Allison Williams said ‘I do’ to her now-husband Ricky Van Veen in front of family friends and a very special officiant – Tom Hanks. The Oscar-winning actor is one of many stars who have studied ‘the divinity’ in order to be granted the right to perform marriage ceremonies. “If you want to call me the Right Reverend Tom Hanks, I think you should,” he joked during an interview with Extra.
In 2015, the actress walked down the aisle on the arm of her newsman father, Brian Williams, in a stunning Oscar de la Renta creation, which she showed off in a series of pictures on Instagram. The bespoke gown featured a nipped-in waist, demure high neckline, long sleeves and was finished with a floral overlay topped off with a flowing veil.
Allison is a longtime friend of Tom and his wife Rita Wilson, who plays the actress’s mother on Girls. The 27-year-old opened up about their close relationship to Town and Country Magazine in 2013. Citing Rita as her mentor, Allison also shared that the veteran actress helped her get through the audition process for the role of Marnie on Girls. “[We] went on a hike and ate cupcakes, which is our tradition,” she said.
Tom isn’t the only celebrity to have united two people at the altar. Talk show host Conan O’Brien conducted the wedding of his show’s costume designer in 2011 and Canadian actor Victor Garber famously helpedJennifer Garner and Ben Affleck tie the knot in 2005. We’ve rounded up eight famous faces who studied up to squire their close friends into holy matrimony.