James Righton, famed keyboardist and singer of The Klaxons, married actress Keira Knightley in an intimate ceremony over the weekend. The couple, who has been dating for two years, got engaged last May when James Righton proposed, but the notoriously private couple downplayed the wedding planning details when asked by the press.
However, rumors swirled that the couple planned to secretly marry in the South of France, when both James Righton and Knightley touched down in Nice last week. The rumors proved to be true, as a giant white tent was erected for the reception on land that Knightley’s family owns.
The ceremony itself took place at the small town hall in Mazan, just a few miles from the reception site. There were only 10 attendees, and the ceremony lasted a few minutes. The ceremony was so low-key that guests wore flip flops and jeans as they watched James Righton, 29, and Keira Knightley, 29, tie the knot.
When Knightley visited Ellen Degeneres last fall, she told the talk show host that she wasn’t interested in having a huge celebration. "The problem is, ever since [the engagement] happened, everyone keeps going, ‘So when is it going to happen, and what's the dress like?'" she said. "I'm just not one of those girls that's had the kind of fantasy wedding thing, so we haven't planned anything and it's all quite terrifying."
True to form, the couple kept their attire casual as well. James Righton wore a tailored blue suit and Knightley wore a Chanel dress that looked shockingly similar to a frock she sported at an event several years ago.
The ceremony was followed by a more sizeable reception at a nearby estate and James Righton and Knigtley plan on having another reception when they return to their home in London.