When it comes to Hollywood marriages, it seems like shorter is the norm — a certain couple famously lasted only 72 days from altar to attorney! But Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick prove that it's possible to make a marriage last in the spotlight. Today, the couple, who have been together since 1991, celebrates their 17th wedding anniversary.
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The well-known duo may have even spearheaded the trend of surprise celebrity weddings. They married on May 19, 1997 in a secret ceremony at the Angel Orensanz synagogue in New York City, surrounded by 100 guests. And in typical Carrie Bradshaw fashion, the bride donned a black ruffled Morange Le Fay wedding dress — a decision she later regretted!
"I was too embarrassed to get married in white, and both Matthew and I were reluctant to have people pay so much attention to us," SJP told Marie Claire in 2006.
That desire to remain out of the spotlight is one of the factors contributing to their strong relationship. Broderick and SJP famously raise their family — the couple has three children together — in New York City and maintains a relatively low profile. One of the surprising things that first attracted SJP to Broderick? The fact that he rode the subway!
After 23 years together, the couple seems just as inseparable as they did all those years ago. In 2013, SJP famously gushed to Harper's Bazaar about her loving husband and their family. "I love Matthew Broderick," she said. "Call me crazy, but I love him. We can only be in the marriage we are. We're very devoted to our family and our lives. I love our life. I love that he's the father of my children, and it's because of him that there's this whole other world that I love."
In honor of their anniversary, we found their cutest red carpet moments as a couple — from their early days, post-Ferris and pre-Carrie, to their most recent as husband and wife, these two show that being adorably in love is always in style!
Above, SJP and Matthew Broderick appeared together at an event for the Professional Children's School, a New York City-based performing arts prep school. Their love of serious acting is what drew them together!
This photo (snapped 15 years later!) shows that not much has changed for the adorable couple. SJP and Broderick attended the 81st Annual Academy Awards together in 2009 and remained attached at the hip!
In 2013, they attended the annual Serpentine Gallery summer party together, looking as in love now as they did when they started dating over 20 years ago.
Congratulations on 17 years of happy marriage, you two!