Shakespearian romances usually go one of two ways, but not before leading the audience on a wild ride through 16th-century pop culture. Though we may not want to follow in many of his characters’ footsteps, there are a number of elements threaded throughout his plays that make for an enchanting wedding theme. Romeo and Juliet creates a beautiful backdrop for any event, even if we now have better means of communication.
If you want to go beyond simply reading some of Shakespeare’s most romantic quotations at your own affair, you can take some inspiration from this couple, who wanted to pull in a few more allusions to Shakespeare’s writing in their decor. The bride chose a dress that had been embroidered with a smattering of metallic stars in a nod to the reference from the play’s opening that Romeo and Juliet were “star crossed lovers.”
Even their invitations took this theme to heart, as shimmery metallic text crawled across paper printed with a starry sky backdrop. The tables were also set with tall candles, lending an air of historical romance to the reception. Each table was made of polished wood, displaying the old-school craftsmanship of the piece, rather than being hidden by sterile tablecloths. With an old barn in the background, it was like stepping into one of Shakespeare’s plays.
The groom too took inspiration from 16th-century fashion. No, he didn’t wear a doublet and hose. He wore a modern suit tht was offset with a patterned shirt that distilled the essence of a doublet’s patterning without being too archaic. For his hair, however, he kept it relatively long, parting it on the side just as Shakespeare may have done himself. The results were a beautiful wedding reception filled with an air of epic romance sparkling with a just a touch of whimsy.
These People Were Shocked When They Saw The Celebrity In The Background Of Their Photo
It’s not often that celebrities decide to flip the script on their fans, obstructing someone else’s photo – or even posing in the background without them knowing. Here are some classic examples of celebrities who photobombed ordinary people.
Jake Gyllenhaal – Peek-a-Jake!
Although this actor is best known for playing serious roles, it’s very clear that Jake has a goofy side to him. When this cute group of females took a minute to document their day, they had no idea that a bonafide mega-celebrity would sneak in and make their picture totally epic. Not only did he land an epic photobomb right into this trio’s selfie, he decided to make it an extra hilarious one by pulling this insane expression.
John Krasinski – Caught These Red Sox Fans Red-Handed
It’s quite amazing the trajectory that John Krasinski’s career has taken. Originally a comedian and a fan-favorite on the hit sitcom The Office, Krasinski has since tied the knot with Hollywood star Emily Blunt and he has directed his very own blockbuster, A Quiet Place. Despite this, “Kras” still finds time to visit his team, the Boston Red Sox, every once in a while. Then this happened and his fellow fans appreciated him in a completely different way.
The Queen – This Photobomb is Royally Crazy
When you think of a celebrity photobomber, you think of someone who has a tendency to do cheeky things. It has to be someone who is known for having a bit of a mischievous side to them. Right? Wrong! It turns out that Queen Elizabeth is just as capable of taking part in photobombs as anyone else on this list. These two young women, who appear to be participating in some sort of sport, couldn’t believe their eyes.
Aubrey Plaza – Pics and Recreation
At first glance, this looks like a candid photo of a pretty confused Hugh Jackman. You know, just your regular paparazzi photo. But if you look closely – you’ll notice Aubrey Plaza glaring at the actor with her famous “death-stare.” We can’t tell for sure if this was “right place at the right time” kind of strange coincidence or if Plaza and Jackman were grabbing a bite to eat, whatever the case may be, we want to know the story behind this photobomb.
Aaron Paul – Photobombing Bad
When you play a character as iconic as Jesse Pinkman from the hit series Breaking Bad, you’re pretty much sorted for life. Of course, Aaron Paul would like to think he’ll get some other big roles in the near future. Until then though, the actor has no problem enjoying himself at huge festivals like Coachella. Somehow, he managed to stay hidden from thousands of people who might notice him. However, this couple recognized him as soon as they took this photo.
Nicole Kidman – Big Little Photobombs
This photo has us simply starstruck. We cannot get over the fact that Russell Crowe and Meryl Streep are in the same frame. To top it all off, we have the queen, Nicole Kidman, creepily eyeing the camera down in between the two award-winning actors. We wonder if Nicole knew she was being photographed, or if she happened to glance at the camera exactly when the photo was being taken. Either way, this photo is all of our goals.
Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West – Be My Guests!
This lady and her baby have no idea that Kim Kardashian-West and Kanye West, who comprise one of the most famous celebrity power couples in the world, is sitting right behind her, and they have no idea they’re being photographed! Whoever captured this has serious potential when it comes to candid celeb-stalking – a career as a paparazzo might not be such a bad idea for them. But knowing these two, they will find whoever took this picture and somehow find a way to make money out of it.
Steven Tyler – Didn’t Want to Miss a Thing!
We’re not too sure why this woman decided to have her photo taken at a parking lot by her local supermarket. Maybe she just wanted to make the most of the beautiful weather. Who knows? At any rate, she must have been grateful that she asked her husband to take the photo when he did. Because little did she know, Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler was right there behind her. He didn’t seem too prepared though.
Jason Segel – How I Crashed Your Engagement
While he hasn’t been that prolific in the last couple of years, there is no denying that Jason Segel is one of the most talented and charming actors to grace both the big and small screen in the last 15 years. The man who played Marshall Eriksen on the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother is a hopeless romantic in his own right and loves nothing more than getting in the way of a couple trying to enjoy their engagement photo.
Zach Braff – The Ultimate Gatecrasher
Zach Braff wasn’t interested in turning up at a random wedding to surprise the lucky bride and groom. Instead, he was just passing through Times Square when he was caught in the middle of a photoshoot and the rest was history.
Justin Bieber – It’s Too Late to Say “Sorry”
If there’s ever a time that we hope not to get photobombed, it would be when we’re sleeping. It’s a classic prank that many of us have played on our friends during a field trip. They fall asleep on the bus and so you take the opportunity to have a photo with them while they’re in La La Land. Justin Bieber seized this opportunity when he found this guy asleep on the way to one of his concerts.
Jason Momoa – Aquaman Strikes Again
What are the odds that you are having your wedding photos taken and then all of a sudden, Aquaman shows up behind you? This poses some big questions. Firstly, if he isn’t filming an Aquaman movie, why would Jason Momoa be walking around a coastline with a trident in his hand? The only sensible explanation is that he actually is the King of Atlantis. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a huge mystery on our hands!
Jimmy Fallon & Jon Hamm – Who Are These Mad Men?
There is no doubt that Jimmy Fallon is obviously the kind of celebrity who gets a kick out of photobombing ordinary people. He seems to have a lot of time on his hands for a guy who hosts his own celebrity talk show. Amazingly though, he was able to recruit Mad Men star Jon Hamm to go on a photobombing spree on top of a New York skyscraper! This poor family was one of their many victims.
Tom Hanks – Drink, Forrest, Drink!
There is no doubt that Tom Hanks is renowned for giving his fans a lot of love and time. However, this was one occasion when the fan in question didn’t remember anything from the moment he met his hero. The Forrest Gump star was excited to have a good time with one of his biggest fans. But by the time he arrived at the bar, Mr. Hanks was surprised to see that the fan was already out. He decided to give him this memento on his phone.
Paul McCartney – Love Me Do!
There are millions upon millions of fans out there who simply take every lyric that The Beatles ever wrote as gospel. So when this pair of Beatles fans noticed that Paul McCartney was riding past their wedding photoshoot, they knew that it must be a sign from the rock gods. The man who once rocked with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr was more than happy to stop his bike, pose with the newlyweds and get on with his day.
Wil Wheaton – Photobomb by Me
There seems to be three generations of Wil Wheaton fans. Firstly, there were those who remember him for his role in the classic movie Stand By Me. Then there are those who recall his time on Star Trek: The Next Generation. And finally, his most recent memorable work has come on The Big Bang Theory, where he plays himself. Wheaton decided to photobomb his Eureka co-host Felicia Day, who was posing for a selfie with her own fan…
Ken Jeong – Leslie Chow Is in the Building!
There is no denying that Ken Jeong is best recognized for his breakout role as Leslie Chow in the popular Hangover film series. This has proven to be a double-edged sword for the actor. Although he is consistently getting work, it seems like most casual moviegoers will point him out in public for that particular role. This means that at every opportunity, he is trying to photobomb strangers before they have a chance to interact with him.
Bill Gates – “Gate”-Crashing the Photo
If you happen to be having a tour around the Microsoft headquarters, there is a small chance that you might end up bumping into the company’s founder, the legendary Bill Gates. Unfortunately for this guy, he never got a chance to meet the multi-billionaire. Then, as he checked his phone after taking a photo in front of a Microsoft sign, he noticed something remarkable – Bill Gates of all people, photobombed him! It was a day he’d never forget.
Michael Cera – Que Cera, Cera
Michael Cera is a down to earth kinda guy, despite his stardom – and this isn’t too surprising when you think about it. The actor, who became famous thanks to his roles in hit teen films like Superbad and Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, usually plays the kind of characters who would accidentally wander into the background of someone’s selfie. So here is a great example of life imitating art – Cera innocently peeking into this girl’s lense and waving hello. She looks pretty happy about it!
Slash – She Had No Idea
Anyone who was into music during the ’80s will be familiar with the classic rock band Guns ‘N’ Roses. With so many great hits to their name, it makes sense that some of today’s senior citizens would still hold the band very close to their hearts. The following photo shows a woman wearing a t-shirt of her favorite guitar player, Slash. Little did she know though that the rock legend was walking right behind her!
Amy Schumer – A Trainwreck of a Photo
When Amy Schumer was pregnant, she was happy just to get out of the house every once in a while and take a stroll down the park. Then, on one fateful day, she saw a couple and knew exactly what was happening. They were taking engagement photos! Excited by what she saw, she quietly walked up to the couple and the photographer just went with it, snapping away to provide the soon-to-be newlyweds with some truly unforgettable photos.
George Clooney – Oh, Hi Ellie
Ellie Goulding was absolutely delighted to share a moment with Raynald Aeschlimann at the Omega anniversary party. However, she had no idea that someone was hiding in the background and managed to ruin a perfectly good photo between her and the Omega CEO. George Clooney simply doesn’t understand boundaries, especially when it comes to seeing other celebrities taking photos that he isn’t supposed to be in. It seems like Amal wasn’t looking when George decided to act like a two-year-old.
Jennifer Lawrence – Stop! That’s My Interview!
We’re not too sure what the context is behind this photo… One thing’s for sure though, whatever Taylor Swift is talking to Ryan Seacrest about, Jennifer Lawrence isn’t too pleased. At the very least, she thinks she deserves to speak instead. In case you forgot, this wasn’t the first time that Swift was interrupted while she was speaking. She’ll forever be haunted by that time that Kanye West butted in during her award acceptance speech at the Video Music Awards.
Jon Hamm – Truly a Mad Man
January Jones and Kiernan Shipka truly have fond memories of working together on the hit series Mad Men. And while their relationship with on-screen father/husband Jon Hamm was complicated to say the very least, they also thoroughly enjoyed working with him during that awesome run. You could say that this was something of a family reunion. However, we’re not so sure how aware Shipka and Jones were that Hamm was eerily lurking in the background.
Dave Chapelle – The Worst Third Wheel Ever
How would a couple have no idea that someone as funny as Dave Chapelle would be sitting right behind them during their engagement photos? This couple was simply minding their own business, having some drinks. Then, out of the blue, one of comedy’s most iconic stars showed up and decided to give the couple a photobomb that they would never forget. Let’s just hope he didn’t crack any inappropriate jokes afterward.
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange, Indeed
Who gave Benedict Cumberbatch permission to photobomb one of the most iconic rock bands of all time? Bono, Edge and the rest of U2 were excited to have a group photo on the red carpet with some of their loved ones. Little did they know though that the man famous for roles such as Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Stephen Strange was hiding behind them, ready to pounce. It turns out that Cumberbatch is kind of notorious for photobombing other celebrities.
Neil Flynn & Eric Stonestreet – War of the Sitcoms
Talk about a clash of the titans! There is no denying that Neil Flynn was the unsung hero of the classic medical sitcom Scrubs, playing everyone’s favorite janitor. Eventually, though, Eric Stonestreet burst onto the scene and became the next generation’s beloved sitcom guy on Modern Family. In this photo, Eric was delighted to have a photo taken with a huge fan at a baseball game. Little did he know that Neil Flynn was right there, planning his revenge.
Adele – Rolling in the Background
If you have been paying attention to pop music over the last decade or so, you will appreciate just how far Adele has come during that time. The singer has won an incredible number of awards and her music has warmed the hearts of millions of people around the world. What many don’t realize about the “Rolling in the Deep” singer is that she actually has a wicked sense of humor and will photobomb her fans, from time to time.
Harry Styles – Just Waiting His Turn
It was a warm summer’s day, and the line for an autograph with One Direction was long. Despite that, Harry Styles himself – the man that everybody was waiting in line to see – decided there could be no better time than to put his feet in his fans’ shoes and join the ranks. All the young ladies looked ahead with excitement, before realizing in a fit of mania that the legend himself was standing right behind them…
Cheryl Cole – An Unpleasant Surprise
It’s hard to say for sure whether this innocent passerby was disgustingly thrilled or just disgusted to run into English singer Cheryl Cole, but one thing’s for sure – she never would have made that face for the camera intentionally. But if her goal was to have a photo with the pop star go viral, that unusual expression was definitely the way to go. We’ll assume neither of them could have guessed how this photo would turn out.
Maisie Williams – Game Of Phones
This may not be Game of Thrones, but whatever game it is, Maisie Williams is obviously winning it. Known for her quirky antics and impenetrable sense of humor, she wasn’t about to let this poor bloke off the hook so easily with his sneaky picture attack – busting out the weirdest face she could muster and getting the last laugh in, as usual. Joke’s on you, mister! But his photo still went viral, so perhaps everyone wins here.
Justin Timberlake – Justin Time
Well, this cool group of dudes may have wished their selfie would be noticed by Justin Timberlake, but they certainly never thought it would actually happen…but then their wish come true. In one second that would turn into an eternity, the megastar turned around and struck a pose for the little camera just in time, giving the dudes and the world something to smile about forever. And as always, he did it with impeccable style.
Jimmy Fallon Gives Cameron Diaz A Tall Order
So that’s what they were plotting up there in his office…Jimmy Fallon is no stranger to photobombing, and he has a special talent for getting our favorites from Hollywood to join in on his crazy antics. Shortly after having her on his show, Jimmy and pal Cameron Diaz decided to head on up to the top of one of the world’s tallest buildings and surprise some innocent picture takers. And of course, the rest of us got a surprise too once it reached the internet.
Ed Sheeran – You Need Me, I Don’t Need You
We’re not entirely sure who these guys are who are taking a perfectly innocent photo. However, if there is someone who can help to lighten the mood, then it is the one and only Ed Sheeran. The singer behind hits such as “You Need Me, I Don’t Need You,” “Shape of You” and “Galway Girl” loves nothing more than ruining group photos and will do whatever it takes to make sure that his face is in the final shot.
Amy Schumer – Snatched!
There is no doubt in our mind that this couple will look at this photo years from now and think to themselves, “wow that was one heck of a day.” Not only did they tie the knot on a beautiful sunny day – Amy Schumer photobombed their wedding photos. The bride looks surprised, and the groom, well the groom looks like he doesn’t know who the woman standing behind him is…though, if you ask us, it looks like they have been best friends for years.
Beyoncé – Video Phone
If we’re honest – in our book, anyone that was graced with the presence of Queen B is the photobomber themselves. You can tell Beyoncé was in the middle of singing her heart out when this superfan was lucky enough to snap a photo with the diva. We don’t know what we’re feeling looking at this photo, perhaps it is a mix of jealously and some hardcore “you go girl” vibes!
Bryan Cranston – I Am the One Who Photobombs!
Imagine if you bumped into a celebrity and you got the chance to take a photo with them. However, imagine if this happened and another celebrity was passing by and decide to photobomb you? This is exactly what happened to this poor young lady, who was so excited to share a moment with Ty Burrell, one of the stars of Modern Family. After checking her phone, she noticed that a certain Bryan Cranston had sabotaged the photo!
Elton John – Can You Feel the Photobomb Tonight?
Of all the things Sir Elton John has accomplished in his life – this may be one of our favorites. Yes, that is Elton John sitting at the head of this table. We wonder how long it took for this guy to figure out that the British legend was sitting just one table away – or if he knew and was slyly catching a photo of the Pinball Wizard. We hope it is the latter because there is no other excuse for this awkwardly angeled photo.
Selena Gomez – 500 Days of Joseph
It looks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt was blindsided by the photographer catching a photo of him. What is more surprising is the look on Selena Gomez’s face as she’s standing behind JGL. You barely notice her in the shadows, but when you do, this makes for a pretty funny photobomb. Even Instagram’s most-followed celeb, Gomez, gets starstruck sometimes, and we can’t blame her. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been our celeb crush since we saw him in 10 Things I Hate About You, way back in middle school.
Jared Leto – A Real Joker
Any photo of Jennifer Lopez is an above-average photo if you ask us – even this one. Jared Leto was on his way to greet someone when this photo was shot, J.Lo, on the other hand, is looking fierce. It is like she hasn’t got a care in the world, and why should she? She is Jennifer Lopez. It is interesting though, usually, photobombers are the ones that are at the back of the picture – Jared and Jen have revolutionized the photobomb.
Shaquille O’Neal – Shaq Attack
If this is the first time, you’ve seen a photobomb inside a photobomb, welcome to the club. Shaq is photobombing Erica Ash and Tiffany Haddish while Nick Kroll is photobombing the three of them. Photobombing someone as tall as Shaq seems like it would be impossible, but Kroll managed to succeed in doing so. The comedian sneaked in from the side, as opposed to the classic photobomb from behind – we’re feeling it.
Dwayne Johnson – You Rock
This photo was obviously taken at a Christmas party. Everybody was about to unwrap their presents when they gathered around to take a festive photo. Although this looks like it was a pretty merry party, knowing that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was a guest makes it all the happier. The way he just popped into this photo, the pure joy in his face – we couldn’t imagine Johnson photobombing a Christmas photo any other way.
Wiz Khalifa – See You Again
Have you ever thought about the random people that show up in your family photos? The strangers that become a part of your memories just because they happened to be there when the photo was snapped? Well, for this family, Wiz Khalifa has become a part of their family reunion forever. It is pretty cool, of all the strangers in the photo, Wiz Khalifa is the only one looking straight at the camera. It’s like he somehow knew that this would make for one of the best photobombs.
Kevin Spacey – House of Photobombs
Taking photos in front of monuments can often be awkward – on the one hand, you want a keepsake of your trip. On the other hand, you’re standing there by yourself, waiting for someone to snatch the photo. Kevin Spacey made this photo a little less awkward when he photobombed this woman’s photo mid-run. Her facial expression is priceless, she was genuinely shocked to see that the actor had stopped to take a photo with her. This photo is a monumental one, and it isn’t because of the statue behind this woman.
Arnold Schwarzenegger – Tour De France
This group of Chinese tourists was totally caught off guard when none other than the Exterminator walked in from of their group shot in front of the Eiffel Tower. It doesn’t even look like they recognized this random dude who stopped his bicycle to photobomb them. It definitely looks like no matter how old this former actor and Governor of California gets, he will never lose his sense of humor.
George Clooney – Photobomb’s 11
We love when co-stars love each other as much as we love them. This waiter must have been escatic when Matt Damon agreed to take a photo with him. We can only imagine he was over the moon when he looked at his phone and saw that not only was Damon in the photo, but he got a keepsake with one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors, George Clooney. What makes this all the more impressive is that Damon seems to be pointing at the waiter, but because Clooney is standing right behind him, it looks like he is pointing at the photobomber himself.
The Rock – He Smelt What This Guy Was Cooking
It’s not every day that you’re walking down the street and all of a sudden, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson passes you mid-selfie. This guy couldn’t believe his luck. Not only did he catch the People’s Champ at the perfect moment, but the wrestler-turned-Hollywood-superstar posed for the camera during his walk to the gym! There is no denying that The Rock is truly a man who loves his millions upon millions of fans.
Nicolas Cage – Hey Baby!
It is not every day that you are at the grocery store and all of a sudden, Nicolas Cage shows up. Unfortunately for this young mother, she had no idea that the Con Air star was standing right behind her. She was simply having a photo taken with her baby and her husband. To be fair, the dad was in on it and managed to stay incredibly cool as Cage butted in for a pretty epic photobomb.
Jerry Seinfeld – What’s the Deal With Jerry?
A guy took his daughter away for the weekend when, out of the blue, they bumped into Ferris Beuler himself, Matthew Broderick. Absolutely starstruck, he begged the actor to take a photo of him with his little girl, to which Broderick wholeheartedly obliged. Little did he realize though that there was another celebrity standing to the side. It was Jerry Seinfeld! He didn’t recognize him until he looked at the photo while he was in the car!
Patrick Stewart – Photobombing a Fellow Mutant
This is one of those examples where a celebrity took it upon themselves to photobomb a group of ordinary people who happen to be posing with another celebrity. Our guess is that Hugh Jackman was filming one of the X-Men movies (hence the Wolverine hairstyle), and some fans were brought on set to meet some of the stars. At first, they were told that Patrick Stewart wasn’t available for a photo. However, at the last minute, Professor X managed to show up!
Robert Pattinson – The Revenge of Edward
Robert Pattinson was one of the stars of the Twilight film saga. His role as Edward Cullen was undeniably creepy. We just hope that these three friends didn’t look down after the photo was taken. It’s bad enough looking at the photo afterward and realizing that one of the most iconic vampires in Hollywood history is hiding behind your legs! Undeniably creepy, indeed.
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Photobomb
Technically speaking, this doesn’t really qualify as a photobomb, seeing that the person taking the photo is aware that a celebrity is posing for the camera! How amazing would it be if your favorite artist brought you on set and let you take a selfie of him and the entire crowd? Well, that’s exactly what happened at this Bruce Springsteen concert! The Boss gave this diehard fan the most unforgettable photo that she has ever taken.
Chris Pratt & Chris Evans – Photobombers! Assemble!
What’s better than being photobombed by a star from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? That’s right folks – being photobombed by two stars from the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Jimmy Fallon managed to recruit both Chris Evans and Chris Pratt, who star as Captain America and Star-Lord, respectively, to do some photobombing work. This couple had no idea what they had in store for them. However, video footage of this whole fiasco ended up on Fallon’s YouTube page.
Adam Sandler – The Wedding Bomber
Adam Sandler has always been a funny guy, so it should come as no surprise that when he accidentally wandered into the middle of this couple’s wedding photo session, he decided to get involved and pose for some pictures with the happy couple. “We told him we’re huge fans, we love his work, we’ve watched all his films,” the newlyweds said of the incident. “He replied, ‘Good, I’ll take some photos then – mazel tov!'”
Nicolas Cage – A Cagey Encounter
When you have a list of celebrity photobombs and more than one of them involves the same celebrity, you know that means they like to intrude on other people’s photos. When this customer was walking to the bathroom at a restaurant, his girlfriend told him to pose for the camera. At first, he had no idea why she wanted to take a photo of him at that very moment. Then he looked at the photo and realized that he was standing next to Nicolas Cage.