San­dra’s fake wed­ding

The star has a few­sur­prises planned!

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When it came to seek­ing advice on a top-se­cret wed­ding, San­dra Bul­lock turned to a close Friend Frie who man­aged to pull off the sneaki­est nup­tials in Hol­ly­wood his­tory – Jennifer Anis­ton. Ear­lier th this year, as the ac­tresses s sat in the Bev­erly Hills hom home that San­dra shares w with her boyfriend Bryan Ra Ran­dall, the Grav­ity star floated a plan she’d been co con­sid­er­ing. The 53-year-old had been th think­ing about holdin hold­ing a small, hush­hush c cer­e­mony and celebr cel­e­bra­tion for a se­lect group of guests with­out telling them any­thing in adv ad­vance. But the union woul would be more sym­bolic than law­full. ““Sandy is a bit he hes­i­tant about get­ting m mar­ried be­cause of the le­gal­i­ties,”

ex­plains a close pal of the star. “It’s com­pli­cated.”

Jennifer, 48, was sup­port­ive of San­dra’s idea, an­other in­sider tells us. “She said, ‘What’s the dif­fer­ence? He’s al­ready liv­ing here. He’s al­ready your old man!’”

There’s cer­tainly no doubt that pho­tog­ra­pher Bryan – who San­dra first met when she hired him to take pic­tures at her son Louis’ fifth birth­day party – has ce­mented his place as the great love of her life. How­ever, the Os­car-winner – who divorced Mon­ster Garage star Jesse James in 2010 after dis­cov­er­ing his string of sor­did af­fairs – was wary at first.

“She went through a great deal of heart­break after Jesse,” ex­plains the friend. “And she is scarred by it to this day.”

But after two years to­gether, Bryan has worked hard to heal those wounds. De­scribed by a friend as “one of the nicest guys ever”, the 51-year-old dad-of-one has proven him­self both as a part­ner and a fa­ther fig­ure to San­dra’s adopted kids, Louis, seven, and Laila, five.

“Bryan has fully stepped up and em­braced the dad role,” tells the pal. “He is 100% there for Louis and Laila, and he’s won­der­ful with them in ev­ery way. Sandy feels in­cred­i­bly blessed that she is shar­ing the par­ent­ing jour­ney with him.”

An­other in­sider adds that if Bryan had his way, the loved-up duo would also be shar­ing a last name, although “he’s happy to go along with what­ever Sandy wants – but he def­i­nitely wants a mar­riage, le­gal or not.”

Yet, with the ac­tress still hes­i­tant to make things of­fi­cial, San­dra’s friend says, “They have agreed to put the kids first, for now.”

That means life in their seven-bed­room man­sion re­volves around Louis and Laila. “Most days, they take turns do­ing the school dropoff and driv­ing them to their ac­tiv­i­ties,” tells the source.

But if the cou­ple can swing it, they’ll car­pool, “just so they can spend time to­gether and get a morn­ing cof­fee”.

Happy fam­ily

San­dra is also “su­per-in­volved” at the kids’ school, ac­cord­ing to the friend, with Bryan by her side at var­i­ous stu­dent events. And it seems that be­hind the scenes, he is just as sup­port­ive. When San­dra signed up to host a theme party for other par­ents, “Bryan helped with all of the de­tails and plan­ning.”

The ac­tress is just as present with Bryan’s col­legeaged daugh­ter Sky­lar. For one birth­day, she paid for a week­end rental “so Sky­lar and her friends could cel­e­brate”, says a source. “She’s re­ally gen­er­ous with her.”

Even with­out the presents, the 20-some­thing and San­dra bonded quickly, adds the source. “Sky­lar loves that her dad is happy with San­dra.”

But while most of the happy cou­ple’s time re­volves around the kids, it seems that Bryan al­ways finds ways to squeeze in ro­mance. “Any open­ing in their sched­ule, he’ll steal her away for a late lunch or early din­ner.” Among their favourite go-to spots is a West Hol­ly­wood Ital­ian restau­rant called Il Pic­col­ino, where they dined with Jennifer and her hus­band Justin Th­er­oux late last month.

And our in­sider says the former male model turned sil­ver fox is quite the charmer! “He’s the guy who will al­ways get the door or get her jacket and help put it on,” they re­port. “Bryan takes care of her in all of the right ways. She feels loved and ap­pre­ci­ated.”

But his best move, says the friend, is light­en­ing her par­ent­ing load. When San­dra signed on to film fe­male heist thriller Ocean’s Eight in New York last year, Bryan moved cross-coun­try to be there for her and the kids through­out the six-month shoot.

“While she was work­ing, Bryan had the chil­dren, and took them to the park and to school ev­ery day,” re­ports the in­sider. “They adore him and she feels lucky to be able to work, know­ing that they are so well taken care of.”

Now San­dra is lean­ing on him once more. The 12-time pro­ducer has just signed as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of Bird Box, a post-apoc­a­lyp­tic drama which she will also star in.

“Bryan will be step­ping up and do­ing a lot of the parental du­ties,” San­dra’s friend tells us. “He is pa­tient, kind and a great in­flu­ence.”

Things can get crazy at their man­sion – com­plete with pool and top-notch se­cu­rity – and the ac­tress has never been hap­pier.

“It’s very chaotic,” the pal ad­mits. “But they wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Dou­ble dates with Jennifer and Justin (above), who kept their 2015 wed­ding top se­cret, have shaped the Speed star’s ideas about mar­riage. g

Bryan has been a rock for the star, as well as a fa­ther fig­ure for lit­tle Laila (left) and Louis.

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