Sandra’s fake wedding
The star has a fewsurprises planned!
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”.
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.