Imagine it: a world where we could all have Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts at our engagement parties. Pretty incredible, right? I mean, I would totally request that Julia Roberts sing “Kiss” à la Pretty Woman, but she could be fully dressed this time. Very kind of me, I know.
But we can’t all be Gwyneth Paltrow, who celebrated her engagement to writer, director and producer Brad Falchuk (whose most notable projects are Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck and Scream Queens) on Saturday. Here’s what we know about the shindig.
Everything went down at the iconic Los Angeles Theatre — a historic movie palace that seats 2,000 guests (there couldn’t have been 2,000 guests in attendance, could there?). The theater was constructed in 1930 –1931 and is… So. Freaking. Fancy. A crystal fountain and grand staircase welcomes guests as they enter the gold-adorned theater. Now closed to the public, the historic Los Angeles building is used in many TV shows and movies, including New York, New York, Man on the Moon, Charlie’s Angels, Mad Men and more.
The theater marquee read, “BF loves GP” according to Us Weekly.
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Who knew? The largest historic theater district is a 6 block stretch on broadway in downtown Los Angeles! I was lucky enough to get a little tour of these beautiful theaters and historic gems (more in stories!) It had me daydreaming about crystal chandeliers, tuxedoes, Black and white films, the era of old glamour. Photo by Elizabeth Daniels / Curbed LA
It was black-tie event and it happened right after Paltrow’s bachelorette party in Cabo San Lucas, where Paltrow partied with A-list friends, including Stella McCartney.
The timing of everything is leading some, including Harpers Bazaar, to speculate this wasn’t an engagement party — it was their actual secret wedding. But from what we can see, Paltrow’s not in white. Sure, she could have changed into the burgundy gown after saying her I do’s, but we’d expect Paltrow to wear an array of white dresses on her big day, so we’re not on board with the “secret wedding” speculation.
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Thank you @mrrpmurphy for the most incredible evening to celebrate our ❤️. There will never be adequate words to express our gratitude. @giambattistavalliparis I will never get over my gorgeous dress. @georgieeisdell thank you. @hairbylorenzomartin thank you. @teamsaltzman thank you. Thank you to all of our amazing true and dear friends who came to support us. We feel like the luckiest people on the planet because we have all of you in our lives. And most of all thank you @bradfalchuk for the true happiness.
Of course, the biggest names in Hollywood showed up to celebrate Paltrow and Falchuk’s love. Us Weekly reported that in addition to Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts guests included Blythe Danner (Paltrow’s mom), Steven Spielberg (her godfather), Demi Moore, Chelsea Handler, Matthew Morrison, Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl Berkoff and Cameron Diaz and hubby Benji Madden.
Now we’re dying to know if Robert Downey Jr. made an appearance because, come on — Pepper Potts and Tony Stark are so meant to be! But alas, we don’t know if he made it (or was even invited).
A bit more about their love story
Paltrow met Falchuk on the set of Glee in 2014 when she guest-starred as laid-back substitute teacher Holly Holliday. Falchuk cocreated the show with Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. Paltrow and Falchuk started seeing each other after she “consciously uncoupled” from ex-husband Chris Martin; the couple finalized their divorce in 2016, the same year Paltrow announced she was taking a break from acting to focus on her lifestyle website and magazine Goop.
Paltrow and Falchuk announced their engagement in January 2018.