For a decade Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have dominated the world’s media with their relationship, and alongside paparazzi coverage of the rumours surrounding how they got together, their ever-growing family, and their successes both as individuals and as a couple, the main point of interest has always been when they would finally get married. On the 23rd of August this year, after nine years of speculation and mystery, the couple took the plunge and wed in a secret ceremony in the chapel of Château Miravel, part of the family’s estate in the South of France. As more and more details of the private nuptials have been revealed, mainly through the features by magazines like ‘People’ and ‘OK!’, it has only confirmed to the world that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are far from the average celebrity couple. It has always been assumed that their wedding would be unforgettable, but what is it about the the way Pitt and Jolie carried out their festivities that is so unique in comparison to other celebrities that have tied the knot?
- Back in 2006 when Jolie confirmed she was pregnant with Brad Pitt’s child, after months of speculation surrounding their status as a romantic duo, Pitt was asked whether marriage was on the cards for them. His response appears to have gone down in history as one of the most fascinating and evocative statements in celebrity history; he stated that he and Angelina would only marry once gay marriage was made legal in the United States. Not only did this make them incredibly popular, but it also demonstrates that, from the very beginning, their wedding was never going to be just about them as individuals.
- Whilst the idea of a secret wedding is not exactly new in the world of high profile celebrities – a prime example being Jay Z and Beyonce who married in 2008 and only just revealed snippets from the ceremony back in June this year on their joint tour – the fact that Brad and Angelina chose to make theirs as private as they did made a refreshing change from some of the flashier celebrity weddings. Earlier this year every single stage of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s wedding received media coverage – it may not have been a televised event, but with the Palace of Versailles as one of the venues it wasn’t exactly clandestine in nature. Pitt an Jolie also ensured they kept their guests to a minimum with only twenty-two people present – a far cry from the two thousand people present at Michael Jordon and Yvette Preto’s wedding last year.
- Of course the main focus of everything was Angelina Jolie’s dress, and she certainly set herself apart from every other bride in history with her incredible attire. The average celebrity bride is no stranger to a designer dress; Anne Hathaway wore a custom made Valentino gown whilst Kate Middleton’s fairy tale dress was designed by Alexander McQueen. But for Jolie, choosing a designer was far from difficult. Close personal friend Luigi Massi, the Master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed numerous doodles drawn by all of Pitt and Jolie’s children onto the stunning dress and veil, making it an expression of the close bond between them. The dress sets her apart from even every celebrity bride in and is likely to become one of the most iconic in history.
- What sets this wedding apart from any other though, is just how involved Pitt and Jolie’s six children were at every single stage and part of the ceremony. Maddox and Pax, their eldest sons, walked Jolie down the aisle, Zahara and Vivienne were the flower girls, and Shiloh and Knox were the ring bearers. In addition to this, Pax baked his parents’ wedding cake, and they all helped them write their wedding vows. Choosing to involve their children as much as possible in their wedding shows how important family is to the couple, and adds a deeper emotional touch which can sometimes be lacking with celebrity weddings.