We know why Alicia Keys, Miranda Kerr and Bethenny Frankel were REALLY glowing on their wedding day — and why Natalie will be too!
After the cloud of smoke from Chelsea Clinton‘s powerhouse wedding cleared last July, you may have noticed that Alicia Keys, her baby bump, and new hubby Swizz Beatz ran down the aisle the same weekend as well. Alicia and Swizz are just two of the most recent celebrities to make a mad dash for wedded bliss after finding out a baby is on the way. When it comes to celebrities, if there’s a bun in the oven, there’s a race to the altar — and now Natalie Portman and new beau Benjamin Millepied are jumping on board!
According to Los Angeles-based psychologist Morris Halperin, this non-traditional practice which was formerly frowned upon, actually ends up being a good thing for most celebrities. “When a celebrity has a baby and gets married, the public actually begins to take them more seriously,” Morris tells HollywoodLife.com. “The public begins to see them as a solid person with commitments.”
But isn’t having a baby and planning a wedding at the same time stress overload? “Each case is individual, but if the couple is able to incorporate the pregnancy into their wedding planning, it can actually make them grow closer,” Morris assures us. “In most cases, ultimately the wedding and baby solidify the relationship. If they were considering getting married before, now it is a must for them and family becomes the priority.”
But Natalie is hardly the first celeb to carry a baby bump down the aisle. Here’s a list of 10 of our favorite celeb shotgun weddings:
Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz
Alicia and Swizz were married July 31, 2010 in a romantic ceremony officiated by Deepak Chopra in Corsica, France. Alicia wore Vera Wang as the couple read their vows in front of celebrities including Tommy Hilfiger, Queen Latifah, and Bono. The couple’s baby is due this fall.
James Van Der Beek & Kimberly Brook
Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek and Kimberly Brook were married in Tel Aviv on Aug. 1, 2010 in a ceremony attended only by close friends and teachers. They are expecting a baby girl.
Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom
Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr and Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom were wed in a super secret ceremony in July 2010 and allegedly honeymooned in the Caribbean. The model is allegedly pregnant with her first child.
Bethenny Frankel & Jason Hoppy
Bethenny Frankel, the star of Bethenny Getting Married? said “I do” to Jason Hoppy on March 29, 2010 at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York City. Their daughter Bryn Hoppy was born May 8, 2010.
Jessica Alba & Cash Warren
Jessica Alba and producer Cash Warren were married in a simple ceremony May 19, 2008 at the Beverly Hills Courthouse. Their daughter Honor Marie was born on June 7, 2008.
Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz were married May 17, 2008 in front of 15 guests at her parents‘ home in Los Angeles. Their son Bronx Mowgli Wentz was born November 20, 2008.
Usher & Tameka Foster
After canceling their originally planned wedding, Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster walked down the aisle at the Chateau Elan Winery & Resort outside of Atlanta on Sept. 1, 2007. Their son Usher Raymond V was born in two months later.
Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were married June 29, 2005 at the Parrot Cay resort in the Caribbean island of Turks and Caicos. Their daughter Violet Affleck was born 6 months later.
Heidi Klum & Seal
Victoria’s Secret model Heidi Klum and singer Seal were married May 10, 2005 in an intimate ceremony near Purto Vallarta, Mexico, with only an officiant and Heidi’s daughter Leni in attendance. Henry Samuel was born December 12th, 2005.
Kate Winslet & Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes and Kate Winslet were married on May 24, 2003 at Barnes Bay in Anguilla in the West Indies. Their son Joe Mendes was born Dec. 22, 2003. They announced their split this year.