer the bride chose for her wedding dress to which celebrities will be in attendance, the location and behind the scenes photos, high profile celeb weddings often turn into a media circus.
While some celebrities sign multi-million dollar magazine or TV deals to photograph or air their nuptials, others are much more secretive and just want to enjoy the day with their partner and nearest and dearest. These stars pulled off the most secretive of weddings and went totally under-the-radar, here’s how they did it.
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
A-list couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem were firm friends before their friendship transformed into a romance. After meeting on the set of Spanish film Jamón Jamón in 1992, they took 15 years before realizing they were actually in love with one another.
In 2010, the couple admitted that they were married in a super secret ceremony surrounded by their closest friends and family members in the Bahamas. Since then, the couple have had two children together and have kept much of their private life out of the spotlight.
Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz
After Heidi Klum split from long-time husband Seal, the supermodel was linked to many different eligible bachelors including her bodyguard, but she shocked fans when she married Tokio Hotel musician Tom Kaulitz in February 2019, just two months after becoming engaged.
Heidi admitted that Tom had included her children in the engagement which occurred on Christmas morning. The couple quickly tied the knot at a courthouse but followed up the next summer with a spectacular Italian ceremony.
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig first met when they attended college together, but it wasn’t until years later that they realized they were destined to be together. Less than six months after they got together, they made it official and tied the knot in a super secret ceremony.
Everything surrounding the nuptials was kept private, leaving fans and the media in the dark. After the event, the Bond actor was asked if he would disclose any information, to which he replied “No. Honestly, no. Absolutely, honestly no, that of all things. We got away with it. We did it privately. And I’ve got a lot of people to thank for that. But that was the point. We did it for private reasons.”
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Brangelina had been together for 7 years before they became engaged in 2012. The couple met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith and fell in love while Brad was still married to Jennifer Aniston. Not only did Brad adopt Jolie’s two adopted children Maddox and Zahara, but they announced in 2006 they were expecting their first child together, followed by twins in 2008.
Instead of their nuptials being a star-studded affair, they opted for a private ceremony at their Chateau Miraval in France in 2014, attended by just immediate family. Unfortunately, their marriage only lasted a mere two years before the couple shocked everyone and called it quits.
Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan kept their entire relationship out of the public eye for years and only made their red carpet debut in 2010, years after they got together. They even welcomed a child together in 2010 after keeping the pregnancy completely under wraps, and a second in 2018, which Jeffrey personally delivered himself.
Due to the extremely private couple having a habit of announcing big events a while after they actually happen, fans weren’t surprised to find out they secretly wed in 2019. The only thing they disclosed about the nuptials is that their kids were by their sides and the afterparty was only for friends and family.
Jay-Z and Beyonce
Despite being some of the greatest hip hop’s couples of all time, Jay Z and Beyonce have kept the vast majority of their relationship out of the public eye. When it comes to performing for fans, they have shown their flirty and playful relationship and in later years wrote about their marriage in music, but have been inherently private behind closed doors.
The couple were married in 2008, but didn’t confirm it until months later and went onto have three children together. However, the world was shocked by the incident in the elevator with Solange attacking Jay Z which was later revealed to be a result of Jay Z cheating on Beyonce.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds starred opposite each other in panned movie Green Lantern but it wasn’t until years later that they officially began dating. The couple kept much of their relationship out of the public eye and in 2012 they were married at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina, surrounded by their closest family and friends.
Despite keeping it intimate, Florence and the Machine still provided the entertainment at the wedding reception. Today, the couple have three children together, and continue to roast each other on social media.
Jason Momoa and Lisa Bonet
Jason Momoa admitted that from a young boy, he always had a crush on Lisa Bonet so it’s pretty incredible that he ended up marrying her. Although many assumed they were married for a long time before they had their two kids, it turns out that they only tied the knot in 2017 in a super secret ceremony in Topanga, California.
Lisa was previously married to rocker Lenny Kravitz and they had actress daughter together, Zoe Kravitz. Both Momoa and Bonet admitted they have a great situation of a blended family who all love each other a lot.
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
Actress Kerry Washington and NFL player husband Nnamdi kept their relationship so secret that it was only confirmed that they were dating when they were married in 2013. Washington has kept quiet when it comes to discussing her relationship but disclosed that her happy place is when she is at home with her family.
She explained “I love being with my family. My days off look like homework, reading and watching stuff. Just hanging out, doing things we love to do.” She only revealed years after their wedding that she met her husband while doing theater.
Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner
Game of Thrones actress and singer Joe Jonas surprised everyone when they got hitched during an unexpected wedding ceremony in Las Vegas. The person who gave away the secret wedding was none other that EDM artist Diplo who decided to live stream the wedding on his public Instagram.
In true Vegas style, the wedding was officiated by an Elvis impersonator, but that wasn’t the real deal for the couple. They followed this up in summer 2019 with a gorgeous wedding in Paris, France attended by some very famous faces.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher first starred opposite each other in That 70s Show, when they were both getting their starts in acting. Years later, they got together romantically and had an extremely private wedding ceremony. The two married during 4th of July weekend at The Secret Garden at Parrish Ranch in Oak Glen, California in 2015.
Despite the mass press attention, the couple kept quiet on the rumors and it wasn’t confirmed until they were both seen out wearing wedding rings. Despite Ashton spending hundreds of thousands on a stunning engagement ring, Mila admitted their wedding bands were $90 off etsy.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
In the summer of 2015 Jennifer Aniston and Justin Therous duped everyone in thinking they were attending Jen’s birthday party, but it was actually their wedding ceremony. The couple enforced a no cell phone rule to keep it private and out of the papers.
It was attended by Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Rachel McAdams, Tobey McGuire, and Howard Stern and many of the guests were completely in the dark about the nuptials. Jen admitted the ridiculous headlines about her over the years made her want to keep these moments completely private. Unfortunately, the couple split in 2018.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
When supermodel Gisele got together with super bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady, it was immediately a match made in heaven. The couple became engaged in 2009 and were soon after married in Santa Monica in front of Tom and Gisele’s parents and Brady’s son, John. Brady told GQ of the nuptials “We planned it in like ten days, and it was perfect, we went back to the house and I barbecued aged New York strips.
We had champagne, a cake, some ice cream. It was a great night. I think you always have this idea that weddings need to be 200 people and you invite everybody, and I’m all for it if people want to do that, but I think there was really something special about just having our parents there.” The couple went on to have two children together.
Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford
During the middle of filming Cowboys and Aliens, Harrison Ford decided to marry his long time love Calista Flockhart at the Governor’s Mansion in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2010. Eight years later, the couple decided to renew their vows in an equally secret ceremony at their Los Angeles home, attended by just their close friends and family.
Despite being 22-years apart, Flockhart admitted they do not feel the age difference, adding “It doesn’t faze me. Sometimes I even say, ‘Wow, I keep forgetting that he’s 22 years older than me, it doesn’t factor into our relationship at all. I like the way he looks first thing in the morning. It’s not handsome, it’s more cute. He looks like a little boy.”
Cardi B and Offset
Rapper Offset proposed to Cardi B on stage at Power 99’s Powerhouse concert in Philadelphia in 2017 with a huge diamond ring. However, Cardi only revealed this year that the couple were actually married prior to becoming publicly engaged.
The couple secretly got married in Georgia in September 2017 and decided to keep the union to themselves. The couple welcomed their daughter in 2018 but later announced they were splitting due to Offset’s infidelity. However, they managed to patch things up and are still going strong today.
Mena Suvari and Michael Hope
Mena Suvari and Michael Hope kept their wedding and marriage so under wraps that fans and the media still don’t know when or where it took place to this day. They shared their news during Los Angeles’s Last Chance for Animals’ Annual Celebrity Benefit in October 2018 and Suvari said “It was very intimate.
It was very beautiful, I had my closest friends with me. It was very meaningful. After all these years, sort of having ups and downs, it’s very nice just being settled, especially at this point in my life.”
Michelle Williams and Phil Elverum
After Michelle Williams’ former partner Heath Ledger passed away, she was determined to keep their daughter out of the spotlight and not deal with the scrutiny and attention that comes with being in the public eye. For this reason, when it came to tying the knot with musician Phil Elverum in 2018, they kept the whole ceremony under wraps.
On the day, they were surrounded by their closest friends and family in the Adirondacks and when Michelle spoke about it in an interview, most people didn’t even know the two of them were dating. Unfortunately, the marriage didn’t last and they separated less than a year after.
Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen
Allison Williams was one of the biggest actresses to come out of successful HBO series Girls. In 2015 she married CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen in an intimate ceremony in Saratoga, Wyoming. The event was so private that the actual destination was hidden from guests and they were asked to fly into Denver, Colorado, before being transported to the wedding location.
Their closest family and friends were in attendance and celebrity friends including Lena Dunham, Katy Perry and Tom Hanks walked the actress walk down the aisle. However, many of the other details were kept secret. Unfortunately, four years after their secret wedding, the couple announced they had split.
Paul Wesley and Ines de Ramon
Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley opted to keep his relationship very much out of the public eye. He had been dating Ines de Ramon for a while, but people didn’t even realize this until they were officially married. In early 2019 the couple were seen wearing wedding rings which sparked the speculation.
The wedding was kept so secret that no details about the nuptials or date were leaked into the press, which is quite unusual for someone in the public eye. It just shows that if you want to keep things completely private from the public, there are definitely ways it can be done.
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
Zoe Saldana and her love Marco Perego managed to keep their secret marriage under wraps for about four months before the public caught on to it. The intimate event took place in London in June of 2013 where just their nearest and dearest watched the couple exchange vows.
Zoe later admitted that after the two decided they were going to get married, they were making it official just three weeks later. They wanted to do it for all the right reasons and not make a spectacle of it. The following year, the couple welcomed twins and in 2016 they had their third son together.
Benji Madden and Cameron Diaz
Benji Madden and actress Cameron Diaz were a very unlikely couple, but they just seemed to mesh perfectly. The lovers held an incredibly private ceremony at their home in 2015 and they were married just one month after getting engaged.
News of their wedding day only came out after their unexpected rehearsal dinner, where very few people were in the know about the nuptials. One year after the wedding, Cameron spoke of it, saying “We got married in our living room in front of our friends, had a little party in our backyard on the tennis court and yeah. Otherwise it would have been something else.”
Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider
Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider were actually engaged for two years before making it official. While there was plenty of speculation surrounding the nuptials, Swank told Vogue in 2018, “We found exactly what we were looking for at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, it’s a stunning private community surrounded by 20,000 acres of conservancy and an intimate redwood grove populated with trees that are over 800 years old.”
The actress also explained that she wore a custom gown by Elie Saab which she admitted was “timeless” and “romantic”.
Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman
Anne Hathaway is one of the biggest A-list actresses in the film industry, but when it came to her wedding, she didn’t want it to be a big Hollywood affair. Her private wedding to Adam Shulman took place in secluded Big Sur in California and included a performance from the San Francisco jazz trio, Americano Social Club.
Unfortunately, news of the secret wedding spread and paparazzi caught photos of the newlyweds on their big day with Anne dressed in an off-the-shoulder gown designed by Valentino with a headpiece and veil. 100 of their closest friends and family watched the couple exchange vows and the actress later admitted “It’s wonderful. I feel like I’ve found my other half, and I’m so excited about getting to love him for the rest of our lives.”
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Fans of Gilmore Girls and Mad Men couldn’t quite believe it when Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser tied the knot in total secrecy. In fact, reports of the marriage only started to surface five months after the event and even then, very little was known about the 2014 nuptials.
When the couple welcomed their first child together the following year, they kept the birth as secret as their wedding and to this day, the child’s name is not known, neither is his birthday. From this, the couple have been named one of the most secretive in Hollywood and they very much enjoy keeping these moments to themselves.
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have been open and honest about their marriage and the trials and tribulations that come along with it. However, the same can’t be said for their 2013 wedding which they kept totally private. Kristen admitted in 2016 “We got married in a tiny room in the Beverly Hills courthouse, and it was still one of the best days of my life.”
The couple have been married for six years and even though they often gush about one another, Bell admitted that Dax’s commitment to his sobriety has been a huge challenge for the both of them to overcome through the years. The couple has two children together and Kristen admitted that he has been nothing but a doting and loving father.
Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey
Naya Rivera had a public relationship and engagement with rapper Big Sean but when they split, she quickly moved on to actor Ryan Dorsey and the two wasted no time in tying the knot. After a few months of dating, the couple exchanged vows in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico in 2014.
They said of the secret wedding “We feel truly blessed to be joined as husband and wife, our special day was fated and everything we could have ever asked for.” However, their quick union wasn’t to last and the couple had a rocky relationship which saw Rivera file for divorce twice before finalizing the split in 2018.
Stana Katic and Kris Brkljac
Castle actress Stana Katic married her boyfriend, Kris Brkljac in a private ceremony in 2015, but prior to this, she was at the center of rumors flying that she was dating her co-star Nathan Fillion. Needless to say, the secret marriage put all of this to rest and the ceremony was reported to have occurred at a “private family monastery on the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia.”
The couple didn’t give anything else away about the ceremony of celebrations but revealed a photo of the couples hands with their new wedding bands.
Alan Rickman and Rima Horton
The late Alan Rickman was best known for playing the unlikely hero in Harry Potter, Severus Snape. Just for years before he tragically died, he married his long term love, Rima Horton. Rickman and Horton met in 1965 and dated for 50 years before making it official in 2012.
The couple decided to keep it super low key and Rickman spoke about the special event shortly after they tied the knot. He explained, “We are married. Just recently, it was great, because no one was there. After the wedding in New York we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge and ate lunch.” There was something incredibly special and romantic about this intimate marriage.
Colleen Ballinger and Erik Stocklin
Youtube star Colleen Ballinger is known for living her life online through vlogs and posting videos of her Internet character Miranda Sings. In 2018 she welcomed her first child with Erik Stocklin, but in 2019, she had some other news for fans. She explained “I had the craziest year of my entire life. I cannot believe it’s over.
This year I got pregnant and engaged and married all in the same year — yeah, we got married. Oops, forgot to tell you that one.” After they were married in an intimate ceremony, the funny couple decided to dance their way back down the aisle after exchanging vows in front of family and friends.
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski
Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are popular TV personalities and fans have watched their relationship dynamics unfold on their show, but when it came to their wedding, they wanted to keep it all private. Mika explained,“We wanted it to be really small and simple and not what you expected from Mika and Joe, everything we do is exposed, and everything felt exposed every step of the way, so we want this to be private until it’s over.
We wanted to recognize it more quietly and have the people who are most important to us around us. And you know, our show is a cocktail party every morning.” Joe admitted that he did whatever Mika told him for the wedding planning.
Ann Wilson and Dean Wetter
Heart frontwoman Ann Wilson married Dean Wetter decided to tie the knot in 2015, but the couple first met back in the 80s. Years after their first meeting, the coupe reconnecting and had grown up and decided their relationship was more than just friends.
As for their secret wedding, it was held in privacy at her manager, Carol Peter’s backyard. The decor was simple and elegant and they were wed under a “floral-adorned arch”. Wilson’s wedding dress was made by Anthony Sartino and she sported a two-carat diamond ring with a platinum band.
Zachary Levi and Missy Peregrym
In 2014, Chuck actor Zachary Levi married fellow actor Missy Peregrym in a secret Hawaiian ceremony. The actors had kept their whole relationship under wraps and were dating privately, so when they announced they got hitched, fans were very surprised. To announce their union, Missy posted a picture on her Twitter account of the couple wearing Mr and Mrs hoodies.
Only their closest family and friends were in attendance and some of their wedding guests later admitted it was incredibly hard for them to keep the secret. Unfortunately, the couple were not to last and just six months after their secret wedding, they announced their divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the cause.
Kate Bosworth and Michael Polish
Kate Bosworth is known as one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood but instead of having her relationship with director Michael Polish publicized, she wanted to keep some things private. In 2013, the couple had a secret wedding in Ranch at Rock Creek in Philipsburg, Montana.
The stunning and intimate event was attended by 75 people and the couple later admitted they loved every second of it. Bosworth explained “It was a blast! Rather than stress we looked at each other before entering the four days, because it was a four day long wedding. We made a pact that we would enjoy every moment and make sure that we were in the moment.”
Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen
Actress Isla Fisher met fellow actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in 2002 at a party in Sydney and they immediately hit it off. After dating for two years, the couple became engaged in 2004 but waited until 2010 to officially marry. When it came to their wedding, they wanted a private affair with only 6 family members in attendance.
Fisher informed her friends and family of their union in an email, writing “We did it — we’re married! It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much. I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss — just us!”
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez
Halle Berry met French actor Olivier Martinez in 2010 and at this point, she had refused to settle again. However, the Bond actress fell head over heels in love with the frenchman, everything seemed to fall into place for the couple and in 2012, it was announced the couple were having a child together.
The following year, they decided to take the plunge and marry in a small ceremony at the Chateau des Conde in Vallery, just before welcoming their child a few months later. However, keeping their relationship private wasn’t going to save it and the couple announced they were divorcing in 2015.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard
In 2009, actors Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard decided to escape the media circus in LA and travel to Italy for a super secret wedding. The couple were surrounded by their closest family and friends as they had a beautiful ceremony inside the Italian convent Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli.
When it comes to their careers, Maggie and Peter have been able to successfully work together on-screen with Gyllenhaal adding “Peter and I work really, really well together, that is not a requirement for a married couple at all; my parents couldn’t work together. Peter and I happen to think in very similar ways about acting. The beginning of the process this time was a little fraught for us, because when you don’t know where you’re going in the play or what you need, it can be hard when it’s your real husband out there.”
Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley
After starring in The Wolf Of Wall Street, Margot Robbie immediately became one of the most sought after women in the world, but she only had eyes for Tom Ackerley. After meeting on the set of 2014’s Suite Française, the couple fell in love but kept their relationship under wraps. The couple opted for a private ceremony in Coorabell, in the Byron Bay of Australia.
Around 50 guests watched the couple exchange vows and Margot opted for a boho look, wearing a cream, lace off-the-shoulder wedding dress with her hair pulled back in loose curls and no veil. Robbie took to her Instagram after the nuptials and posted a picture of her wedding band. The two are now business partners as well as husband and wife as they run production company LuckyChap Entertainment together.
Jordin Sparks and Dana Isaiah
Jordin Sparks and Dana Isaiah’s wedding was so secret that the couple didn’t even know it was going to happen themselves! The couple were on vacation in Hawaii when they decided to take the plunge and elope in 2017.
The entire thing would have been kept completely under wraps had it not been for a paparazzi who caught them walking down the beach after the ceremony. Sparks said of the marriage “”It was so much fun and we had such a great time. I do big events all the time, so to be able to have this moment, it was really special to me in that way. Everybody’s love story is different.”