White swan: First look at Natalie Portman's intimate Jewish ceremony with choreographer Benjamin Millepied
13:36 GMT, 7 August 2012
The only thing that averted attention from Natalie Portman's beautiful wedding dress, was the Cheshire cat grin painted on her face during the starlit marriage ceremony to Benjamin Millepied.
The Black Swan actress couldn't stop smiling as she was pictured dancing with her new husband and walking around the grounds of the private residence in the Californian coastal town of Big Sur.
Her elegant Rodarte gown was a stunning yet simple choice, modest with a high neckline, together with a tea-length cocktail hemline and sheer, full-length sleeves.
Happy bride: Natalie Portman wears a giant grin upon her face during her wedding to choreographer Benjamin Millepied at a private location near Big Sur, California, in an intimate Jewish ceremony
Time to celebrate: An insider revealed the DJ played hip-hop until 2.30am
Sealed with a kiss: Guests look on as the duo locks lips for the first time as man and wife
An insider told In Touch Weekly: 'Her dress was stunning, not overly showy or revealing. Very much her own subtle and pretty personal style – she always has a hippie theme, whatever she does.'
The traditional Jewish ceremony, which took place after sundown on Saturday, was an intimate affair with just 60 of the couple’s family and closest friends in attendance.
They exchanged vows in a Jewish ceremony under a chuppah in front of celebrity guests Diane Sawyer and director husband Mike Nichols, Ivanka Trump, Macaulay Culkin and Rashida Jones.
The happiest girl in the world: Natalie bursts into laughter during post-ceremony celebrations
Traditional: The couple were wrapped in a Tallit prayer shawl during the service
Thrilled: Natalie couldn't hide her delight, grinning as she wore a pretty floral bridal headdress
Having been a strict vegan since 2009, apart from a brief break during her pregnancy with son Aleph, Natalie threw a vegetarian feast before the newlyweds let loose on the dance floor.
The source, who said the DJ played tunes until 2.30am, added: 'Natalie looked so happy and was glowing. It was a beautiful day for her and Benjamin to celebrate with those they hold closest.'
Running alongside the Pacific Coast Highway, Big Sur, famous for its links to the Beat poets, is a sparsely populated town where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise from the Pacific Ocean.
White swan: The couple met on the set of Black Swan
Intimate: The couple got married under the stars, after the sun had set on Saturday evening
Simple yet stunning: Natalie's dress was rather modest with a high neck and long sleeves
Earlier this year a friend told In Touch: 'It's one of Natalie's favourite places – whenever she needs a break from LA she goes there.
'This wedding is for their closest friends and family. It will be a very relaxed affair. They're not sending out invites. Natalie may not even buy a new dress.'
Ivanka tweeted pictures of the coastline prior to the ceremony, and one of herself sat at a firepit at the estate, alongside the caption: 'Driving to Big Sur with a lunch stop in Carmel. Heaven.'
Happiest day of their lives: The newly-married pair were seen waltzing around hand-in-hand
Tender moment: It seems Benjamin may have seen Natalie before she walked down the aisle, as they were captured before sunset – yet their wedding ceremony was carried out during the evening
Now Mrs Millepied: The couple walk away as a flutist can be seen playing
And after leaving the wedding, she
added: '2 weddings on opposite coasts in one weekend! Just landed in NY
& am heading straight to ceremony number 2. A lot to celebrate this
Natalie, 31, met choreographer Benjamin, 35, on the set of Black Swan in 2009 and they got engaged in December 2010.
When Natalie won the Best Actress Oscar for the film, she paid tribute to Benjamin, calling him her 'beautiful love' and thanked him for giving her the 'most important role of my life'.
She gave birth to their son Aleph in June 2011 and at this year's Academy Awards there was speculation they had already tied the knot as they both wore bands on their wedding ring fingers.
Centre of attention: The actress can be seen dancing in a circle with her friends
Thrilled: Benjamin is just as overjoyed as Natalie, with a grin painted on his face throughout the evening
Middle of nowhere: Against the backdrop of mountains and greenery, this shows how secluded the setting is
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