How Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem Fell in Love

When we heard about Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem's top secret Bahama's wedding earlier, we couldn't contain our excitement! The glamorous duo have been dominating headlines with their stellar chemistry both on and off screen for years. Although they have been notoriously coy with the press, there have been moments when we've been able to get a glimpse at the real-life relationship between Hollywood's reigning Spanish royalty.

Here's a look at some of our fave moments of Penelope and Javier's courtship over the years.

1. Penelope & Javier: Jamon, Jamon

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem first met on the set of the 1992 film Jamon, Jamon. The controversial film featured Cruz and Bardem caught in a absurd love-triangle and director José Juan Bigas Luna makes sure to capitalize on the electricity between his leading actors in this sexy dark comedy. Here's a scene from the film in which Bardem steals a kiss from Cruz.

 


2. Penelope & Javier: Maldives 2007

Fast forward about 15 years and here we are again! But this time, Javier and Penelope are making headlines about their off-screen romance. Although the couple refuses to confirm their relationship, paparazzi managed to catch them sharing a tender moment on the Maldive Islands in October of 2007.


3. Penelope & Javier: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

The rumor mill went into overdrive once Woody Allen's film Vicky Cristina Barcelona was released in theaters in August of 2008. The chemistry between Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz was palpable and it helped the española turn in an Oscar-worthy performance in the role of Maria Elena, Bardem's passionate (and crazy) ex-wife.


4. Penelope & Javier: Salma's Wedding

Maybe the couple was inspired to tie the knot by the incredibly romantic wedding of Cruz's best friend, Salma Hayek, to French businessman Francoi Henri-Pinault in Venice, Italy, in April of 2009? Here's Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem boarding a boat to the nuptials with U2 frontman Bono.


5. Penelope & Javier: Engagement Ring Debut

Pedro Almodovar accompanied his muse Penelope Cruz to the premiere of his film, Broken Embraces, in New York City on October 11, 2009. That same evening, Cruz debuted a huge sparkler on her left ring finger, sparking a debate about whether or not she and Bardem were engaged to be married.


6. Penelope & Javier: Engaged? Letterman

While promoting Broken Embraces, Cruz stopped by Late Night with David Letterman. The talk-show host, known for his blunt interviewing style, flat-out asked her if she was engaged. The actress gracefully refused to answer, telling him she was "allergic" to talking about her private life. Check out the interaction.


7. Penelope & Javier: Goya Awards 2010

Penelope and Javier looked gorgeous as ever when they attended the Goya Awards at the "Palacio de Congresos" on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2010 in Madrid. Imagine how adorable (and talented!) their kids will be.


8. Penelope & Javier: Cannes "I Love You"

Our hearts all melted when Javier Bardem acknowledged his relationship with Penelope Cruz for the first time during his acceptance speech at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. A shocked Cruz held back tears as he told her: “To my girlfriend, my companion, my love: Penelope. I owe you so much and I love you a lot.”


9. Penelope & Javier: Hawaii 2010

Just a few short weeks before they wed, Penelope and Javier were snapped soaking up some sun on the beach in Hawaii. Cruz was visiting the islands on June 14, 2010 for pre-production of Pirates of the Caribbean 4.


10. Celebrity Bling: Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian

On the evening of her 33rd birthday, Kanye West popped the question by projecting the words, "Please marry me," onto the scoreboard in the San Francisco Giants' ballpark. The engagement bling is reportedly a 15 carat diamond ring.