They always promised it would be a wedding with little fanfare – and that they wouldn’t wed until after same-sex marriage was legal in California – and on Thursday, October 17, 2013, actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard made good on both promises when they got married in an intimate, spontaneous ceremony at the Beverly Hills County Clerk’s office, reports Parade. An eyewitness reportedly told TMZ that although the couple arrived simply to obtain a marriage license, they went with the flow when a court employee offered to marry them on the spot, conducting the short ceremony in one of the nearby courtrooms. Shepard wore a black tuxedo, and Bell wore a black jumpsuit and bold statement necklace.
The Veronica Mars actress started dating the former Punk’d and current Parenthood star in late-2007. They were engaged over the holidays in December 2009, when Shepard proposed with a Neil Lane-designed, 3-carat emerald-cut fancy-colored diamond set in white gold, accented with smaller white diamonds around the main stone.
But the couple were happy to have a decidedly long engagement, which they often explained was due to California’s Proposition 8 and the inability for same-sex couples to wed in their home state. “We would feel weird taking advantage of a right that’s not available to certain citizens of the state we live in,” Bell told People in August 2012.
In the same interview, Shepard concurred: “When they legalize marriage for everyone … we will get married.”
The couple welcomed their first child together, daughter Lincoln Bell Shepard, in March of this year, and then in June the Supreme Court overturned not only California’s Proposition 8 but also the federal Defense of Marriage Act, effectively legitimizing same-sex marriages across the country, and making same-sex marriage legal again in California. In celebration, Bell and Shepard took to Twitter in a celebratory mood, reaffirming their plans to wed following the SCOTUS decisions.
Bell wrote: “@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequality #loveislove”
“DOMA is dead,” Shepard posted in reply. “Prop 8 is dead. Now let’s bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!”
But the low-key couple still had no plans for a huge and elaborate celebrity wedding. “I don’t fault anyone who wants a big day – especially girls,” Bell once told People. “[But] we get more than enough attention in our everyday lives. I also wear more than enough party dresses.”
On Friday, Bell took to Twitter to confirm that she was, in fact, a newlywed: “Wife coffee tastes way better than regular coffee in the morning 🙂 @daxshepard1” she said.