Kate Winslet and Ned RocknRoll were reportedly planning their wedding for months.

Although the Reader actress and Richard Branson's nephew wed in an intimate ceremony in front of a reported 12 guests earlier this month, those close to the couple say they have been planning to marry for some time.

A source told the Daily Mail newspaper: "Marriage has always been on the cards and they've been talking about doing it for the past couple of months. It wasn't a spur-of-the-moment thing, but they wanted to keep it secret."

While their decision to wed was a surprise to some family and friends, since they have only been dating for a year, the duo are "very much in love".


A friend of Ned's said: "They are very much in love, and seem to be extremely happy together."

This is the third marriage for Kate, 37, who has children Mia, 12, by her first husband Jim Threapleton and Joe, eight, by her second, film director Sam Mendes.

34-year-old Ned - who has changed his name from Abel Smith - has previously been married to Eliza Pearson.

- BANG! Showbiz