10 Celebrity Couples Who Eloped
Kelly Clarkson surprised just about everyone when she recently announced that her big planned wedding to fiance Brandon Blackstock was off — because they’d decided to elope instead. But they were hardly the first celebrity couple to forego splashy nuptials. Here are 10 more.
Gisele Bundchen + Tom Brady
The three-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback and the world’s best paid model married in a small California ceremony in February of 2009, just a month after their engagement. They didn’t waste any time starting a family, either — son Benjamin was born in December of that same year.
Janet Jackson + Wissam Al Mana
Miss Jackson and her billionaire businessman husband quietly eloped in 2012 — so quietly, in fact, that no one even knew they were married until they announced it a year later, saying, “Our wedding gifts to one another were contributions to our respective favorite children’s charities.”
Calista Flockhart + Harrison Ford
The erstwhile Han Solo and Ally McBeal were together for eight years before they got around to tying the knot in a private New Mexico ceremony — officiated by Gov. Bill Richardson — in 2010. “Those crazy kids went off and eloped!” Ben Ford, Harrison’s adult son from a previous marriage, later enthused. “I think it is wonderful that they finally made it legit.”
Rachel Weisz + Daniel Craig
Daniel and Rachel were friends for years, but it took starring together in 2011′s ‘Dream House’ to spark their romance. The notoriously private couple married in June of that year with just four people in attendance.
Jessica Alba + Cash Warren
Alba met her producer husband on a movie set in 2004, and in May of 2008, they applied for a marriage license in Beverly Hills and swapped vows at the courthouse — all on the same day. But there was a reason for the rush: Their first child was born less than a month later.
Kelly Ripa + Mark Consuelos
The picturesque ‘All My Children’ co-stars dated on the sly for a year before running off to Vegas for spur-of-the-moment nuptials in 1996. But unlike many Sin City unions, this one has stood the test of time — the couple has three children and is still happily married.
Mariah Carey + Nick Cannon
Mariah and Nick had just a two-month courtship before their quiet 2008 wedding in the Bahamas. But, almost as if to atone for doing something so low-key, they renew their vows annually — often in spectacular fashion. (This year? They shut down Disneyland.)
Miranda Kerr + Orlando Bloom
One-month engagements seem popular with supermodels — because like Gisele Bundchen, that’s all Miranda Kerr had before her own 2010 wedding to actor Orlando Bloom. (But since their son Flynn was born five months later, maybe they just didn’t see a reason to wait.)
Tori Spelling + Dean McDermott
Tori and Dean were married to other people when they co-starred in a TV movie — and fell in love with each other. Two quick divorces later, they wed in Fiji in 2006. Since then, they’ve had four kids and starred on several reality shows.
Megan Fox + Brian Austin Green
Megan was only 18 when she hooked up with Brian, then 30, in 2004. But despite the age difference (and an on-and-off relationship), they made things official with a Hawaiian elopement in 2010. The ‘Transformers’ actress is now pregnant with the couple’s second child.