In a world where the Kardashians exist, it can be pretty shocking when a celebrity is able to do something — especially something as big as getting married — in private. Shouldn’t there be, like, ten helicopters full of cameramen capturing every angle possible? And shouldn’t the couple be live-tweeting everything that happens, from hair and makeup to the weird uncle’s embarrassing speech?
Apparently it is possible to avoid those things. Some celebrities, most recently socialite and fashionista Olivia Palermo, manage to tie the knot in secret. Of course we find out that it happened soon after, because they can’t keep everything from us. Still, couples who can keep it under the radar continue to impress, especially when we didn’t even know they were engaged, and especially especially when we didn’t even know they were a couple. Here are just nine celebrity weddings that happened in secret.
1. Beyonce and Jay-Z
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These two got married in a very secret ceremony in 2008, and they’ve managed to keep it under wraps for six whole years. But I guess now that they’re touring together, they figured they could finally give us a taste of what it was like to be there by showing private video footage in concert.
2. Leighton Meester and Adam Brody
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These two adorable people have kept their relationship pretty private in general. They didn’t even confirm their engagement and had barely confirmed their relationship before Adam was photographed sporting a wedding ring. Just going about their lives and getting married like normal people do. Can you imagine?!
3. Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll
We were shocked enough to learn that Kate Winslet was married (with Leo walking her down the aisle!), but when we heard the guy’s name we thought we were most definitely dreaming. And then later Kate got pregnant and gave birth to a kid named Bear Blaze and we were conflicted about which name confused us the most.
4. Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson
Having a private wedding doesn’t guarantee that your marriage will last, as evidenced by these two. They got married in secret at a Canadian resort after apparently inviting guests via text message. But they still got divorced less than two years later. Which is crazy, because look how happy they look in that photo!
5. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively
Secret weddings are kind of Ryan Reynolds’ thing, and he kept the tradition going when he married Blake back in 2012. They hadn’t even confirmed their relationship, and they still aren’t seen together as often as most Hollywood couples. Maybe they’ll get divorced in secret too and we don’t know until it’s two years later and Ryan’s got a new wife.
6. Kerry Washington and Nnamdi Asomugha
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Kerry Washington and her football player husband tied the knot last summer, and it stayed under wraps for more than a week before the marriage certificate surfaced. They kept their relationship private before the wedding and continue to do so after. Kerry even kept the birth of her daughter a secret for a while, and even after it was announced she still didn’t really admit to it. Very impressive.
7. Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin
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They’ve been through a “conscious uncoupling” in recent months, but back in 2003 these two tied the knot in a very private ceremony. They didn’t even have any family members in attendance. This was shortly after they announced Gwyneth was pregnant with Apple. Ah, simpler times in the Goop household.
8. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Brian Hallisay
These two really like to kill two birds with one stone. A day after she announced her pregnancy, J.Love’s engagement went public. Months later, we found out about the birth of her baby and her secret wedding at the same time.
9. Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig
These two British hotties got married in 2011 in a super private New York ceremony only attended by four guests. And three years later they continue to intimidate me with their attractiveness.