There must have been something in the air this year because we literally had too many celebrity weddings to choose from for this list (sorry Alec Baldwin, you can stop reading now, you got bumped), and it was a tough job whittling it down to 10. So, who DID make the grade in our run-down 2012’s best nuptials?
What was the highlight of actress Amber Tamblyn and actor David Cross’ wedding? Well, sadly, even Tamblyn’s stunning gown couldn’t upstage the antics of their unofficial photographer, Questlove. The happy snapper not only DJ’d at the wedding, but also decided to take a number of pics of the happy couple and stick them on his Instagram account. The Roots drummer revealed pretty much everything from the bride’s arrival, to the cutting of the cake, using the hashtag #weddinginthewoods. So, Amber and David – you just about made the grade, but you have your crazy DJ to thank for it.
No unofficial snappers allowed at McConaughey and Alves’ do, we wouldn’t wonder. Not when you have the almighty promise of a People magazine cover spread on the cards. They earn extra celebrity cute points for having their two kids Levi, 4 and Vida, 2 as ring bearer and flower girl. Essentially, though, they’re on the list for little else, other than being more famous and / or more beautiful than other people that we could have chosen. You were on thin ice there, you two; your enviable fame and beauty pulled you through.
8. Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman
Things could have been very different for Drew Barrymore. She could quite easily have gone down the former-child-star-f*ck-up route as so many before her have. The list of men that she has dated throughout her colourful life makes for pretty mind-boggling reading (there’s Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson, The Strokes’ drummer Fabrizio Moretti and comedian Tom Green to name just a very select few). But Barrymore pulled herself together and at the age of 36, tied the knot with art consultant Will Kopelman, seemingly having finally discovered that just because SHE’s crazy famous, doesn’t mean her partner has to be too. The icing on the cake for these two is they just had their first baby, too. Drew makes the grade for pulling it back from the brink, there…
7. Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford
Top Hollywood actress marries top English folky music star? How quaint. And the wedding lived up to the image, too. They managed to keep most of the details of their nuptials under wraps – possibly because Questlove wasn’t invited – but we do know that Adele supposedly performed as their wedding singer. Imagine that! Adele! As your wedding singer! Gah! Talk about making the rest of the world green with envy. In fact, you probably made all the other couples on this list green with envy. Except the ones higher up than you.
6. Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied
The Black Swan actress gets points for class, for her wedding. She looked insanely demure in her Jewish ceremony, with a classy dress designed by Rodarte. Plus, they met on the set of a movie. All the best weddings are products of ‘meeting on the set of a movie’… right? Oh and a moon-lit ceremony? That totally promoted them to number 6. They’d have been languishing at about 8 or 9 without the genius of the moonlight setting. We could weep.
Ah, Ryan and Blake. Possibly the most desirable woman in Hollywood, paired up with the second most desirable man named Ryan in Hollywood. Who could ask for more? These two also managed to keep most of the details of their private ceremony under wraps, though their wedding planner let her mouth run away with her a little, after the event. Apparently Blake had every detail thought out and the wedding planner was even tasked with getting flowers for the dogs. Flowers for the DOGS, you say? Well, that just earned you a seat at number five!
4. Agyness Dean and Giovanni Ribisi
If you manage to pull off a celeb wedding before anyone even knows you’re even dating, then hell, you’re getting into the top four, no questions asked. We’re even waiving our duty to knock you down for the fact that Giovanni – cute though he may appear – left former girlfriend Chan Marshall (better known as the musician Cat Power) high and dry and pretty darned heartbroken by dumping her for the British model. These two somehow managed to slip under pretty much every radar known to the media and got themselves hitched without even telling their family. Top marks for undercover wedding action!
3. Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni
Top marks for perseverance go to Cynthia and Christine, who got engaged way back in 2009 but made the decision to wait until gay marriage was legalised in New York before they tied the knot. Luckily for them, their wait was curtailed when the law was passed and they got hitched, at last. Cynthia was worried that having a bald head at the wedding would overshadow the big day a little (she was playing the role of a cancer patient at the time) but it seems that nothing got in the way of their wedding being a very special day indeed.
2. Dick Van Dyke and Arlene Silver
We’re pretty impressed with Dick’s skills, here, getting a 40 year-old woman up the aisle, at the grand old age of 86. These two didn’t do anything fancy (hell, even the dress was off a hanger in a high street shop), other than being a really old quirky entertainer dude and… just a woman. A plain old, normal woman. He’s EIGHTY SIX YEARS OLD, damnit! This one tickled us pink and was very nearly the most memorable wedding of the year, despite its sheer un-memorableness and would have made the grade on comedy value alone if it wasn’t for…
Let’s face it. No one else stood a chance of taking this particular crown. Justin & Jessica decided to tie the knot in Puglia, a small, idyllic Italian town and spent a staggering $6.5 million on the whole lavish affair. She looked hot. He looked hot. He sang a song as she walked down the aisle. She flew in face of tradition by wearing pink. The best bit though? Like ALL good weddings (well, all the best ones that we’ve been to anyway), is that someone forgot to be on their best behaviour and managed to do something stupidly offensive. Justin’s bezzie mate Justin Huchel made a video, featuring homeless people from the streets of LA, pretending to be friends of the couple, who couldn’t make it to the wedding. Er, nice one guys, you’ve got a $6million wedding on the go here, let’s make fun of some homeless people. Total ‘facepalm’ lack of foresight aside, though, there wasn’t anyone that could top Justin & Jessica’s beautiful wedding and it’s not like they made the vid themselves, so we can’t really hold that against them. They get the enviable award of wedding of the year, then. That’s probably more important to them than the marriage itself.