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.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn)
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