Rules? Laws? Whoops.............
FILM star Eddie Murphy's beach marriage in French Polynesia this week is likely to be invalid, a lawyer has said.
General law specialist in French Polynesia, Malgras Benoit, confirmed reports that Murphy and his 40-year-old fiancee Tracey Edmonds were ineligible to be married locally because they had not lived in the region for long enough.
Under French law people wishing to marry must reside near where the ceremony is to take place for at least 30 days before they can legally tie the knot.
The couple reportedly arrived in French Polynesia by private jet on the weekend and were married on new year's day on a small islet near Bora Bora Island, a playground for wealthy tourists.
People magazine reported that the couple wed in a sunset ceremony on the beach in front of 25 family and friends.
The magazine said Edmonds walked barefoot down the aisle to Gladys Knight's Makings of You and that a gazebo made from 6,000 shells was built for the event.
Benoit said the details indicated the wedding could not be recognised under French law.
'A marriage on the beach would be like ... a fake marriage. It's not a real marriage, if it is on the beach with only a local priest,'' he said....