If you want to keep your private affairs private, it might be best to just avoid celebrity altogether. Some famous folks have managed to find the right balance between public and private, however — and frankly, it’s impressive what they manage to keep out of the public eye, given how brightly the spotlight shines on their every move.
For example, several celebrity couples have managed to pull off top-secret weddings without the infringement of fans or paparazzi. In fact, Gwyneth Paltrow has done it twice — once to Chris Martin and once to Brad Falchuk. That’s especially impressive. Still others, like Kerry Washington, have kept the details of their nuptials so under wraps that even the most basic details are hardly known.
Given that weddings can take on many forms, from intimate ceremonies to raucous parties, celebrities who keep them secret have got to be employing special superpowers to pull that off. We’ve rounded up a list of 13 celebrity couples who’ve had secret weddings throughout the years, with whatever details we can find — and you might be surprised by who made the list.
A version of this story was originally published in November 2018.
Christina Haack & Joshua Hall
In April 2022, Christina Haack revealed that she’s officially Mrs. Christina Hall. The Christina On The Coast star revealed that she and Joshua Hall tied the knot and kept their nuptials a secret from fans. While there’s no telling when the two officially exchanged their vows, TMZ reported that it was sometime in the last 6 months.
Jon Batiste & Suleika Jaouad
Grammy-winner Jon Batiste and writer Suleika Jaouad tied the knot in February 2022 in an act of “defiance,” Batiste shared in an interview. Batiste revealed the news during his profile on CBS Sunday Morning, publicly disclosing the longtime couple wed the day before Jaouad’s bone marrow transplant as she battles Leukemia for a second time, per Entertainment Tonight.
“It’s an act of defiance,” Batiste said. “The darkness will try to overtake you, but just turn on the light. Focus on the light. Hold onto the light.”
Josh Hartnett & Tamsin Egerton
After more than a decade together, Josh Hartnett and Tamsin Egerton exchanged their wedding vows. People reported the couple tied the knot back in November 2021. The pair met in 2011 while working on The Lovers. They share three children together.
Mare Winningham & Anthony Edwards
During an interview with Esquire, actor Anthony Edwards revealed he quietly married fellow thespian Mare Winnigham last year. “We’re too old to throw weddings,” Edwards shared. “She’s just spectacular. She’s an amazing singer and she’s a wonderful actress and she’s an incredible person.” Edwards detailed to Esquire that the ceremony included “just the two of them and an old friend to officiate.”
James McAvoy & Lisa Liberati
In a profile for The Guardian, James McAvoy confirmed he tied the knot with Lisa Liberati. The two met will working on the 2016 film Split. Liberati was working as director M. Night Shyamalan’s personal assistant. They started dating not long after and recently wed. McAvoy was previously married to actress Anne-Marie Duff, with whom he shares one child.
Uzo Aduba & Robert Sweeting
Emmy-winning actress Uzo Aduba and her husband Robert Sweeting tied the knot all the way back in 2020, but the couple didn’t publicly disclose the news until September of 2021! Now, Aduba is sharing a bit more about why she and Sweeting, pictured here at the 2021 Emmy Awards, decided to share their happy news roughly one year after saying ‘I do.’
“We were just taking the year to ourselves to enjoy the time and have some quiet time together, and then we were having our anniversary come up,” she explained during her November 11, 2021, appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan. The first time Aduba revealed she’d gotten married was on September 12, 2021, sharing the news in a sweet Instagram post.
Freida Pinto & Cory Tran
Freida Pinto and husband Cory Tran are just one of a number of famous couples who were able to keep their wedding under wraps — mostly because it was so spur of the moment! “It’s a very romantic story if you must know,” she told Kelly Clarkson on the singer’s eponymous talk show.
“When we got engaged we thought we’d have this most magical wedding,” Pinto told Clarkson. “But then COVID happened and it’s still happening and we just realized we’d be planning this for the rest of our lives and never doing it. So we decided one day to go to the Honda Center in Anaheim [California],” she revealed.
“It was absolutely perfect. We got married and then we got to go home and take an afternoon nap.”
Sarah Snook & Dave Lawson
Succession actress Sarah Snook quietly wed one of her longtime best friends, Australian comedian Dave Lawson, in February 2021 after they spent the majority of their lockdown together. “At the beginning of the pandemic last year, I got locked down in Melbourne with one of my best mates and we fell in love,” the Emmy nominated star told Vogue Australia.
“We’ve been friends since 2014, lived together, travelled together, always excited to see each other, but totally platonic. We’ve just never been single at the same time. I proposed and we got married in February in my backyard.”
John Corbett & Bo Derek
After roughly two decades together, John Corbett and Bo Derek decided to tie the knot! “After 20 years we decided to get married, we didn’t want 2020 to be that thing that everybody looks back at and hated. We thought, ‘Well, let’s get one nice thing out of it,'” Corbett shared during his appearance on The Talk, revealing that the couple got married over the Christmas holiday in 2020.
“We’re pretty private people, we didn’t make an announcement, all our friends and family knew but this is the first time either one of us has said anything publicly about it because really we haven’t had an opportunity,” the actor said.
Justin Hartley & Sofia Pernas
This Is Us star Justin Hartley made waves on Sunday night debuting his new other half Sofia Pernas on the 2021 MTV Movie and TV Awards red carpet — and their matching rings made even bigger ones. A source has now confirmed to People that Hartley and Pernas recently got hitched after they started dating in spring 2020.
Ariana Grande & Dalton Gomez
Ariana Grande’s highly public love life took a surprisingly under-the-radar turn when the news came out that she had secretly wed fiancé Dalton Gomez, to whom she announced her engagement in Dec. 2020.
“They got married,” a representative for Grande told People. “It was tiny and intimate — less than 20 people. The room was so happy and full of love. The couple and both families couldn’t be happier.”
Kristen Wiig & Avi Rothman
If Kristen Wiig had wanted you to know about her wedding to actor/writor/producer Avi Rothman, you would have. But just like the secret arrival of her twin babies with Rothman, she wanted to keep this one a secret, only letting slip that Rothman was her husband on a 2021 episode of The Howard Stern Show.
“I’m very lucky about having these two babies and my husband,” she told host Stern. “They make it all better. It’s changed my life.”
Scarlett Johansson & Colin Jost
SNL star Colin Jost and Scarlett Johansson managed to keep their wedding news a secret. The two officially tied the knot without fans or paparazzi finding out.
According to the charity Meals on Wheels who broke the news Thursday, the couple were married in a small ceremony per CDC guidelines.
“We’re thrilled to break the news that Scarlett Johansson and Colin Jost were married over the weekend in an intimate ceremony with their immediate family and love ones,” the charity wrote on Instagram. “Their wedding wish is to help make a difference for vulnerable older adults during this difficult time by supporting @mealsonwheelsamerica. Please consider donating to celebrate the happy couple by clicking the link in our bio.”
John Cena & Shay Shariatzadeh
John Cena and longtime girlfriend Shay Shariatzadeh tied the knot in a secret Florida ceremony this October after a whirlwind romance between the former WWE star and the engineering project manager. Two years after his split with Nikki Bella, Cena seems to have found his own happy ending as Nikki has moved on with Artem Chigvintsev.
Dwayne Johnson & Lauren Hashian
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, 48, and Lauren Hashian, 35, secretly tied the knot Aug 18, 2019, in a private ceremony in Hawaii.
“Our Hawaiian wedding was beautiful and I want to thank our incredible staff for their outstanding work,” Johnson shared on Instagram days after the event.
“To carry out my #1 goal of complete privacy, no wedding planners or outside resources were hired. Everything you see was created by hand, by staff and family only.”
After having had to reschedule her wedding twice, the royal finally tied the knot and married Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in a secret ceremony with close family in attendance.
Buckingham Palace confirmed the nuptials in a statement writing, “The private wedding ceremony of Princess Beatrice and Mr. Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi took place at 11am on Friday 17th July at The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The small ceremony was attended by The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and close family. The wedding took place in accordance with all relevant Government Guidelines.”
While it was a joyous occasion, it was bittersweet for Queen Elizabeth who reportedly was particularly sentimental about the wedding being the “last royal wedding she’ll get to attend”.
Dennis Quaid & Laura Savoie
The 66-year-old actor confirmed that he and 27-year-old Laura Savoie eloped in Santa Barbara earlier in June 2020 after having postponed their nuptials due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was beautiful,” Quaid told People, adding of his new wife, “Just looking into her eyes, she was the most stunning bride.”
Beyoncé & Jay-Z
In 2008, Beyoncé and Jay-Z married in a top-secret ceremony at his Manhattan penthouse, which was decorated with 70,000 Dendrobium orchids flown in from Thailand, according to People. In the decade since, only some footage and a handful of photos from the wedding have been seen. Guests weren’t allowed recording devices.
Amy Schumer & Chris Fischer
Amy Schumer announced her wedding to Chris Fischer via Instagram, according to E! News. Two days after the two tied the knot in a small ceremony in Malibu, she shared photos on Instagram captioned, simply, “Yup.”
Mila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis held a secret wedding party over Independence Day weekend in 2015, which he told Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show was "a ninja effort." He said they kept the nuptials under wraps so that they wouldn't attract a crowd of paparazzi or fans.
Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego
Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego tied the knot in September 2013 according to Us Weekly who reported the couple secretly wed in London with friends and family.
“It was super small but very romantic and beautiful,” a source revealed of the small ceremony.
Cameron Diaz & Benji Madden
After just seven months together, Cameron Diaz and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden got married in a private ceremony at their Beverly Hills home in 2015, according to Hello! magazine. "We got married in our living room in front of our friends," Diaz told radio host Andy Cohen. "Had a little party in our backyard on the tennis court and yeah. Otherwise it would have been something else."
Gwyneth Paltrow & Brad Falchuk
In September 2018, Gwyneth Paltrow wed Brad Falchuk, whom she met while filming a guest role on Glee in 2014 after "consciously uncoupling" from her ex-husband, Chris Martin. The couple married in secret at their home in the Hamptons; Paltrow shared a photo of their matching wedding bands on her Instagram on Sept. 30.
Penélope Cruz & Javier Bardem
Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem exchanged vows in front of a small group of friends and family at a friend’s home in the Bahamas in July 2010, according to People. They started dating in 2007 but have kept their relationship out of the public eye the entire time they’ve been together.
Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds married in a top-secret ceremony at Boone Hall Plantation in South Carolina in September 2012.
According to People, Florence Welch (from Florence and the Machine) performed during the evening reception which took place in a white tent overlooking the water.
Kerry Washington & Nnamdi Asomugha
We know virtually nothing about Kerry Washington's wedding to NFL cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, except for the location listed on their wedding certificate. Harper's Bazaar reported that the couple exchanged vows in Hailey, Idaho, in 2013. Everything else is a total mystery.
Julia Roberts & Daniel Moder
In 2002, Julia Roberts and photographer Daniel Moder invited their loved ones over to their ranch for an Independence Day party — then surprised them all with a wedding, Us Weekly reported.
Neil Patrick Harris & David Burtka
Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were engaged for more than five years before New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011. Three years later, after spending a decade together — including three and a half years as parents to their two kids — they tied the knot in Italy, according to People.
Jada Pinkett Smith & Will Smith
Jada Pinkett Smith revealed in an episode of her Facebook series Red Table Talk that she cried the whole way down the aisle at her 1997 wedding to Will Smith, according to HuffPost. She was three months pregnant with their son, Jaden, and apparently the only reason she went through with the marriage was that her mother wanted her to. They had a private ceremony at the Cloisters, a mansion near her hometown of Baltimore.
Calista Flockhart & Harrison Ford
After dating for more than eight years, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart married in a super-casual ceremony in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2009 while Ford was filming Cowboys and Aliens, per People.
Adam Brody & Leighton Meester
This top-secret couple tied the knot just three months after their engagement news was revealed according to Us Weekly who reported the news of their secret matirony in February 2014.
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