16 Secret Celeb Weddings

Not every star needs all the fanfare

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 22, 2014 1:54 PM CST

(Newser) – The latest celebrity couple to get married in secret? Leighton Meester and Adam Brody (aka Blair Waldorf from Gossip Girl and Seth Cohen from The OC). PopSugar rounds up quite a few more stars whose weddings surprised us. A sampling:

  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard: They quietly got hitched at City Hall last year.
  • Sandra Bullock and Jesse James: They invited friends to Bullock's "birthday barbecue," then got married instead.
  • Julia Roberts and Danny Moder: They also surprised friends and family with a wedding, on Independence Day at Roberts' New Mexico ranch.
  • Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego: They actually kept their marriage a secret for three months.
  • Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner: They were expecting their first child when they privately got married in Turks and Caicos in 2005.
  • Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll: Even Winslet's parents didn't know about her December 2012 wedding to Rocknroll—friend and Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio walked her down the aisle.
  • Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha: When they married in June 2013 in a private ceremony, no one even knew they were dating—and didn't learn until later that summer.

  • Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds: They quietly married in the Canadian wilderness in 2008...
  • Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively: ...and then after divorcing Johansson, Reynolds had another secret wedding, this time marrying Lively.
  • Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher: They had already been together for eight years and had a child together when they wed secretly in 2010—and even their six guests didn't realize they were attending a wedding until just before.
  • Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart: They also surprised their guests with a wedding after being together for eight years.
  • Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos: They eloped to Vegas in 1996 after a year together, and are still married today.
  • Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin: They eloped, too, but only got as far as a Southern California hotel.
  • Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon: They had been together only six weeks when they secretly wed in the Caribbean in 2008.
  • Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter: No one even realized the Dexter co-stars were dating when they eloped in 2008.
Click for the complete list.

Julia Roberts, from left, Danny Moder, and Karen Hall pose for a photo at Heal The Bay's Bring Back the Beach Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012, at The Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Calif.
Julia Roberts, from left, Danny Moder, and Karen Hall pose for a photo at Heal The Bay's Bring Back the Beach Gala, Thursday, May 17, 2012, at The Jonathan Club in Santa Monica, Calif.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
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