Everything we know about Miley and Liam's secret wedding

Fans were both surprised and elated when Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth confirmed that they'd wed in a secretive, intimate ceremony on December 23, 2018. The pair, who have had a famously on-again, off-again relationship for the better part of ten years, look to be more in love than ever before in photos from the ceremony, which took place in the singer's hometown of Franklin, Tennessee. 

Though Cyrus and Hemsworth have been engaged for what seems like a lifetime (in Hollywood years, at least), it seemed as though a wedding was the furthest thing from their minds. In December 2017, a source close to the couple revealed to Us Weekly that Cyrus "wasn't ready" to start a family of her own, saying, "[Hemsworth and Cyrus] still have zero plans of having an actual wedding."

Of course, sometimes people have a change of heart, which certainly seems to be the case for these newlyweds. Here's everything we know about Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's super-secret winter wedding. 

A nice day for a surprise wedding

Considering Miley Cyrus has long been sporting the gorgeous Neil Lane diamond engagement ring which Liam Hemsworth presented to her when he proposed, fans of the couple have been patiently awaiting to hear the wedding bells ring for years. However, according to sources close to the couple, a sparkly engagement ring didn't mean a wedding was on the way for the two stars. 

In a 2017 interview with The Sun on Sunday (via E! News), Cyrus didn't seem to be too keen on getting on married anytime soon. The singer told the publication, "I don't envision marriage. I'm 24. I hope I get to live a little bit more." Her sentiments were echoed by a source close to the couple in November 2018, who told Entertainment Tonight, "[Cyrus and Hemsworth] talk about a wedding and kids all the time, but they are in no rush." 

Considering the stars wed only one month after they were reported to be in "no rush," it's safe to say the wedding was quite the holiday surprise for fans.

Noah might have let the cat out of the bag

Noah Cyrus has made headlines in 2018 not only for her music, but for her short-lived (and endlessly fascinating) relationship with rapper Lil Xan, with whom she enjoyed a PDA-filled evening at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. After it was announced that she and Lil Xan had split, Cyrus released a bottle of her tears, aptly titled "Noah Tears," on Pizzaslime's website for the small amount of $12,000.

It seems that Miley's little sis is becoming more and more famous for her tears, and judging by her song "Good Cry," the young star doesn't seem to mind. That's probably a good thing, since her tears made headlines once again before the year closed out. On December 23, 2018, Cyrus posted a selfie to her Instagram story in which she was clearly crying. Before sharing the super emotional selfie, Cyrus had posted a picture with Conrad Jack Karr with balloons that read "Mr." and "Mrs." floating in the background, which led some eagle-eyed fans to realize that Cyrus was probably attending her sister's wedding. Oops!

"10 years later ....."

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth first met in 2009 while filming the romance flick The Last Song, based on the novel of the same name by The Notebook author Nicholas Sparks. Rumors of a romance between the two young stars started flying pretty much immediately, and the couple confirmed their relationship by appearing together at an Oscars after-party in 2010. Hemsworth proposed to the then 19-year-old Cyrus in 2012; however, the couple broke fans' hearts by calling off their engagement the following year. Cyrus and Hemsworth were apart for the better part of three years, during which the songstress fully shed her Hannah Montana persona and came into her own as an artist. Her breakup with Hemsworth even reportedly inspired the now-classic breakup anthem "Wrecking Ball," which will almost definitely be stuck in your head for days to come. You're welcome.

The pair reconciled in 2016, confirmed the engagement was back on, and (as we now know) wed in December 2018. Cyrus posted a sweet photo to her Instagram of the couple embracing at their wedding, captioning it, "10 years later ….." We couldn't think of a more fitting caption if we tried. 

The bride's dress cost a pretty penny

If you know anything at all about Miley Cyrus, you know that to call the star's personal style "unique" would be making a vast understatement. Though she first stepped into the spotlight as the girl-next-door/secret superstar with whom every girl wanted to be BFFs, Cyrus shed her tame roots in her post-Hannah Montana years, twerking with Robin Thicke onstage, straddling giant wrecking balls, and making appearances wearing outfits that would make even Lady Gaga blush. 

Since fans weren't clued in to Cyrus and Hemsworth's nuptials until after they had taken place, there was little time to speculate on what the bride would wear as she walked down the aisle to her beau. However, as photos from the wedding ceremony show, it appears Cyrus appreciates simplistic elegance as much as she does barely-there ensembles. The "Malibu" singer, along with her family and now-husband, posted photos from the secret ceremony featuring Cyrus looking every part the bride in a stunning floor-length, off-the-shoulder, ivory gown by designer Vivienne Westwood. According to USA Today, the "Long Cocotte" dress from Westwood's made-to-order collection can be yours for just $8,600. 

Talk about a wedding party!

To quote Shakespeare, "Though the wedding party be but little, it was fierce." 

If the photos and videos that have surfaced from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's wedding have taught us anything, it's this: these two lovebirds know how to have a good time. Unlike a vast majority of celebrity weddings — which tend to be a bit fantastical — Cyrus and Hemsworth's big day was extremely intimate, attended only by close friends and family members. In fact, the wedding appears to have been, well, normal. If the photos that have been released so far didn't feature so many famous faces, you might even mistake Cyrus and Hemsworth's wedding to be that of an old high school friend. We're guessing our invites got lost in the mail. 

Despite the small gathering, however, these newlyweds had a big time. In a video posted to her Twitter, Cyrus can be seen dancing her heart out in her wedding gown to "Uptown Funk." The fun video also features a surprise appearance from the clearly elated groom, who was spotted taking celebratory shots with his father and brother earlier in the evening. 

A change of plans

In her song "Malibu," Miley Cyrus sings of her "brand new start" and "dream come true" in — you guessed it — Malibu. Considering the song was written and released after Cyrus and Hemsworth rekindled their romance, one can only assume the tune was written with their love story in mind. And according to sources close to the couple, they wanted to wed in the place where they fell in love again. 

"They had planned to get married in Malibu over the holidays when all of their families were together," a source revealed to People. Unfortunately, the devastating California wildfires of 2018 claimed the couple's Malibu home, which is why Cyrus and Hemsworth married instead in the singer's hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, where they've been residing since the fire. 

The source continued, "They fell in love again [in Malibu] and were both devastated to lose their home." Here's hoping these newlyweds and all who lost their homes in the wildfires are able to rebuild their lives in Malibu as quickly as possible. 

A family affair

Not only are Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth each famous in their own right — they both have some seriously famous family members. Cyrus' father, Billy Ray Cyrus, was a staple in the '90s country music scene, responsible for catchy country tunes like "Achy Breaky Heart" and "She's Not Cryin' Anymore." Her little sister, Noah, is also quickly making a name for herself in the music industry. For his part, Australian-born Hemsworth is the younger brother of Thor himself — a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth. With such famous families, it's not unreasonable to imagine scheduling issues getting in the way of the last-minute wedding. But according to photos and videos from the wedding featuring Hemsworth's brother and father, as well as Cyrus' mom and dad, it appears that the most important people in the lovebirds' lives were present to celebrate their love.

In a photo captured by Billy Ray Cyrus, the newlyweds can be seen surrounded by loved ones, including Noah Cyrus and Miley's half-sister, Brandi, as they cut their wedding cake. "Wedding wouldn't be complete without one shot from Dad's outdated Blackberry camera," Billy Ray captioned the sweet picture. 

I now pronounce you ... survival partners?

Perhaps fans were shocked to hear of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's surprise wedding because of a certain interview the new bride gave to famous radio host Howard Stern early in December 2018. During her appearance on the Howard Stern Show (via Entertainment Tonight), Cyrus seemed a bit reluctant to even refer to Hemsworth as her fiancé — despite the couple's ten-year history and two engagements. 

While talking to Cyrus, Stern prodded about her relationship, asking, "[Is Hemsworth] your your boyfriend? Fiancé?" The singer was coy in her response, to say the least, replying, "Yeah, kind of-ish."

While "kind of-ish" isn't exactly the type of answer you'd expect from a person who married their significant other only weeks later, Cyrus was quick to reveal what she considers Hemsworth to be. "[He's] my partner," Cyrus told Stern. "I call him my survival partner now."

Cyrus went on to gush about how Hemsworth swiftly took action during the California wildfires to protect not only Cyrus, but their menagerie of pets — which includes two pigs! "He was so incredible," she said of her now-husband.