Hush! Secret weddings new vogue for Hollywood celebs

Thu Aug 6, 2015 5:29pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ashton Kutcher chose a venue called "The Secret Garden," Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie kept news of their nuptials under wraps for five days, and Jennifer Aniston tied the knot in her own backyard.

Aniston's surprise wedding to Justin Theroux this week marked the third time that major Hollywood stars recently have managed to evade the media circus when exchanging their vows.

The hush-hush ceremonies are a stark contrast with the lavish celebrity weddings of the past.

"Celebrities, like everyone else, are living in a modern media world. It is extremely difficult for them to maintain their privacy," said JD Heyman, deputy editor of celebrity magazine People.

Heyman said he was not surprised that Aniston, whose love life has been a major media obsession, had opted for a private ceremony. The former "Friends" star does not have a Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account.

"There have been several years of people saying wild and outrageous things about her relationships. They had a lot of ability to protect their privacy and they used it. She doesn't live in an easily accessible place," Heyman said.

Aniston reportedly told her 70 guests they were coming to a birthday party for actor and screenwriter Theroux on Wednesday night in the garden of the home they share in the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood of Bel-Air.

It was a very different tone to her wedding to Pitt in August 2000, which took place on a Malibu cliff top with four bands, a gospel choir, fireworks and a reported cost of $1 million.   Continued...

Actress Jennifer Aniston and fiance Justin Theroux arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 22, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok