Jennifer Aniston is said to have married long-time boyfriend Justin Theroux at their Bel-Air home. – REUTERS

LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) – Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston has married her longtime boyfriend Justin Theroux at their Los Angeles-area home in a secret ceremony that took the media and many of the couple’s guests by surprise, celebrity media reported on Thursday.

People magazine and Us Weekly, citing unidentified sources, said the couple, who have been dating for four years, exchanged vows in front of some 70 family members and friends at their Bel-Air home on Wednesday.

Representatives of the couple did not return requests for comment.

But celebrity news website TMZ.com posted photos of a stage, an outdoor dance floor, dining tables and a large cake being brought into the house that Aniston and Theroux share in Bel-Air, a posh hilltop neighbourhood of Los Angeles.

“Guests were told it was a birthday party for Justin. Jen and Justin wanted to surprise guests and guests were certainly surprised,” People magazine reported, citing a source.

“Jen has been very good at keeping her wedding planning secret. Only her closest confidants knew that the party was actually a surprise wedding.”

Aniston, 46, whose first marriage to actor Brad Pitt ended in divorce 10 years ago, met actor and Tropic Thunder screenwriter Theroux, who turns 44 next week, in 2008, and the couple announced their engagement in 2012.

People and Us Weekly said guests at the wedding included Aniston’s Friends costar Lisa Kudrow, comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Chelsea Handler, TV’s America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern and British actress Emily Blunt.

According to People magazine, sources say Aniston wore a strapless, flowy, simple cream gown that matched the occasion. Her maid of honour was good friend and Friends co-star Courteney Cox. Theroux chose buddy Scott Campbell as best man.

The wedding was kept so secret, that guests thought they were attending Justin’s 44th birthday celebration. According to the www.mirror.co.uk, the couple “apologised for keeping them in the dark” after announcing it was their big day instead.

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