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  • Sofia Vergara is Engaged!

    Sofia Vergara rang in her 40th birthday with almost 100 loved ones during a weeklong fiesta in Mexico - and a surprise proposal!

    The "Modern Family" actress is engaged to longtime, on-off boyfriend Nick Loeb, a 36-year old businessman. Multiple reports confirm that he popped the question yesterday while sightseeing at Chichen Itza, ancient ruins in Riviera Maya.

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    "She was bouncing around and showing everyone the ring," a source told E! News.

    The Columbian-born bombshell is staying at the Rosewood Mayakoba resort and celebrated the happy news with her entourage, including "Family" costars Julie Bowen and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Pal Fernando Fiore hinted on Twitter about a grand surprise he "couldn't tell," and later posted a photo of Vergara debuting her stunning diamond sparkler at a birthday dinner (shown below).

    This will be Vergara's second marriage; she wed childhood sweetheart Joe Gonzalez when she was

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  • Jessica Biel Had "No Say Whatsoever" on Her Engagement Ring

    Would you want to be completely surprised when it comes to your engagement ring, like Jessica?Would you want to be completely surprised when it comes to your engagement ring, like Jessica?

    In the latest issue of InStyle, Jessica Biel opens up about her engagement to Justin Timberlake.

    "I had no say whatsoever [in the ring]. I don't micromanage," she told InStyle. "He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design. And I'll be honest: He has better taste than I do."

    Related: Gorgeous, New Engagement Rings

    I'll be honest, too: I told my husband exactly what I wanted for my ring - a round-cut solitaire with a white gold band. I think I even drew him a picture at one point. And he was so grateful that I did - ring shopping can be overwhelming for a guy who doesn't have JT's "eye for design," and the last thing he wanted to do was present me with a ring that wasn't my style.

    Tell us: Did you and your fiancé talk about the ring beforehand? Or did he pick it out by himself (or with some help from a little birdie like your mom or BFF)?

    -Kristen O'Gorman Klein

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  • Get Lucky on Your Wedding Day

    Whether you're tying the knot on Friday the 13th or just want to add a little extra luck to your big day, here's how to incorporate three popular symbols of luck:

    • Bamboo: Ancient Chinese legend holds that the hearty bamboo plant brings couples happiness, prosperity and good health.
    • Horseshoe: When a horseshoe is hung with the ends pointing up, it's said to attract good luck. But when it's hung with the ends facing down, all of the good luck will fall out. So keep your ends pointing up, whether you sew a tiny horseshoe into your wedding gown, nestle one into your bouquet, or try these ideas!
    • Lavender: Carrying lavender on the big day was once though to ensure a long, happy marriage. The bloom also symbolizes love and loyalty.
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  • Jessica Simpson to Launch a Bridal Collection

    Jessica SimpsonJust two months after giving birth to daughter Maxwell, Jessica Simpson is back in business. The 31-year-old singer and fashion designer announced her plans to launch a line of wedding dresses. While details are still under wraps, we're excited to see what she has planned.

    We first noticed Jessica's eye for design when she launched the Jessica Simpson Collection in collaboration with Vince Camuto back in 2005. Her high-heeled shoes have been a staple for the bride (and bridesmaid) on a budget ever since.

    But Jessica, who wore an unforgettable lace number by Vera Wang when she married Nick Lachey in 2002, said she won't be donning a Jessica Simpson-esque gown to her upcoming wedding to NFL-player Eric Johnson.

    "It won't be like a Jessica Simpson Collection dress," she told Extra last year when asked about plans for her own wedding gown. She also added that she wants to have a "major say" in the design process.

    She might not be ready to wear one of her own designs, but I

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  • Why We Married Before My Husband Left for Afghanistan

    On the day of our wedding, I wasn't nervous at all. I painted my nails, shaved my legs and hung out around the house with my soon-to-be husband, Michael. When I was ready, I walked down the stairs and saw him waiting at the bottom, wearing a black suit that looked too big around the ankles and a nervous smile. The entire thing lasted eight minutes. All I remember is swaying back and forth nervously, crying a little (cautious not to smear my mascara), clicks and flashes going off from our moms' cameras behind us. We kissed and danced in the living room to Zac Brown Band's "Whatever It Is," like it was the most natural thing to do. As we toasted to our marriage, I don't ever remember being happier than I was in that moment. We couldn't believe that we pulled it off.
    The author and her husband moments after their wedding ceremony.The author and her husband moments after their wedding ceremony.

    However, making the decision to get married after five weeks of being engaged wasn't simple.

    Related: Our Favorite Patriotic Engagement Photos

    When Michael got word of his impending deployment to

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  • What Victoria Beckham Taught Me About Having a Hot Husband

    Posh and Becks will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary on the Fourth of July.Posh and Becks will celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary on the Fourth of July.

    Tomorrow we celebrate democracy, America's independence from Britain and a day off from work. But more importantly, we celebrate the UK's fabulous contribution to our country. Beautiful brits Victoria and David Beckham's 13th wedding anniversary tomorrow reminds brides everywhere to never fear the other woman. If Mrs. Becks managed to hold on to her man despite his endless underwear ads, soccer championships and rock-hard abs, then so can we.

    Related: Our Favorite Patriotic Engagement Photos

    Irv, my husband of two and a half years, is my David Beckham. I knew him since my teenage years as the lead singer of a rock band from a nearby high school, The Perfect Mistake. I listened to their songs on my discman, watched them perform on Fuse TV and stared at him from across the local ice cream shop with friends in the summertime. So when he finally noticed me at a party years later, I pretended to have no idea who he was. ("Oh, The Perfect Mistake? No, doesn't ring a bell.")


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  • Alec Baldwin's Surprising Wedding Venue

    Alec Baldwin married Hilaria Thomas in New York over the weekend. But the standard glitz and glamour -trumpet Amsale gown with a crystal-embellished back, celebrity guests (including Tina Fey, Woodey Allen and Mariska Hargitay), romantic ceremony at Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral-wasn't what piqued our interest.

    Here's what did: The "30 Rock" star and his yogi wife held their wedding reception on the top floor of NYU's Kimmel Center. The Rosenthal Pavilion room has picturesque views of Washington Square Park and can hold up to 300 guests. Best of all, NYU alumni (like Baldwin and his second wife) can rent the room at a discounted rate: It costs just $615 for four hours! Granted, their total bill probably rang up to more, especially when you consider that the reception ended at around 3 a.m., but this is still shockingly refreshing for an actor of Baldwin's stature (and nature: his diva-like temper tantrums are legendary).

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  • 25 Chic Mermaid Gowns

    This season, alluring mermaids made a splash on the bridal runways. Renowned for its curve appeal, a true mermaid is fitted throughout and flares at or below the knees. Modified variations, such as trumpet or fit-and-flare, evoke the same glam feel but are more forgiving for less-curvy types.

    - Naima DiFranco

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  • Can You Believe These Wedding Dresses Are Made from Toilet Paper? just announced the winner of their Eighth Annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress contest, which challenges entrants to create dresses made entirely from toilet paper (plus glue, tape, and/or needle and thread). This year, the prizes were doubled, with the winner received $2012 and $1000 and $500 going to the runners-up.

    For the second year in a row, 26-year-old aspiring artist and designer Susan Brennan, of Orchard Lake, MI, took home the grand prize!
    Grand prize winner

    With its free-spirited headpiece and ruffled skirt that reminds her of frosting, Susan calls her dress the Bohemian Cupcake. Made from 10 rolls of toilet paper, hot glue, packing tape, and needle and thead, she aimed to design a dress filled with flirty texture and tons of detail.

    First runner-up

    In second place: Katrina Chalifoux, a 50-year-old Electronics Technician and Certified Mechanic from Knoxville, TN.

    Made from 28 double rolls of Charmin, medical tape, glue, and needle and thead, Katrina drew upon her

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