Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were married on July 29, 2000 in Malibu, California. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony took place at the estate of producer Marcy Carsey, on a bluff overlooking the ocean. Two hundred guests attended, including Cameron Diaz, Courteney Cox, Salma Hayek and Edward Norton. Prior to the ceremony, iced tea and punch were served while a string quartet played classical music.
As the sun began to set, a 40-piece gospel choir sang Al Bowley’s “Love Is the Greatest Thing” as the bride walked down the aisle on the arm of her father. Aniston wore a glass-beaded silk and satin Lawrence Steele wedding gown with ivory suede Manolo Blahnik heels, and carried a bouquet of Dutch Vendela roses. She wore a circular veil draped from a Swarovski crystal crown, with her Chris McMillan-styled hair in loose waves.
The groom wore a black tuxedo by Hedi Slimane. His brother and best man, Doug Pitt, wore Prada. The bridesmaids, Andrea Bendewald and Kristin Hahn-Stringer, wore pale green slip dresses by Lawrence Steele.
The couple exchanged personal vows, in which Brad vowed to split the difference on the thermostat, and Jennifer promised to always make his favorite banana milkshake.
Following the ceremony, the party moved to the lawn to listen to Latin jazz band Gypsy Magic. Appetizers of shrimp and mini pizzas were served, while guests toasted with Dom Perignon. The affair, rumored to have cost $1 million, was planned by Along Came Mary.
Pitt decorated the grounds of the estate to look like a zen garden. Lanterns lined the walkways, and floating lotus flowers were placed in a slate pond. Inside the tent, floral centerpieces by LA Premier were placed on each table and included roses, wisteria and tulips. Candles, imported Thailand and made from brown sugar, illuminated the room. The dinner menu included lobster, peppercorn beef, risotto and pasta. Dessert was a six-tier white frosted wedding cake courtesy of Rosebud Cakes.
Just after 10 p.m., guests turned to the sky for a 13-minute fireworks display created by Pyro Spectaculars and set to the music of Radiohead, Garbage and Jeff Buckley. Other live performances included Melissa Etheridge, who sang Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” and Dakota Horvath, a 12-year-old singer who sang “The Way You Look Tonight.”
The following day, the couple departed for their honeymoon at Fregate Island in the Seychelles.