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This Is Why Meghan Markle Didn't Stand With the Rest of the Royal Family at the WWI Remembrance Ceremony

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The newest addition to the royal family, Meghan Markle, has seemingly won over her regal relatives since marrying Prince Harry this past May. But despite buddying up with Queen Elizabeth, the 37-year-old it seems isn’t immune to her husband’s family hierarchy. So much for royal treatment. . .

Exactly 100 years after the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, the House of Windsor assembled Sunday at The Cenotaph war memorial in London to attend the Remembrance Sunday Service which honors fallen veterans. Each of the royal women in attendance donned all-black ensembles accessorized with red poppy brooches, a special symbol for the occasion. However, when it came to seating arrangements, the family took up very different spots.

Queen Elizabeth, Kate Middleton, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’ wife), all witnessed the annual event from the same balcony. Meghan, on the other hand, stood on a separate balcony alongside Elke Büdenbender, wife of the president of Germany.

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What may seem like an intentional snub to the Duchess of Sussex was actually just a space issue, according to People. Given the size of the balconies, it’s unlikely that Meghan would have fit alongside the rest of the royal crew, hence her station at another balcony.

This also isn’t the first official event where Meghan’s positioning may have seemed less than ideal. During the Trooping The Colour celebration in June, which celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s 92nd birthday, the entire royal family squeezed onto the Buckingham Palace balcony, and Meghan notably took up a spot behind her sister-in-law, Kate. But, while a royal hierarchy may be at play (Kate had a similar spot at her first Trooping the Colour in 2011), Meghan reportedly offered to observe from the back during this occasion.

See more: Prince Harry Explains the Habit of His That Confuses Meghan Markle

According to a palace source via People, the Duchess of Sussex’s choice of view “would have come from her. There’s no one laying this out, telling her where to stand. And there were a lot of kids who everyone would want at the front.” Future selfless parenting skills? Check.

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19 Engagement Congratulations Cards for All Your To-Be-Wed Friends

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So, yet another one of your friends or relatives recently got engaged, huh? (‘Tis the season, after all.) Instead of making a present for the newly betrothed an addendum to your already-miles-long upcoming holiday shopping list, celebrate with something simple (and just as sentimental)—an engagement congratulations card.

Yes, you’re not obligated to buy an engagement gift for the latest to-be-wed in your life (praise). However, if you still want to send your best wishes in the form of a few post-engagement goodies, go the extra mile and toss in a curated card with your own personal message scribbled inside. And, for those who scoff at snail mail, wait until you see the engagement card ideas we have in store that rival any present, hands down.

Just in time for the holidays (read: engagement season), we come bearing 19 pre-wedding celebratory notes that both the sending and receiving ends will love. There’s no shortage of punny picks, perfect for the humorous couple. Take Party Mountain Paper’s note, adorned with a drawing of love-song extraordinaire Adele and lyrics from “Someone Like You” for the congratulatory message. Or, channel millennial-speak through La Croix-inspired stationery from Paper Source. If you’re close with the soon-to-be-bride, play up her new sparkler via Idlewild Co.’s fitting “OMG” card. Seen this engagement coming for ages? Poke fun at the pair with a pretty-in-pink “At last” congrats note. And, finally, for those who just want the most straightforward route, merely opt for a money card with “Congratulations” plastered across the front.

The proof is in the stationery—keep scrolling to see a few of our favorite engagement congratulations cards, all priced at $7 or less. Pro tip: keep this page bookmarked in preparation for an explosion of social media ring selfies this winter (don’t say we didn’t warn you).

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This New Photo of Prince Louis Playing With Prince Charles Is Peak Cuteness

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All royal baby talk currently seems to be fixated on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s future newborn, but let’s not forget about the adorable very recent addition to Prince William and Kate Middleton’s family—Prince Louis. Aside from the royal infant’s official christening portraits, the public has seen very little of the six-month-old since his birth in April. Until now, that is—prepare for your heart to melt with the latest snapshot of the tiny prince.

Thanks to the new BBC documentary, Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, which aired Thursday, royal fans caught a glimpse of Prince Charles playing with his grandson in a never-before-seen moment. According to Daily Mail, the photo memorializing the tender moment—shot by royal photographer Chris Jackson—dates back to September. Kate, clad in a long sleeve polka dot dress, is seen holding Prince Louis, around five months old at the time, in the Clarence House garden. The infant, unsurprisingly sporting quite the princely ensemble, seems intently focused on his beaming grandfather, who turns 70 next week. Just look at those little baby fingers!

Charles’s compassion for his newest daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle, also came to light in the documentary. According to People, an interview with Harry showed the soon-to-be-royal-father dishing on Prince Charles’s role in his May 19 wedding—walking Meghan down the aisle in place of her father, who refused to attend.

“I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” Harry said, per People. “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s gonna be there for us.”

See more: Princess Charlotte Wears Hand-Me-Down Sweater in Prince Louis’ First Portrait

Meghan is due with her first child this spring 2019, giving Prince Charles his fourth grandchild to fawn over.

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A Romantic Destination Wedding at a Chateau in Provence

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Jewelry designer Katie Dean admits that she and Jon Tam actually didn’t have a case of love at first sight. In 2008, Katie had accompanied her roommate at the time to a high school reunion, where she was introduced to Jon. The pair went their separate ways afterward—he to New York, she to Los Angeles—but sparks finally began to fly once Jon permanently migrated to California. “We are a perfect example of being at the right place at the right time when we saw each other again,” the bride admits of their fateful reunion years later.

After a year-and-a-half of long-distance dating from L.A. to San Fransisco, Jon popped the question on Katie’s 30th birthday, almost ten years after their first interaction. He flew down a few days before the occasion, then, on the day of, whisked Katie off to the beach prior to a celebratory birthday dinner. “After walking a little bit he took ahold of my shoulders, and I instantly knew what was happening,” Katie recalls of the proposal. “I was so excited, and I just remember saying, ‘YES!'” One of the couple’s friends, a professional photographer, even hid behind a rock formation to capture the moment.

Despite their west coast romance, the pair’s love of French food, culture, and atmosphere sealed the deal for a destination wedding on May 26, 2018. “We also wanted to have a wedding that was more intimate and to get our wedding guests out of their daily routines,” Katie says. With that in mind, Jon and Katie decided on Chateau Grimaldi, an estate in Aix en Provence, France, as their wedding “home base.” It also proved the ideal setting to pull off the couple’s classic, cozy wedding vibe. “We wanted to look back at our wedding and have it feel timeless,” Katie says. Their goal came to life thanks to a streamlined cream-and-white neutral color palette with hints of gold for the “epitome of chic,” as the bride puts it.

Keep reading to see how Jon and Katie put their own spin on a monochromatic destination wedding, captured by Amanda Rigiero of Amanda K Photography and planned by By Mademoiselle C.

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The chateau’s three-story home housed the duo’s wedding party and immediate family. The picturesque property also came equipped with an old chapel, 17th century ruins, a tennis court, and pool.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

The bride’s profession unsurprisingly influenced her wedding day style. “As a jewelry designer, it’s only natural that I’m a huge fan of gold,” says Katie. She admits that, aside from her dress, her shoes actually claimed dominance as her favorite part of her wedding look. Katie also pulled minimal bridal accessories from her own eponymous collection, Katie Dean Jewelry, including her custom wedding band and “K” and “J” initial earrings.

Photo by Amanda Rigiero

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Katie admits that she was very particular about her dress. So much so that, after not finding anything on par with her simple conception, she re-assembled a top and skirt (same fabric, different designers) to create her own gown. “I completely took them apart, altered them to fit like a glove, and had them sewn together to make one dress,” she says. “It was a big undertaking, but it was important to me to keep my integrity in for my vision.” The final look came together seamlessly after eight appointments with her tailor.

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Photo by Amanda Rigiero

Florals served as an extension of the day’s neutral color scheme. The guys’ boutonnieres matched the bride’s lush, hand-tied arrangement of muted garden roses, ranunculus anemones, peonies and other early summer blooms.

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Photo by Amanda Rigiero

For a “special touch,” the bridesmaids’ pastel dresses provided the wedding’s singular pop of color. “Staying in line with our classic wedding theme, I liked the idea of everyone being in tulle to create a warm and romantic look,” Katie explains.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Since the stunning chateau obviously lent its own natural beauty, Jon and Katie kept the ceremony decor on the simple side, dispersing all-white seats within the venue to host their 90 guests.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

A combination of green and neutral florals, like peonies, roses, and anemone, decorated the ceremony arch. Smaller renditions of the same blooms also lined the aisle.

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Both of the bride’s parents gave her away. “My mom is a huge influence in my life,” she says. “It was really special having her walk me down the aisle with all of our closest friends and family watching.”

A few months before the big day, the couple’s minister sent the bride and groom surveys to complete separately for the wedding. She then used their responses to craft the ceremony, perfectly personalizing the event with the story of how they met and then summarizing where they each envisioned their lives in 20 years. “That was the most beautiful part to me,” Katie bride recalls. “It was amazing how similar our answers were even though we hadn’t shared it with each other.”

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The newlyweds let no flowers go to waste, converting any excess petals into “confetti” for guests to toss after their vows. As a major music buff, Jon also curated all the tunes for the affair, selecting “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve for their recessional.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Guests enjoyed twelve different hors d’oeuvres (six hot, six cold) during cocktail hour, along with two signature drinks—the chef’s “special mojito” and a “special champagne” beverage. Taking a cue from royalty, the pair also served Pol Roger, the same bubbly from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding.

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Further contributing to the wedding’s vibe, Jon wanted a unique, but timeless allure, opting for a dark navy Dior tuxedo paired with a velvet bow tie.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Continuing the monochromatic look, white linens and chairs adorned the reception space, along with white and green centerpieces and bronze and silver candlestick holders. Jon and Katie also adopted the French “fairy lighting” concept, hanging string lights in a criss-crossed pattern.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Katie’s affinity for gold reemerged within the place settings. Gold-rimmed chargers—topped with vintage blue plates—and matching cutlery added extra accents.

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Guests dined al fresco on a two-course dinner. Stuffed tressed summer squash was served to start, followed by a choice of rack of lamb with summer tart or a filet of sea bream with wild herb emulsion.

Photo by Amanda Rigiero

Photo by Amanda K. Photography

Dessert proved to be a top priority for the confection-loving couple. A macaron tower lasted all of 15 minutes, but their wedding cake stole the show on their substantial dessert table. It featured dainty gold details, crisp frosting, and life-like sugar flowers—complete with surprise confetti filling.

For couples planning their own nuptials, Katie recommends splitting up the responsibilities. “The bride and groom can each focus on different aspects based on what their specializations are,” she says. “For instance, I owned the aesthetic side, while Jon owned the spreadsheet management of guest addresses, gifts, etc.”

Venue & Accommodations: Chateau Grimaldi || Wedding Planner: Marjorie Burgarella of By Mademoiselle C || Officiant: Corrine Perkins || Bride’s Top: Alexandra Grecco || Bride’s Skirt: Carol Hannah || Alterations: Shirley’s Designs and Alterations || Veil: Mihca Cho || Bride’s Jewelry & Wedding Band: Katie Dean Jewelry || Bride’s Shoes: Gucci || Hair: Brittain Monge || Makeup: Magali Juneman || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Birdy Grey || Groom’s Attire: Dior, Saint Laurent || Groomsmen’s Attire: Sandro Tuxedo || Engagement Ring: Maurice Badler || Groom’s Wedding Band: Cartier || Floral Design: Boston Pollen || Invitations: Minted, Juliana Nahas || Paper Products: Creme de Papier || Music: The Kingswood String Quartet || DJ: Tony Martinez || Catering: Steven Borishansky || Cake: Made in Cake || Rentals: OPTIONS || Favors: Maxim’s || Videographer: Duncan Dimanche || Photographer: Amanda Rigiero of Amanda K Photography

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Prince Harry Addressed Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding Aisle-Walking Debacle

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Remember that one time Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, decided not to come to his daughter’s royal wedding to Prince Harry, then changed his mind, then changed his mind again (even after she selected him to walk her down the aisle)!? Well, in case you forgot, a new documentary shows the groom weighing in on the matter, including his father, Prince Charles’, decision to give Meghan away on the big day.

According to People, Harry opened up in Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70, which is set to air on BBC One later Thursday. During an interview for the film, the soon-to-be-dad admitted that he himself actually requested his father to escort his bride in light of her unexpected family drama.

“I asked him to and I think he knew it was coming and he immediately said, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do whatever Meghan needs and I’m here to support you,'” said Prince Harry, per People. “For him that’s a fantastic opportunity to step up and be that support, and you know he’s our father so of course he’s gonna be there for us.”

If you recall, Meghan chose to walk alone halfway down the aisle at St. George’s Chapel, then met Prince Charles at the Quire, who accompanied her onward.

Prince Harry also dished on the moment he proudly accepted his bride and uttered “Thanks, Pa” in Charles’ direction, People notes.

“You’ve gotta say thank you,” admitted the royal. “Just because he’s my father that doesn’t mean I can just sort of go, ‘Okay, that’s all, I’ll take it from here.’ Err, no, that is what I wanted to say but erm…and I was very grateful for him to be able to do that.”

Although she didn’t hear the exchange from her seat at the wedding, Camilla Parker Bowles, Charles’ wife, also spoke on the sweet father-son moment in the documentary, People reports.

“I think that was very touching, sitting where I was, you couldn’t hear what he said,” she added. “But afterwards watching it on the television, I… I think it was a very… it was a lovely gesture.”

See more: This Was Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Favorite Moment at Their Royal Wedding

On top of Meghan’s warm welcome into the royal family, she and her father-in-law have continued to bond. Turns out, the pair shares a love of art and are both no strangers to a little family drama, sources report. During Meghan’s official visit with Prince Harry three weeks ago, she also sported the diamond-infused tennis bracelet that Prince Charles gifted her on the big day.

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You Have to See Ariana Grande's Wedding-Themed Performance of “Thank U, Next”

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It’s the empowering breakup song heard ’round the world—Ariana Grande’s new hit, “thank u, next” is the life anthem we never knew we needed. Prompted by her recent split from fiancé and comedian Pete Davidson, the upbeat track calls on the relationship ghosts of Grande’s past. But, rather than putting her exes on full blast, the singer merely acknowledges their roles in her life with one can’t-get-out-of-your-head phrase: thank you, next (mic drop).

The song already taught us love, but fans’ patience were rewarded this morning as Grande debuted her first “Thank U, Next” performance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Spoiler alert: It was wedding-themed. Oh, the irony. (Sorry, Pete.)

The pre-recorded act shows Grande and her two back-up performers, Tayla Parx and Victoria Monet, sporting all-white ensembles as they sing and dance on a stage designed to look like a reception—complete with white tables, flowers, and even a wedding cake. According to a teaser posted to Grande’s Instagram last night, the pop singer drew inspiration from the 1996 movie First Wives Club. The film stars Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, who play three friends determined to seek revenge against their ex-husbands. How fitting.

With the design and choreography intended to mirror the flick’s rendition of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me,” Grande did have one slight slip-up during the “thank u, next” TV debut. Clad in tall, chunky white boots, the 25-year-old climbed onto a nearby chair, then stumbled a bit on the way down, exclaiming, “Oh my god.” However, her on-stage recovery proved just as graceful as her post-breakup comeback.

She also appeared to get emotional toward the end of the song during mention of her family. Seemingly choking up, Grande sang, “One day I’ll walk down the aisle / Holding hands with my mama / I’ll be thanking my dad / ‘Cause she grew from the drama.” Then, in reference to a future marriage, went on to croon, “Only wanna do it once, real bad / Gon’ make that sh*t last.”

Closing out the 21st century remake of First Wives Club, Grande and her crew tossed on white coats before strutting off the stage and out of the studio. Watch the full performance (multiple times) below.

See more: Pete Davidson Shares Exactly How He Proposed to Ariana Grande

Degeneres thanked Grande, and commended her after her “rough year.” “We all love you, we support you,” the talk show host added. Things seem to be looking up for the star, however; according to her Instagram, this hit landed her the accolade of biggest single day for a female artist in Spotify history.

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Princess Diana Reportedly Penned a Letter in 1995 Advising a Woman Having Marriage Problems

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The People’s Princess truly lived up to her moniker. A newly released letter, which dates back to November 29, 1995, shows that Princess Diana once offered her condolences to a woman (whom she had never met) who was dealing with marriage problems.

According to The Sun, Diana’s written correspondence—which will be up for auction later this month—had been addressed to a woman named “Erika.” The subject of the letter previously wrote to the beloved princess, detailing her troubled marriage. Using Kensington Palace stationery, the late royal then responded to the note, expressing her concern and sympathy.

“Dearest Erika,” the letter begins, per The Sun. “I have received your letter and of course read it with concern and wish to support you in any way I can. There is a great deal of pain inside you, hence the block as you call it – that is a natural response for someone who has been through the traumas you’ve experienced.”

Diana, whose own marriage to Prince Charles had very publicly dissipated by the time of her reply, went on so write, “Reading between the lines of your letter I feel a very special lady is struggling with a low self-esteem because of all the bruises you had to deal with, mentally and physically.”

Seemingly speaking from the heart, she added, “I do know that it takes great courage to write as you did and with that honesty and clarity the light will appear in your tunnel.”

The message closed with one final sentiment: “I am thinking of you so much, hang on in there Erika. Lots of love from Diana x.”

Express notes that a British Royal collector recently obtained Diana’s handwritten note, which is expected to sell for £4,000 (about $5,200) via Julien’s Auctions. The head of the auction house, Martin Nolan, offered further insight into Diana’s confidante.

“Our understanding is that Erika was a member of the public who was experiencing a troubled time and she wrote to Diana for advice and support as she herself had experienced a difficult time with the break up of her marriage,” Nolan explained to Express. He added that, “It seems as if [Diana] is speaking from her own personal experience when she writes this.”

The letter had actually been written a few days after Princess Diana’s famed BBC Panorama interview, during which she opened up about her own marriage with Prince Charles. According to Express, she referenced her former husband’s affair with his now-wife, Camilla Parker Bowles, in the interview.

See more: Why Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Caused Controversy Within the Royal Family

Diana’s written communication came three years after she and Charles unofficially split. The pair didn’t officially divorce until 1996, a year before the princess’ untimely death.

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Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank Sent Handwritten Thank-You Cards to Their Royal Wedding Well-Wishers

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If you exercised your royal fandom last month by sending a congratulatory message to Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in honor of their wedding, you could be the lucky recipient of a royal note (the stuff of scrapbook dreams).

The newlyweds, who enacted a similar gesture following their engagement, have reportedly mailed handwritten thank-you notes to their wedding well-wishers, just three weeks after their October 12 nuptials. Assuming the pair received a hefty outpouring of worldwide support, their marriage, thus far, has likely been busy with perfecting their penmanship (and numerous hand cramps).

An Instagram post from one such royal supporter showed off the sweet thank-you card, personalized with the pair’s monogram in gold. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making our wedding so special and for thinking of us as we started our married life,” the stationery reads. “We are completely over-whelmed with happiness.” Both signed off on the cards with their first names at the very bottom.

The same Instagram user also showcased the opposite side of the keepsake, which has been printed with one of the couple’s official wedding portraits—mini bridal party and all (peep Prince George and Princess Charlotte).

See more: Princess Eugenie’s Second Wedding Dress Broke Royal Tradition

Personalized thank-you notes seem to be a royal trend, considering Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also mailed their own versions after their May 19 event (not handwritten, however). Prince William and Kate Middleton also showed their gratitude to anniversary supporters with some snail mail back in June. Moral of the story: a quick note to the royal family seemingly goes a long way.

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This New York City Marathon Proposal Is the Boost Your Morning Needs

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It takes a lot of training and willpower to run 26.2 miles, but one New York City marathon participant could never have prepped for the surprise waiting for her at mile 16.

According to NBC New York, runner Kaitlyn Curran had already reached the marathon’s halfway point on Sunday and was nearing the Queensboro Bridge when she saw a familiar face in the crowd—boyfriend Dennis Galvin. Curran, a nurse at St. Barnabas Hospital, veered to the sideline to greet her beau, who proceeded to get down on one knee with an engagement ring in hand.

Video footage via Twitter of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it proposal, filmed by a family member, shows an emotional Curran saying yes, while bystanders in the crowd (and even fellow runners!) paused to witness the pair’s engagement. The Jersey City–based couple hugged it out, then Galvin, a firefighter, added a sparkly accessory to his new fiancée’s running ensemble.

Despite getting sidetracked for a few seconds, Curran didn’t let the proposal slow her down (she had a marathon to finish, after all). The New York City marathon runner wasted no time for celebrations, immediately jumping back into the race and later crossing the finish line with a four hour and 24 minute time, NBC reports.

See more: A Survivor of the Boston Marathon Bombing Is Now Marrying the Fireman Who Saved Her

This marks Curran’s first ever (and probably best ever) marathon, Galvin’s cousin, Kathleen Deirdre, told NBC New York. She added that her relative “wanted the proposal to be special” for Curran, who had been training for about a year. We’d say his goal was accomplished with flying colors.

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Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding Dress Photos Are Here!

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Gwyneth Paltrow, jill of all trades and age-defying goddess, married Brad Falchuk September 29 in a very private Hamptons ceremony. Aside from an Instagram shot of her and her husband’s new wedding rings (which are minimalist goals), the actress and businesswoman has continued to keep her nuptials on the DL. That is, until now—on Friday, Paltrow officially shared a few snippets from her wedding photo album, which includes (perhaps most importantly) shots of her stunning dress.

The 46-year-old mother of two took to the website of her lifestyle brand, Goop, to offer insights into the big day. According to the post on the site, the couple’s 70-guest wedding featured “perfect weather, a superlative dinner, a dance party for the ages, and a dress that defies adjectives.” Speaking of Paltrow’s gown: The bride wore a lace Valentino Couture number. The cap-sleeve frock was complete with an illusion neckline, open back, and subtle swiss dot pattern. She paired it with loose waves, a cathedral-length veil, and an unwavering smile.

Following the ceremony, Paltrow’s wedding sneak peek revealed that she traded her gown for a short Stella McCartney jumpsuit to partake in “’80s party jams.” Right on.

She also shared one of the photos to Instagram, presumably taken right after the ceremony, of the beaming bride and groom walking down the aisle together. “Took me a minute to get it together, but at long last, for those who have requested, a little look inside the best day of our lives,” she captioned the post, adding “#thefaltrows.”

See more: Gwyneth Paltrow Says Her Massive Engagement Ring Could Double as a Yoni Egg

Married life seems to be treating this pair well thus far, and they recently nailed the couples’ Halloween costume game as Bradley Cooper’s and Lady Gaga’s respective characters from A Star Is Born.

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Ryan Reynolds Is Now Trolling Blake Lively for Being “Engaged” to a Ghost

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It’s Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively banter, post-Halloween edition! The beloved couple, notorious for poking fun at one another on various social media platforms (much to our viewing pleasure), is now back at it again. And, with their latest antics, a few ghosts are in on the joke. Confused? Same.

On October 30, the New York Post tweeted an article titled, “Woman who had sex with 20 ghosts is now engaged to a spirit.” The subject of the article, 30-year-old Amethyst Realm, apparently admitted to cheating on her fiancé with a member of the undead back in December, then slept with 20 more ghosts and has now found love with another spirit. To each his own!

Absurd content aside, the post obviously has nothing to do with either Blake Lively or Ryan Reynolds. That is, until you see a photo of said ghost-loving woman. If Lively had a long list twin (or ghost reincarnate), Amethyst Realm herself would be it, blonde curls and all.

Cue Reynolds. After seeing the tweet yesterday, the Deadpool actor did what he does best: adding his own dash of comic relief. Implying that the woman in the article is, in fact, his wife, he replied with, “THIS is how I find out?” Oh, these two.

The A Simple Favor actress has yet to provide her own witty response to this recent revelation, but let’s rewind to the article for a second. Speaking to The Sun, Realm spilled the deets on her ghoulish lover’s proposal.

“There was no going down on one knee — he doesn’t have knees,” she revealed. “I could actually hear his voice and it was beautiful. Deep, sexy and real.” How…romantic?

See more: Blake Lively Wants to Cheat on Husband Ryan Reynolds…With Anna Kendrick

Praise be to Reynolds for bringing this prime piece of content to everyone’s attention. It’s tough he discovered the hard way that his “wife” has a thing for spirits, but luckily divorce isn’t in the cards for this humorous pair.

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24 Best Presents for the Bride and Groom Wedding Day Gift Exchange

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Among one of the many longstanding, nuptial-related conventions is the bride and groom wedding gift exchange on the day of (or bride and bride and groom and groom, of course!). This may not be on every couple’s agenda, but it’s one more little gesture of love (and a nice nerve-reducer) before you and your soon-to-be-spouse exchange vows.

And, even if you’ve already overextended your wedding budget (it happens to the best of us), you don’t have to fork over an engagement-ring’s worth of moolah to make your present count. In fact, some to-be-weds even map out strict price limits for the exchange beforehand to keep it within a reasonable confine. It’s truly all about the sentiment, even if the gift is something that can’t be used until after the wedding.

With that being said, we rounded up 24 of the best wedding present ideas for the day-of gift exchange with your partner. For the bride, you can never go wrong with an extra touch of jewelry, which she can choose to sport down the aisle. We’re especially enamored with EF Collection’s subtle “Love” ring for a heartfelt showing of affection. Or, play on the something blue tradition, like a small periwinkle clutch that’s big enough to house her day-of necessities. As for the groom, finish off his wedding ensemble with a crisp pocket square from The Tie Bar, or sleek shades for an outdoor celebration. If he’s more the nostalgic type, matching coffee mugs, courtesy of UncommonGoods, might be more on par. Or, perhaps the music buff will get a kick out of high-tech headphones for your honeymoon travels.

Either way, there’s something fit to match any budget and style. Starting with ladies first, scope out our top bride and groom wedding present picks.

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The Best Celebrity Couples' Halloween Costumes of 2018

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While October 31 may be over, it’s easy to prolong the spirit of the spooky holiday merely by scrolling through your Instagram feed, where you should be on high alert for the top celebrity couples’ Halloween costumes of the year. Because, if we’ve learned anything in the past, it’s that no one pulls out all the Halloween stops quite like celebs (still not over Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s matching Barbie and Ken ensemble from 2016).

2018 unsurprisingly proved to be no exception among the many A-list Halloween enthusiasts, who fed us costume envy yet again with a side of, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Whether dressed as beloved pop culture characters or even fellow stars, a few of our favorite duos nailed the celebrity couples’ Halloween costumes game. Although there’s approximately 364 more days until you can implement next year’s costume, it’s never too early to browse our favorite celebrity picks for a little Halloween inspo.

See our round up the best of the best.

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

Prepare to die….over this Halloween costume ingenuity. NPH and his husband hit Heidi Klum’s notorious annual Halloween party as “#PrincessBrideGrooms.”

Heidi Klum and Tom Kaulitz

Paul Bruinooge

Speaking of the Queen of Halloween herself, Klum documented her extreme Princess Fiona makeover on her Instagram page, along with recaps of her awe-inspiring costumes from year’s past. For extra bonus points, Klum and her boyfriend even brought along a swamp-infested stroller with mini baby ogres.

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler

The Hills alum and her husband channeled Mario Kart nostalgia (with cups of to-go wine, mind you).

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend

The king and queen we truly don’t deserve. One of our fave couples channeled their inner The Crown fandom, posing as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for the night. Also, are we at all surprised they topped this list?

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel

This family has never been known to disappoint come Halloween. Along with their son, Silas, Biel and Timberlake served up Lego Batman goals.

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas

This former Jonas Brother is killing Halloween. First, he dressed as his fiancée, Sophie Turner’s, Game of Thrones character, wig and all. One spot-on costume seemingly wasn’t enough, so Jonas collaborated with his future bride to perfectly exemplify the Addams family lovebirds Wednesday night.

Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams

The famed Taco Bell (er, Taco…Belle?) enthusiasts took their love of the fast food joint to creative new heights.

Bella Hadid and The Weeknd

It’s showtime! A completely unrecognizable The Weeknd was a spot-on Beetlejuice impersonator, and his better half unsurprisingly put a high-fashion spin on Winona Ryder’s character from the ’80s horror flick.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z

Bey and Jay have done it again, taking to Olympic athlete Halloween get-ups inspired by Florence Griffith Joyner and Tommie Smith. They both won gold in the costume department.

Anna Camp and Skylar Astin

We have an aca-awesome couples’ Halloween costume on our hands. You can never go wrong with a little coordinated neon workout attire.

Thomas Rhett Atkins and Laura Atkins

We’ll never tire of this adorable fam, who all look straight out of Monstropolis.

Jessi Cruickshank and Evan Gatica

Even this Canadian TV show host’s infant twins got the full Seinfeld treatment as Jerry and George. The proud parents assumed the roles of Elaine and Kramer.

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

Ciara and Russell Wilson

Wakanda truly does live on forever, as evidenced by the “1, 2 Step” singer’s Black Panther-inspired ensemble with her husband and two children.

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Meghan Markle, Loyal Brand Enthusiast, Re-Wore Both Her Wedding Dress Designers in the Same Day

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Unsurprisingly, pieces from several of Meghan Markle‘s go-to clothing designers have made appearances in the expectant mother’s maternity style thus far. Most recently, though, the loyal brand enthusiast gave a subtle nod to her May royal wedding by sporting looks from both of her dress designers, Givenchy and Stella McCartney, within the same day. Déjà vu, much?

Rounding out the last leg of Meghan’s official overseas tour with Prince Harry in New Zealand, the Duchess of Sussex first flaunted a custom blue Givenchy skirt and sweater combo which she paired with matching Manolo Blahnik heels and her signature messy bun. According to the Daily Mail, the ensemble for her Rotorua outing, complete with multi-colored pleats and elbow-length sleeves, is estimated to be worth approximately $2,819. Markle called on the French label’s British artistic director, Clare Waight Keller, to design her iconic, minimalist wedding gown, which she donned during the ceremony and for the official wedding portraits.

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Switching things up later in the day for a visit to Te Papaiouru Marae, Meghan kept the same heels, but traded her Givenchy look for a tasteful navy Stella McCartney number (coincidence that she wore the designers in the same order as her wedding?). According to royal reporter Omid Scobie via Twitter, the Duchess of Sussex also donned a “Maōri-style New Zealand jade necklace” and was gifted a traditional Korowai robe, which represents “strength, warmth and aroha [love]”. Daily Mail reports that this frock runs for a cool £2,159, the equivalent of about $2,754. British-based designer McCartney lent her talents to create Meghan’s evening wedding reception look—a halter-neck, fitted sleeveless gown (that has since spawned plenty of lookalikes).

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Also worth noting, Meghan’s manicure looks highly familiar, and she may or may not also be re-wearing her nail polish color from the big day, which is believed to be Essie’s “Ballet Slipper” hue. So many royal wedding flashbacks!

See more: Meghan Markle’s First Official Twitter Post Is a Sweet Photo of Prince Harry

Speaking of Meghan’s wedding fashion, the Duchess of Sussex’s Givenchy gown just went on display at Windsor Castle, so fans can catch an IRL glimpse of the regal ensemble until January.

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Meghan Markle's Mom Doria Ragland Brought Snacks for Her Royal Wedding Outfit Designers

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The “ultimate mother of the bride” award goes to Doria Ragland, who reportedly pulled a very mom-worthy gesture leading up to her daughter Meghan Markle‘s royal wedding this past May.

The mother of the bride enlisted the help of Oscar de la Renta designers Laura Kim and Fernando Garci to create her green coat-and-dress ensemble for the big day. While piecing together an outfit for a royal wedding guest has to be the gig of a lifetime in and of itself, Kim and Garci recently told Buro Middle East that Ragland was extra special to dress, especially because she reportedly fed them at her dress fitting.

Speaking to the web-based publication, the design duo revealed that, after being chosen to create Ragland’s mother-of-the-bride look, they flew to L.A. to meet their client.

“She brought us snacks to the fitting,” Garci confirmed, adding that, “They were healthy snacks because she’s a runner.”

“She’s so sweet,” added Kim. “Her snacks were so cute, too.” There you have it, folks.

According to Garci, Markle’s assistant originally emailed the Oscar de la Renta co-Creative Directors on Ragland’s behalf. However, the vague correspondence just months before the wedding came as “alarming,” considering Garci assumed the email pertained to the bride’s own royal wedding dress.

“I was like, there’s no way [Meghan] doesn’t have her wedding dress figured out yet but it wasn’t that and it was a very pleasant phone call,” he said. “She wanted to have an American designer represented in the royal wedding because she’s American.”

JANE BARLOW

See more: Kate Middleton, Prince William, and Doria Ragland Share Their Thoughts on Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Baby News

Of course, this kind of hospitality clearly runs in the blood. During Markle’s royal tour with Prince Harry in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand, the Duchess of Sussex found time to bake banana bread and brought it along to share with a local family.

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Despite Dating for Months, Priyanka Chopra Felt Single Until Nick Jonas Popped the Question

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra added to a long list of whirlwind celebrity proposals this summer by getting engaged in July, just two months after dating speculations initially began. And, thank goodness the former Jonas Brother fell so fast and put a ring on it ASAP, because Chopra admits that she still felt “single” up until the engagement.

Despite stealing the show as one another’s 2017 Met Gala dates and finally becoming #RelationshipOfficial in May 2018, Chopra revealed to People at Monday’s Bumble India launch event that Jonas’ straight-out-of-Sweet-Home-Alabama proposal was the defining relationship status indicator.

“This is the first time I was comfortable with being with someone who is such an incredible partner, so it just felt natural,” she gushed about her fiancé, who fulfilled her dreams of a Tiffany and Co. engagement. “And plus there was a ring on it! I always said that when there’s a ring on it I’ll talk about it because you’re single until you’re married.”

And ever since they went public, the two have been engaging in plenty of social media flirtations, proving the couple has an untreatable case of the love bug. Chopra also dished to People about the key to her relationship success with Jonas.

“Truly this is what worked for me, he has to be someone who respects you,” she said. “Then everything is so easy because you give each other credit for your intelligence, you give each other the benefit of the doubt because you trust each other.”

Jonas and Chopra’s engagement also served as a long-awaited cue for the ultra private actress to open up about her love life. During the event, she also went on to defend her prior dating privacy.

“I’ve never been public about my relationships. But that was a decision I took when I was very young,” the 36-year-old explained. “Especially in entertainment because women have such public lives, we always end up being reduced to a plus one or ‘blahblahblah’s’ girlfriend. And I wanted to give myself enough time where I’m able to stand on my own two feet and have my identity as well.” Now there’s the feminist that her BFF Meghan Markle would be proud of.

At only three months into their engagement, the betrothed duo already seems to be making major wedding headway. Foreshadowing her own bridal ensemble, Chopra donned a white Marchesa number to her bridal shower in New York City over the weekend (unsurprisingly held at Tiffany’s Blue Box Cafe).

See more: Priyanka Chopra Shares What Her Wedding Day Bridal Style Will Be

Additionally, Chopra recently confessed that she feels the need to “catch up” with her current pregnant celebrity counterparts (coughMeghanMarklecough), meaning the wedding and a family may be fast-tracked sooner than we think. We’re officially Burnin’ Up for these lovebirds, baby.

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How to Have a Plastic-Free Wedding: 6 Tips from an Ethical Wedding Consultant

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Ever the modern bride, Princess Eugenie of York’s royal nuptials made headlines just a few short weeks ago, not only for her stellar gown, but also for her decision to host a plastic-free wedding. If royalty can make an effort to go green and eliminate plastic, then you and your partner easily can (and should), too. And, aside from participating in the very relevant straw-swapping crusade (#SaveTheTurtles and go metal), there are many other feasible ways to make your big day plastic-free.

For couples wanting to reduce their carbon footprints (or simply hop on the anti-plastic bandwagon because it’s backed by a princess), we spoke with Praise Santos, photojournalist and founder of the Ethical Weddings movement, which advises couples on ways to minimize their wedding-day impact. Here, Santos offers her insight on the environmental benefits of a plastic-free wedding, as well as easy solutions and sustainable alternatives for a more eco-friendly celebration. And, if you’re not yet fully sold on decreasing your wedding-day plastic use, we encourage you to read on for a likely change in mentality.

Why Go Plastic-Free?

Santos cited data that a culmination of plastic twice (twice!) the size of Texas is currently drifting through the Pacific Ocean. Please let that sink in for a moment.

“It’s our responsibility as citizens to use less and less materials that will contribute to this ‘floating state,'” she says. “There’s so many great alternatives out there for plastic.”

How to Eliminate Plastic on Your Wedding Day

From your dress (yes, there’s typically plastic involved) to your dinnerware, Santos dishes on easy ways to remove this material from your wedding.

Start With the Right Vendors

Going plastic-free starts with researching teams that can bring your vision to life. “When a couple is planning their wedding, a big thing is to ask vendors ahead of time…if they recycle or have alternatives,” says Santos. She adds that it’s also important to see if your venue offers on-site recycling bins or can provide recycling containers. A quick “eco-friendly wedding planners” Google search is a step in the right direction.

Rely on Reusable Cups and Straws During Cocktail Hour

“You have to estimate that guests will have at least two drinks per hour,” Santos says. “So, if you have 100 guests, that’s already 200 drinks.” That’s a lot of plasticware.

A more earth-friendly alternative that your nearest and dearest will also love? A real-life bride and close friend of Santos gave each wedding attendant their own glass cup at cocktail hour to use for the evening. Instead of a bartender, guests refilled their own glasses from premixed cocktail stations. Reusable cups, along with metal or aluminum straws, can also double as wedding favors, with plenty of post-wedding shelf life.

Shop for Eco-Friendly Wedding Ensembles

Surprise—you may not be aware that certain synthetic fabrics, like polyester, involve plastic. As with your vendors, mapping out sustainable clothing brands, especially ones that use compostable fabrics, for your wedding gown and bridesmaid dresses is key. Santos recommends Celia Grace, an ethical wedding dress brand that creates gowns from materials like pineapple fibers (who knew!?). Or, there’s Reformation, whose sustainability-focused collection doesn’t fall short on style and affordability. According to Santos, the brand even delivers your order in an eco-friendly garment bag.

Ditch Plastic Garment Bags

Speaking of, plastic garment bags for bridesmaid dresses will probably get tossed in the bridal suite trash can shortly after hair and makeup. Encourage your girls to bring their own reusable gown storage in order to decrease your plastic use. Or, consider giving them garment bags as bridesmaid gifts.

Store Favors in Reusable Bags

The same sentiment goes for your wedding favors, especially if you’re treating guests to an edible gift. “A lot of food is bought in bulk at the grocery store in [plastic] bags,” says Santos. “I know couples who have done DIY wedding food favors, and even then it’s about using compostable bags.”

Rentals. Rentals. Rentals

One of the easiest solutions for swapping out plastic starts with your dinnerware. Rely on reusable rentals or, Santos suggests, look for utensils made from environmentally friendly materials, like bamboo or palm leaves.

See more: 17 Eco-Friendly Labels to Shop for Your Bridal Wardrobe

Ultimately, if you plan to eliminate plastic at your wedding, Santos advises seeking eco-friendly safety in numbers. “Find a community of people who are in this, too, because trying to do it alone is really hard,” she admits. “Whenever you’re doing something that’s a bit against the grain, finding other people makes a big difference.” On the bright side, though, a passion for going green has been on the rise recently, so you shouldn’t be too hard-strapped finding fellow plastic-free enthusiasts before your big day.

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Prince Harry Reportedly Shouted “What Meghan Wants, She Gets!” Before the Royal Wedding

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Wedding nerves can take a toll on any groom (and bride, obviously), whether heir to a throne or not. But it seems Prince Harry may have let his big day get to him a little too much. (In his defense, it’s fairly understandable considering half the world would be watching him say “I do.”)

According to an excerpt via the Daily Mail, from the book Charles at Seventy: Thoughts, Hopes and Dreams by royal biographer Robert Jobson, the Duke of Sussex felt a bit…tense, to say the least, before his May 19 wedding. Exhibit A: An inside source described him as “petulant and short-tempered” toward royal staff members leading up to the big day.

In fact, the groom apparently even threw a bit of a pre-wedding tantrum. Reportedly, on several occasions, Prince Harry would raise his voice and exclaim, “What Meghan wants, she gets!” Oh, royalty.

But perhaps in an effort to dispose of their nuptial-invoked jitters (and potentially prevent more outbursts), Jobson notes that the couple booked several acupuncture appointments before the ceremony “with Ross Barr, known as ‘the acupuncturist to the stars.’ “

The sessions seem to have paid off for Meghan, who remained cool as a cucumber while walking down the aisle, accompanied halfway by her father-in-law, Prince Charles. Jobson was quick to point out that Harry, on the other hand, “was almost shaking with tension” as he “whispered ‘Thanks, Pa’ ” and stood beside his bride.

Thankfully, royal wedding fans were more fixated on Harry’s subtle tear-wiping throughout the ceremony and attempting to lip-read his adorable exchanges with his new bride. Overall, we’d chalk his wedding day demeanor up as a huge success.

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

Moral of the story: May we never, EVER forget that, “What Meghan wants, she gets!” Here’s hoping that this rings true during her pregnancy as well, just minus any yelling and overwhelming stress on Harry’s part.

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Zoë Kravitz Reveals Secret Engagement to Boyfriend Karl Glusman

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In an era of Justin and Hailey’s and Nick and Priyanka’s, it seems that nothing anymore is left to the imagination in terms of celebrity engagements. But one under-the-radar A-lister, actress Zoë Kravitz, has officially mastered the art of the secret engagement.

Baring it all (quite literally) as the cover star of Rolling Stone‘s November issue—she recreated her mother, Lisa Bonet’s, famed nude photo shoot from 1988—the actress admitted that her boyfriend, Nocturnal Animals star Karl Glusman, had popped the question months ago. “Oh yeah, I’m engaged,” she rather nonchalantly revealed per Us Weekly. “I haven’t told anyone yet. I mean, I haven’t told the world.” World, take heed.

So, how did it all go down? Kravitz said that Glusman, 30, originally planned a Paris proposal, but the real deal ended up being much more low-key. “I was in sweatpants,” she told the music publication of the at-home engagement. “I think I was a little drunk. I could feel his heart beating so fast—I was like, ‘Baby, are you OK?’ I was actually worried about him!” Spoiler: Glusman “nailed it,” and she said yes.

And we’re not even talking about a betrothal from within the last week or two; the proposal actually went down in February. Which, if you add it all up, means the Big Little Lies alum has been engaged for a longer time span than Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s entire relationship. (Too soon?). Kravitz and Glusman, who initially met at a bar thanks to mutual friends, took their relationship to the next level after a year and a half of dating, Us Weekly notes.

Further leading us to wonder how no one picked up on this, People reports that the 29-year-old flashed a diamond ring in May while attending the Met Gala, which may or may not be her engagement ring. She even shared a snippet of her look to Instagram, with a prime view of the round bauble.

HECTOR RETAMAL

Ring speculations aside, the actress used her Rolling Stone spread as an opportunity to to gush about her future spouse. “I can be my weirdest self around him,” she said. “It’s so relaxing to be around someone where you can be a hundred percent how you feel.”

Glusman returned the favor earlier today, posting his fiancée’s magazine cover to his Instagram account, deeming her his “hero.” “My Love, my hero, best friend and greatest inspiration,” he captioned the photo. “You’re so f*cking cool @zoeisabellakravitz . Still pinching myself daily… THAT’S MY LADY!!!”

See more: Game of Thrones Star Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson Marries Kelsey Henson

If the trend continues, we may expect to see (or not see) an equally elusive wedding between Zoë Kravitz and Karl Glusman. Or, perhaps the couple will take a cue from the bride-to-be’s mother and lead us to believe that they’re married for a decade before making it official. Either way, these two are clearly refusing to play by the Hollywood rules, and we are here for it.

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A Pastel-Infused, Modern Wedding in Charleston, South Carolina

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Three years after meeting through mutual friends in Charlotte, North Carolina, Charlie Wheatley had his heart set on a New Year’s Eve proposal for his now-wife, Haley Thomas. However, a lack of patience intervened. Turns out, he couldn’t wait that long, pulling the trigger just days before on December 27, 2016. “We had dinner reservations and we were running a little behind because we had been on the beach all day,” Haley recalls. “Charlie was rushing me to dinner so we could watch the sunset, so I ran out with wet hair.” They made it in time to the restaurant, wet hair and all, where Charlie surprised his bride with champagne and a perfectly timed (albeit impromptu) sunset proposal.

With a classic-meets-modern vibe in mind, the New-York based pair decided on Charleston, South Carolina to host their wedding on April 14, 2018. However, taking a slight detour from standard southern wedding traditions, Haley largely wanted the event to maintain a feeling of intimacy. “We kept our guest count relatively low,” she says. “In the South, people have large weddings, and Charlie would’ve invited 400 people, but we finally settled on a more manageable guest list.” But, that’s not to say the wedding didn’t draw some sort of inspiration from the locale. Pastel colors, a popular Charleston motif, peppered in a pinch of southern charm, making appearances in the bridesmaid dresses, florals, and even the historic light pink church where Haley and Charlie said “I do.”

Keep reading to see a seamless fusion of classic and contemporary in this modern Charleston wedding, as captured by Olivia Rae James.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Haley’s affinity for florals was evidenced not only in the decor, but also the couple’s invitation suite. “I love flowers and I had a lot of ideas,” she says.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

After going back-and-forth between two wedding gowns, Haley stood steadfast in her final decision—a Delphine Manivet crepe silk dress with a lace overlay. “I always envisioned something very simple with a lace top, and this was perfect,” she says. “It felt modern and romantic.”

As the U.S. director for Marie-Hélène de Taillac, she represented the brand well, pairing diamond briolette earrings with her gray spinel engagement ring, both from the jewelry label. Haley’s parents also gifted her a diamond ring, made of two jewels from her grandmother’s collection, which she sported on her right hand. White suede block heels and a veil rounded out her chic bridal ensemble.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

A bouquet of pale pink anthurium and roses, sweet pea, wispy fern, and rice flower contributed to the day’s pastel palette.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

The bridesmaid dresses adopted similar hues. Haley let her bridal party pick their own frocks, as long as they kept in line with the celebration’s overall soft allure. “I wanted the girls to be able to wear a dress that was flattering and a color that suited them,” she says.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

As for the guys, Charlie and his groomsmen sported their own personal black tuxedos.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Coincidentally, Charlie and Haley’s choice of ceremony venue actually revealed an unknown link to the bride’s lineage. While attending a service at the church before their wedding, the couple sat beside a plaque dedicated to one of Haley’s ancestors. “My grandmother, who passed away in 2012, was very knowledgeable about our family genealogy, and it would’ve made her happy to have this family connection,” she says. “Also, it’s a beautiful church and was perfect for our guest count.”

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Anthuriums adorned the front gate of the church’s pink facade, then doubled up with rose arrangements to decorate the altar.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Escorted by her father, who proved to be a great help during the planning process, Haley made her way down the aisle to the organ processional from The Sound of Music, one of her favorite films growing up. “The song was meaningful and still traditional,” she says.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

“We had the option of adding a unity candle or communion, and we chose to add communion,” says Haley of the traditional ceremony. “It was something that felt very natural to us, especially to Charlie, who grew up in an Episcopalian church.”

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Haley cherishes the one-on-time she shared with Charlie (and their photographer) after the ceremony, deeming it one of her favorite memories from the big day.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Wedding attendees walked to the nearby Gibbes Museum of Art for the reception. Bright anthuriums made a comeback, lining the family-style tables alongside tapered candlesticks. The couple also hung strands of café lights within the sailcloth tent.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Southern fare populated the menu, with light bites such as mini tomato pies, shrimp cocktail, and oysters on the half shell making rounds during cocktail hour. For dinner, Haley and Charlie served shrimp and grits and a roasted pig (with a carving station!).

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Decked out with a few extra flowers, the duo’s four-tier, vanilla wedding cake featured fresh strawberries and Italian buttercream frosting.

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Photo by Olivia Rae James

Once the band took over, guests flocked to the dance floor. “It was packed the whole night,” recalls the bride.

Looking back, Haley recommends that couples vet their vendors carefully. “Take time and care when choosing your vendors,” she advises. “So much of the process depends on them, so find people you trust and have a similar vision to yours.”

Ceremony Venue: French Huguenot Church || Reception Venue: Gibbes Art Museum || Wedding Planner: The Burlap Elephant || Bride’s Dress: Delphine Manivet || Bride’s Veil: The Mews Bridal || Bride’s Jewelry, Engagement Ring, & Wedding Bands: Marie-Hélène de Taillac || Bride’s Shoes: By Far Shoes || Hair & Makeup: Ash and Co. || Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Shona Joy, Zimmermann || Floral Design: Flowershop || Invitations & Paper Products: Betsy Peters Designs || Music: Holy City Strings, Diverse Groove || Catering: Cru Catering || Cake: WildFlour Pastry || Rentals: Ooh! Events, La Tavola Linen || Accommodations: The Dewberry, Francis Marion Hotel || Getaway Car: Lowcountry Valet || Photographer: Olivia Rae James

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