For years, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves didn't see the point in getting married. The couple, who met at a bar in 2006, shared homes and had two children together (Levi, 3, and Vida, 2) and had, as Alves explained, "been living a married life this whole time."
But all that changed when McConaughey proposed to the Brazilian beauty on Christmas Day of 2011 and the couple tied the knot last weekend in a three-day wedding extravaganza.
The festivities kicked off with a casual rehearsal dinner on Friday night at the couple's home in Austin, Texas. They wanted to stay close to home for their nuptials, so they created a luxury campground, complete with air-conditioned tents, for guests to spend the weekend on their Texas property.
John Cougar Mellencamp was among the celebrity guests (Woody Harrleson, Reese Witherspoon and Meg Ryan also attended) and during the ceremony he adapted a bible verse into a song and sang for the couple.
McConaughey and Alves exchanged vows in an intimate and unique way: rather than reading aloud to each other, they whispered their vows into each other's ears.
"No one ones what they said, but you could tell it was emotional because was teary-eyed," a guest told Us. "Matthew loves her, there's no doubt about that."
After the ceremony, guests flocked to an enormous party tent for the reception, where they dined on Brazilian rotisserie-style meats and danced the night away to a live band that played Brazillian and pop music.
"You can definitely tell [Matthew] was in love," a source says. The party lasted well until the next day and, according to an insider, some guests hadn't even gone to bed by Sunday afternoon.
Congrats to the happy newlyweds!
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