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Kate Middleton Recycled Another Dress for Friend Sophie Carter's Wedding

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Dressing for someone else’s wedding can be incredibly daunting. Even when the bride and groom don’t have a strict dress code, there’s always unspoken etiquette rules, like not wearing white (or anything that might be mistaken for white), or anything that would look good at a night club. Luckily, one frequent wedding-goer by the name of Kate Middleton has got you covered. If you’re not sure what to wear to an upcoming wedding, just take a page out of her book and throw on something tried and true: Over the weekend, the Duchess of Cambridge once again recycled an outfit to attend her family friend Sophie Carter’s wedding.

According to People, the blue Catherine Walker & Co coat dress she wore to the wedding was previously on display last July, when Middleton, Prince William, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte visited Berlin. Of course, she added some accessories to make it more wedding appropriate: For her friend’s big day, she donned a large flower crown made out of blue roses that was a clever nod to her daughter’s bridesmaid flower crown. She also carried a satin blue clutch and offset all that blue with a silver necklace and earrings.

As People noted, this is pretty much Kate Middleton’s go-to wedding trick to make sure press coverage about her wardrobe never overshadows the bride. In May, for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, she wore a pale yellow (not white!) coat dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen that she’s previously worn on two occasions: Princess Charlotte’s christening and the queen’s birthday. While that may sound like a lot, there’s another dress—a cream coat by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, according to Harper’s Bazaar Australia—that she’s worn to three weddings, starting before she became a royal.

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And just to switch things up, she’s recycled pieces from her own wedding as well: For the annual Garter Day service in 2016, she brought back her own bridal earrings.

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Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Went to Their Friends' Engagement Party Together

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra have only been (officially engaged for a few weeks, but they’re already doing super engaged-coupley things, like attending another celebrity couple’s engagement party. The couple in question is Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal, two Indian stars who celebrated their engagement with a ceremony on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

As Entertainment Tonight reported, both Chopra and Jonas wore traditional Indian garments to the special event, both created by designer Manish Malhotra. According to Entertainment Tonight, Chopra wore a beige sari made with netting and featuring silver embroidery, while Jonas wore a bandhgala suit in black that featured a textured diamond pattern and floral detailing. Check out their outfits here.

The couple celebrated their own engagement a little more than a month ago. As Glamour reported, Chopra and Jonas finally confirmed their engagement in mid-August after posting stunning photos of their own engagement ceremony on Instagram. Traveling to Mumbai, the pair participated in a traditional Hindu roka ceremony, with both of their parents present, as well as a group of family and friends.

The ceremony was followed by a huge afterparty, also in Mumbai. According to Glamour, Jonas shared cute videos of Chopra dancing with her friends on his Instagram Story, as well as a sweet photo of the couple posing with his parents. Meanwhile, Chopra’s cousin, Parineeti Chopra, posted a bunch of photos along with a heartfelt message.

“Today I witnessed magic and a fairytale…When we were kids, mimi didi and I used to play ‘ghar ghar’. We would pretend to be shy brides, have imaginary children, and serve tea to our husbands! 🙈🙈 cheesy, but its because we always believed in the magic of love and hoped we would both find that perfect man for us one day!!” she wrote. “Today there was no pretending. I cant think of a more a perfect man for her. Like I said this morning, there are two ways of judging a human being. One – travel with them, and two, eat with them. Nick, I have done both with you. And so I know you’re perfect for her!! Love her, because she loves you like mad! Protect her, because shes strong, but a soft soul inside. I love you both and wish you all the happiness forever!!!!! HAPPY ROKA AND FUTURE WEDDING!! 💍💑@priyankachopra @nickjonas”

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This Bride's List of Demands Reads Like a Parody

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If you’ve ever attended or thrown a wedding, you know to expect some guidelines—no matter how loose or simple—that make sure things run at least kind of smoothly. The vast majority of these guidelines are very reasonable (don’t wear jeans, don’t wear white, no need for a gift, etc.), but occasionally they can get way out of hand. Take, for instance, the expectations of one bride that went viral this week.

As Cosmo reported, Reddit user u/laika_cat uploaded a screenshot of an email sent to guests of a wedding. The email purported to be from a “wedding coordinator,” but the ridiculous demands, not to mention the numerous spelling/grammar errors, call that into question. The deceptively short list of ridiculous rules includes a $75+ gift for admission, a mandatory hashtag, and no talking to the bride. Without further ado:

Rules and regulations:

  1. Please arrive 15-30 minutes early.

  2. Please DO NOT wear white, cream or ivory.

  3. Please do not wear anything other than a basic bob or ponytail.

  4. Please do not fave a full face of makeup.

  5. Do not record during the seramony.

  1. Do not check in on FB until instructed.
  1. Use #[REDACTED] when posting all pictures.
  1. Everyone will toast with Rémy. No acceptance.
  1. Lastly must come with gift 75$ or more or you want be admited in.

The email ends with the writer asking guests to call them if they “have any questions or need clarification,” and we’re left to assume that their phone was probably ringing nonstop for the next few days.

This isn’t the only bride who has unwittingly gone viral for charging an admission fee for her wedding. A month ago, one couple reportedly had to call off a wedding days before the scheduled date, all because not enough people were willing to send them the $1,500 attendance fee.

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Kayla Rae Reid Wore a Stunning White Jumpsuit to Her Rehearsal Dinner With Ryan Lochte

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Kayla Rae Reid is the latest bride to partake in one of fall’s biggest wedding trends: the jumpsuit. While she ended up going with a more traditional gown for her second wedding to Ryan Lochte, she put on a gorgeous custom jumpsuit for the rehearsal dinner. As People reported on Thursday, the jumpsuit in question is a bespoke design by Rime Arodaky. It features a sheer bodice and sleeves with white floral embellishments, as well as a matching train that evokes an ethereal wedding veil. It also took three weeks to perfect—that’s in addition to all the weeks Reid and Arodaky spent discussing and poring over sketches, People reported.

“Kayla loved the Patsy jumpsuit as she thought it really fit her personality and body, however, she wanted to personalize it by changing the embroidered tulle on the jumpsuit to something more poetic,” Arodaky told People. “So we ended up using the same embroidered tulle that she absolutely loved from the Blair gown.”

Reid apparently loved the final result so much that she shared an entire album’s worth of snaps on her Instagram. “Rehearsal dinner 🥂In love with my @rimearodaky custom jumpsuit! THANK YOU ❤️,” she wrote. “I love everything she creates! So chic, simple, and stunning!! ✨”

Courtesy of Kayla Rae Reid

Courtesy of Kayla Rae Reid

Courtesy of Kayla Rae Reid

“Kayla is a gorgeous woman with an exciting life and we were happy she loved the look we created for her!” Arodaky added to People. “It was modern and elegant all while exhibiting a lot of intricate details and embroideries.”

As Brides wrote earlier in September, a lot of fall brides are doing what Reid did and incorporating a wedding-worthy jumpsuit into their big day, whether it be for the actual ceremony or for another item on the schedule, like a rehearsal dinner or the reception. One of the most famous ones to do so was Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco, who was ahead of the trend when she wrote a lace Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit to her wedding reception in July.

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are Reportedly Getting a Prenuptial Agreement


Everything’s moving super-quickly for Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin, but they’re reportedly still carving out some time to get a prenuptial agreement. Or so says TMZ, which reported on Friday that the couple are “about” to negotiate a prenup and won’t get married until they both sign it. If this seems slightly confusing because of reports you may have read that they’re already married, that’s because, well, it kind of is.

To recap, last Friday, TMZ and People both reported that Biebwin had made a trip to a courthouse in New York City that issues marriage licenses. But while TMZ reported that they were just there to get a marriage license, People reported that they actually did the damn thing, and are now officially, legally married. (Both sources say that the two are still holding out for an actual wedding ceremony, though.) To make matters even more confusing, Baldwin then tweeted that the “Just Married!” rumors simply aren’t true.

“I understand where the speculation is coming from, but I’m not married yet!” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

People, however, stuck to its story that Bieber and Baldwin are, in fact, a married couple in the civil sense, adding that maybe Baldwin just doesn’t consider herself married since they haven’t taken their vows. She reportedly “feels a civil ceremony and their ‘real’ wedding are two separate things,” a source told People, while a “religious source” told the outlet, “What happened at the courthouse is a courthouse thing—a legal thing. But marriage is two people making a vow before God and the people they love.”

But wait, there’s more! Us Weekly is also maintaining that they’re married, and reported on Sunday that they did not, in fact, get a prenup.

Whether Bieber and Baldwin are actually married, with or without a prenup, one thing’s for sure: The actual wedding ceremony is going to be amazing. “I just picture lights strung everywhere,” Baldwin told The Cut last Thursday. “I think having it in the woods would be so beautiful.”

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Are Already Married, According to New Report

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It (maybe) happened! Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin are now a married couple, according to a new report from People. The outlet reported on Friday that the pair had gotten married on Thursday in New York City, two months after their engagement.

While this is already cause for celebration, there are reportedly more festivities to come: According to People, Bieber and Baldwin only got legally married at a courthouse that issues marriage licenses, and they’re saving the actual wedding for a future date. “They’re going to have a big blowout, in front of God and everyone they love,” a “religious source” told People.

TMZ, however, reported that the wedding would be a “super small ceremony” (likely taking place “out of the country,” with Canada being a strong contender), and could occur “as early as next week.”

Previously, TMZ broke the story about Biebwin’s courthouse appointment on Thursday, publishing photos of the two on the way there. The publication reported that eyewitnesses at the Marriage Bureau said Bieber was crying, reportedly telling Baldwin, “I can’t wait to marry you, baby.”

According to TMZ‘s eyewitnesses, Bieber also thanked a court official (possibly a judge) for “keeping it on the DL.”

As for the couple’s impending wedding, Baldwin gave The Cut a preview on Thursday. “I just picture lights strung everywhere,” she said. “I think having it in the woods would be so beautiful.”

The Cut reported that Baldwin said she has enlisted a wedding planner to scout out a location (prioritizing the West Coast) and hired a designer for a wedding gown. Baldwin also told The Cut that the party will be “small and familial.” “My sister will be my bridesmaid,” she told The Cut. “I was hers last year. And maybe Justin’s little sister as a flower girl. Is 10 too old?”

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

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A 33-Carat Diamond Tiara With Ties to Spanish Royalty Is Going on Auction

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Here’s some great news if you want to channel Meghan Markle and rock a tiara to your upcoming wedding: A 33.5-carat diamond tiara with ties to Spanish royalty is going on auction. If you have money to burn, you could be the proud owner of a double-decker platinum tiara that once belonged to a noblewoman who served as a lady-in-waiting for Queen Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, Queen of Spain, People reports. According to People, the sparkly headpiece was designed by Ansorena, the Spanish royal jeweler, and has been owned by the family of Chávarri Aldecoa, Countess of Villagonzalo, for more than a century. Royal pedigree aside, it’s also just really cool: According to Blouin Art Info, it features “Greek key motifs, forget-me-not flowers and trailing laurel leaves” made out of “single and rose-cut diamonds,” and the bottom half can detach to be turned into a choker.

Naturally, this doesn’t come cheap. Auction company Bonhams told People it expects the tiara to sell for between $103,000 and $160,000. “It is supremely elegant given its lace-like quality in platinum and diamonds,” Emily Barber, Bonhams’s director of jewelry, told People. “The craftsmanship is extraordinary.”

This isn’t the only aristocratic headgear that’s up for grabs. According to People, a “geometric Art Deco” tiara that belonged to Viscountess Churchill is also going on sale with the one that belonged to the Countess of Villagonzalo. Like the Spanish tiara, it can be detached into different pieces of jewelry, including a necklace, bracelets, clips, and brooches.

“It is extremely rare to have not one but two tiaras with such interesting provenances,” Barber told People. “They are not only fine examples of the respective jeweler’s art, but great survivors from an age of aristocratic glamour.”

Blouin Art Info reports that the auction for Chávarri Aldecoa’s tiara will take place on September 26 in London, so start saving up.




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Bekah Martinez's Boyfriend, Grayston Leonard, Confuses Fans With Instagram Posts About “Marriage”


Fans are congratulating Bekah Martinez, breakout star of Arie Luyendyk Jr.‘s season of The Bachelor, after she revealed on Wednesday that she and boyfriend Grayston Leonard are expecting their first child. But the comments section on Leonard’s Instagram post are filling up with well-wishers for an entirely different reason: Thanks to a couple of cryptically worded posts, fans now think that the couple have already gotten married.

As People reported, the confusion began last week, when Leonard posted two pictures on his Instagram of Bekah and him at the beach. The first is captioned “Stuck with this beach,” and the second reads, “After 48 hours of marriage, I am foregoing a life with Rebekah for an annulment. she’s not happy about it.” As if that weren’t confusing enough, Bekah was photographed wearing a lacy white dress, and in the first photo, the pair are standing under a very wedding-y canopy decorated with palm fronds and white fabric.

All of this just seems to be an elaborate (if Pinterest-worthy) joke though, because on Wednesday, Leonard tried to clear things up with an Instagram Story: “No, we aren’t married,” he said in an Instagram Story, while lounging in bed with Martinez, according to People. It looks like some fans didn’t get the memo, because as of Friday, congratulations are still pouring in to his comments section.

That Leonard’s posts are a joke and not a casual wedding announcement syncs up pretty well with Martinez’s previous comments regarding marriage. In an interview with PureWow from Wednesday that accompanied her pregnancy announcement, Martinez said marriage is definitely off the table right now. “It’s a horrible idea for us to consider with all of the hormones and the stress we’re experiencing,” she told PureWow. “The last thing we need is to consider another commitment on top of what we’re already going through…Regardless, we’re bound together by sharing this little life.”

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Meghan Markle's Royal Tour Will Be a “Baptism of Fire,” According to a Former Royal Spokesperson


In less than two months, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will be embarking on their first royal tour together as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, visiting Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in October. And while the couple have surely been talking nonstop about how big a deal the upcoming trip is, it’s doubtful they’re doing so with words like “baptism of fire.” But that’s exactly how one former royal spokesperson described the tour in a new interview with The Mirror.

“She’s a good communicator, she’s good at talking to people, but it will be a real baptism of fire,” Dickie Arbiter, a former spokesperson for the queen, told the publication. “They will have a very demanding schedule, and the duchess will have to get used to local customs with the eyes of the world on her. But no doubt she will come through with flying colors and they will show they will be a force of good for the Commonwealth and the Royal Family on the global stage.”

Arbiter also said that the tour will be a “litmus test” for Markle, who previously attended the Invictus Games in Toronto as Prince Harry’s girlfriend, but will now be opening the Invictus Games in Sydney with him as part of a married couple. “With experience will come confidence, and in the next few months I have no doubt we will see her come out of her shell even more and start to be more vocal for causes and charities she wishes to support,” Arbiter added.

He also praised the way Markle has handled all of her royal outings. “With the Duchess of Sussex being from the U.S., the concept of monarchy is a bit alien, so it’s been a great learning curve she has taken in her stride and managed incredibly well,” he told The Mirror. “The prime example was when she went to Cheshire with the queen. There seemed to be a tremendous rapport between them, a lot of laughter, and that would give a clear indication that the queen is very relaxed in her company and she became relaxed in the queen’s company. She and Harry have shown they are getting on incredibly well and always look so fantastically in ­love.”

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The Crazy Rich Asians Engagement Ring Belongs to Michelle Yeoh in Real Life

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If you came out of Crazy Rich Asians with quite a few pieces of wedding inspo, you can at least partially thank Michelle Yeoh. Turns out, the second (gorgeous, emerald) ring that Nick (Henry Golding) proposes to Rachel (Constance Wu) with, which comes from his mom, Yeoh’s character Eleanor, actually belongs to the actress in real life. Director Jon M. Chu spilled the beans to Vulture in a piece published on Thursday.

“We had a ring designed already, and our mock-up looked so sh*tty that Michelle [Yeoh] was like, ‘That cannot be the ring I wear,’” Chu told Vulture. “I’m like, ‘I know, I know. I’m so embarrassed by it, but we don’t have the money.’ She’s like, ‘I have a better ring than that.’”

As Chu told Vulture, Yeoh then had her assistant fetch her jewelry box, whereupon she revealed a gorgeous emerald-and-diamond number she’d originally bought as a gift to herself (!). “She pulls it out, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s our ring,’” Chu said in the interview.


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As for other details you can steal for your own wedding, the stunning pastel blue gown that Rachel wears to Colin (Chris Pang) and Araminta’s (Sonoya Mizuno) wedding is made by Marchesa. Meanwhile, the wedding dress itself was actually a Mary Vogt–designed jumpsuit that came complete with a 10-foot train, “thousands” of Swarovski crystals, and “waterproof material.”

And for the part where Araminta walked on water as she came down the aisle, production designer Nelson Coates says he used a “flower-lined water aisle, constructed in truck-able segments, and somehow waterproofed during the fast installation.” Here are a few more details, in case you don’t have a crazy rich budget and want to do it yourself: Coates told Brides that he laminated the waterproofed marine plywood aisle with a reflective fabric, lined it with orchids, bromeliads, and ferns, and hid water jets among the plants to adjust the volume and direction of water. Happy crafting!

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Brides Getting Haircuts During Their Weddings Are Now a Thing


For many brides, having a second wedding dress is par for the course. After stunning guests with a more traditional look during the ceremony, it’s not uncommon to want to change into something a little more party-friendly for the reception. (For a real-life example, Meghan Markle changed from a bespoke Givenchy masterpiece with a mile-long train into a sleeveless Stella McCartney number that was still glamorous, but way more danceable.) Lately, however, the second-dress reveal is proving insufficient for some brides. According to a new report by Refinery29, the newest bridal trend involves not just a second dress, but a whole new haircut, with an on-site hairdresser chopping off the bride’s locks just in time for the reception.

While this may sound needlessly stressful, Refinery29 points out that it actually makes sense, since a lot of brides already want a second hairstyle for the reception anyway. Plus, there are plenty of brides who end up getting haircuts shortly after their honeymoon as well. “More than half my brides cut off their hair immediately after their wedding,” hairstylist AJ Palace told Refinery29. “If you’re planning on cutting your hair after the wedding—why not just do it at the wedding, and make it the coolest second-look reveal?”

Palace and fellow hairstylist Matt Fugate showcased two mid-wedding haircuts for Refinery29. In the first, Palace transformed one bride’s long blonde waves (originally hitting her mid-back) into a cool-girl shoulder-length lob. In the second, Fugate razored another newlywed’s red waist-length curls into a voluminous look that ended just under her collarbone.

For both hairstylists, the trick was getting in a huge transformation within 15 minutes. (Fugate says he accomplished the latter look in just five.)

“We kept it a secret from everyone, so we only had about 10 minutes total blocked off to do the cut,” Palace told Refinery29. “Kayla and I snuck away quickly, right in between speeches and her first dance. I cut her hair dry, basically taking a few inches off the ends, and just touched up the style a little, making it cute and piecey with some soft bends for texture.”

Ultimately, both quick-change hairdos paid off. “Everyone was excited about it, and the shock and awe was awesome,” Fugate told Refinery29. “It also made for a great photo op—the second look was so different, but so crazy-cool at the same time.”

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Nick Jonas and His Parents Land in India Reportedly to Meet Priyanka Chopra's Family


Earlier this week, an anonymous source told a newspaper in Mumbai that Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra would be celebrating their (still unconfirmed) engagement in Mumbai this weekend. Now, it looks like that rumor’s coming true. On Thursday evening, People reported, Jonas and his parents—Denise and Kevin Sr.—arrived at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Supporting that theory was the robin egg blue Tiffany & Co. bag reportedly dangling from Kevin Sr.’s hand. To recap, Jonas reportedly closed down a Tiffany’s in New York back in July so Chopra could pick out an engagement ring.

Previously, an unnamed source told the Mumbai-based Daily News and Analysis that the couple’s families would be meeting for the first time at their (rumored) engagement party on Saturday. “Priyanka has sent out messages to close friends and family members to set aside time on August 18 for a party,” the source said. “It’s exactly a month after her birthday and those close to the Quantico actress feel that she may make an official announcement about her relationship status at the bash. However, the venue of the do has been kept under wraps.”

If the rumors check out, this would be Jonas’s second trip to India to meet with Chopra’s family. Back in June, he and Chopra spent a week vacationing there, with Jonas reportedly meeting Chopra’s mother, Madhu, according to People.

“We’re getting to know each other and I think it was a great experience for him,” Chopra told People at the time. “That’s what he said. I think he really enjoyed it. It was really beautiful. He had a great time.”

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It looks like this will be happening a lot more once the couple ties the knot. “To me, my whole life is about traveling,” she added to People. “I travel every two weeks on a different plane. My family flies over, my friends fly with me. It’s not a big deal in my world. It’s my normal.”

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Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin's Wedding Reportedly Won't Happen Until Next Year


Contrary to popular belief (and their whirlwind engagement), Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin reportedly will not be getting married any time soon. According to a report by TMZ, unnamed sources claim that the couple are putting off their wedding until 2019. The sources made sure to clarify that this isn’t because either of them has cold feet. Instead, it’s all about commitment. The sources also told TMZ that their quick engagement wasn’t “jumping the gun.” “Justin’s been in love with her for a long time, so this didn’t just come from out of the blue,” a source told TMZ, adding that they had gotten together a few times outside of public knowledge.

The news comes just four days after Bieber was spotted by TMZ reading a book called The Meaning of Marriage as he left Baldwin’s apartment. When asked why the couple had been photographed crying while going out for a bike ride, Bieber responded, “This,” and pointed to the book. “You’ve got good days and you’ve got bad days. It’s not real if it doesn’t have any bad days.”

Just a month earlier, Us Weekly reported that the pair had already begun planning their wedding. “They want something private, intimate,” a so-called source told Us Weekly, adding that the “very small wedding” would probably be set in Canada. “Justin loves Canada and is at home there. It’s a special place for him and he’d love to get married there.”

Previously, the couple confirmed their engagement on their respective social media accounts after dating for around a month. “Not sure what I did in life to deserve such happiness but I am so utterly grateful to God for giving me such an incredible person to share my life with!” Baldwin tweeted. “No words could ever express my gratitude.”

Meanwhile, Bieber opted for something that could not be contained within Twitter’s 280-character limit.

“Was gonna wait a while to say anything but word travels fast, listen plain and simple Hailey I am soooo in love with everything about you!” he wrote on Instagram. “So committed to spending my life getting to know every single part of you loving you patiently and kindLY. I promise to lead our family with honor and integrity letting Jesus through his Holy Spirit guide us in everything we do and every decision we make. My heart is COMPLETELY and FULLY YOURS and I will ALWAYS put you first! You are the love of my life Hailey Baldwin and I wouldn’t want to spend it with anybody else. You make me so much better and we compliment eachother so well!! Can’t wait for the best season of life yet!. It’s funny because now with you everything seems to make sense! The thing I am most excited for is that my little brother and sister get to see another healthy stable marriage and look for the same!!! Gods timing really is literally perfect, we got engaged on the seventh day of the seventh month, the number seven is the number of spiritual perfection, it’s true GOOGLE IT! Isn’t that nuts? By the way I didn’t plan that, anyways My goodness does feel good to have our future secured! WERE GONNA BE BETTER AT 70 BABY HERE WE GO! “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains FAVOR from the Lord!” This is the year of favor!!!!”

Hopefully Bieber’s wedding vows won’t be nearly as long.

See more: Watch Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Meet for the First Time in 2009

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Meghan Markle Has Reportedly Turned Down an Invitation to Present at the Emmys


In about a month and a half, TV actors across America will don their best red carpet gear and get together for a night at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards. One star, however, will be notably absent. That would be Meghan Markle, who has reportedly “politely turned down” an invitation to attend and present at the Emmys, according to The Sun. An unnamed, L.A.-based source told The Sun that the Duchess of Sussex made this decision to draw a “line in the sand” between her acting career and her new life as a royal.

“We had hoped Meghan would attend as a way of saying goodbye to her Suits fans and colleagues,” a source told The Sun. “Show executives and NBC had offered Harry and her an invitation to celebrate with the biggest stars around, meet her showbiz friends and even present an honour. But Meghan is not attending.”

The Sun reported that NBC and Kensington Palace both declined to comment.

For six years, Markle played the character of Rachel Zane on Suits, but she left the show (and her acting life) behind when she got engaged to Prince Harry. Back in April, Suits gave her a fitting send-off when they had Rachel get married in the Season 7 finale just a few weeks before the royal wedding took place in real life.

“I knew from a year ago that this relationship was burgeoning,” Suits creator Aaron Korsh previously said about Markle leaving the show, in an interview with Today on Radio 4. “And I had a decision to make because I didn’t want to intrude and ask her, ‘Hey, what’s going on and what are you going to do?’ So collectively with the writers, we decided to take a gamble that these two people were in love and it was going to work out.”

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“What we decided to do (was to) say, ‘Look, I would rather have good things happen to Meghan in her life,’ which would likely mean her leaving the show,” he continued. “So let’s plan on that and it’s much easier to undo that, if it came to it, than to just plan on her staying forever and then finding out she’s going to go.”

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Meghan Markle Will Not Get to Keep Most of Her Birthday Presents This Year


Being a member of the British royal family comes with tons of benefits, but keeping your own birthday presents isn’t one of them. On Saturday, Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, celebrated her 37th birthday, and she no doubt received plenty of presents for the special occasion. Unfortunately, The Mirror reports that she’ll return a lot of them, as per the royal family’s guidelines. “The fundamental principle governing the acceptance of gifts by Members of The Royal Family is that no gifts, including hospitality or services, should be accepted which would, or might appear to, place the Member of The Royal Family under any obligation to the donor,” the guidelines state, according to The Mirror.

This means, The Mirror reported, that she would normally have to return anything from a business. This includes samples, although if it costs too much to return, she can probably keep it. (A souvenir of an official visit is OK, too.) Markle would also have to give back money, obviously, unless she accepts it on behalf of a charity.

But it’s not all bad. The Mirror reports that the duchess would get to keep gifts from public bodies in the U.K., like trade associations, and things from people she doesn’t know if they’re flowers, food, non-controversial books from the author themselves, and anything else that doesn’t cost more than £150 (around $194). But there’s a catch: if she has concerns about the sender’s motives, she’ll have to send it back.

These rules are the same reason why the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to give back $9.3 million in wedding gifts following their nuptials in May. That’s a lot of boxes. It’s also why they asked people to donate to charity instead of sending gifts.

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“The couple have personally chosen 7 charities which represent a range of issues that they are passionate about, including sport for social change, women’s empowerment, conservation, the environment, homelessness, HIV and the Armed Forces,” Kensington Palace said at the time.

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Priyanka Chopra Was the Ultimate Fan Girl at Fiancé Nick Jonas's Concert This Weekend

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Priyanka Chopra is undoubtedly one of Nick Jonas‘s biggest fans. The actor was spotted dancing and singing along from a front-row spot at her reported fiancé’s concert in Singapore on Sunday. As Cosmopolitan notes, Twitter user @jjinwoos was one of several fans who took videos of Priyanka’s cameo, recording her cheering and bopping to the music as Nick performed “Chains.” And the night before, as spotted by Marie Claire, another fan had recorded them in the midst of some PDA at a party.

Priyanka’s presence at Nick’s concert was later confirmed when she and Nick separately posed with Indonesian singer Afgansyah Reza, aka Afgan. “One of the most humble person i have ever met. Thank you for being so kind @priyankachopra. It was lovely to meet you,” Afgan wrote in the caption for Priyanka’s photo, adding, ” While this picture was taken by @nickjonas. Love them! Thank you @mtvasia.” Meanwhile, alongside Nick’s, he wrote: “Had the pleasure to chat with the talented @nickjonas for a bit. Thanks for meeting me. Have a great show! By the way, this picture was taken by @priyankachopra. They’re so humble! #respect.”

Although there doesn’t appear to be any engagement rings in the photos, Priyanka and Nick were reportedly engaged a few weeks ago, after just a couple months of dating.

“His friends and family have never seen him like this, and they’re all really excited for him,” a source told People after the news broke. “He’s definitely very serious about her.” No kidding — according to People, Nick closed down an entire Tiffany store in New York City just so they could pick out an engagement ring.

Neither Priyanka nor Nick have confirmed their engagement, but at least we have confirmation Priyanka likes his music.

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This Bride Fired Her Bridesmaid With a Savage Email

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Just in case you didn’t hate emails enough already, a bridesmaid was fired by the bride over everyone’s least favorite medium of text-based communication—and now it’s going viral. As Insider reported on Saturday, a woman named Courtney Duffy was all set to pack up her bridesmaid jumpsuit (!) and fly on over to her good friend’s wedding when she found a long letter from said friend in her inbox.


I’m so glad to hear you booked flights! I’m sorry classes are taking such a long time to sort out. I know how hard you’re working to be here for the wedding and it means so much to us!

Not too bad. But then it descended into sheer, unbridled, conversations-that-should-be-face-to-face-discussions-or-at-least-phone-calls-not-emails madness:

I have a massive favor to ask you, though — and this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to ask anyone — but I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid.

The bride, whom Duffy identified as “Alex,” then proceeded to explain that the decision all boiled down to the “whirlwind nature” of Duffy’s travel, which apparently prevented her from participating in such events as “the bachelorette trip, at least the weekend, prep and the full night of the event” and doing her “duties as a party member.”

Although she started off by apologizing, the bride then turned around and said she hoped Duffy wouldn’t feel like she had let the bride down as a result of her last-minute firing. And then she asked her to mail the jumpsuit to her so that someone else could take her place. “I’ll Venmo you the postage and the cost of the jumpsuit—just let me know the total,” she wrote. At least she acknowledged it was “awkward”?

Alex signed off by assuring her now-ex-bridesmaid that she was still welcome at the wedding. “And if you’d like to chat on the phone, let me know!” she wrote. “I promise we’re totally cool!”

As Insider reported, Duffy then screenshotted the email on Twitter in a plea for JetBlue’s help, which promptly went viral. “SOS @JetBlue ! Booked my X-C flights for a wedding, then was asked ‘to relinquish’ my ‘duties as a bridesmaid’ & mail my bridesmaid outfit X-C so another girl could fill in and wear it (Happy bday to me!),” she wrote. “I am laughing & crying & must avoid this wedding at all cost. Pls help?”

See more: What to Do If a Bridesmaid Can’t Make It to Pre-Wedding Events

JetBlue responded by offering to patch things up with a free trip, which doesn’t seem quite like the help Duffy had in mind. “Hey Courtney, we’ve been thinking. The jumpsuit may have been borrowed, but we’ll bring the (Jet)Blue,” the airline wrote. “When you’re ready to patch things up, we’d like to help make your old friendship feel like new. A future girls’ weekend is on us!”

You can read the full email below, as transcribed by Insider:


I’m so glad to hear you booked flights! I’m sorry classes are taking such a long time to sort out. I know how hard you’re working to be here for the wedding and it means so much to us!

I have a massive favor to ask you, though — and this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to ask anyone — but I need to ask you to relinquish your duties as a bridesmaid.

Come to the wedding, have a fabulous time, and travel in the time you need to without stressing about anything else!

When I asked you, I was really hoping that you could be a part of this whole thing — the bachelorette trip, at least the weekend, prep and the full night of the event (a Sunday night flight means you won’t even be able to be there for the whole wedding)… the whirlwind nature of what your travel has become just won’t work with the duties as a party member. I’m so, so sorry!!

Please don’t feel you’re letting me down, I am asking you to do this. I love you and value your friendship so much and I fully understand the need for you to prioritize school! I want you to be able to focus on that without also worrying about any extra wedding worries.

And I know this is incredibly awkward, but there is a possibility that I might be able to have someone else step into the role and assume the duties. Could you please mail the jumpsuit to me? I’ll Venmo you the postage and the cost of the jumpsuit — just let me know the total.

I know everyone is looking forward to seeing you there! I know I am!

And if you’d like to chat on the phone, let me know! I promise we’re totally cool!

All my love, Alex

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Ryan Reynolds Says Blake Lively Is “Probably” Filing for Divorce, But It's Not What You Think


Blake Lively is hard at work filming a movie, so you know what that means: Ryan Reynolds is back to his usual antics, trolling the press and his wife at the same time with some fake news about their relationship. “My wife’s been shooting a film overseas so I’ve been having a ton of time to pretend like I’m watching the kids,” the actor joked, according to E! News, at a San Diego Comic-Con panel to promote Deadpool 2 on Saturday. “She’s probably filing [divorce] papers as we speak.” As E! reported, the couple have two daughters, 3-year-old James and 1-year-old Inez.

This is far from the first time Reynolds has teased the media about his and Lively’s marriage. In March, a tabloid ran a headline that claimed the couple was “struggling to spend ‘quality time.'” The actor immediately shut it down with a characteristically snappy tweet: “I wish,” he wrote in response. “I could use a little ‘me time.'” Then, in April, he had another intentionally obtuse comeback for a Yahoo! headline that read, “Ryan Reynolds … joins Blake Lively and his mom on red carpet after shutting down split rumors.”

“We’re never splitting. She’ll always be my mom,” he tweeted. “No matter how much jazz-cabbage she smokes with her rollerblading friends.”

Although Reynolds’s Comic-Con joke banks on the fact that Lively is taking some time away for her job, this arrangement is actually pretty unusual for the couple. “My husband and I don’t work at the same time, so we all go together as a family,” Lively told People last October. “If we’re away as a family, it’s never more than for a day. We stay together.” But since the actress is shooting overseas (E! reported she’s recently been filming a thriller, The Rhythm Section, in Spain and Ireland), it would make sense if they’re making an exception because of how young their kids are.

See more: The 9 Ways to Divorce-Proof Your Marriage

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Princess Charlotte Holds Prince Louis's Hand in His Official Christening Photo


On Sunday, the royal family released Prince Louis’s official christening photos, giving you four adorable looks at Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and their extended family right after the tiniest Windsor got baptized. As if those weren’t cute enough, People caught an awww-worthy detail hidden in plain sight in one of the pics. The outlet points out that in the second photo, featuring William, Kate, and their kids, as well as Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles, Princess Charlotte can be seen holding Prince Louis’s hand and smiling at him while everyone else looks to the camera.

This isn’t the three-year-old princess’s only protective big-sis moment from the christening, which took place last Monday. As seen in a video by Newsweek, while making her way to the ceremony with her parents and brothers, Princess Charlotte appeared to tell photographers “You’re not coming.” (At least she didn’t stick out her tongue during the photoshoot, as she’s wont to do.)

Meanwhile, the royal family has released yet another sweet photo from the christening on the official Kensington Palace Instagram. Being less than three months old, Prince Louis has mostly been snapped in photos sleeping or looking up at his mother. In the photo uploaded on Monday, though, the newly baptized royal can be seen laughing at something out of frame while the Duchess of Cambridge beams in the same direction.

It was no doubt a great shot for photographer Matt Porteous, who later uploaded the photo on his own Instagram with the caption, “Moments like these ‘It was an honour and a privilege to photograph the christening of Prince Louis’ #princelouis @kensingtonroyal”

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Kaley Cuoco Shares Video of Wedding Vows


From her exquisite dress to the horses at the venue to her walk down the aisle, Kaley Cuoco has shared several adorable details from her wedding last week to Karl Cook, and she’s showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. On Tuesday, the Big Bang Theory star took to her Instagram with footage of another crucial part of her wedding: the vows.

The video is a sneak peek of her actual wedding video, with Cuoco crediting the company who made it in the comments and Enjet Media reproducing it on their own Instagram. It begins, according to Today, with a voiceover of Cuoco’s sister, Briana Cuoco, officiating as footage plays of the bride, groom, and guests preparing for the ceremony.

“Love is an incredible gift that I know neither of you will take for granted,” she begins. “There’s power in love. Not just in romantic forms, but in any form. There’s a certain sense in which you are loved, and you know it. When someone cares for you, and you know it. When you love and you show it, it actually feels right, and there’s a reason for it. It has to do with the source. It’s because we were made by a power of love. I have truly never seen two people fit more perfectly together or be more ready to make the decision to spend the rest of their lives together.”

The video then cuts to Cuoco walking down the aisle in the stables, as she recites her part of the vows in a voiceover. “When I look at you, the two words that constantly come to mind are ‘unconditional love,'” she says, to which Cook responds, “There is a rhythm and a pulse to us, like the ocean waves crashing upon the rocks. And just like those waves on those rocks, we feel like a force of nature. I guess that’s the power of a true human connection.”

“If you can’t tell, I loved you since the first night we met,” he continues, while footage plays of the pair having a blast during the reception, followed by footage of them reciting their vows. “Every day since then, I’ve only been devoted to you. I promise to understand you plucking my unibrow comes from a place of love. From this day to my last, I am yours.”

“I love you, every second, every day, and I can’t wait to see where life takes us,” Cuoco replies tearily. “I know it will be full of animals, adventure, and lots of laughs. I was meant for you. You are a good man, Charlie Brown, and I’m yours.”

Cuoco’s sister then pronounces the couple “man and wife,” and they share a kiss before running (in slow-mo!) down the aisle to their first dance.

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