Not only did Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds manage to pull off a secret dream wedding over the weekend, but the two also managed to have their nuptials at one of the most romantic venues possible: the plantation where "The Notebook" was shot.
Lively and Reynolds married Sunday at the Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, S.C., where the silver screen adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romance novel "The Notebook" was filmed in 2004, Us Weekly reports.
"The Notebook," starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, has been ranked one of the best romance movies of all time. The movie (and location) was so romantic, it seems, that it even caused Gosling and McAdams to fall in love and become an off-screen couple. They dated from 2005 to 2007, then again in 2008.
Boone Halle Plantation & Gardens is one of America's oldest plantations. It boasts a large plantation home, numerous flower gardens and the historic "Avenue of Oaks," a mile-long driveway lined with oak trees planed in 1743. It served as Allie's (McAdams) family's summer home where she and Noah (Gosling) first met and fell in love.
Sunday it was where Lively and Reynolds' said their vows.
The fairytale wedding reception took place under a white tent on the palatial grounds Sunday evening in front of 60 guests, People magazine confirmed. Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine performed, as did Bette Midler. Designer Christian Louboutin was reportedly in attendance. Lively wore a Chanel wedding gown while Reynolds opted for a Hugo Boss tux, according to the New York Daily News. The couple and guests also munched on a $3,000 cake baked by Maggie Austin Cakes in Maryland.
Lively's ex and "Gossip Girl" co-star Penn Badgley spoke to People about the marriage, saying that he is "so happy" for the newlyweds.
"I actually didn't know until last night, but I think it's fantastic," he told People. "I couldn't be happier for her." He found out about the wedding after reading reports and speaking to "people who are close to her." He thinks that the two make a great couple. "I'm so happy for her," the actor, who is dating Zoe Kravitz, said. "I think it's everything that it should be."
Lively and Reynolds' marriage came as a surprise to many, but the two have been nesting for quite some time.
The 25-year-old "Gossip Girl" actress met her beau while co-starring alongside Reynolds in 2011's "The Green Lantern." She was casually dating Leonardo DiCaprio, and he was fresh off his divorce from Scarlett Johansson. The couple were spotted kissing last October and purchased a $2 million home together in Bedford, N.Y., just six months later, according to E! Online.
Lively hasn't dished too much about her year-long relationship with Reynolds, but she did offer up a look into their home life -- which involves a lot of cupcakes.
"I’m in a big cooking phase," she told Marie Claire UK. "That’s all I talk about. If you went to my house and didn’t know who it belonged to, you would not think it belonged to an actress. There’s no memorabilia from my career, no showbizzy pictures on the wall. You would think it was the house of a cooking obsessive. I even have a special area set aside just for baking cupcakes."
This is the second marriage for the 35-year-old actor who privately married Johansson in September 2008 in Canada. He was also engaged to singer Alanis Morissette from 2004 to 2007.
UPDATE: Blake Lively did not wear a Chanel wedding dress when she married Ryan Reynolds, as the New York Daily News previously reported, but rather a Marchesa dress, according to Martha Stewart Weddings.
"The bride and her bridesmaids walked down the aisle in custom Marchesa gowns designed by Blake's friends, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, with shoes created for the celebration by Christian Louboutin," according to the magazine. Lively had previously fantasized about her Louboutin wedding shoes during an interview with Marie Claire.
Reynolds did not wear Hugo Boss, as was originally reported. "The groom and groomsmen wore specially made Burberry suits with custom leather suspenders designed by the groom's friend, Christopher Bailey," according to Martha Stewart Weddings.
As for the rings, they were unique designs made by Lorraine Schwartz.
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