Inside Natalie's Eclectic Wedding
Portman marries Benjamin Millepied in Jewish, vegan ceremony
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:47 AM CDT
Updated Aug 7, 2012 10:48 AM CDT
Benjamin Millepied, left, and Natalie Portman arrive before the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

(Newser) – Natalie Portman managed to get married very, very quietly Saturday—but details are now trickling out about the Big Sur ceremony, which celebrated the backgrounds of both Portman (Jewish) and new hubby Benjamin Millepied (French). The couple married under a Jewish chuppah overlooking the ocean, wore a Jewish prayer shawl during the ceremony, and ended by smashing the traditional glass as guests cheered, "Mazel Tov!" They also danced the hora as a Klezmer band played, People notes (later, in keeping with Natalie's tastes, the DJ busted into some hip-hop until 2:30am). Guests ate French macarons instead of cake, and left with wildflower seed packets inscribed with "Merci."

Those macarons must have been made without eggs, because the entire menu was vegan, in keeping with Portman's diet. The couple also used indigenous wildflowers rather than flying any flowers in for the ceremony, and even Natalie's Rodarte gown had a "hippie" feel, a source tells In Touch. It was tea-length with full sleeves and "not overly showy or revealing," the insider says. Portman wore wildflowers in her hair and Millepied donned a blue tux. The 60 to 100 guests included Ivanka Trump, Macaulay Culkin, Diane Sawyer, and Rashida Jones (but not, notably, Mila Kunis). Click to see pictures of an absolutely beaming Portman on her big day.

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flatnosepete
Aug 9, 2012 11:51 AM CDT
yawn!
fred.lapides
Aug 7, 2012 10:44 AM CDT
Many Reform rabbis, including myself, will not perform a wedding on Shabbat -- that is, from Friday evening before sunset to Saturday evening following sunset. On the date you mentioned, sunset is at 8:40 p.m. in your location. Jews do not marry on Shabbat because it is a time for rest. Anyone who has ever planned a wedding will tell you that it is not a very restful experience! Also, weddings in Jewish tradition are considered the forming of a binding agreement, which is antithetical to the nature of Shabbat. Shabbat is a time for communal joy, not for personal celebrations.
Diapercaked
Aug 7, 2012 10:19 AM CDT
wait a second when did it become legal for vegans to get married outside of NY and MASS? god damn holder not enforcing our laws.