One of the biggest sacrifices that comes with fame is giving up your privacy. Once you’re in the limelight, the entire world is looking at you and watching your every move. This is especially true when it comes to celebrity relationships. The tabloids sneak photos, and the public automatically speculates on whether the stars are dating. Well, after the relationship is broadcast, wedding bells are the next step.
Fans love watching their favorite actors getting that happy ending that everyone deserves, but sometimes, they manage to keep it completely under the radar. Some throw off the press and get married in a beautiful secret ceremony; others head over to the county court and get some paperwork done to legalize their union. That’s right: Not all celebrities have a massive wedding party with luxury dresses and brand name cakes, but some of these stars do.
Check out these celebrities who got married in secret.
Elliot Page and Emma Portner
X-Men star Elliot Page Instagrammed a picture of two hands wearing wedding bands. Before that January 2018 post, no one even knew that Page was engaged to Emma Portner. But Page clarified his relationship when he wrote: “Can’t believe I get to call this extraordinary woman my wife. @emmaportner.”
Within one hour, Page got over 50,000 likes on the photo. Portner, who is a dancer and choreographer, posted the same picture. We still don’t know many details about the couple’s big day. Over the next few months, the two started popping up on each other’s social media, even more, showing off their love and devotion toward each other.
Allison Williams and Ricky Van Veen
Allison Williams certainly got her Pinterest perfect hipster wedding. But the star waited until it was over to give fans a glimpse at the wedding of her dreams. Williams broke the news through Instagram with a beautiful picture of the bride and groom.
Williams married Ricky Van Veen, the CollegeHumor co-founder, in a secret ceremony at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming. They had their closest friends and family there, including some Girls co-stars like Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, and Jemima Kirke, as well as other celebrity guests like John Mayer, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, and Seth Meyers. And you know which A-lister officiated the ceremony? Tom Hanks!
Margot Robbie and Tom Ackerley
Margot Robbie put in a real effort to keep her wedding to British director Tom Ackerley a secret. 50 guests were picked up on a bus from various stops near the actual location, a private estate in Byron Bay, Australia. To ensure a social media blackout, security confiscated everyone’s phones and cameras.
The actress wore a stunning, white bohemian Oscar de la Renta gown. Robbie’s wedding ring is supposedly worth more than $20,000, but the couple saved money by serving pizza and Cocoa Krispies at the reception. Unfortunately, one paparazzo managed to get some creepy shots that were so obviously taken from behind a bush.
Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are one of Hollywood’s most cherished couples. The gorgeous stars love to show off their playful side with fans. (Like that time when Shepard brought Kristen a sloth and made her cry!) But in 2013, they laid low when they solidified their relationship.
The quickie ceremony wasn’t at some fancy hall but at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s office. Bell shared that she didn’t need to have an elaborate, expensive reception to have an unforgettable wedding day. It looks like all she needed was her hubby. A 2017 photo captioned #tbt shows Shepard teasing his emotional soon-to-be-wife at their wedding: “#tbt to when I cried at our wedding, and @daxshepard thought it was really funny.” The entire thing cost them $142.
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have been particularly sneaky about their relationship status. They kept fans guessing for years before finally admitting they tied the knot. Until this day, they were not 100% sure when they officially walked down the aisle, but the actors confirmed that they are, in fact, husband and wife.
James Corden finally cracked the case on his show when he asked Kunis point-blank if she was married to Ashton. When she replied with a “maybe,” Corden demanded to look at her finger where he spotted a wedding band. He excitedly announced: “They are married! Look!” Ashton also referenced their union when he posted “Happy New Year” from “The Kutchers.” They now have a beautiful family with two children, Wyatt and Dimitri.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tasha McCauley
My heart (as well as millions of others) broke in 2015 when we found out that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was officially off the market. The attractive and charismatic actor managed to keep his personal life under the radar, and that includes his relationship with Tasha McCauley. Gordon-Levitt told Howard Stern that he had a special someone back in 2013: “I think I’m a pretty good person and a good boyfriend, and [she’s] not in show business.”
But being the CEO of a NASA-based robotics company (Fellow Robots) seems way cooler than Hollywood if you ask me. During a 2016 interview with Playboy, he revealed: “I’m married to a woman who doesn’t like strangers being privy to her life and relationships.”
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem
Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem almost never got together at all, but of course, they are now husband and wife. Bardem reminisced about meeting Cruz during a 2017 interview with GQ: “I had to wonder, ‘Do I really want this?’ She has what I call the loving blood. Passion for everything.” But the pair couldn’t deny the magical connection they felt while playing lovers in Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
They always tried to keep their relationship on the down-low. They even refused to admit they were dating for a while. In 2010, the couple exchanged vows at a small, secret ceremony in the Bahamas. Only their closest friends and family attended. Cruz wore a stunning John Galliano dress and, to throw off paparazzi, they held the ceremony at a friend’s home.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux
Jennifer Aniston doesn’t get to have too many secrets; it comes with the territory of being one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. That’s why it’s extra impressive that she managed to keep the press away from her wedding to Justin Theroux. The pair tied the knot in 2015 at their Bel Air home, and the guests showed up under the impression they were attending Aniston’s 44th birthday.
The now-divorced stars celebrated in their own back yard. Most of the specifics remain a secret, but reportedly, 70 of their closest friends showed up. Some famous guests include Ellen DeGeneres, Lake Bell, John Krasinski, and Emily Blunt. Rumor has it that Sia performed for the newlyweds.
Scarlett Johansson and Romain Dauriac
Scarlett Johansson is a secret wedding champion. In 2008, she married Ryan Reynolds under the radar. Five months after that, the gorgeous actress hooked-up with French journalist Romain Dauriac and was sporting a new, shiny rock on her finger. People magazine managed to persuade a Granite County clerk to spill the beans before the pair made an official announcement.
They walked down the aisle in October 2014, but like many other Hollywood marriages, this one didn’t last. In 2017 Johansson filed for divorce, calling their relationship “irretrievably broken.” The starlet was determined to keep the press out of her personal life and told E! News, “As a devoted mother and private person… I would only like to say that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage.”
RuPaul and Georges Lebar
RuPaul kept fans in the dark for two months before revealing his secret. He tied the knot with his longtime boyfriend, Australian rancher Georges LeBar. The Drag Race host told Hollywood Today Live, “I’ve never said this on television before, but we are married. We got married on our 23rd [anniversary]. I met him on the dance floor in 1994, on his birthday.”
As soon as the episode aired, hundreds of fans sent RuPaul wishes on Twitter. He responded with great appreciation with a message that read, “Thank you for all the love & kindness. ‘I cry not for myself, but for those who never felt the joy we felt’ ~The Supremes ‘I Hear A Symphony.’”
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser
Alexis Bledel certainly knows how to keep secrets in her very exposed Hollywood career. Before the Gilmore Girls star hid her pregnancy from the world, she had an undercover wedding. Bledel and Kartheiser crushed on each other when she made a guest appearance on Season Five of Mad Men. But they did separate business from pleasure and kept it professional until the season wrapped.
In March 2013, Kartheiser opened up about the engagement stating, “I’m a very lucky man… I keep saying, girlfriend. And then I’m like, ‘I mean, my fiancée!’” In 2014, the pair made it official at Rolling Thunder Ranch resort in Ojai. It was a beautiful intimate ceremony, and they managed to keep it under wraps for two months.
Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
In June 2013, Kerry Washington and San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha wed at a friend’s home in Hailey, Idaho. She tried to keep it a secret, but the Scandal actress had a spy in her inner circle. A “source” told People magazine: “They flew a few people out on this little private plane. The house was beautiful… it was small, just family and close friends. They said their own vows, people stayed at the house. It was really simple and sweet.”
The pair had an elegant yet simple element to the wedding, including the bride’s dress. The source described Washington’s gown as “plain white, slim-fitting like it could have been off a rack. It was really regular.” The ceremony was officiated by Nnamdi’s sister.
Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
A lot of people don’t even know that these two CW stars are husband and wife. In March 2014, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody celebrated their marriage in what a source called a “super intimate” wedding. During a press conference for Of Mice and Men, the Gossip Girl star revealed her wedding ring. Shortly after, The O.C. actor was confronted by a photographer in a parking lot, and she confirmed the nuptials.
“Leighton and Adam got married in Northern California by the ocean a couple of weeks ago… it was a very small and intimate wedding with close family and friends. It was beautiful,” a source told E! News. In August 2015, the couple welcomed baby Arlo into the world. They have really made it a priority to maintain a low profile as a family.
Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady
Gisele Bündchen is not only a stunning supermodel, but she’s also a super sneaky wedding planner. She threw two secret weddings in 2009 when she married Tom Brady. The first wedding was held in Santa Monica in a small Catholic church. The second one took place in their vacation home in Costa Rica.
“We planned it in like 10 days, and it was perfect,” the Patriots star told GQ. Five years later, Bündchen finally posted a wedding photo on Instagram and gave fans a little peek. She captioned it, “What a ride these past 9 years have been. I love learning and growing with you. Happy anniversary love of my life!”
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski
Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski kept their wedding a secret the old fashion way: by eloping. During an interview with James Corden, the Newsroom actor said, “We just took off into the country with an officiant and, just the two of us, and we did our thing.” He gushed, “It was beautiful. It was everything that it should be… it was just the two of us talking to each other.”
The pair continued to keep their family life on the down-low. In March 2017, they had their daughter, and more recently, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, they welcomed a son. The Mama Mia actress has been secretive about the names too. We now know her daughter’s name is Nina, but she has yet to disclose her son’s name.
Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford
Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford’s romance truly seems like it came out of a movie. When they were youngsters, they were pen pals, but they didn’t meet in person until they were both famous. Carey saw Marcus at a house party in a crowded basement. Mumford and Sons had a secret performance at one of Marcus’s friends’ houses in Nashville. After a year of dating, they snuck away to the English countryside to tie the knot.
Mumford’s father officiated the very British wedding located on a Somerset farm. The exclusive 200-person guest list included celebs like Sienna Miller, Colin Firth, and Carey’s pleasant ex, Jake Gyllenhaal. Reportedly, the actress wore long, backless ivory grown by Prada.
Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
In 2018, Rachel Weisz revealed to Evening Standard Magazine that she didn’t want to get married: “It was not an ambition of mine… I couldn’t relate to romantic comedies – marriage seems to be the whole point of them.” But that all changed when she and Daniel Craig played husband and wife in Dream House: “It just happened, happily at a more mature moment.”
One year later, the pair’s on-screen relationship became their real life. They got married in their New York apartment in a super small ceremony. Only four guests attended, including Rachel’s son, Henry, and Craig’s daughter, Ella. When asked why she stays quiet about her marriage, Weisz said, “One of the great pleasures of not being an adolescent is that you don’t have to share everything. When you’re married, that door closes.”
Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
Because their lives are constantly in the public eye, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin got married secretly. The Coldplay singer and Shakespeare in Love actress got hitched in Santa Barbara back in December 2003. They got their marriage license after a visit to the County Courthouse, with a quickie ceremony right after. No friends or family were reportedly present.
Earlier that month, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child, Apple. Maybe they thought the pregnancy news would overshadow their secret wedding plans. They honeymooned in Mexico, and another guest staying at the expensive Esperanza Resort said that “They were just lying out, relaxing, and she was reading… she seemed serene.”
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego
Zoe Saldana secretly married Marco Perego after just a few months of dating, but she has no regrets. She explained to Marie Claire, “I don’t do the ABCs. I do what my heart says, what my heart feels.” The Guardians of the Galaxy star compared her love for the artist to shopping for pants:
“I don’t just window shop… I need a pair of jeans, I go and – boom – get them. I met my husband, and I wasn’t going to try it out and see if it works. No, I felt it. I went with the feeling. It only took the pair three weeks to plan their ceremony in 2013. A year later, their family expanded with twins boys, Cy and Bowie. In 2017, they welcomed their third son, Zen, into their clan.
Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva
Courtney Love will likely never win the award for Mother of the Year. That might be the reason she wasn’t on the 15 person guest list for Frances Bean Cobain and Isaiah Silva’s wedding. Then again, Kurt Cobain’s daughter and the Eeries frontman weren’t the types to make big announcements. Most people found out about their 2011 engagement when Frances updated her Facebook relationship status.
However, the 19-year-old had second thoughts about revealing even that much about her personal life and quickly changed her status back. But in 2015, rumors spread that Cobain and Silva had sneakily tied the knot a year earlier. Unfortunately, the marriage lasted just 21 months.
Giovanni Ribisi and Agyness Deyn
British supermodel Agyness Deyn never shared her relationship with actor Giovanni Ribisi, that’s why fans were stunned when word got out that they were married. Even Deyn’s family had no clue. In June 2012, the Sneaky Pete actor revealed that he and Deyn went to visit the Los Angeles County Registrar.
Deyn and Ribisi refused to disclose any further details. It’s possible that all they did was some paperwork. Unfortunately, they didn’t do such a good job keeping their divorce a secret. When the couple split after a year and a half together, it was a clean break and a speedy process because there were no children involved. All they needed was a way to split their five homes and two cars.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
When it comes to Twitter darlings Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, not much about their clandestine wedding went public. They tied the knot at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina in September 2012. The beautiful actress wore a stunning, silk tulle Marchesa gown with illusion crystal beading and rose-gold embroidery.
The stars hired Martha Stewart’s top advisors to take care of these impressive details. The pair even allowed them to share some photos on Stewart’s website. If a gourmet Maggie Austin wedding cake wasn’t enough, the bride asked for a dessert table filled with her favorite sweets, like s’mores bars, blueberry cheesecake tartlets, lemon tartlets, and mini strawberry shortcakes.
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka would have gotten married years earlier if it weren’t for antiquated laws. Harris tweeted, “David and I did propose to each other but over five years ago! We’ve been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.”
New York passed a marriage equality bill in 2011, and the actor swooped the love of his life to an Italian castle for a private matrimonial soiree. Pam Fryman, their close friend and How I Met Your Mother director, officiated the ceremony. Both grooms rocked custom Tom Ford tuxes, and their pal Sir Elton John made a special performance. Their 3 ½-year-old twins, Harper Grace and Gideon Scott, were included in the ceremony.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Nowadays, Brangelina is a thing of the past. But there was a time when the world couldn’t wait to see Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie tie the knot as Hollywood’s It couple. After nine years together, the dynamic-duo finally decided it was a time in 2014. They charted their six children to Chateau Miraval, their vacation home in France.
The stars exchanged vows in an intimate ceremony. One source shared some details to E!: “[The vows were] short but loaded with meaning.” Jolie told Hello! that she wore a Versace gown covered in her children’s drawings: “I wanted the kids to be a part of everything, including the dress because that’s our family. That represents the way we live our life together.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z
As famous as they are, Beyoncé and Jay-Z seem to lead pretty private lives. But occasionally, they will give fans a glimpse into their behind-the-scenes glam. In Bey’s song Die With You, she features home movies of their wedding, the birth of their daughter Blue Ivy, and even stills from the singer’s pregnancy with the twins. The song represents 9 years of matrimony.
The superstars exchanged vows at Jay-Z’s 13,500-sq.-ft. Manhattan penthouse in 2008. Decorations included 70,000 Dendrobium orchids flown in from Thailand. There are rumors that the power-couple renewed their vows during their 2014 On the Run tour.
Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll met back in 2011 and tied the knot in December 2012. However, fans were shocked because they didn’t even know that they were engaged. Late that December, it was confirmed that the pair exchanged vows “in a private ceremony attended by her two children and very few friends.” The wedding was so secretive that reportedly, even her parents didn’t know about it.
“No one really knows what happened in my life,” the actress said in an interview. “No one really knows why my first marriage didn’t last; no one knows why my second didn’t. And I’m proud of those silences.” And I’m proud of those silences.” In 2013, the couple welcomed their first son together, Bear Winslet.
Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer
Just days after Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer made their relationship with Instagram official, rumors of their secret wedding started to swirl. The comedian is known for being candid and outspoken, but she somehow managed to keep her Malibu wedding on the down-low.
In February 2018, the couple got married with less than 100 friends in attendance. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Jake Gyllenhaal, Larry David, and Jennifer Aniston joined the pair at their beautiful beach wedding. Schumer shared numerous pictures of her special day and said that being married “feel f—— good!”
Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt
News of Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt’s engagement came out in November 2011. They walked down the aisle in a secret ceremony back in 2012. Their wedding was revealed in August of that year, and one month later, they had another wedding party in London. More guests were welcomed there, including famous friends like Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Julianne Moore.
If you don’t know, Felicity is sisters with A-lister Emily Blunt, who starred alongside Tucci in the 2006 comedy, The Devil Wears Prada. Stanley and Felicity wrote a cookbook together, and you can catch them cooking and entertaining fans on Instagram.
Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom
Shortly after their engagement made headlines, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr got married. Dating rumors between the two spread in 2007, and in April 2008, they confirmed the speculations when they walked an event together. Fans were swooning over this Hollywood couple.
In June 2010, Bloom’s engagement to Kerr was reported. The following month, the two walked down the aisle together. As you can imagine, fans were shocked! I mean, they just heard about their engagement, and suddenly they were married. Unfortunately, the couple split up by the end of 2013. However, they continue to co-parent their 9-year-old son Flynn.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
Natalie Portman secretly married Benjamin Millepied in California. In early 2012, their union was confirmed. The two met on the set of the 2010 Oscar-winning film, Black Swan. In December of that year, the pair revealed their engagement and that Natalie is expecting.
The couple sparked marriage speculations in 2012 when they stepped out at the Academy Awards rocking wedding bands. The gossip turned out to be true when their secret California wedding came to light. The pair had baby Aleph in 2011, and their daughter Amalia was born in 2017.
Sebastian Bear-McClard and Emiliy Ratajkowski
People were shocked when they heard the news that Emily Ratajkowski and Sebastian Bear-McClard got married. The pair tied the knot in February 2018, but they were only spotted together for the first time a few months before the wedding. However, they knew each other for years, according to US Weekly.
Emily shared more details about their courthouse wedding on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She spoke about how she never really envisioned her “dream wedding,” so when she walked down the aisle, it was far from conventional. Instead of a white gown, she sported a yellow suit and a black hat.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart dated for more than five years before he finally popped the question on Valentine’s day in 2009. The happy couple got married in a beautiful ceremony in New Mexico in the summer of 2010. At the time, Ford was filming a movie in Santa Fe, so they had the wedding there. Their special moment was also officiated by the governor of New Mexico.
Ford was married two times before settling down with Flockhart. Ever since they met at the Golden Globes Awards in 2002, the two have been head over heels for each other. They have one son together, Liam Flockhart, who Calista adopted at birth.
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner
Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner exchanged vows in a secret ceremony. The duo met on the set of the 2001 movie Peal Harbor. But their on-screen chemistry was evident when they paid love interests two years later in Daredevil.
In June 2005, news broke that the actors had a quiet wedding in Turks and Caicos. “I didn’t marry the big movie star; I married him,” Garner expressed to Vanity Fair. “And I would go back and remake that decision. I ran down the beach to him, and I would do it again. You can’t have these three babies and so much of what we had. He is the love of my life.” Unfortunately, they split up in 2017 but continue to co-parent the children.
Michelle Williams and Phil Elverum
Michelle William’s marriage to Phil Elverum came out of nowhere. In 2018, Us Weekly revealed that the actress was engaged to a financial consultant named Andrew Youmans. That’s why fans were shocked to find out she exchanged vows with musician Phil Elverum months later.
The actress told Vanity Fair that they had a private wedding in the Adirondacks. “Obviously, I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship,” she explained. “But Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole.” In 2019, People reported that the happy couple split up.
Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead
People Magazine reported that 70 guests joined Christina El Moussa and Anthony Anstead at their home, where a charter bus picked them up to see the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. Instead, they all ended up in the couple’s “rustic romance” themed ceremony. Needless to say, the guests were just as shocked as fans.
Both Ant and Christina’s children for previous marriages were an important part of their special day: “We wanted to make it about the kids,” Ant explained. “It’s the six of us. We’re a blended family, so it was really important for them to be a part of it.
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas
Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas walked down the aisle after the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Turner admitted that she made the first move by sliding into his DMs. In 2016, the couple got together, and rumors of their romance began that November. In October 2017, they announced their engagement.
On May 1st, 2019, Jonas and Turner got married after the Jonas Brothers performed at the BBMAs. And the wedding was affiliated by an Elvis Presley impersonator. The spontaneous celebration had some guests from the award show, including country duo Dan + Shay and Diplo, who filmed the whole thing on Instagram Live. In June, they had a more formal ceremony in France.
Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Lauren Hashian’s wedding was one that fans didn’t see coming. Johnson surprised everyone when he posted his Hawaii wedding photos in August 2017 with the caption: “we do.” It shouldn’t have come as such a shock considering the fact that the pair met back in 2006 and started dating just one year later.
The stunning couple has two children together: their daughter, Jasmine, was born in December 2015, and their daughter, Tiana, was born in April 2018. The Rock also had a daughter named Simone from when he was married to Dany Garcia.