This coming July would have been Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston's 19th wedding anniversary, marking almost two decades since they tied the knot in a lavish Malibu ceremony. From the 50,000 flowers to the 40-member gospel choir, the Greek bouzouki band and the £15,000 firework display over the Pacific ocean, no expense was spared when two of Hollywood's most beautiful people said, "I do". “It was fantastic!” Jen told Vanity Fair of their big day which cost $1million - and eye-watering amount in those days. Here's a look back at one of the most luxe showbiz weddings of the noughties.
The Exclusive Venue
Brad and Jen rented the five-acre multimillion dollar cliff-top estate from TV exec Marcy Carsey. In a bid to ensure maximum privacy, the airspace above the estate was restricted during the ceremony and the reception was held under the cover of a giant white marquee to stop the circling helicopters from getting a shot. As part of the £76,000 security measures, guests were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement and the Los Angeles County Sheriff provided traffic control.
Jen's dress has never been seen in full, with she and Brad issuing just one, close-cropped black and white shot of their big day. However, it is known that she wore a glass-beaded, floor-length low-backed white satin and silk gown by Milan designer Lawrence Steele. She teamed it with a pair of custom-made ivory suede heels by Manolo Blahnik and a simple veil attached to a pearl and Swarovski crystal crown. Her bridesmaids wore pale green chiffon slip dresses and Brad wore a four-button black tuxedo by Heidi Slimane, while his groomsmen wore Prada.
Numbers were kept to a reasonable 200, with Jen's Friends castmates including Courteney Cox scoring an invite, along with Fight Club's Ed Norton, Salma Hayek and Cameron Diaz.
The Sunset Ceremony
The gospel choir performed a song from Blur's 1999 album 13 as the couple's wedding march, and Brad broke down during the service. They wrote their own vows, with Brad promising to "split the difference on the thermostat," and Jen pledging to make his favourite banana milkshake. A nervous Jen missed her cue for the formal part of the service, and joked, "Oh! I've never done this before!" and Brad's brother and best man, Dough Pitt, dropped the ring.
The Pitts dropped a whopping £75,000 on flowers, with 50,000 brought in by exclusive Beverly Hills florist La Premiere, who laid tables with roses, wisteria and tulips to achieve the 'zen garden' look. A slate fountain was specially constructed, and the tent was festooned with lanterns and a mass of brown sugar candles imported from Thailand. Guests dined on shrimp, caviar and gourmet pizza that washed down with Dom Perignon champagne, before main courses which included crab, lobster and peppercorn beef.
Finally, the cake was six-tier white-frosted, which they fed to each other. "[They] were looking into each other's eyes," a source told People magazine. "They were laughing with cake in their mouths." The whole thing was rounded off with a 13-minute firework display featuring pyrotechnic hearts and smiley faces to a soundtrack by Radiohead, Garbage and Jeff Buckley. James Souza, who devised the display, said, "they wanted it big, grandiose... the greatest effects that we had."