TBT: Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley's Secret Wedding

Updated 05/19/16

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Consider it the secret celebrity wedding that started it all. But is it really any surprise that the King of Pop and the daughter of the King of Rock began a trend when they said "I do?" Nearly 22 years after Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley wed in a top-secret ceremony in the Dominican Republic, celebs everywhere are still sneakily tying the knot. (We're looking at you Jen and Justin, Ashton and Mila, Angelina and Brad...) But today, we're throwing it back to the original secretive stars and their memorable 1994 nuptials.

The couple first met when Presley was just seven-years-old, tagging along with her famous dad to Jackson's Las Vegas concerts. The pair picked up their friendship many years later in 1992, according to People, and two years after that, the ruler of Neverland and the heiress of Graceland met in holy matrimony.

Presley is now a little iffy on how the King of Pop popped the question. In a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said that Jackson got down on one knee in the library of Neverland Ranch. However, she also told Diane Sawyer that Jackson asked her to marry him over the phone. (You really can't remember, Presley?! Seriously?!) Luckily, their wedding day details are a little more well-documented.

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While vacationing in the Dominican Republic, Jackson and Presley drove in a white minivan to the house of a local judge on May 26, 1994, paid a small fee, and tied the knot. "Do you take this woman to be your wife?" the officiant asked the groom. "Why not?" Jackson reportedly replied. What a smooth criminal groom...

15 minutes later and the world's most popular singer and the daughter of rock 'n roll were officially hitched. A Dominican newspaper soon leaked the story, as the newlyweds tried to keep the nuptials under wraps from the public and even their families. The union wasn't without its scandal, after all — Presley had divorced her first husband just 20 days before marrying her second!

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But as badly as we wanted to see photos of Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux's "I do's" (we're still waiting...), people were just as desperate for the scoop on Jackson and Presley's. The signatures on their leaked marriage license were analyzed, the paparazzi were prowling, and the couple had to hole up in a newlywed nest in Trump Tower. (The Donald later bragged that he knew their secret all along, of course.)

Finally on August 1, the famous twosome issued a statement confirming their happily married status. "My married name is Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson," the pop princess told the media. "My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United States weeks ago... I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife." The pair was officially public, even sharing an infamously over-the-top kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards that year.

The couple sadly split in January of 1996, but there's no denying that their secret, high-profile wedding was definitely a "Thriller."

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