With nature providing the dramatic backdrop, Natalie Portman tied the knot over the weekend with her partner Benjamin Millepied. The couple began dating in 2009 during filming for her Academy Award-winning turn in "Black Swan," with Portman later announcing that she was pregnant with her first child. 


The wedding was a simple affair, with just 100 close family and friends (including Macaulay Culkin, Rashida Jones and Ivanka Trump) gathering in Big Sur, Calif., on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. According to People magazine, some additional green features included wildflowers native to the area, as well as packets of seeds for party favors. And then there was the dress, which according to one source also featured a certain "look."


"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," a source told In Touch Weekly.


Based on the designer gowns she's worn to various awards shows, I wouldn't necessarily agree with the "hippie" label, but one theme that did carry over is her vegan lifestyle. The entire wedding menu was plant-based and animal-free. 


In 2009, Portman revealed that it was Jonathan Safran Foer’s book "Eating Animals" that convinced her to go all the way with a vegan diet.


“Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities,” she wrote in a review of the book on The Huffington Post. “But the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling.”


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Natalie Portman's outdoor vegan wedding
Actress married Benjamin Millepied on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.