10 Celebrity Couples You Had No Idea Eloped

Celebrity weddings exist on a different plane than the banquet halls and rustic barn aesthetics of us common folk. Usually, their marriage ceremonies have two things in common: tremendous extravagance and an Italian setting. Seriously: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, and Kimye all got married in rented-out Italian villas.
But not all celebs play up their fame and fortune when planning the Big Day. Take the case of Amanda Seyfried and her now-husband, Thomas Sadowski, who quietly eloped this past weekend. Casually showing his ring on an appearance on The Late Show With James Cordon, Sadowski said, “We just took off into the country with an officiant and just the two of us, and we did our thing.”
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With no fanfare, fuss, or crystal-encrusted cake, elopement is as far as you can get from an Italian villa ceremony. Here are the other celebrities who have taken the road less traveled.
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John Legend & Chrissy Teigen

Bet you weren’t expecting to see this Insta-crazy couple on this list. Before having a lavish ceremony in Lake Como, Italy (seriously, getting hitched in Italy really is a thing), Chrissy and John got married at City Hall in New York. The pair made a courthouse pitstop for a very simple reason. As Chrissy told E! News, “We are dumb and didn't realize that our Italian wedding would not be recognized unless we had a real ceremony in New York City."
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Matt Damon & Luciana Barroso

In 2003, Matt Damon locked eyes with a bartender in a crowded Miami club. Two years later, they were married. Damon and his wife, Luciana Bozan Barroso, are known for having Hollywood’s most down-to-earth marriage, so it’s no surprise that they went to Manhattan’s City Hall to seal the deal in 2005. Mayor Bloomberg was there; Ben Affleck was not.
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Keira Knightley & James Righton

Though we all got to see Keira get married in the opening scene of Love Actually, only 10 souls were present for her actual nuptials in the south of France. Knightley married her musician boyfriend in a 10-minute town hall ceremony, with only family present. Aime Navallo, the mayor who married the pair, was happy to gush to the press, saying, “It was really lovely. They were really happy. You could see it. They were laughing and sharing this moment with family. It was very emotional, but really simple.”
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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard

Bell and Shepard got engaged in 2009, but waited until 2013 for their simple, no-frills ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s office to take place. As you can guess, the delay wasn’t because city hall weddings take an excessively long time to plan. Rather, the couple famously promised not to wed until marriage equality was granted to all couples.

After Proposition 8 was overturned and same-sex marriage became legal in California, the pair headed to the altar.
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Jessica Alba & Cash Warren

Who needs an elaborate updo and an expensive gown when you could just head to the courthouse in a ponytail and a blue dress? That’s what Jessica Alba did in 2008, when she and Cash Warren headed to the Beverly Hills courthouse to tie the knot. Alba was nine months pregnant at the time of their wedding.
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Salma Hayek & François-Henri Pinault

In the same vein as Chrissy Teigen and John Legend, here’s another couple who eloped before heading to Italy. Salma Hayek and her businessman husband tied the knot at Paris City Hall. Later on, Hayek donned a Balenciaga dress and danced the night away in a star-studded ceremony in Venice.
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Michael C. Hall & Morgan Macgregor

Michael C. Hall and Manhattan City Hall have the same initials, so maybe that’s what brought him to the government institution for his third wedding. Hall married his girlfriend Morgan Macgregor in February of 2016.
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Sacha Baron Cohen & Isla Fisher

Perhaps after starring in Wedding Crashers, Isla Fisher had enough of weddings' dramatic side. So, she and the Borat comedian ran off to Paris for a low-key elopement in March of 2010. Who needs a fancy ceremony when you’re in Paris, anyway?
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Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos

When it comes to elopement, it doesn’t get more impulsive than a Las Vegas wedding. Well, after a dinner date in 1996, Consuelos casually asked Ripa to marry him. She countered by saying, “Ask me when you’re serious.” He said, “I am serious. Let’s go to Vegas tomorrow and get married.” And, what do you know, Ripa and Consuelos did just that. In 2016, the pair celebrated their 20th anniversary. In this video, Ripa and Consuelos relive their wedding story.
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Kelly Clarkson & Brandon Blackstock

In 2013, American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson chose to skip the elaborate wedding she’d been planning and elope instead. Dismantling rumors of pregnancy surrounding the decision, Clarkson tweeted, “FYI ....Brandon & I are getting married & no I am not pregnant. We are eloping for one reason only. We both want an intimate ceremony.”
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