Now it's Mr and Mrs Pitt: 'Brangelina' tie the knot in secret
Published 29/08/2014 | 02:30
It seems that no modern wedding in the world of celebrity is complete without magazine photo spreads, social media pronouncements and an army of paparazzi in attendance.
But Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have bucked the trend in no uncertain terms. The couple married at the weekend in such secrecy that the first the world knew of it was when Pitt flashed his new wedding ring yesterday in the unlikely surroundings of a Dorset tank museum.
The couple's Hollywood agent then confirmed that they had indeed married at a private ceremony on Saturday at their French chateau.
It was a family affair, with their six children accompanying them down the aisle. Jolie's eldest sons, Maddox (13) and Pax (10) gave her away. Zahara(9) and Vivienne (6) scattered petals, while Shiloh (8) and Knox (6) served as ring bearers.
And there was no exotic honeymoon. Instead, Pitt headed to England and visited the Bovington Tank Museum where he posed for photographs to promote 'Fury', his new Second World War film. For most of the photocall, he kept his hands in his pockets. But when he briefly removed them, a gold wedding band was visible.
The couple's French home, Chateau Miraval, in the village of Correns, Provence, has a tiny chapel in its 1,000-acre grounds with standing room for just 20 people. They bought the chateau and winery in 2011 and spend part of each year there.
The couple obtained a marriage licence from a judge in California, their spokesman said, before flying to France last week. The same judge conducted the non-denominational civil ceremony.
Pitt (50) and Jolie (39) have been a couple for almost a decade after getting together while filming 'Mr and Mrs Smith'. When the question of marriage was raised in interviews, Pitt maintained that the couple would tie the knot only when same sex marriage was legalised across America. However, in 2012 he said: "We made this declaration some time ago that we weren't going to do it till everyone can. But I don't think we'll be able to hold out."
That year the couple became engaged and Pitt admitted that their children were keen for them to marry. "It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment."
This is a second marriage for Pitt - he was divorced from Jennifer Aniston in 2005 - and a third for Jolie. She was previously married to the actors Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton.
The couple are about to commence work on a film together. Jolie will direct her husband in By The Sea, to be shot in Malta this year.
Recent celebrity weddings have stood in stark contrast to the Jolie-Pitts' low-key approach. When Kanye West, the singer, married Kim Kardashian, the US reality star, with great fanfare this year, they spent their honeymoon in Ireland retouching an "official" photograph before it was published. West said: "We sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-colour."