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  • Jenny McCarthy is Engaged to Donnie Wahlberg!

    Jenny McCarthy just announced some very special news on The View: She and boyfriend Donnie Wahlberg are engaged to be married!

    Her reaction was ecstatic, to say the least - she sprung out of her seat and ran laps around the studio while embracing her shocked cohosts! Once the excitement died down long enough for her to speak, the comedienne, 41, showed off the enormous yellow sapphire that was gifted to her by the 44-year-old Blue Bloods star:

    Related: Taylor Swift Attends a Fan's Bridal Shower

    The proposal story is just as adorable, with Wahlberg enlisting the help of Evan Asher, Jenny McCarthy's 11-year-old son:

    "This weekend I was sitting with Donnie and he went into the other room and out came Evan with a card that said 'Will.' And he ran away and came back with a card that said 'You,' and I knew what was happening and I just started crying. And then he came out with a card that said 'Marry,' but it was spelled 'Mary,' and the last time Donnie came out

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  • Before & After: Brides' Incredible Shape-Up Stories

    We interviewed brides across the country who triumphed over medical conditions, lifelong battles with the scale and grueling 6 a.m. workouts - even documenting their most challenging moments on national television! - to get fit for their wedding day.

    Whether you want to tone up, slim down, maintain your current weight or push yourself to the next level, these inspiring stories prove that amazing things can happen when you tap into your fitness potential.

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    By Stefania Sainato

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  • Vera Wang Unveils New Bridal Collection in Creepy-Chic Video!

    Vera Wang is renowned for reinventing the status quo - check out last season's "think pink" collection for reference - but just when we thought we'd seen it all, she's pulled yet another surprise out of her ivory web lace sleeve.

    For the first time in over 20 years, the famed designer didn't throw a live runway show during Bridal Fashion Week. Instead, she released a creative video interpretation of her Spring 2015 Collection on her website. Gordon Von Steiner, an up-and-coming fashion filmmaker and photographer, did the honors.

    "The opportunity to create a visual and expressive experience of the clothes, as interpreted by my fashion vision, is a whole new way for me to communicate with not only brides, but women everywhere," Wang explained in a press release. In an interview with Women's Wear Daily, she elaborated that the idea has been percolating for a very long time: "For years, for every runway show I have done, there has been a story and a point of view...But I

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  • Taylor Swift Attends a Fan's Bridal Shower

    The bride-to-be with Taylor Swift

    One more reason to love Taylor Swift - she won't break a promise to a friend.

    Bride-to-be Gena has been a loyal Swift fan since the very beginning. Over the years, the two have met several times and developed a friendship. Gena invited Swift to her wedding in May, but the singer had to turn her down - but vowed to attend the bridal shower. The logistics almost didn't work in her favor, but Swift was adamant about keeping her promise.

    Related: 100 Ways to Throw the Best Bridal Shower Ever

    "Apparently, they told Taylor she didn't have time, and she said 'No, I'm going to Ohio. I can't make the wedding, and I promised her,'" Gena wrote on Twitter. "The driver told my dad she planned the trip at 1 a.m. and said 'I need to be there, and I need to be on time.'"

    But her presence wasn't her only present - Swift also showered the bride-to-be with baking-related gifts, including a KitchenAid mixer and homemade chocolate chip cookies (which she baked with Olympic

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  • Backstreet "Boy" No Longer — Nick Carter is Married!

    Our teenage selves are crushed: The youngest member of "The Boys" is now a married man!

    Nick Carter and his fiancée Lauren Kitt, a fitness expert and actress, tied the knot at the Bacara Resort and Spa in Santa Barbara on April 12. Fellow Backstreet members AJ McLean, Howie Dorough and Brian Littrell were among the 100 guests who celebrated the 34-year-old singer's big day. In fact, McLean's daughter, Ava, served as the flower girl!

    The bride stunned in a sexy, strapless mermaid gown with lace accents and upswept locks. Not to be outmatched, the dapper groom donned a custom black Anthony Franco Designs tux with a matching bow tie.

    Related: The Hottest New Gowns from Bridal Fashion Week

    The newlyweds recited their vows underneath a white and purple chuppah overlooking the ocean at sunset. A source tells Us Weekly that the bride was so moved that she reached out and put her hand on her groom's chest: "At the end of the ceremony, they shared the longest wedding kiss I've

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  • Hallelujah! Priest's Amazing Surprise Moves Bride to Tears

    It's not every day that a wedding ceremony receives a standing ovation!

    Father Ray Kelly stunned newlyweds Chris and Leah O'Kane when he broke out into song during their nuptials in Oldcastle, County Meath, Ireland. His sensational, tear-jerking rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" has taken the Internet by storm - as of press time, it's been watched over 2.8 million times since being uploaded on April 7th:

    The tune in question is one of the most covered songs of all time - everyone from Bono to Susan Boyle has put their personal stamp on it - but Kelly customized the lyrics to fit the sacred occasion. Check out more popular wedding songs here ►

    Father Kelly tells BBC News that locals know about his musical talents, but this unsuspecting bride and groom were from different parishes. "We had the rehearsal on Thursday evening and at the end I said, 'sure maybe I'll sing an aul song for you myself' - Leah grinned and said 'OK sure' but I don't think she was taking it

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  • Planning a Wedding with Divorced Parents? Read This

    Let's face it: If you're a child of divorce, you've probably experienced a lot of changes in your family life. Perhaps it has never even fully recovered to a normal state (unless that state is, of course, chaos). I know the feeling. My parents "started" divorcing while I was in high school and they didn't finish until I was halfway through college. Times like these are incredibly emotional and life-changing for everyone involved. Being the child of divorced parents can also be extremely tricky when it comes time for your big day.

    After my now-husband Graham proposed and we started planning our wedding, I suddenly had a lot of questions. Is it bad form to have just my mom walk me down the aisle? (I didn't have a good relationship with my father at the time.) How could I involve my dad without stirring up family drama? What if both parents walked me down the aisle? Is that even possible to ask from two people who once had a restraining order against each other? What if my dad's wife

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  • 5 of the Most Awkward Wedding Questions to Ask

    In wedding planning, as in life, there are uncomfortable topics you have to cover, so knowing the right way to ask (instead of argue) for things gives you a way to resolve any possible ripples before they become tidal waves. When the asking is out of the way, there's more time for enjoying, celebrating and making memories. Isn't that what your big day is supposed to about? Here, some ideas.

    1. How to ask your guests to travel for a destination wedding:
    Asking your friends to get on board with this can be difficult. Between time off from work (and the cost of travel and lodgings), a lot of friends and family might find it difficult and expensive to attend. It's ideal to give your potential guests as much notice as possible. Read our destination wedding countdown calendar ►

    You could start by saying, "We would love to have you help us celebrate and I know this will require extra time and money on your part. Do you think you could make a vacation around the wedding? I'm

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  • This Woman Has Worn a Wedding Dress Every Day for 10 Years

    Xiang Junfeng
    Like many brides, Xiang Junfeng describes her wedding day as the happiest day of her life. "I never wanted it to end," she told the Daily Mail. And so it didn't - at least when it comes to her wardrobe. "I decided I wanted to not only keep wearing my dress, but actually bought four other wedding dresses as well."

    Related: 30 Gorgeous Wedding Gowns Under $1,000

    Junfeng's wedding day was especially meaningful because it wasn't just a celebration of love - it was a celebration of her freedom. Originally from Jimo, China, she was kidnapped at the age of 18, sold as a slave, and forced to marry an elderly man in Linyi. It took 15 years until she could escape to Liujiazhuang village, where she was helped by a local woman. When she later met the woman's brother, the two immediately hit it off. "I had only ever known a violent and abusive man, and I avoided men until I met my new partner, who brought me truly out of my shell and treated me so differently…I couldn't believe it

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  • 25 Clever Wedding Tricks to Simplify Your Life

    Overwhelmed with the logistics of planning your big day? Join the club! We asked top wedding professionals and real brides around the country to divulge their stress-less secrets.

    1. Consider choosing a singular location that offers hotel accommodations, as well as ceremony and reception capabilities. Mary Bradley, the owner of Mary Bradley Events, recommends selecting one site where all of the festivities can take place, which will help you save money, cut down on time and eliminate transportation logistics.

    2. Get married in an (almost free) space. Some public sites like parks or gardens allow you to tie the knot there in exchange for a small donation. Shannon Mcnay, a personal finance writer who recently planned her NYC wedding for less than $5,000, opted to wed at a community garden in the East Village. She reveals that "My husband and I are from different religions, so we chose to get married in a neutral place. It was beautiful and it provided exactly the setting

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