Saint Valentines Day is a day to celebrate love. It is a time to create romantic and sweet memories with the ones we hold dearest. Each year on Feb. 14, giving greeting cards, chocolates, red roses and other token’s of love traditionally honors Cupid’s holiday. An intimate dinner for two at home, or an elegant dinner date while out on the town, can make it an even more special day for lovers. We have all heard of elaborate Valentines Day engagements, however some hard-core romantics take it a step further. Like the celebrity couples that have chosen to commemorate their love in the ultimate display of romance, a wedding on Valentines Day.
In honor of Saint Valentines Day, we’ll give you the scoop on which celebrity couples tied the knot during a romantic Valentines Day wedding ceremony. Which lovely Latina actress exchanged marriage vows with her French billionaire beau during an intimate civil ceremony in Paris? What famous journalist followed his basic instinct and sealed the deal with his thespian lover at their very own Beverly Hills mansion? Who was the rock and roll hall of famer that married his backup dancer and muse in a secret ceremony at his childhood church in Minneapolis? Can you name the pint-sized rapper from New Orleans that turned in his player card and wed his high sweetheart after reaching international stardom?
Join us on a trip down memory lane as we review the roundup of celebrity couples that have entered into holy matrimony on Valentines Day.
10. Meg Ryan & Dennis Quaid
In 1991, actress Meg Ryan and actor Dennis Quaid tied the knot on Valentines Day at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. The couple met while filming 1987’s ‘Innerspace’. After earlier plans to wed were postponed while Quaid completed drug rehab, a spontaneous ceremony was later held in their hotel room in celebration of his sobriety. Their marriage lasted 10 years.
9. Prince & Mayte Garcia
Prince married his first wife, ‘Hollywood Exes’ star Mayte Garcia, on Feb. 14, 1996. After meeting during his tour, Garcia became his backup dancer and muse. Six years later, their secret wedding ceremony was held in front of 40 guests at his childhood church in his home city of Minneapolis. 200 fans stood outside the church behind police barricades. Since Prince had modified his name to the glyph symbol, his bride pointed to the symbol while exchanging vows. Prince sported white bell-bottoms and a short-coat embellished with the glyph symbol; Garcia wore a white Versace gown.
8. Sharon Stone & Phil Bronstein
In 1998, Phil Bronstein, then-editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, wed actress Sharon Stone in a lavish secret ceremony at her $4.5 million dollar Benedict Canyon mansion. Originally disguised as a Valentines Day party, 120 guests (including Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas) witnessed the Basic Instinct femme fatale and her journalist beau exchange vows. The groom wore a black tux; the bride wore a pale pink Vera Wang gown. Backed by an orchestra, Ray Charles sang “It Had to Be You” for the couple’s first dance in a candle-lit backyard tent. Their marriage lasted for 6 years.
7. Antonia “Toya” Wright & Dwayne Michael “Lil Wayne” Carter
Rapper Lil Wayne and reality television star Toya were united in marriage in 2004. The Feb. 14 nuptials took place between the high school sweethearts after Lil Wayne had reached career success as a recording artist. The couple split due to the demands of his career and too much time spent apart while he was out performing on the road. Their divorce was finalized on Jan. 1, 2006, however they have remained good friends. The two have a daughter together (OMG Girlz singer Reginae Carter, 16). Toya went on to star in the BET reality show “Toya: A Family Affair” with her second husband, Jive records music executive Memphitz.
6. Rosa Blasi and Jim Finn
Also in 2004, Latina actress Rosa Blasi of ‘Strong Medicine’ entered into holy matrimony with NY Giants fullback Jim Finn. The Valentines Day nuptials were held at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa in Maui, Hawaii. This top destination wedding venue hosted the couples ceremony, which included Blasi’s good friend and ‘Will & Grace’ star Sean Hayes, Patricia Richardson, Josh Cox and Jenifer Lewis as guests in attendance.
Blasi has since penned a tell-all book about their four-year marriage.
5. Keri Russell & Shane Deary
Actress Keri Russell and carpenter Shane Deary struck up a romance after a chance meeting at Martha’s Vineyard. The two were privately wed at the Harrison Restaurant in Tribeca on Feb. 14, 2007. At the time, Russell was 5 months pregnant and had chosen the wedding date according to the venue’s availability. 10 family members attended the intimate ceremony. The former ‘Felicity’ star and her husband recently called it quits after 7 years of marriage.
4. Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton
In 2008, a secret Valentines Day wedding ceremony for ‘Oasis’ frontman Liam Gallagher and former ‘All Saints’ singer Nicole Appleton was held at the Westminster Register Office in London. Appleton’s sister, Canadian pop singer Natalie Appleton of ‘All Saints’, and her brother-in-law, Liam Howlett of ‘The Prodigy’, were in attendance. The reception was held at the famed Landmark Hotel in central London. The songbirds lived in marital bliss for 5 years.
3. Salma Hayek & Francois-Henri Pinault
Film actress, director and producer Salma Hayek married billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault in an intimate ceremony on Feb. 14, 2009. The couple exchanged their vows in French in central Paris at the City Hall of the Sixth Arrondissement. In April, their Parisian nuptials were followed by an extravagant second wedding ceremony at La Fenice Opera Theater in Venice. This time the 150-person, star-studded guest list included Charlize Theron, Penelope Cruz, Ashley Judd, Oliver Martinez, Woody Harrelson, Bono and former French President Jacques Chirac. The bride wore a Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere and the ceremony totaled an estimated $3.5 million dollars.
2. Adriana Lima & Marko Jaric
Victoria’s Secret model Adriana Lima eloped with NBA guard Marco Jaric on Valentine’s Day of 2009. A secret civil ceremony was held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The famous Roman Catholic told GQ magazine she was saving virginity for her husband. The pair have since had two daughters (Valentina, 4, Sienna, 1).
1. Natasha Henstridge and Darius Campbell
On Valentines Day of 2011, ‘Species’ actress Natasha Henstridge got hitched to ‘Pop Idol’ contestant Darius Campbell in a secret wedding ceremony at the famous San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. The couple eloped and none of their friends and family were in attendance. They were married for 2 years out of their 9-year relationship, before parting in 2013.