What if Julia Roberts gave a wedding and nobody came? That’s what almost happened to spoil her July 4 marriage celebration!

To keep the nuptials under wraps, Julia and her groom Danny Moder sent out invitations mentioning only an Independence Day barbecue at her ranch near Taos, N.Mex. But when family and friends began to beg off attending, Julia had to relent and tell them: It’s our wedding day too!

The issue that goes on sale Friday reveals why Julia and Danny planned a low-key, laid back wedding, how Julia finally made peace with Danny’s family … and much more.