Forget The Chapel, Meet Me At City Hall: Celebrity Couples Who Eloped
Most women dream of a lavish, beautiful wedding as a little girl but these 15 celebrity women traded in a trip down the aisle for a trip to city hall.
Daytime darling Kelly Ripa met her husband, Mark Consuelos, on the set of ABC’s “All My Children.” After keeping their relationship a secret for over a year, the couple snuck off to Vegas to elope. Ripa and Consuelos continued to play married couple Hayley and Mateo on the soap opera for six years until leaving the show. Now they have three children together and Ripa is currently the co-host of “Live! With Kelly and Michael.”
For several years, Orlando Bloom was one of the hottest bachelors in Hollywood. The Pirates of the Caribbean star was named “Hottest 25 Under 25” by Teen People magazine. A few years later, People named him hottest bachelor. Although he dated actress Kate Bosworth on and off for several years, it was his relationship with model Miranda Kerr that finally pulled him off of the market for good. Their engagement was announced in June of 2010 and just one month later, Kerr released a statement saying she and Bloom were married in an intimate ceremony. The couple has a two-year old son together.
Funny man Sasha Baron Cohen is used to having the cameras in his face but when it comes to his personal life, Cohen likes to keep things private. After meeting actress Isla Fisher in Sydney, Australia in 2002, they quietly dated for two years before becoming engaged. They were wed six years later in Paris after the Wedding Crashers actress converted to Judaism. “We did it — we’re married!” exclaimed Fisher in an interview with OK Magazine. “It was the absolute best day of my life and in so many beautiful moments I missed you all so much. I thought of you as everything was happening, but Sacha and I wanted no fuss — just us!”
Pop star Britney Spears has lived most of her life in the public eye and has watched her relationships live out in the media. After her three-year relationship with former boy band alum Justin Timberlake, Spears went back on the market until she hooked up with childhood friend Jason Alexander. Spears and Alexander married at the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas but that union lasted just 55 hours before it was annulled. The “Oops!… I Did It Again” singer told E! a few months after the annulment, “It was me being silly, being rebellious, and not really taking the responsibility of what I was doing.”
Hot actress Megan Fox met her future husband, Brian Austin Green, when she was just 18 years old. The couple started dating and were engaged a couple years later but soon found themselves in an on-and-off relationship until the former “Beverly Hills 90210” actor popped the question again in June of 2010. They wed in a private ceremony on June 24th on Hawaii’s big island. Fox gave birth to the couple’s son in September of 2012. Green has another child from a previous relationship.
Mel B became a household name as part of the British pop group Spice Girls, but she became a tabloid hot topic in 2006 after her relationship with comedian Eddie Murphy became public. After giving birth to daughter Angel Iris and proving that Murphy was indeed the biological father, Mel B soon moved on to film producer Stephen Belafonte. They wed in a secret ceremony in Las Vegas in June 2007 and renewed their vows in a lavish ceremony in front of their families the following year in Egypt.
Reality television show couple Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag began dating while Montag was a cast member of the hit MTV show “The Hills.” On the show, viewers watched Montag’s friendship with best friend Lauren Conrad crash and burn, largely due to her new relationship with Pratt. The couple eloped in Mexico during season four and although Conrad was in attendance at the ceremony, the two are no longer on speaking terms. Pratt and Montag announced they were getting a divorce but later admitted they staged the whole thing because they were broke. “We felt the hot-air balloon losing its gas. And at that stage, our income would be selling the photo that would go along with the divorce,” said Pratt.
Sometimes it takes a couple years of dating before a couple decides to make it official while others take the plunge right away. In the case of Bette Midler, she took the plunge a few weeks after meeting artist Martin Rochus Sebastian von Haselberg. An Elvis impersonator at The Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas married Midler and Von Haselberg in 1984. A few years ago, Midler and von Haselberg received a surprise: the owner of The Starlight Chapel sent them their wedding photos. “The guy closed the chapel and sent us the pictures,” Midler told People magazine. The couple recently celebrated 28 years of marriage.
Actor Michael C. Hall met his future wife Jennifer Carpenter at work; they played brother and sister on the award-winning Showtime series “Dexter.” After dating for a year, Hall and Carpenter eloped on New Year’s Eve in 2008. It took them over a year to come out as a married couple, and a year after that the two announced their separation. 2010 proved to be a rough year for Hall. Before he and Carpenter split, the “Six Feet Under” actor underwent treatment to battle Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hall and Carpenter continue to work side by side on the eighth and final season of “Dexter.”
In 1993, R&B diva Mariah Carey married music mogul Tommy Mottola, a man 20 years her senior. Unhappy in the marriage, Carey soon found her freedom in 1997 and it seemed as if the pop icon and future “American Idol” judge would never settle down again. So it came as a huge shock to everyone in April of 2008 when Carey announced that after just six weeks of dating, she and actor/rapper/comedian Nick Cannon eloped in the Bahamas. Today, Carey and Cannon are the proud parents of twins Monroe and Moroccan. They renew their vows every year on their wedding day.
Actress Scarlett Johansson has landed somewhere on Maxim’s “Hot 100” list every year since 2006. Fellow actor Ryan Reynolds began wooing the Hollywood hottie in 2007. A year later, the young couple tied the knot during a secret ceremony in his home country Canada. The marriage lasted twice as long as the courtship; they separated at the end of 2010. Reynolds started dating Green Lantern co-star Blake Lively before tying the knot in September 2012.
Love was in the air for Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott on the set of 2005’s Lifetime movie Mind Over Murder. Unfortunately, they were both married to other people at the time. During the three-week shoot, Spelling realized her feelings for McDermott could not be denied. They both ended their marriages and eloped the following year at a private ceremony in Fiji. The happy couple now has four children together. “I’ve never had as much of a desire to get married and make a woman my wife as I’ve had with her … We’re soul mates,” McDermott gushed about his wife in an interview.
“Ally McBeal” actress Calista Flockhart wanted a family but became a mother before she became a wife. Flockhart adopted her son Liam in 2001. A year later she met Harrison Ford at the 2002 Golden Globes Award and they soon began dating. While other couples might have rushed down the aisle, Flockhart and Harrison took their time tying the knot. After dating for over seven years, the Clear And Present Danger star asked for Flockhart’s hand in marriage on Valentine’s Day of 2009. A year later, they were wed in a private ceremony in Santa Fe, NM, with Governor Bill Richardson presiding over the ceremony.
Divorced mother of two Ricki Lake thought she would never get married again. Her first marriage to Rob Sussman lasted more than a decade. The talk show host began dating Christian Evans several years after the divorce was final. She soon found herself tying the knot again after eloping in a private ceremony in Southern California last year. “It was a beautiful moment I will never forget,” Lake said to People magazine of her big day. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous. I was really relaxed and excited.”
Voted “World’s Most Beautiful Woman” by People magazine last month, actress Gwyneth Paltrow met her husband frontman Chris Martin at a Coldplay concert backstage three weeks after her father passed away. Without wasting too much time with a long courtship, they were married a year later in a private ceremony in Santa Barbara, CA. The couple now has two children together. Although she appears to be living a fairytale dream, Paltrow is also one of the most hated women in Hollywood.