Monday 22 July 2019

2017 roundup: The biggest celebrity weddings of the year (so far!)

A look back on a year of beautiful big days

Karen Birney

Karen Birney

While the end of the year has been somewhat overshadowed by a certain engagement announcement, it's fair to say 2017 saw its share of romance.

It was the year of the 'royal adjacent wedding' - when Pippa Middleton walked down the aisle to marry James Matthews in one of the most talked about weddings of the year. Sporting heroes tied the knot too - golf pro Rory McIlroy wed fiancée Erica Stoll in one of the most private wedding we've never seen and tennis icon Serena Williams tied the knot with Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a star-studded Disney themed soiree.

Miranda Kerr gave fans an insight into how supermodels shop for wedding dresses after she said 'I do' to Snapchat founder Evan Speigel, and Lional Messi had one hell of a homecoming when he returned to Argentina to marry childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.

Here are the celebrity weddings that had us talking in 2017*...

*Don't spot many of the big Irish days in this list? Keep an eye out for our dedicated Irish celebrity wedding countdown next week!

Pippa Middleton and James Matthews

Pippa enforced the 'no ring, no bring' rule

Kate Middleton's little sis Pippa married hedge fund manager James - brother of Made in Chelsea star Spencer - Matthews in a big day that sent the international media into a frenzy. The bride wore Giles Deacon, and Meghan Markle - although in London at the time - didn't attend the ceremony (but we know how that all turned out!)

Read more: Pippa Middleton and James Matthews tie the knot as Prince George and Princess Charlotte act as page boy and flower girl

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian

Serena Williams and her new husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian with their baby daughter.

Tennis superstar Serena Williams married Reddit co-founder and father of her baby girl Alexis Ohanian in arguably the most star-studded wedding of the year. Beyonce and Kim Kardashian were there to watch Serena strut up the aisle in her comfy Nike crystal-encrusted kicks, before spending the Disney themed reception riding on a carousel.

Read more: Belle of the ball: See inside Serena Williams' star-studded Disney themed wedding

Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll

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Rory McIlroy is to tie the knot with American Erica Stoll on Saturday, April 22, in Ashford Castle in Cong, Co Mayo. Photo: REUTERS

Rory McIlroy married American girlfriend Erica Stoll in a private celebration at the ultra luxurious Ashford Castle way back in April this year. Security was tight on the day as helicopters ferried guests to the plush castle venue in Mayo before they reportedly spent the night dancing to a live performance by Stevie Wonder.

Read more: Security tight as helicopters ferry celeb guests to Rory McIlroy and Erica Stoll wedding

Lionel Messi and Antonella Roccuzzo

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Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi and his wife Antonela Roccuzzo make an appearance for the press at their wedding in Rosario, Argentina, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Argentina welcomed its prodigal son home when Lional Messi returned to marry his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in July this year. The couple tied the knot in a lavish wedding in front of some of the biggest names in football including Messi's Barcelona teammates Neymar, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, who was joined by his wife, Colombian pop star Shakira.

Read more: Lionel Messi marries stunning childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Argentine home town 

Prince Philip of Serbia and Danica Marinkovic

Guests throw rose petals at Prince Philip of Serbia, also known as Filip Karadjordjevic and his bride Danica Marinkovic as they exit the Belgrade cathedral following their wedding ceremony on October 7, 2017.

Prince Philip of Serbia's wedding to graphic designer Danica Marinkovic was an expectedly lavish affair. The couple exchanged vows in a traditional ceremony at Belgrade cathedral in front of a relatively small number of guests (by royal wedding standards), including Queen Victoria of Sweden and Queen Sofia of Spain.

Read more: Prince Philip of Serbia weds graphic designer Danica Marinkovic in lavish Belgrade ceremony 

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander

Michael Fassbender with his family, left, and Alicia Vikander, right, in Ibiza

German-born, Kerry-raised Michael Fassbender (40) reportedly wed Swedish actress Alicia Vikander (29) in a very secret ceremony in Ibiza after three years of dating. The couple allegedly banned guests from using mobile phones, taking pictures or posting about the wedding on social media.

Read more: Inside Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander's top secret wedding

Miranda Kerr and Evan Speigal

Miranda Kerr and Evan Spiegel on their wedding day. Picture: Instagram

Supermodel Miranda Kerr tied the knot with Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel in an intimate ceremony in May this year. The couple started the day off with a spot of yoga before exchanging vows in a "lavish and classy" ceremony that took place in the couple's $12 million mansion. They confirmed in November that they are expecting their first child together.

Read more: Supermodel Miranda Kerr weds Snapchat billionaire Evan Spiegel in intimate ceremony

Kate Upton and Justin Verlander

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Model @kateupton and @astrosbaseball pitcher @justinverlander came close to missing their own wedding. Justin hadn't anticipated going to Game 7 of the World Series, so he and his then-fiancée decided they would get married in Tuscany on the first weekend in November. But, on November 2, instead of being en route to Italy for his November 4 wedding, Justin was in Los Angeles for his team’s 5–1 win over the @dodgers in a game that’s often thought of as one of the rarest treats in sports. Of course, ever the supportive girlfriend, Kate was in the stands cheering him on. Tap the link in our bio to read the full story of the couple's wedding weekend and to see exclusive photos. Photographed by @ktmerry.

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Kate Upton's big day got off to a shaky start when Justin's baseball team went to Game 7 of the World Series and the couple were forced to delay their celebrations. They made it to Italy however (after a barrage of messages from family members telling them how much they were enjoying their wedding without them!) and tied the knot in a flower-filled wedding that looked to be straight out of a fairytale.

Read more: Picture: Supermodel Kate Upton beams in stunning wedding snaps of Tuscan nuptials

Maggie Grace and Brent Bushnell

Taken actress Maggie Grace wed fiance of three months Brent Bushnell in May this year, on the same weekend that Miranda Kerr and Emmy Rossum walked up the aisle.

Read more: 'Taken' actress Maggie Grace ties the knot after three-month engagement

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger

Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger. Photo by Jeff Vespa

Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt lived the 80s dream when he had his wedding to Meredith Salenger officiated by friend and Goonie Martha Plimpton. The day was no doubt an emotional one - Patton buried his first wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara just over a year ago - with the bride honouring her step-daughter's late mother as the family came together when she wrote: "Creating our family unit while honoring the brilliant gift Michelle has given me will be my life's goal and happiness."

Read more: Patton Oswalt and Meredith Salenger tie the knot in ceremony officiated by a Goonie


Ben Stokes and Clare Ratcliffe

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes kisses his newly married wife Clare, out side St Mary the Virgin, East Brent, Somerset

England cricketer Ben Stokes married his fiancée Clare Ratcliffe in a church ceremony attended by England Test captain Joe Root, former captain Alistair Cook, fast bowler Stuart Broad, wicket-keeper Jos Buttler and Durham colleague Paul Collingwood, among others.

Read more: England cricketer Ben Stokes weds fiancée Clare Ratcliffe in lavish Somerset ceremony


Mr and Mrs grill.

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Deadmau5, real name Joel Thomas Zimmerman, officially tied the knot with his long term girlfriend Kelly “Grill” Fedoni. Neither the bride or groom wore a mouse head for the occasion.

Read more: Picture: DJ Deadmau5 ties the knot with long term girlfriend - and neither wore a mouse head 

Ronda Rousey and Travis Browne

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Forever and Always

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UFC star-turned-actress Ronda Rousey, 30, officially tied the knot with Furious 7 star Travis Browne, 35, in a super secret ceremony in Hawaii in August. The bride wore Galia Lahav.

Read more: Picture: See the incredible beaded Galia Lahav gown UFC superstar Ronda Rousey wore for her wedding this weekend

Xhaka and Leonita Lekaj

Mr.&Mrs @__ll.gx__

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Arsenal player Granit Xhaka wore a bright blue tux to marry his partner Leonita Lekaj in a stylish summer wedding in July this year.

Read more: Something blue: Arsenal's Xhaka ties the knot with long-term love in sky blue suit

Sergio Garcia and Angela Akins

A dream come true! #whitedressgreenjacket @theangelaakins @jenniferlindbergphotography

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Sergio Garcia officially tied the knot with girlfriend Angela Akins in July this year, and reportedly waited until after the ceremony to pop on his prized Green Jacket.

Read more: Sergio Garcia shares gorgeous snaps of romantic wedding to fiancée Angela Akins

Idina Menzel and Aaron Lohr

Frozen star Idina Menzel tied the knot with her Rent co-star fiancé Aaron Lohr in September this year, looking every inch the fairytale princess in Carolina Herrera.

Read more: Picture: Frozen star Idina Menzel channels fairytale princess as she ties the knot with co-star fiancé

Brittany Daniel and Adam Touni

Nineties kids got a blast from the past when the Sweet Valley twins were brought together to celebrate Brittany Daniel's big day in July. Twin sis Cynthia was maid of honour, or course, when Jessica Wakefield (as we will always know her) married Adam Touni.

Read more: Sweet Valley High's Brittany Daniel ties the knot with twin sister Cynthia as maid of honour

Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak

Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons wed partner of 14 years Todd Spiewak in a swish celebration at the Rockafeller Plaza over the summer. The couple shared gorgeous photos of their stylish wedding with fans on Instagram after they said 'I do'.

Read more: Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons shares adorable wedding pics

Justin Hartley and Chrishell Stause

This is us actory Justin Harley exchanged vows with actress Chrishell Stause in an intimate and emotional outdoor ceremony. Justin, who plays Kevin Pearson in the hit NBC show, was joined by his famous co-stars Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz, Susan Watkins and Chris Sullivan to celebrate the couple's nuptials.

Read more: This is Us actor Justin Hartley ties the knot with soap star Chrishell Stause in 'emotional' outdoor ceremony

Pixie Geldof and George Barnett

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Pixie Geldof (R) and George Barnett attend the Ashley Williams show during London Fashion Week Spring/Summer collections 2017 on September 16, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images)

Bob Geldof's daughter Pixie married model and musician George Barnett in a ceremony in Spain. On the guestlist was DJ Nick Grimshaw, One Direction's Harry Styles and Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe, who acted as bridesmaids.

Read more: Pixie Geldof marries fiancé George Barnett in stunning Spanish ceremony

Michelle McManus and Jeff Nimmo

Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus, who finished first in the popular reality show in 2003, wed fiancé Jeff Nimmo in a beautiful ceremony in the Scottish Highlands in September.

Read more: Pictured: Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus ties the knot in stunning Scottish Highlands wedding

Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30: Morena Baccarin and Ben McKenzie attend the 25th IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards co-sponsored by FIJI Water on November 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IFP)

After welcoming their first child 15 months ago, Gotham co-stars Ben McKenzie and fiancée Morena Baccarin tied the knot on the bride's 38th birthday in July this year.

Read more: Gotham co-stars Ben McKenzie and Morena Baccarin tie the knot in NYC 

Andrea McLean and Nick Feeney

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Stunning @andreamclean1 #bride #beautiful

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Loose Women panelist Andrea McLean tied the knot with fiancé Nick Feeney in a winter wedding this year, and donned not one but two stunning looks on the day. The couple were joined by colleagues and friends after Andrea celebrated a 'hen party' on a special episode of the ITV panel show ahead of her big day.

Read more: Andrea McLean beams in strapless lace wedding gown as she celebrates nuptials with Loose Women pals

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