Kate first met Ned, the nephew of Sir Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Group, in 2011 while on holiday at the Virgin mogul's Necker Island. She rescued Mr. Branson’s mother, Eve, from a burning building during Hurricane Irene. A year later, in 2012, Kate and Ned announced their engagement.
The year 2012 is rich with the secret weddings of Hollywood’s elite and this seems to be a new trend.
Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied got married in an intimate Jewish ceremony in a private residence in the California coastal town of Big Sur. The Oscar-winning actress began dating ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied in 2009. In 2011 she gave birth to their son Aleph Portman-Millepied.
The traditional Jewish ceremony was an intimate affair with just 60 of the couple’s family and closest friends in attendance. Natalie and Ben exchanged vows under a chuppah in front of celebrity guests such as Diane Sawyer and director husband Mike Nichols, Ivanka Trump, Macaulay Culkin and Rashida Jones.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg finally married his girlfriend Priscilla Chan. The couple announced the marriage by posting a photo on their Facebook page. The relationship started nine years ago, before Mark became one of the richest people in the world. Mark and Cilla met while waiting in line for the bathroom at a party hosted by Mr. Zuckerberg's fraternity.
Justin Timberlake married Jessica Biel after five years of dating. The romantic Italian ceremony was held in secret, but the couple sold their wedding pictures for $300,000 following the ceremony, which is estimated to have cost around $6.5 million. Newlywed Jessica Biel said that she is going to change her last name to become Jessica Timberlake. The couple met in 2007 during the Sundance Film Festival.
Anne Hathaway tied the knot with fellow actor Adam Shulman in scenic Big Sur on the California coast. More than 150 guests were invited for the secret exclusive wedding weekend. The ceremony followed the secret engagement party in New York in February 2011, with 125 friends and family members invited. The couple has been dating since 2008.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married in a secret ceremony in South California. The newlywed's reception took place underneath a large white tent where only close friends and family were allowed. The couple started dating last year, right after Lively broke up with Leonardo DiCaprio, and Reynolds’ divorce with Scarlett Johansson in 2008.
Voice of Russia, the Daily Mail, People