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Here’s How Much the Average Wedding in 2018 Cost—and Who Paid

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The average wedding cost nearly $45,000 in 2018, with most couples getting help from their parents to pay, according to the 2018 American Wedding Study.

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The Average Wedding in 2018 Was More Personal and Less Traditional

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Many couples excluded long-standing traditions from their weddings, according to the Brides 2018 American Wedding Study, preferring personal touches instead.

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How Social Media Plays a Role in Almost Every Aspect of a Wedding

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According to the Brides 2018 American Wedding Study, couples use social media to meet on dating apps, plan and document their weddings and connect with vendors.

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These Are the Most Popular Times of Year to Get Engaged and Married

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According to the 2018 Brides American Wedding Study, December is the most popular month for engagements, while most weddings occur in September and October.

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Cardi B Announces Split From Offset After One Year of Marriage

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After a little over a year of marriage, Cardi B and Offset have broken up. Cardi announced the news in a video she posted on Instagram on Wednesday morning, explaining that she and Offset, who first began dating in February 2017 and welcomed daughter Kulture this past July, still have “a lot of love for each other.”

“So, everybody been bugging me and everything. And, you know, I been trying to work things out with my baby father for a hot minute now, and we’re really good friends and, you know, we’re really good business partners and, you know, he’s always somebody that I run to to talk to and we got a lot of love for each other, but things just haven’t been working out between us for a long time,” she said in the video. “And it’s nobody’s fault. It’s just, like, I guess we grew out of love. But we’re not together anymore. I don’t know, it might take time to get a divorce. And I’m going to always have a lot of love for him because he is my daughter’s father.”

“There you go..peace and love,” Cardi captioned the post. Offset opted not to share a post of his own but, as spotted by Instagram watchdog Comments by Celebs, he commented, “Y’all won” on his ex’s video.

The post comes as a complete surprise to many of the rappers’ fans, many of whom are accusing Cardi of pulling a prank in their comments on the video. And the split does seem to have come straight out of left field: Not only have both Cardi and Offset posted about each other on Instagram as recently as November 24, but Offset also spoke lovingly about his wife in an interview with The New York Times just last week. “She brings excitement and pressure to me, but I like that,” the Migos rapper, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, said. “She’s number one, so every time I’m hitting the charts, I’ve got to be top 10.” He hinted that he and Cardi were considering teaming up for a joint album, then explained how settling down with her was “the best thing that’s happened to me personally.” “I have a wife and a child—that changed my whole everything. I was a young hothead, but now I understand the value of life,” he said.

Cardi, too, spoke about the strength of their relationship in her October interview with W. “When I got married with my dude, we still had a lot of doubts, because our relationship is not like everybody’s,” she said. “He was always traveling, and I was always traveling. We’re artists. So I used to see him, like, twice a week, and, you know, he’s known for having different women, and I’m known for, like, not taking shit from guys. But we really loved each other, and we was scared to lose each other.”

Related: Cardi B Explores ASMR

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Kate Middleton Says Meghan Markle's Pregnancy Is “Really Special,” Maybe Shuts Down Rumors of a Feud

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Fans of the royal fab four can now breathe a little easier: Kate Middleton may have just subtly put to rest those rumors of an ongoing schism between her and Prince William, and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. On Wednesday, while visiting Leicester University with William, Kate stopped to chat with well-wishers outside the school, and made a rare comment about her sister-in-law. When asked by a fan if she was excited about Meghan’s pregnancy, as seen in a video the asker shared on Instagram, the Duchess of Cambridge said, “Absolutely. It’s such a special time to have little kiddies. And a cousin for George and Charlotte, as well, and Louis. It’ll be really special.”

This marks the first time that Kate has addressed her niece- or nephew-to-be since the palace released a statement congratulating Meghan and Harry on their new addition, the news of which they apparently shared with the family at Princess Eugenie’s wedding in October. “The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, and Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted for the couple and were able to congratulate them on Friday at the wedding in person,” the statement read.

Kate’s kind words about Meghan and Harry seemingly contradicts the wave of recent reports that a rift has formed between the young royals. As one source explained it to Vanity Fair this week, the feud is mainly between William and Harry. “Kate and Meghan are very different people and they don’t have a lot in common, but they have made an effort to get along,” the insider said. “Any issues are between the brothers.” Another source suggested that the fight has arisen in part from the way Harry perceived his brother’s treatment of his new wife: “Harry felt William wasn’t rolling out the red carpet for Meghan and told him so. They had a bit of a fall-out, which was only resolved when Charles stepped in and asked William to make an effort. That’s when the Cambridges invited the Sussexes to spend Christmas with them,” the source said.

All this alleged tension has reportedly inspired Harry and Meghan to pack up and leave Kensington Palace in favor of a quieter, older-brother-free existence just outside of London. The palace has confirmed that the newlyweds will move into Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of their wedding venue Windsor Castle, sometime in early 2019; Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the royal residence upon her grandson and his new wife after they tied the knot in May. Whether the separation between William and Harry is only physical, or emotional as well, Kate’s enthusiasm for Meghan’s pregnancy certainly seems to imply that the brothers will put aside their differences for the sake of their kids.

Related: Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Wore Color-Coordinated Outfits for Royal Outings Across London

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Meghan Markle Just Wore a Wedding Dress to a Royal Event in Tonga

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If you’ve been feeling a little lost without a royal wedding to look forward to, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are here to cheer you up and put you back in the wedding spirit—if only for a day or two. On Thursday, shortly after their arrival in Tonga for the next stop on their first joint royal tour, the newlyweds stepped out looking like they’d walked straight off the aisle of St. George’s Chapel.

Meghan and Harry were dressed to the nines for a private visit with King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u of the Kingdom of Tonga at the Consular House in Nuku’alofa, according to the BBC. The Duchess of Sussex wore a floor-length, figure-hugging white gown by Theia—a wedding dress label! The frock featured ornate jewels on the shoulders, just above the dress’s cap sleeves. She accessorized with a small black clutch purse and black pointy-toed pumps, plus, as Marie Claire points out, the oversized aquamarine ring that once belonged to Princess Diana and which Meghan also wore on her wedding day, further adding to the ensemble’s wedding-y vibes.

Harry, meanwhile, looked every bit the royal groom in a black tuxedo. He paired the suit with a white button-down shirt and a black bowtie, and sported a small row of military medals on the left side of his jacket.

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The designer behind Meghan’s gorgeous gown spoke to People about how excited he was to dress the duchess—and about the adjustments the Theia team made for the mom-to-be. “When her stylist reached out to inquire if I could make a dress for her Australian press tour, I stopped everything we were doing (my bridal show was just a week away) and immediately went to work on Her Royal Highness’ gown,” Don O’Neill, the brand’s creative director, said in a statement.

See more: Prince Harry Praises Meghan Markle After She Delivers Empowering Feminist Speech

Even five months after this dashing royal pair said “I do,” they clearly still have the whole royal wedding thing down to a science. Many thanks to Harry and Meghan for this welcome reminder of their May 19 nuptials.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Couldn't Keep Their Hands Off Each Other on Bondi Beach

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On Friday, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry met with members of OneWave, a surfing group that doubles as a supportive space to discuss mental health and well-being. The lighthearted but meaningful gathering took place on Sydney, Australia’s Bondi Beach, and it included yoga sessions, a big group hug, and some time spent chatting with the group in an “anti-bad vibes circle.” Clearly, there were nothing but good vibes between Meghan and Harry, too, since the royals seemed to find countless little ways to stay connected to each other during their time on the scenic beach.

While standing in the sand and speaking to members of OneWave and other Australian well-wishers, Meghan and Harry alternated between holding hands with their fingers intertwined and standing with their hands resting on each other’s lower backs. Of course, they’ve exchanged sweet gestures like these many times before, but on Friday, they stepped up their PDA game even further: At one point, while sitting in the anti-bad vibes circle, Meghan held onto the hand that Harry had placed on her leg, and at another, she rested her own hand on her husband’s knee. Shocking, I know.

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See more: Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Sweetest PDA Moments from the Royal Wedding

It was during this time on the beach that Meghan reportedly spoke for the first time about how pregnancy has been treating her so far. “Meghan told me that pregnancy was like having jet lag,” Charlotte Connell, a member of OneWave, told reporters. “She said she was up at 4:30 a.m. this morning doing yoga in her room, as she couldn’t sleep.” Connell, who’s also expecting a baby herself, said that Meghan also told her that yoga is “so good for healing her mind.” It’s only a matter of time until the Duchess of Sussex combines her two great loves—yoga and PDA with Prince Harry—and enrolls in a couples yoga class.

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Amy Schumer and Husband Chris Fischer Photobombed Another Couple's Engagement Photos

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When you embark on a relationship with someone, it’s only natural to invite them to try out your favorite hobbies, and vice versa. That’s exactly what Amy Schumer did this week, when she brought along husband Chris Fischer while engaging in her tried-and-true pastime of photobombing another couple’s engagement photoshoot.

Bride-to-be Jillian Georgio shared a photo of the hilarious encounter on Instagram on Tuesday. In the pic, she and her fiancé pose in their cute, color-coordinated outfits in New York City’s Central Park, while Fischer and Schumer strike a similar pose right next to them, wearing slightly less camera-ready ensembles. “Sneak peak [sic] of the engagement shoot, special shout-out to @amyschumer and her husband Chris for making today so much fun!!” Georgio captioned the snap, which was captured by New York City–based company Brett Matthews Photography.

In an interview with BuzzFeed, Georgio explained, “We were in Central Park in the middle of a photo and someone asked us if it was an engagement shoot and if they could join in. We had our backs turned to them and had no idea who it was until we turned around and obviously said yes.” She continued, “They were going for a walk and were so incredibly sweet. Amy suggested the picture and decided she and Chris should mimic the pose Greg and I were in.”

Georgio added that Schumer, who tied the knot with Fischer in a beachside ceremony in February of this year, also offered up some kind words to the couple. “She told us marriage was awesome and wished us all the best,” she said.

By now, the Trainwreck star is an old pro at photobombing engagement and wedding shoots. Back in 2015, while on a run through Central Park, a sweaty, athleisure-clad Schumer stopped to give a wave in Joseph Turnage and Brandon Moore’s engagement pics. And in 2017, Schumer took her talents across the pond when she stumbled upon the just-married Jasmin Pereira and Jon Bates, who were taking wedding-day photos in London between their ceremony and reception, and made sure to pull some funny faces in the background of their snapshots before she went on her merry way.

See more: Amy Schumer, Like All of Us, Can’t Stop Posting Photos of Her Wedding

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An Australian Choir Performed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Song, “Stand by Me”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have spent much of their royal tour of Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and Tonga so far attending meetings and other official events. But they’ve also gotten plenty of face time with well-wishers, who line the streets outside each scheduled event in hopes of shaking Harry’s and Meghan’s hands and giving them a little present or bouquet of flowers. On Thursday, for example, Meghan received a handmade pasta necklace from a little boy, while Harry was treated to a serenade of “Stand by Me,” his and Meghan’s wedding song, which he seemed to thoroughly enjoy.

As seen in a video posted by The Daily Mail, Harry was rapidly making his way down a line of people in Melbourne when he suddenly heard a group of people toward the back of the crowd singing Ben E. King’s 1961 classic. “Who’s singing?” he asked. Then, upon spotting the singers, he pointed at them and quipped, “Much better than the original!”

The performance was reportedly organized by Australian morning radio show Fifi, Fev & Byron. Per The Daily Mail, just before the Duke of Sussex passed by, the group ripped off their jackets to reveal T-shirts printed with the name of the show and a picture of Meghan and Harry smiling at each other, framed by a red heart. And though the entire stunt seemed to go down without a hitch, the show’s hosts confessed afterward that they were surprised at how smoothly it went: “We don’t know how Fev managed to pull off greeting Meghan and Harry with a choir singing their wedding song! THIS WAS AMAZING!!” they tweeted.

The song was the perfect choice for a serenade, since it was also performed by the Kingdom Choir at Meghan and Harry’s wedding earlier this year. As previously reported, the British group, accompanied by 19-year-old cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, performed the sweet tune just before the lovebirds exchanged their vows during their May nuptials. We’ll just leave this here:

See more: Meghan Markle Already Has a Very Sentimental Present Planned for Her Future Child

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People Are Already Taking Bets on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Child's Name

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Upon hearing that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child, the initial reaction of many, it seems, was to immediately start spouting out guesses for the next royal baby‘s name. According to multiple outlets, on Monday, mere hours after Kensington Palace released the pregnancy announcement, betting companies were already setting the odds for Meghan and Harry’s firstborn’s potential names.

If the baby is a girl, oddsmaker Paddy Power already has Diana, in honor of Harry’s late mother, as the leading option, E! News reports. Ladbrokes, however, has given Victoria top odds, per Express, while Fitzdares has Alice in the top spot, according to the Evening Standard. Other potential names for a daughter include Elizabeth, Isabella, Mary, and Alexandria. If Harry and Meghan welcome a son, however, Ladbrokes has Albert, Arthur, and Philip in a three-way tie, each with 10 to one odds, while Fitzdares has Alexander shooting far above the rest, with odds of two to one.

Though the majority of bets so far have been placed on more traditional names, these outlets also note that it’s entirely likely that the parents-to-be could put a slightly edgier moniker on their child’s birth certificate. For one thing, since Meghan is American, she doesn’t have any particularly strong ties to these family names. And for another, her and Harry’s child will be seventh in line to the throne and unlikely to ever be king or queen, and could thus get away with having a more modern name.

As you ponder your own predictions for the baby’s name, here are some things to consider. Harry’s full name is Henry Charles Albert David, and Meghan’s is Rachel Meghan Markle—either of which could certainly be mined for naming inspiration. Additionally, Harry’s older brother Prince William paid tribute to Princess Diana (and to their grandmother Queen Elizabeth II) when he and Kate Middleton named their own daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Finally, Will and Kate also have included the name Louis in both of their sons’ names; perhaps Harry and Meghan will carry on this tradition as a bit of an inside joke.

See more: Meghan Markle Already Has a Very Sentimental Present Planned for Her Future Child

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews Welcome Their First Child

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Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are officially parents!! The happy couple welcomed their first child, a boy, on Monday afternoon, People reports, at around 1:58 p.m. London time. The baby boy weighed 8 lbs., 9 oz., and Middleton’s rep told the outlet, “Everyone is delighted, and mother and baby are doing well.” Middleton reportedly gave birth at the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in the Paddington neighborhood of London, the same place where her older sister, Kate Middleton, has welcomed Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis in recent years.

George, Charlotte, and Louis’s newest cousin arrived only hours after Kensington Palace confirmed that they’ll be meeting yet another cousin—from their Uncle Harry and Aunt Meghan Markle—sometime in Spring 2019.

Middleton and Matthews confirmed they were expecting in June, not long after they celebrated their first wedding anniversary on May 20. The big reveal came via Middleton’s regular fitness column for Waitrose Weekend, in an article she wrote about “exercising during pregnancy.” “When I learned the happy news that I was pregnant, I realized I needed to adjust my normal 4 to 5 day a week routine and find a way of continuing my exercise safely throughout the three trimesters,” she wrote. “I’ve noticed my body change and weight increase, but through effective exercise and sports I feel that it’s being strengthened to support a healthy pregnancy, birth, and recovery.”

See more: 12 Potential Presents for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Future Newborn

Rumors that Middleton and Matthews were expecting a baby cropped up in April, overlapping just slightly with Kate’s own, third pregnancy. However, Pippa Middleton waited several weeks after Prince Louis arrived, on April 23, to confirm her own pregnancy, and she was among the first to visit her sister and the newborn back home at the palace the very next day.

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Prince Louis Did Not Attend Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding

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At Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding on Friday, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who served as pageboy and bridesmaid, respectively, stole the show as they tumbled in the wind and goofed off with the rest of the miniature bridal party. Noticeably missing from this rambunctious squad, however, was Prince Louis, who opted not to attend the royal nuptials.

As both his parents did RSVP “yes” to the year’s second royal wedding, the 5-month-old was likely left at home at Kensington Palace, in the very capable hands of his family’s longtime nanny Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo or another equally qualified caretaker, People reports. While the royal family has yet to issue a statement about its youngest member’s notable absence, it’s safe to assume that it’s because Louis has been on this earth for less than six months, and therefore has yet to fully grasp the tricky ins and outs of royal wedding etiquette—presumably the same reason he skipped his uncle Prince Harry’s wedding to Meghan Markle, which took place a little more than three weeks after his birth.

If that’s not an adequate excuse, there’s also the possibility that Louis just had to clock in some valuable tummy time. Or perhaps Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s exchange of “I dos” overlapped with a preset nap—and, as we can all surely agree, sleep for a newborn is way more important than even a televised family gathering attended by the likes of Cara Delevingne, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Ellie Goulding, and a whole host of other A-listers.

See more: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank’s Royal Wedding Photos

To date, Prince Louis has only been seen in public twice. He was first presented to the world on the day of his birth, April 23, when Kate Middleton and Prince William posed for photos while carrying him out of the Lindo Wing of St. Mary’s Hospital in London. About three months later, the tiniest royal joined his family as he stepped out (figuratively, of course) for another royal outing: his christening, at the Chapel Royal of St. James’s Palace. At this rate, there’s a good chance we’ll get our next glimpse of Louis sometime this month, perhaps in a new series of photos shot by his mom in honor of his six-month birthday on October 23.

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Priyanka Chopra Says She Dropped a “Hint” About Wanting a Tiffany & Co. Engagement Ring

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Romantic comedies have a way of influencing our plans for our own love lives—don’t tell me you’ve never dreamed of falling in love You’ve Got Mail–style in an early-2000s AIM chatroom! Priyanka Chopra, for one, knows this all too well. In an interview with People this week, she explained the cinematic reason why she had her heart set on receiving a diamond Tiffany & Co. engagement ring from Nick Jonas, and how she subtly encouraged him to make her rom-com dreams come true.

“Well, I may have dropped that hint. I think we had a conversation about it when we were dating and I’ve always known it had to be Tiffany,” Chopra said while attending a Tiffany & Co. event in New York City on Tuesday night. “I just knew it since I was a kid. First, it was Breakfast at Tiffany’s that did it for every girl in the world, and then, of course, Sweet Home Alabama came and put a stamp on it that it has to be Tiffany!”

She added, “Since I was a little girl, it was just something that was stuck in my head. And I may have said that, and I guess he remembered.”

While the Quantico actress did get her gorgeous Tiffany ring—it’s a large, cushion-cut diamond surrounded by smaller, tapered baguettes—the proposal didn’t actually happen just like it did in Sweet Home Alabama, despite previous reports. Over the summer, when news broke that Jonas had proposed to Chopra, multiple outlets reported that he popped the question in the middle of an actual Tiffany & Co. store that he rented out for the day, just as Patrick Dempsey’s character did when he proposed to Reese Witherspoon’s character in the 2002 film.

But Chopra set the record straight, telling People that while Jonas did, in fact, shut down an entire Tiffany store, she wasn’t in attendance. “No, I wasn’t there. He and his brothers went and did a whole thing to buy the ring for his future wife,” she said. Still a pretty movie-worthy moment!

See more: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’s Matching Outfits Are Peak Couple Cuteness

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Michelle Williams's Wedding Ring Finally Made Its Red Carpet Debut

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Michelle Williams waited a few weeks to reveal, in her September 2018 cover interview with Vanity Fair, that she’d married musician Phil Elverum, so it only makes sense that she’d wait several more weeks after that to unveil her wedding band. The new bling made its public debut on Monday, when Williams attended the Venom premiere in Los Angeles, People reports.

The ring appears to be a simple, slim band made of either silver or platinum, and was the only piece of jewelry Williams had on for the red carpet event. It perfectly complemented the floor-length Louis Vuitton gown she wore, which was covered in a sparkly silver design, and featured delicate white lace at the hips and along the sleeves and plunging V-neck.

Though Williams and Elverum were spotted taking a walk together last week, their first joint appearance since she broke the news of their marriage, her ring wasn’t visible in any paparazzi shots from the outing published by People. The duo did, however, look extremely happy together, holding hands and flashing huge smiles while walking and talking together.

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In the Vanity Fair interview, Williams revealed that she and Elverum had plans to marry before its late July publish date. They tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in the Adirondacks, surrounded by only a few friends and their daughters. Williams called her relationship with the singer-songwriter “very sacred and very special.” “I never gave up on love,” she said. “Obviously I’ve never once in my life talked about a relationship, but Phil isn’t anyone else. And that’s worth something. Ultimately the way he loves me is the way I want to live my life on the whole. I work to be free inside of the moment…I am finally loved by someone who makes me feel free.”

See more: All of the Celebrity Couples Who Have Tied the Knot in 2018…So Far!

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Travel to Sussex, Their Namesake County

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When Meghan Markle and Prince Harry arrived in the English county of Sussex on Wednesday, all was right in the world: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were, appropriately, in Sussex, Meghan and Harry were back on their joint royal outing grind, and Meghan’s hair had made its triumphant return to the now-famous low, slightly undone bun. This is the first time we’ve seen the bun in a while, since she’s taken to wearing her hair down and either pin-straight or in beachy waves for recent appearances.

The duchess’s ‘do on Wednesday, in fact, was almost exactly the same one she wore to her wedding in May—so perhaps it was paying homage to the day she received her Sussex title. The bun was low and securely pinned to the nape of her neck, her hair was parted right down the middle, and a few face-framing tendrils were loosely curled and left free to add movement and soften the look. As you probably recall, Meghan’s wedding hair was almost exactly the same, though the actual bun on that day was slightly more intricate.

It makes sense that Meghan would repeat this style time and time (and time) again, since, as her wedding hairstylist Serge Normant explained to Brides shortly after the ceremony, it only takes about 45 minutes to create—less if the day isn’t as important as, you know, your literal wedding day—and perfectly captures Meghan’s fuss-free vibe.

“Her style is so easy and not contrived,” he explained. “I wasn’t about reinvention…I wanted something very loose and easy which is why we chose a very loose bun…I wanted her to be able to tuck it behind her ears if she wanted to because that is what she normally does.”

According to People, Meghan complemented Wednesday’s chic hairstyle with a forest green silk shirt from & Other Stories and a matching green leather Hugo Boss pencil skirt, a beige cashmere Giorgio Armani coat, and coordinating beige Stuart Weitzman pumps. She also carried a small, green leather version of the Gabriela Hearst “Nina” handbag.

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Meghan and Harry are in Sussex just for the day. So far, per social media updates from Kensington Palace, they’ve receive an extremely warm welcome from the locals, visited one of just two existing authentic copies of the Declaration of Independence, and headed on to the University of Chichester. Next up, they’ll travel to East Sussex, where they’ll visit the Royal Pavilion, the Survivors Network of Britain, and the Peacehaven Youth Centre.

See more: Why Meghan Markle’s Hair Always Looks So Damn Good

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Gisele Bündchen Shares Details About Her and Tom Brady's 2009 Wedding Celebration in Costa Rica

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Instagram hadn’t yet been invented when Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady tied the knot in 2009, and the private pair declined to sell photos of their wedding to a tabloid, so we’ve had to rely on their more recent throwback photos to glean even the tiniest details about their big day. In her new book, Lessons: My Path to a Meaningful Life, however, Bündchen finally opens up about her and Brady’s second ceremony, which took place in Costa Rica in April 2009, a few weeks after they officially sealed the deal in a quieter church ceremony in Santa Monica, California.

In an excerpt from Lessons (which hit bookshelves on Tuesday) published by Boston.com, the supermodel describes the low-key and intimate ceremony, which took place at sunset in her and Brady’s home in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. “Around [40] people gathered in our open living room: Tom’s and my entire extended family—including nieces—and three good friends apiece. On a nearby table strewn with candles and assorted crystals sat two bowls, one containing honey and the other rice. The honey, it is said, would sweeten our future, and the rice anticipates prosperity,” she writes, adding that then-2-year-old Jack, Brady’s son from a previous relationship, served as ring bearer for the “brief” ceremony, and that she wore a simple white slip dress and no shoes.

“There was no formal wedding reception afterward. It was more like a free-for-all, a joyful, relaxed party, just the way I’d always imagined it would be. People ate Mexican food and drank margaritas. They sat or stood in the kitchen, or on the lawn, or by the side of the pool. My sister Pati and Tom’s sister Julie each read a beautiful poem, and everyone had a slice of the chocolate wedding cake. Tom had made playlists—his had songs by Ray LaMontagne, Amos Lee, James Taylor, and others—and at some point my friend Nino, whom I’ve known since my earliest days in New York and who’s like a brother to me, plugged in his iPod. The kids went swimming in the pool, while guests danced around in their bathing suits,” Bündchen continues.

See more: Tom Brady Reveals His Favorite Part About Being Married to Gisele Bündchen

“I remember drinking two margaritas, and after two margaritas you don’t remember or care about very much,” she writes. “But I do remember looking for, and finding, Tom, and though I can’t remember who led and who followed—does it matter?—we started to dance. We are still dancing, and growing through the ups and downs of life.”

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk Will Reportedly Marry in the Hamptons This Weekend

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Prepare yourself: This weekend might be an extremely Goop-y one. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk are planning on tying the knot in a very private ceremony at their Hamptons home sometime in the next few days, multiple sources with “close ties to the wedding” claimed this week to Harper’s Bazaar. Other sources have corroborated these reports to E! News, specifying that the nuptials will go down on Saturday, specifically, just two days after Paltrow celebrated her 46th birthday.

According to E!, the wedding weekend will feature a packed slate of activities for the guests, including a birthday party for the Goop founder, cocktail parties (yes, plural!), and a round of golf, if they’re so inclined. Those guests, per the sources, will include a whole host of Paltrow and Falchuk’s A-list friends, like Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., and Reese Witherspoon. It’s unknown whether Chris Martin will drop by to watch his ex consciously re-couple with another man, but it seems likely, since he and Paltrow have remained remarkably close since their 2014 split.

Though the wedding is sure to be filled with Paltrow’s signature Goop-y taste, it’ll likely be due more to the work of a talented team of planners than to any micromanaging from Paltrow herself. In an interview with E! in June, the Oscar winner explained that she wasn’t exactly taking the lead in her wedding planning. “I’m very busy, so I’m actually not that involved in it. I have so much going on and I’m sort of outsourcing that,” she said. “I’m probably the least ‘bridezilla’ person—probably to a fault—that has ever come across my wedding planner’s office doors.”

Paltrow and Falchuk, who first met on the set of Glee when Paltrow was guest starring and Falchuk was executive producing, have been dating since 2014. They confirmed their engagement earlier this year in a joint statement, which was followed a few days later by the reveal of their cutesy cover image for the “Sex & Love” issue of Goop magazine. “We feel incredibly lucky to have come together at this juncture in our lives when our collective successes and failures can serve as building blocks for a healthy and happy relationship,” the pair said in the statement.

In April, immediately after Paltrow returned home from her bachelorette getaway to Cabo, the couple gathered their nearest and dearest for a blowout engagement party. The black-tie event took place at the Los Angeles Theatre, was hosted by Ryan Murphy, and had a guest list packed with stars like Jennifer Aniston, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, and Chelsea Handler. Though there was some speculation at the time that the festive soirée had actually been a wedding ceremony, subsequent reports claimed that Paltrow would be walking down the aisle on the East Coast sometime after Labor Day—reports that now appear to be coming true.

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Riverdale Star Jordan Connor Is Engaged to Jinjara Mitchell

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Wedding bells are ringing in the town of Riverdale! On Wednesday, Jordan Connor announced on Instagram that he’d proposed to longtime girlfriend Jinjara Mitchell over the weekend. Both he and Mitchell shared sweet messages about this new stage of their relationship, as well as plenty of gorgeous photos from the proposal, which took place in the scenic Tofino district of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island.

“The most important question I’ve ever asked… also the easiest! Jinjara Mitchell, you are my best friend and the love of my life. Let’s get married!!” Connor captioned a series of photos from Saturday (September 22), all of which, he noted, were taken by his brother and sister, Brad and Nicole Yuen. The snapshots show Connor getting down on one knee and then embracing Mitchell, all while the pair are surrounded by a breathtaking sunset on the beach.

Mitchell also uploaded photos of her and Connor kissing and cuddling, moments after the proposal, with craggy hills and the Pacific Ocean behind them. “Yes, yes, YES! All the best days of my life so far have been with you, Jordan. September 22, 2018, is another one of those days. You are my best friend and the love of my life. Spending a lifetime with you sounds like the most fun adventure I can imagine. Let’s do this!” she wrote. Later, Mitchell shared another photo in her Instagram Story of her and Connor’s intertwined hands, showing off her gorgeous engagement ring.

Connor, best known for playing Sweet Pea on Riverdale, has been dating Mitchell since at least 2013, per E! News. After the pair shared their happy news on Instagram, many of Connor’s costars congratulated them in the comments. “Gorgeous photos — so happy for you,” Lili Reinhart wrote, while Camila Mendes added, “beyond happy for both of you 😍 congrats lovers!” Tiera Skovbye, who plays Polly Cooper on the show, wrote, “I’m just crying over here, congrats you two!!! So happy for you both!!!” And Vanessa Morgan, Connor’s fellow South Side Serpent, commented, “so happy for the both of you!!!!!!! Congrats you love birds!!!!!!”

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Meghan Markle Gave a Heartfelt Speech About the “Labor of Love” That Is the 'Together' Charity Cookbook

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On Thursday, only a few days after Kensington Palace announced Meghan Markle‘s first solo royal charity endeavor, the Duchess of Sussex hosted a luncheon in celebration of her new project, Together: Our Community Cookbook. The book, available September 25, contains recipes and stories from the women who work in London’s Hubb Community Kitchen, a communal cooking and dining space served by and for the communities impacted by the tragic Grenfell Tower fire last year. At Thursday’s event, as Meghan’s husband, Prince Harry, and mom, Doria Ragland, looked on, the duchess stood up in front of the women of Hubb and other guests—to whom she had reportedly just served lunch—to open up about the time she spent working in the kitchen and on the cookbook, and about Hubb’s far-reaching impact.

According to ITV‘s royal correspondent Chris Ship, Meghan spoke (without notes) for nearly three minutes. In videos Ship captured at the event and shared on Twitter, per Elle, the duchess looks excited and grateful to be launching the project and speaks from the heart about its importance.

“Working on this project for the past nine months has been a tremendous labor of love,” she began. “I had just recently moved to London, and I felt so immediately embraced by the women in the kitchen: their warmth, their kindness, and also to be able to be in this city and to see in this one small room how multicultural it was. On a personal level, I feel so proud to live in a city that can have so much diversity. It’s 12 countries represented in this one group of women! It’s pretty outstanding.”

Meghan continued, “There’s so many people to thank. Of course, Penguin Random House, your support and belief in this from the beginning has been just incredible. And Al Manaar, thank you so much for the support and seeing this through for us. Our team at Kensington Palace and the Royal Foundation—on a personal note, I’m especially grateful to them because this is my first project, so I appreciate your support in the vision I had for this and seeing it come to fruition. And then everyone behind the scenes, I mean, it truly took a village to see this through!

“Everyone embraced this so deeply because it’s been a passion project for all of us, and for very good reason. I said in the foreword that this is more than a cookbook. And what I mean by that is, the power of food is more than just the meal itself. It is the story behind it. And when you get to know the story of the recipe, you get to know the person behind it. And that’s what we’re talking about in terms of coming together, to really engage and talk, and to be able to celebrate what connects us rather than what divides us. That, I believe, is the ethos of Together,” she said.

Meghan ended her gracious speech by turning the attention back to the women at the core of the project. “So, to the women of the Hubb Community Kitchen, thank you so much for allowing me to be part of this adventure with you,” she said. “I’m so privileged to know you. I’m so excited to see the projects you’re going to continue to do in your own community and the community at large, and also how you’re going to inspire people globally by sharing your stories and your recipes. It’s so impactful. You can see, just in a few days alone—and the book’s not even out yet—what you’ve been able to do. That’s a testament to what this means to people, and I’m so proud of you.”

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