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Weddings are a tricky business. Even if you have the resources for a big celebration, the logistics, the endless planning and the seemingly inevitable drama can be a bit too much for a couple to take on. Which is why even some of the most famous Hollywood stars have resisted the allure of a large party in exchange for a private ceremony.

But don’t be fooled, just because these nuptials took place in a courthouse, in a Vegas chapel or on a sandy beach, doesn’t mean they were any less romantic than a grand glitzy spectacle. In fact, we’d argue they were more so. From Jessica Alba to Penelope Cruz, see how these celebrities quietly—and beautifully—tied the knot.