Dax Shepard Wed Kristen Bell at Courthouse

dax shepard and kristen wedding

Dax Shepard, 38  and Kristen Bell, 33, said their "I do's" Thursday, Oct. 16, at the Beverly Hills County Clerk's Office in an impromptu ceremony.

The longtime couple made the trip downtown simply to obtain a marriage license.  When an employee offered to perform a civil ceremony in a nearby vacant room they made the snap decision to exchange vows on the spot.

There was a photographer present and word is that Bell shed a few tears as they sealed the marital deal.

Kristen has actually mentioned the whole courthouse route in past interviews, "I feel like we get enough attention in our daily lives and we just want something sort of private that involves pen and paper."

Shepard proposed to Kristen in 2009, but they famously vowed not to wed until same-sex marriage rights would allow everyone the same privilege.  She re-proposed via Twitter after Prop 8 was struck down in June of this year.

She tweeted, "@daxshepard1 will you marry me? Xo #marriageequyality #love is love"  He responded, "Prop 8 is dead. Now let's bring my big, gay marriage to @IMKristenBell to Life!!!!"

The actress gave birth to the couple's daughter Lincoln in March 2013.  She claims motherhood is "actually better than I expected ... it's pretty wonderful.

Fun Fact:  Bell and Shepard live a vegan lifestyle and were recently named Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrities of 2013 by PETA.

Photo Credit: Judy Eddy-WENN