From “Jofia’s” big day to Ricki-Lee Coulter’s Parisian nuptials, we look back at some of the best (and most lavish) celebrity weddings of 2015.
Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara married Magic Mike hunk Joe Manganiello in a lavish $3 million wedding in Florida and, according to sources, it was one hell of a party! The couple’s wedding celebrations, spanned over the course of three days with their 400 guests attending a rehearsal dinner, the extravagant wedding ceremony and a post nuptial brunch the following day. In fact, the party was so good, the newlyweds hired medical staff to administer re-hydrating IVs to help them get through the three-day celebrations. The wedding, which naturally garnered significant media attention, was nicknamed the ‘Jofia’ wedding – (Joe and Sofia), and the hashtag trended on social media for days after the extravagant affair.
Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton married English banking heir James Rothschild at Kensington Palace – and the wedding was as glamorous as you’d expect when a Hilton and a billionaire wed. Nicky, 31, wore a stunning custom-made ivory and silver guipure lace Valentino wedding gown, which was embellished with intricate crystal beading and featured a three-metre-long train. Oh, and let’s not forget the custom-made Christian Louboutin heels inscribed with the couple’s initials and wedding date!
Jennifer Aniston married her long-time love and fiance of three years, Justin Theroux, in a super-secret wedding ceremony in Los Angeles. The couple pulled off the surprise wedding by using an empty neighbouring mansion as a decoy. The couple’s $10.7 million Bel Air home was used as a staging area for the nuptials and, at the last minute, everything was secretly transported to Jen and Justin’s mansion via a hidden path between the two properties.
Guy Ritchie and model Jacqui Ainsley turned the grounds of their sprawling home, Ashcombe House in Wiltshire, into a luxury camping ground and housed guests in huge tents for the three days of festival-inspired wedding celebrations. Jacqui looked flawless in her custom-made Phillipa Lepley gown which she wore with a beautiful sheer veil and a crown of flowers. Guy looked equally stylish in a matching white suit, complete with a hat.
Ricki-Lee Coulter and Richard Harrison
Ricki-Lee Coulter and her boyfriend of five years, Richard Harrison, married in a spectacular ceremony at Chateau Bouffemont, Paris. Ricki-Lee wore a whimsical tulle princess gown with her long chocolate locks hanging in soft waves. The Aussie couples intimate Parisian nuptials was an exclusive event with only 30 guests in attendance.
The Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch married his fiancee, director Sophie Hunter, in a romantic Valentine’s Day wedding ceremony. The couple wed in an intimate ceremony, with only 40 guests attending their nuptials at the Church of St Peter and St Paul in the town of Mottistone in England.
British comedian, actor, author and all-around entertainment genius Stephen Fry has married his partner, 27-year-old writer Elliot Spencer, just two weeks after announcing their engagement.Stephen, 57, announced the happy news to his 8.5 million Twitter followers in a typically amusing way, saying “Gosh. @ElliottGSpencer and I go into a room as two people, sign a book and leave as one. Amazing,” Stephen wrote on Twitter.
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Former child actress Mary-Kate Olsen, 29, married her French banker fiance Olivier Sarkozy, 46, in a intimate ceremony in Manhattan. Guests were required to turn off their phones upon arrival and were offered bowls of cigarettes and cocktails throughout the course of the evening.
Vampire Diaries actress Kayla Ewell recently married her long-time boyfriend Tanner Novlan in an elegant Los Angeles ceremony – and their Oscar-worthy wedding video will give you goosebumps. Kayla, who plays Vicki Donovan on the hit television show, invited her co-stars to attend her Los Angeles wedding. Nina Dobrev, Sara Canning and Michael Trevino were all in attendance, and pregnant Candice Accola was one of Kayla’s bridesmaids.
Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming
She’s been dubbed the Kim Kardashian of China, and Angelababy’s $20 million wedding to actor Huang Xiaoming certainly lived up to her nick name. Angelababy, who wore a made-to-measure couture Dior wedding gown, is an actress, singer and model, whose lavish wedding featured a ten-foot cake, a holographic castle, 200 guests, and is said to have cost double what Kim Kardashian and Kanye West paid for their luxurious Italian nuptials.
Tina Knowles, (aka Beyonce’s mum) and Richard Lawson, wed on a yacht in California in front of their closest friends and family – and all guests were asked to wear white – just like the bride and groom. Present was Beyonce, her husband Jay Z and their gorgeous daughter, Blue Ivy, who stole the show as flower girl.
The couple, who became engaged on Christmas Eve 2013, enjoyed a second wedding ceremony at Depp’s private island, Little Hall’s Pond Cay, in the Bahamas over the weekend, however, they married legally at their Los Angeles home earlier in the week. The Bahamas ceremony, which took place under a flower-laden white marquee, was small and intimate, with fewer than 30 friends and family present.
Yes, the adorable duo, who welcomed their first child, daughter Wyatt, in October last year became engaged in February and, though speculation was rife that they were already married, they waited for America’s Fourth of July weekend to make it official. Little is know about their super-secret weekend nuptials except that it was so private guests were, reportedly, given just 24 hours notice of the ceremony.
Reports out of Beverly Hills suggested huge white marquees, truckloads of white flowers and enough chairs and tables to seat a small army were delivered and set up on Benij and Cameron’s property the day of their wedding. Among the celebrity guests were Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and, of course, Benji’s twin brother, Joel Madden, the other half of The Madden Brothers.
Though there has been no official announcement, a friend of the couple has confirmed that the bikini model and her actor beau married during the Christmas holidays in 2014.
“They married between Christmas and New Year in a very intimate ceremony,” the friend has told Who magazine. “They wanted it to be small and simple.”
Who’s source says the couple’s wedding was very small and intimate, and included only the couple’s nearest and dearest friends and family, including the bride’s mum, Sharon, and her big brother, Josh.
Zoe Ventoura and Daniel MacPherson
The Australian actors and former co-stars married in a private ceremony in Noosa, Queensland and only shared the news a few days later via social media. Daniel posted the above image to Instagram captioning the sweet snap,
‘Mr & Mrs…..Proud to say that Zoe and I were married last Thursday in a small celebration, surrounded by family, friends and lots of love. It’s been a beautiful few days. We couldn’t be happier. D&Z’
English-born Sam met Phoebe, 26, at an Avicii concert in 2014 and the pair instantly clicked. The couple had been dating for only a few months before the 27-year-old rugby star popped the question to the Sydney writer during a romantic holiday in Europe.
Sam and Phoebe wed over the weekend in a stylish ceremony at Bowral, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. 200 guests attended the rose petal adorned ceremony including Hollywood actor and owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Russell Crowe, Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis and Sam’s teammates including John Sutton, Jason Clark and Luke Keary.
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