Are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally tying the knot? That's what the increasing hullabaloo on their South of France estate -- Chateau Miraval -- indicates to the media.
Brad's parents have reportedly arrived at Chateau Miraval this weekend, and Los Angeles jeweler Robert Procop, who made Angelina's $250,000 diamond and platinum engagement ring, also is said to be flying in.
Some have speculated that the bash is for Pitt's parents Jane and Bill, but with Angelina’s jeweler there, it seems likely that it is something more. George Clooney, who lives in Lake Cuomo in Italy, is said to be flying in for the occasion.
Our sources on the ground in the South of France say there is large tent outside the Chateau. “It’s really happening," one source says.
The couple's engagement was revealed in April by The Hollywood Reporter. After the engagement went public, construction for a large hall began at their Provence estate. Aerial images of the chateau and grounds in February 2012 showed a large white building being erected next to a quaint chapel.
The 1,000 acre French estate is located in Provence (a reported $54 million investment) and is the perfect spot for a secluded family wedding. The security is always tight around the estate, but has gotten even tighter in recent weeks -- we're talking armed guards, security cameras, the works.
Despite the media speculation, Patrick Mareschi, deputy culture secretary of the nearby village of Correns, has told Reuters, "Under French law couples have to get married at the town hall. Unlike with a religious wedding, there's no way a couple can hold a civil ceremony at their own home," he added.
But applying for a marriage license in the States or in France would set off major media alarms. And it makes perfect sense to have a private and protected wedding on their estate.
Angelina has been married twice before: first to British actor Jonny Lee Miller from 1996 to 1999, and to Billy Bob Thornton from 2000 to 2003. Brad's marriage to Jennifer Aniston lasted five years before they announced they were divorcing in early 2005.
The power couple known as Brangelina quickly amassed a family of six children, Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 3.
Although they've insisted that they would not wed until the U.S. legalization of same-sex marriage, Brad admitted to increasing pressure from their children at the Cannes Film Festival in May. At the time, he maintaining that they had not yet set a date. Angelina has also said that their brood has asked why the parents aren't married like Shrek and Fiona.
"We've explained to them that our commitment, when we decided to start a family, was the greatest commitment you could possibly have," she said recently during an interview with ABC News. "Once you have six children, you're committed."