Renée & Kenny's Island Wedding
05/12/2005 AT 12:00 PM EDT
It was also the kind of wedding that few people saw coming. After all, it was only recently that the Oscar-winning actress, 36, and the country-music heartthrob, 37, even hinted at romance, with Zellweger popping onstage to deliver a margarita and a kiss at an April 29 Chesney concert in Jacksonville, Fla. Flash-forward nine days to the pair exchanging simple vows in a sunset ceremony on St. John in the Virgin Islands before just 35 close family and friends – not a single paparazzo or celebrity attendee in sight.
"It was a very spare service," says the guest, a close friend of the couple's. "It wasn't about big parties. It wasn't about grand gestures or massive $40,000 displays of flowers. It was about two very happy people finding each other."