Celebrity couples who have eloped

Check out the lovebirds who ditched convention to tie the knot.

Couples that elope

by Emily Gilbert |

We all know that weddings can be awfully stressful and for many couples, deciding to elope for a quicker, more intimate (and let's face it, cheaper) wedding is a much better choice for them personally. Take a look at our favourite celebrity elopements throughout the years...

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz

A notoriously private couple who were friends for decades beforehand, it is rumoured that the thriller film Dream House brought the actors together. Just six months after their relationship was first reported, in June 2011 it was announced that the James Bond actor had married Weisz in New York with just four guests present.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Gathering together their closest friends and family for a surprise private wedding without guests realising, the Indiana Jones actor married his actress partner Calista Flockhart in New Mexico in 2010.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart
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Ryan Reynolds and Scarlett Johansson

They may no longer be together but when this Hollywood couple were dating, they took the plunge and eloped in 2008 at a wilderness retreat in Canada, just one year after dating. However, in 2010 it was announced the couple had sadly split.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin

They may have 'consciously uncoupled' in 2016 but actress Gwyneth and Coldplay frontman Chris eloped in California just a few days after announcing they were announcing a baby in 2003.

Demi Moore and Bruce Willis

After a whirlwind four months of dating, Bruce proposed to Demi during a visit to Las Vegas and the pair married in their suite at the Golden Nugget hotel with only a few guests. A month later, they threw a much more lavish wedding for friends and family in LA. The couple went on to split but share three daughters together and remain good friends.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor

Romance blossomed between the two actors on the set of Cleopatra in 1962, leading to a highly publicised relationship in which they married and divorced one another twice. The pair married in a private ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Montreal in 1964. They divorced in June 1974, but eventually reconciled, marrying in Botswana in 1975. Sadly it wasn't meant to be and the relationship ended in divorce in July 1976.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
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Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner

Similar to Burton and Taylor, Natalie and Robert married each other twice, the first wedding taking place in 1957. After rekindling their relationship in 1972 after they had divorced, they went on to remarry in an intimate ceremony on a 55-foot yacht. Why not, eh?

Find out more about Natalie Wood.

Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner
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Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis

Although many photographers were in attendance, spoiling the chance of a secret affair, American actress and singer Raquel married Producer Patrick wearing a white croquet sundress to a courthouse in Paris.

Raquel Welch and Patrick Curtis
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Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim

Jane married her first husband French director Roger Vadim in 1967 at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas. The couple stayed married until the 1970s - Jane went on to marry twice more.

Jane Fonda and Roger Vadim
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Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs

Despite being married for only three years, Brigitte and her German partner Gunter married just a few weeks after they met in 1966, eloping to Las Vegas.

Brigitte Bardot and Gunter Sachs
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Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

There may have been nearly a 30-year age difference, but this didn't stop Frank and Mia, who got married in 1966 in a small ceremony in Las Vegas. They went on to enjoy an intimate reception afterwards.

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow
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Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier

For her second marriage, Brigitte opted for a pretty pink gingham dress for a city hall wedding to French actor Jacques Charrier.

Brigitte Bardot and Jacques Charrier
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Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor

A major Hollywood scandal at the time, singer Eddie Fisher divorced his wife Debbie Reynolds to marry her best friend, Elizabeth Taylor. In fact, Eddie and Elizabeth married the day Eddie's divorce papers came through, eloping in Las Vagas in 1959.

Debbie Reynolds told People in 1983: “I never felt bitter about Elizabeth. A man doesn’t leave a woman for another woman unless he wants to go"

Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor
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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio

Blonde bombshell Marilyn headed to San Francisco's courthouse with her beau baseball player Joe DiMaggio to marry. Unfortunately the couple were married for less than a year. You can learn more about Marilyn and Joe's marriage in the upcoming Netflix Movie about Marilyn Monroe, Blonde.

Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio
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Rita Hayworth and Orson Welles

Dressing simply in a suit and veiled hat for their wedding, Rita married Orson in September 1943 in Santa Monica, California. The couple separated in March 1946 but did not divorce officially until 1947.

Find out all about the famous Hollywood actress and dancer.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard
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Clark Gable and Carole Lombard

After eloping in 1939, Clark and Carole held a press conference announcing they had married in Kingman, Arizona. It was a devastating ending for the couple however when Carole tragically died in a plane crash in 1942.

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