Secret Celebrity Weddings

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From Ryan Reynolds surprise “I do” to Blake Lively to Beyonce’s hush-hush ceremony to Jay Z, take a look back in photos at stars who married in secret

Secret Celebrity Weddings

From Ryan Reynolds surprise “I do” to Blake Lively to Beyonce‘s hush-hush ceremony to Jay Z, take a look back in photos at stars who married in secret.

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Debby Ryan and Josh Dun

The former Insatiable actress and the Twenty One Pilots artist announced in May 2020 that they secretly tied the knot on New Year’s Eve in 2019. After dating off-and-on beginning in 2013, Dun proposed to Ryan in December 2018. The duo planned their Austin wedding in 28 days.

“We began to flirt with the idea of having a destination party celebrating the new decade,” she told Vogue at the time. “Then [we] decided in December to get married [in Austin] on New Year’s Eve, and just keep dancing until after the ball dropped.”


Michelle Williams and Thomas Kail

Us confirmed in March 2020 that the Dawson’s Creek alum and the director secretly wed as they awaited the arrival of their first child together. The news came three months after they announced their engagement. 

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Pamela Anderson and Jon Peters

30 years after they dated, split and got back together, Pamela Anderson and film producer Jon Peters tied the knot in a private ceremony in Malibu on January 20, 2020. The duo never even publicly revealed they were dating again. They split less than two weeks after the wedding.

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Hilary Duff and Matthew Koma

The couple tied the knot in a low-key backyard wedding in December 2019, saying “I do” in front of close family and friends. Duff and the music producer first met in 2015 while working on her album Breathe In Breathe Out. Together, they share daughter Banks. 

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Lena Waithe and Alana Mayo

The Master of None alum announced on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2019 that she quietly wed her longtime love at a San Fransisco courthouse. “We snuck and did it,” she said.

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Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan

The couple surprised fans in October 2019 by announcing they secretly tied the knot after a decade of dating. Reports previously claimed that Burton and Morgan, who share son Gus and daughter George, wed in 2014.


“I’d say words… but there aren’t any,” the Walking Dead star captioned a photo from the wedding via Instagram. “Mrs Morgan…. I love you. Thank you for making me the luckiest man in the world. Xojd.”

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Ed Sheeran and Cherry Seaborn

After months of rumors, the singer finally confirmed that he quietly wed his longtime love. He called her his “wife” in his song “Remember the Name,” explaining in an interview that he actually wrote the track “before me and Cherry got married and I knew that we’d be married by the point that the song came out.”

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Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz

Us Weekly confirmed in July 2019 that Klum and Kaulitz tied the knot after quietly obtaining a marriage license. The couple began dating in February 2018 and announced their engagement in December of that year.

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Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen

The son of former vice president Joe Biden reportedly married the South Africa native in a secret Los Angeles ceremony on May 16, 2019. The news came shortly after his split from Hallie Biden, the widow of Hunter’s late brother, Beau Biden.

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Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley

The 100 costars kept their nuptials under wraps until June 2019 when they revealed they had already wed. “Recently I married my best friend and soul mate @WildpipM We are very happy and ask that you keep your comments kind and respect our privacy at this time,” Taylor captioned a photo at the time, with her husband sharing a similar sentiment. “It is with such a full heart that I call @MisElizaJane my wife This is something we both cherish very deeply and are beyond happy,” he wrote.

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Zoe Kravitz and Karl Glusman

Us broke the news in May 2019 that the Big Little Lies star and the Love actor are “legally married.” The private couple got engaged in February 2018, but waited eight months to share the proposal story.


Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner

Us exclusively revealed in November 2018 that the Game of Thrones star and the Jonas Brothers member were planning to tie the knot in France in summer 2019. However, the duo decided to throw caution to the wind and get hitched in Las Vegas after the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1. The pair said, “I do,” in front of an Elvis Impersonator, who later revealed that he was booked for the ceremony a week prior. Jonas and Turner’s French extravaganza will likely still take place, but will serve as a celebration for the newlyweds.

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Miranda Lambert and Brendan Mcloughlin

Not only was the country singer’s wedding a surprise — the fact that she’s even been in a relationship was a complete shock. After declaring herself “happily single” in August 2018, Lambert unexpectedly revealed on February 16, 2019, that she said “I do” to a mystery man named Brendan Mcloughlin. “In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life,” she wrote on Instagram at the time. “And we got hitched!”

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Rebecca Ferguson

The Mission: Impossible – Fallout actress revealed in January 2019 that she and partner Rory — whose last name she has never shared publicly — secretly married in a cottage over the holidays. Ferguson wore a “wedding skirt” in lieu of a traditional dress while guests sported “Wellington boots and big woolly socks and big ruggy jumpers” and celebrated with games. The couple share a daughter. The Greatest Showman star is also the mother of son Isaac with ex-boyfriend Ludwig Hallberg.

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Colleen Ballinger and Erik Stocklin

2018 was a busy one for Ballinger. “This year i got pregnant, engaged and married, all in the same year. Yeah, we got married … woops, forgot to tell you that one,” she told viewers in an end-of-year review video posted on her YouTube channel in December 2018. The former Haters Back Off star didn’t reveal any other details about her wedding to Stocklin, whom she met on the set of the now-cancelled Netflix show.

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Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth

Cyrus and Hemsworth sparked wedding speculation on Christmas Eve in 2018 after photos of the twosome cutting a cake in front of “Mr. and Mrs.” balloons surfaced. Two days later, the Disney alum confirmed that they’d tied the knot by sharing multiple black-and-white pictures of the couple dressed up in formal attire. Cyrus captioned one of the sweet snaps, “10 years later…” (Cyrus and Hemsworth dated on and off for nearly a decade after meeting on the set of The Last Song in 2009.)

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Hilary Swank and Philip Schneider

The actress quietly married the entrepreneur at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California, on August 28. She opened up about the “stunning private community” and shared wedding photos with Vogue. “It was timeless. There is just no other way to describe it. I was overwhelmed with such gratitude and thanks to be marrying the man of my dreams and to see all the people we love together in the middle of such a profound setting. It was truly a dream come true,” she gushed. Her maid of honor was best friend Mariska Hargitay. 

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Michelle Williams and Phil Elverum

Williams tied the knot with the musician in a secret ceremony in the Adirondacks, the actress revealed in a Vanity Fair cover story published in July 2018. Only a small group of their friends and their two daughters were present for the exchange of vows. The Manchester by the Sea star said of falling for Elverum a decade after the death of partner Heath Ledger: “I never gave up on love.”

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Daniel Tosh and Carly Hallam

Comedian Daniel Tosh secretly married Carly Hallam — a writer on his Comedy Central show, Tosh.0 — at a private ceremony in Malibu, California, on April 15, 2016, TMZ reports. Hallam has written for the Comedy Central series since 2012 and also writes for NBC sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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Cardi B and Offset

The rappers secretly married in Atlanta on September 20, 2017, according to a marriage license obtained by TMZ the following June. The Migos member, who referred to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper as his “wife” at the 2018 BET Awards, did not publicly propose to Cardi until October 2017, one month after they wed.

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Kevin McKidd and Arielle Goldrath

The Grey’s Anatomy star, 44, announced in a post on his website on March 2, 2018, that he and the private chef had wed and were expecting their first child together. “Arielle and I are so happy to announce our marriage and new baby, who is soon to join our growing family,” the Trainspotting star, 44, wrote. “Close friends and family came together with my Grey’s family to share in our celebration day – an intimate, low key gathering culminating in a Scottish Ceilidh dance.”

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Amy Schumer and Chris Fischer

Surprise! Multiple sources confirmed exclusively to Us Weekly that the actress and chef tied the knot in Malibu on February 13, 2018. The pair first were spotted out as a couple while dining at Café Altro Paradiso in New York City just three months earlier.

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Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha

A Blaine County, Idaho marriage license filing gave away the Scandal actress’ secret wedding to San Francisco 49ers cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. The couple tied the knot on June 24, 2013, but have yet to confirm the marriage themselves. 

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

The Green Lantern costars didn’t give any warning when they said “I do” in a surprise, ultra-private ceremony on Sept. 9, 2012 at Boone Hill Plantation in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. A source told Us that Lively, who wore a custom-designed dress by Marchesa, “was a creative bride with a clear vision of what she wanted.”

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Shauna Robertson and Edward Norton

A source confirmed to Us in April 2013 that Norton secretly wed his longtime love Shauna Robertson before they welcomed their first child together, a baby boy, in March.

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Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll

In late December 2012, the Titanic actress’ UK rep confirmed that Winslet married Rocknroll in New York “earlier this month in a private ceremony attended by her two children and a very few friends and family.” The two had been engaged “since the summer,” but never made a formal announcement.

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Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci

Eight months after announcing their engagement, the Hunger Games actor revealed he secretly tied the knot with Blunt in August 2012. The couple is reportedly planning, however, a second, more formal wedding ceremony with their loved ones.

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Natasha Henstridge and Darius Campbell

The Canadian actress and British actor wed in a romantic, Valentine’s Day ceremony at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara in March 2011. “We didn’t tell our parents for a few days afterwards,” Henstridge told the UK’s Hello! magazine. “We wanted to be together and enjoy it for awhile. It was really spontaneous.”

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Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale

Five months after the fact, Myers confirmed that he quietly married longtime girlfriend Tisdale in a private ceremony in NYC in March 2011.

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Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom

One month after announcing their engagement, the Lord of the Rings actor secretly married the Victoria’s Secret model in an intimate ceremony in July 2010. One month later, Kerr announced she was pregnant with their first child, son Flynn. 

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Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose

To the surprise of their fans, the rapper announced on Twitter that he married the model on July 8, 2013, four months after welcoming their son Sebastian together. “Me and Amber got married today,” Khalifa tweeted. “Wedding’s this fall. Thought I’d let y’all know.”

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Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz

Only close family members were invited to Cruz and Bardem’s small ceremony at a friend’s house in the Bahamas in July 2010. Though they kept the wedding hush-hush, Crus went all out with a Dior Haute Couture gown designed especially by John Galliano.

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green

The longtime couple tied the knot on the beach in Hawaii with Green’s son, Kassius, as their witness on June 24, 2010. 


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Julia Roberts and Danny Moder

The Runaway Bride actress and Moder invited their close family and friends over to their ranch in Taos, New Mexico under the impression they were celebrating the 4th of July in 2002, but the couple also had a surprised wedding planned.

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Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

The Skyfall actor pulled off a secret wedding to the actress in upstate New York in June 2011. “I did it secretly — I can’t tell you how I pulled it off,” he told Access Hollywood. “My private life is incredibly important to me, and certainly that aspect of it is more than incredibly important to me.”

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Beyonce and Jay-Z

The superstar couple played coy about their marriage in New York City on April 4, 2008. Beyonce revealed the marriage in a video montage during a listening party for her third album, I Am . . . Sasha Fierce, in October 2008.

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Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck

The Daredevil costars quietly married in Turks and Caicos on June 29, 2005, while Garner was pregnant with their first child. The guest list was tiny, but Affleck’s good pal Matt Damon made the cut.

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Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook founder invited less than 100 friends and family members to celebrate Chan’s graduation from medical school in May 2012. What their guests didn’t know, however, was that Zuckerberg and his Harvard sweetheart were also tying the knot at their Palo Alto, Calif. home.

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Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

After dating for over eight years, Ford and Flockhart exchanged vows in an ultra-private ceremony in June 2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I was 60 when I fell in love with Calista,” Ford told Hello! in 2009. “What surprised me most was that I was still capable of establishing a long-lasting relationship, making a serious commitment.”

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Mandy Moore and Ryan Adams

The musical couple tied the knot in quiet ceremony in Savannah, Georgia in March 2009, just the way Moore wanted it to happen. “Hopefully, it can happen and slip by unnoticed by everybody,” Moore said of her dream wedding. “I guess we have to be sort of sneaky about it, but I’ll see what I can accomplish.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

No family members were invited to the Coldplay rocker and actress’ surprise nuptials in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Dec. 5, 2003. At the time, Paltrow was pregnant with the couple’s first child.

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Chris Henchy and Brooke Shields

Bait-and-switch! The actress/model invited some friends and family to have dinner at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in California, but instead transported them by boat to Catalina Island to witness her exchange vows to TV writer Chris Henchy on April 4, 2001.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

With extra security measures in place to keep the ceremony private, Smith married Pinkett at the Cloisters, a mansion near her hometown of Baltimore on Dec. 31, 1997.

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