Anya Taylor-Joy Reveals Never-Before-Seen Photos From Her Vampire-Themed Wedding

Not a joke: The actress secretly married Malcolm McRae on April Fool's Day in 2022.
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Sarah Hanlon
Entertainment & Celebrity Editor
  • Sarah is the Entertainment & Celebrity Editor for The Knot, with special focuses on pop culture and celebrity wedding news.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
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Updated Apr 03, 2024

This is not a joke: Anya Taylor-Joy recently confirmed that she got married on April Fool's Day…two years ago, that is! The Golden Globe award-winning actress took to Instagram on April 2, 2024, to share never-before-seen photos from her secret wedding to musician Malcolm McRae. "Two years ago, on April Fools, I secretly married my best friend in New Orleans," she wrote. "The magic of that day is ingrained in every cell of my being, forever. Happy second ( first ) anniversary my love…you're the coolest."

The Dune II star's husband chimed in with his own anniversary post, writing, "I love you now and somehow I always have and somehow it will never end. Happy two year anniversary (yesterday), beautiful."

So, who is Anya Taylor-Joy's husband? Here's everything we know about the couple's private marriage, including the details from their gothic wedding day.

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Who is Anya Taylor-Joy's Husband?

Anya Taylor-Joy's husband is Malcolm McRae. The 29-year-old Alabama native is a musician best known for serving as a guitarist in Portugal The Man. He's currently a member of the band More*, which toured with HAIM in 2022. Beyond his music career, Malcolm McRae has also dabbled in acting. In 2023, he had a small role in the Amazon Prime series Daisy Jones and the Six.

Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae met through the entertainment industry. The two reportedly first crossed paths in 2020 at the premiere of her critically acclaimed Netflix series The Queen's Gambit. Two days later, McRae wrote a song about her titled, "Really Want to See You Again." The rest, of course, is history.

Malcolm McRae and Anya Taylor-Joy's Wedding Photos & Details

While it was widely believed that Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae got married in Venice in 2023, the actress confirmed that their first wedding actually took place on April 1, 2022. (Their Venetian celebration is believed to be a vow renewal or sequel ceremony.) Here's a peek inside Anya Taylor-Joy's nontraditional, vampire-themed April Fool's day wedding.

Anya Taylor-Joy's Wedding Venue

While she didn't reveal the exact venue, Anya Taylor-Joy's wedding took place at a historic cathedral in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photos from the ceremony show off the intimate setting, which was decorated with romantic candlesticks and clusters of white flowers.

The couple kept the guest list to a minimum, inviting only a few esteemed guests. Included in the festivities was model Cara Delevingne, who could be seen sitting underneath the bride's gauzy veil in one photo.

Anya Taylor-Joy's Wedding Dress

There was much speculation about what Anya Taylor-Joy's wedding dress looked like, especially after she was photographed in an off-white gown at her second wedding in Venice in 2023. For both occasions, the bride wore a custom Dior dress in an off-white hue, which was adorned with embroidered imagery of flowers and birds.

Anya Taylor-Joy's Wedding Theme

Anya Taylor-Joy and her husband Malcolm McRae appeared to follow a vampire theme for their secret nuptials, as evidenced by the "anatomically correct heart cakes" they enjoyed. (Yes, really: On her Instagram Story, the actress shared a video of them linking arms while biting into actual heart-shaped wedding cakes covered in red, blood-like icing.) "Yes, I am the vampire Lestat," she concluded her Instagram post. This appeared to be a nod to the 1976 gothic horror novel Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. Like Anya Taylor-Joy's wedding, the novel is also set in New Orleans. Talk about commitment to the theme.

Anya Taylor-Joy and Husband Malcolm McRae's Relationship Timeline

Although it's unclear exactly how and when Anya Taylor-Joy and her husband began dating, evidence of their romance goes back to 2021. Here's a peek into the couple's complete relationship timeline.

March 2021: Anya Taylor-Joy Confirms She Has a Partner

Anya Taylor-Joy first spoke about Malcolm McRae in a March 2021 interview with Elle. During the conversation, Taylor-Joy didn't name her boyfriend—instead, she alluded to his presence being the reason for taking her interview from her bathroom. "My partner's just come back from work, and he's moving around all of his equipment, so this was the safe spot," she said.

McRae's identity was revealed later in the year after the couple was photographed kissing in Venice, Italy.

March 2022: Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae Make Their Red Carpet Debut

Anya Taylor-Joy and husband Malcolm McRae at the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscars party
Photo: Frazer Harrison | Getty Images

The following year, Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae made their red carpet debut at Vanity Fair's Oscars after-party.

April 2022: Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae Get Married

Just one month later, Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae secretly got married on April Fool's Day in New Orleans, Louisiana. The couple kept their news under wraps until their second anniversary in 2024.

January 2023: Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae Attend the Golden Globes Together

Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae at the 2023 Golden Globes
Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer | FilmMagi

Unbeknownst to fans, Anya Taylor-Joy brought her husband as her date to the 2023 Golden Globes. The newlyweds were all smiles as they walked the red carpet together, where they showed off plenty of PDA.

Fall 2023: Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae Host a Second Wedding in Italy

In September 2023, the Daily Mail reported that Anya Taylor-Joy and Malcolm McRae planned to exchange vows in Venice, Italy. "Anya and Malcolm are incredibly private and wanted to ensure their wedding was kept away from prying eyes," an inside source told the outlet. "They both love Italy and always dreamed of tying the knot in a beautiful setting surrounded by their nearest and dearest. There will be no expense spared and their guests are bound to have an incredible time."

In early October, paparazzi photos of the couple's wedding emerged. Taylor-Joy could be seen posing on a window balcony in a custom Dior wedding gown. Fans also got a glimpse of the couple's A-list guests, including Cara Delevingne, Julia Garner, Nicolas Hoult and Miles Teller.

April 2024: Anya Taylor-Joy and Husband Malcolm McRae Confirm Their Marriage

Finally, after months of speculation, Anya Taylor-Joy and her husband personally confirmed their wedding news on social media. "Two years ago, on April Fools, I secretly married my best friend in New Orleans," she wrote on Instagram. "The magic of that day is ingrained in every cell of my being, forever. Happy second ( first ) anniversary my love…you're the coolest."

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