Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Married in California Before Ceremony in France

  | January 11, 2015 12:00 IST
Angelina Jolie

Angelina and Brad's wedding ceremony in France took place on August 23, 2014

"As Americans, we couldn't marry legally in France," said Angelina

Actress-director Angelina Jolie has said that she and her husband Brad Pitt were actually married before their secret nuptials in August last year.

"Before the wedding in France with the kids, Brad and I were already married in California. As Americans, we couldn't marry legally in France," she told Italian magazine Io Donna, reports

The Unbroken director also shared how the wedding really went down.

"One day I said to Brad, 'Let's meet up at 4:30 p.m.?' I called a justice of the peace and we signed the documents," she said.

Later on, the Mr. & Mrs. Smith co-stars exchanged vows inside an ancient stone chapel at Chateau Miraval, the Jolie-Pitt family's estate in Correns, France.

Their 20 guests, which included Angelina's brother James Haven, hummed the traditional processional tune "Here Comes the Bride" as the brunette beauty made her entrance.

The groom kept up with tradition and didn't get a glimpse of his bride's Atelier Versace gown until she walked down the aisle with their eldest sons, Maddox and Pax.

The A-list actors' complementary wedding bands were designed by Robert Procop and carried by ring bearers Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6.