Well, looking back over the year, it may not have been one of the biggest twelve months for A-List celebrity weddings, but there were still some specular weddings around catching the eyes of the media and the gossip columns. As 2016 winds down Urban Bride Chic looks back over some of our favorite celebrity weddings from the year.
Michael Phelps and Nicole Johnson
This was one of the most high-profile celebrity weddings, even though it wasn’t public. The couple actually married back on June 13th in Arizona, before Phelps went off to Rio to collect more gold medals in the pool to draw his Olympic swimming career to a spectacular close. The couple managed to convince the media all through the summer though that they had in fact remained engaged and hadn’t gotten married. That ruse was put to bed when they held a second, not as secret ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico at the end of October. You’ve probably seen the video doing the rounds.
Ciara and Russell Wilson
This was a surprise wedding which popped up in the summer as singer Ciara and NFL star Russell Wilson got hitched. This was out of the spotlight somewhat because it happened at Pickforton Castle in Cheshire, England after the couple had reportedly called off the wedding twice. Looking back at the pictures from the summer, the bride’s dress is probably one of the standout ones of the year, a jaw-dropping Peter Dundas design with a long cathedral train that looks stunning against the castle-backdrop.
Eva Longoria and José Bastén
Actress Eva Longoria married José Bastén in Acapulco, Mexico, with the ceremony actually being in their back garden. Longoria, star of the Telenovela TV series, tied the knot in front of a small, but star-studded gathering apparently, which included Mario Lopez, Melanie Griffith and Rickie Martin. Longoria’s long-time bestie Victoria Beckham and husband David were also there, Victoria having designed the bride’s wedding dress.
After finding love on the set of Dancing with the Stars, professional dancer Kym Johnson and Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec engaged in their nuptials in the summer. They held their wedding in Los Angeles in front of friends and family. The bride was literally on fire at the ceremony before heading to the altar, as her dress caught fire before stomped out by the man of honor. Johnson was escorted down the aisle by both her mother and father with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” playing.
Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish
Diminutive comedian and actor Kevin Hart finally got married to long time love Eniko Parrish in August. The two had been dating since 2009 and Parrish had two gowns, both designed by Vera Wang, one for the wedding ceremony (in Santa Barbara, California) and one for the reception. The 31-year-old wore a mermaid gown with a see-through lace bodice with the skirt flaring out into a train for her walk down the aisle.
More of our favorite celebrity weddings from 2016 which didn’t quite make it into our top five were retired Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson becoming life partner with NFL player Andrew East; Shia LaBeouf and Mia Goth going for a Las Vegas quickie wedding as they tied the knot in front of an Elvis Presley impersonator; and Dexter actor Michael C. Hall marrying novelist Morgan Macgregor in New York.