If you and you're beloved have half a mind to ditch the whole expensive wedding idea and just run away and get married, you're in good company. Many people opt for a Los Angeles elopement or secret ceremony in lieu of a formal wedding that takes forever to plan.
Celebrity couples who eloped
Ever since Romeo and Juliet, couples in love have found ways to circumvent custom and marry each other in secrecy. Many celeb couples have followed in those Shakespearean footsteps, including:
Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos:
The lovebirds met on the set of All My Children and dated secretly for a year before letting the world in on the happy fact that they'd fallen in love. The way Kelly and Mark revealed their romance was by eloping to Las Vegas. Evidently, things are working out well because the two are still married and raising a herd of kids.
Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr:
One month after Orlando and Miranda announced their engagement, they ran off to parts unknown and tied the knot. A month after that, the contented couple announced the impending birth of their first child, Flynn.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon:
Nick and Mariah said their “I do's” in the beautiful Bahamas after dating for only a few weeks. Since their runaway island wedding, the couple has renewed their vows in equally exotic locales, including the Maldives, Paris, Disneyland and their Beverly Hills home.
Billy Bob Thornton and Angelina Jolie:
Before Brangelina, the sultry brunette actress eloped with Slingblade star, Billy Bob Thornton. Prone to sporting vials of each other's blood around their necks, the couple eloped to Las Vegas and divorced a mere two years later. It was the fifth marriage for Billy Bob's fifth marriage and Angelina's second.
* Does all this talk about romantic secret marriages make you long for a Los Angeles elopement? Let's talk about it today. Still not convinced? Here are some more remarkable elopement stories:
Brian Austin Green and Megan Fox:
When Beverly Hills 90210 star Brian Austin Green met and fell in love with Megan Fox, she was 18 years old, and he was 30. Never mind their age difference. The couple didn't have a Los Angeles elopement, but their secret 2010 wedding in Hawaii has certainly withstood the tests of time.
Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott:
Is it something about the water on the 90210 set? Tori Spelling, who portrayed pouty teen princess, Donna Martin on the long-running series, left her then-husband, Charlie Shahnaian, and ran away to Fiji to marry her boyfriend, Dean, on May 7th, 2006.
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart:
After dating for eight years, Star Wars star, Harrison Ford, and Ally McBeal actress Calista Flockhart were wed in a secret ceremony at the governor's mansion in New Mexico.
Young, Hip & Married can help you pull off a secret Los Angeles elopement any time you say so. After that, you can decide when to tell your friends you've tied the knot.
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