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  • Lauren Conrad Reminds Us Why Engagement Photo Shoots Are Awesome

    by Lauren Frankfort

    Lauren Conrad and William TellLauren Conrad and William Tell
    Leave it to former Laguna Beach star turned fashion designer/style icon/blogger Lauren Conrad to have the most gorgeous engagement photo shoot ever, with fiancé Willam Tell. The MTV alum got engaged in October, and these swoon-worthy photos are the latest addition to a steady stream of L.C. wedding details.

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    Conrad already revealed her classic round-cut engagement ring with a punchy manicure, and a diamond-studded love ring that sparked a major finger accessory movement in the fashion world. So we're not surprised that she unveiled these lovely photographs, shot by wedding photographer Elizabeth Messina, on Instagram as well as her blog.

    "The very talented Elizabeth Messina came to our home to photograph us in our element," Conrad wrote. "I love how the photos turned out!"

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    Messina did, too: The photographer posted the

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  • Engagement Rings Under $1,500 That'll Make You Swoon

    by Lauren Frankfort

    Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they can also be your bank account's worst enemy. If you're shopping for an engagement ring on a budget, you may have to think a bit more outside of the box. Carat size, clarity, and setting all hike up an engagement ring's price, making your dream gem a very serious investment. Try swapping out a diamond for a gemstone (colorful engagement rings are very on-trend) or opt for a mock gem made of metal (like an emerald-cut sterling silver center stone). Pick from a variety of gold settings instead of platinum, and choose something with an interesting design rather than a large stone size. Hint: if you're set on a white diamond but don't have the dough, a white sapphire is a significantly less expensive-and equally eye-catching!-option.

    Just because you want something beautiful, doesn't mean you have to break the bank. From a claw-set sapphire by Lauren Wolf to an Anna Sheffield quartz ring flanked with champagne diamonds,

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  • 4 Sweet, Low-Key Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

    by Sarah Jio

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    Valentine's Day is on the way, and if the idea of dressing up and making big plans feels exhausting and overwhelming to you, we totally get it. Yes, in years past you may have been in the mood for surprise weekend getaways and elaborate dinners out. But this year? You're planning a wedding, and you're pouring all of your energy and romantic efforts in that direction. Here, four ideas for simple, low-key Valentine's Day plans that are still completely cupid-approved.

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    1. Play hooky. Skip the Valentine's Day dinner-celebrate during the day instead! Valentine's Day falls on a Friday this year, so if you can swing it at work, take the day off and schedule an afternoon-date with your fiancé. Make a low-key lunch reservation, visit your local zoo (what's more heartwarming than adorable animals?), and cap the day off with champagne and hors d'oeuvres at home.

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  • Are Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis One Step Closer to Getting Engaged?

    by Terri Pous

    Mila Kunis and Ashton KutcherMila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher
    It's becoming the million-dollar question: When will Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher get engaged? Well, after seeing the couple together at Kutcher's brother's wedding last Saturday, we're thinking (hoping!) it could happen sometime very soon.

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    Kunis accompanied her boyfriend of nearly two years to his twin brother Michael's wedding on St. Simons Island, Georgia, over the weekend, where she "looked like part of the family," according to a Daily Mail source.

    It wasn't the first wedding the couple attended together, either: Back in December, the adorable duo attended Kunis' brother's wedding.

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    "Every once in a while, [Mila] would look out to Ashton and make eye contact with him," a source told E! News at the time. "Ashton was very supportive of Mila and happy for the family. He was joking around with Mila's brother and they invited him to

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  • Katie Couric is Going to Be a Summer Bride!

    by Terri Pous

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    Katie Couric reported important news this weekend: wedding news! The journalist and talk show host told shock jock Howard Stern that she and fiancé John Molner plan to get married this summer.

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    During Stern's 60th birthday party on Friday, the radio show host asked Couric when she and Molner will say I do (Couric's reply: "Summer!") and if he'd be invited to the wedding. "No, but to the party," Couric answered. "[The wedding is] going to be family only."

    That wasn't the end of Stern's wedding-day ribbing for the happy couple, who were among the many celebrities attending his birthday bash at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. When Couric introduced Jewel's performance later in the night, Stern jokingly asked, "Do you want me to marry you right now?"

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    Maybe he really wanted to go to the wedding ceremony? Either way, Molner excitedly said

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  • by Sarah Jio

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    Today, January 31, kicks off the first new moon of the year and the beginning of the Chinese New Year. This year? It's out with the Year of the Water Snake, and in with the Year of the Horse. Whether you subscribe to the thinking of the ancient Chinese calendar or not, keep reading to learn what the year ahead holds-especially if you have a wedding on the calendar in the months ahead!

    According to legend: To avoid bad luck, wear red this year, and often. (And, to take the superstition to an even deeper level, wearing something red that has been given to you by someone else is even better.)
    What it means for your wedding: Red bridesmaid dresses, red roses, or maybe red lingerie for the wedding night? Other so-called lucky colors for the year of the horse: green and purple.

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    According to legend: Lucky flowers for the year of the

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  • Emma Roberts and Evan Peters: It Wasn't Love at First Sight!

    by Terri Pous

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    Engaged American Horror Story: Coven co-stars Emma Roberts and Evan Peters definitely make an adorable couple. But during an appearance on Chelsea Lately, Roberts revealed that she met her fiancé long before they shared the screen on the hit FX show-and that she didn't make the best first impression.

    Roberts and Peters first met while filming the upcoming independent movie Adult World, and she says "On set, I was like 'Oh yeah, we're totally going to date,' and I would try to flirt with him, which ended up looking like I had something in my eye," she laughingly told Handler. "He literally didn't speak to me the entire movie, he thought I was so weird."

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    Her lackluster flirting skills were compounded by the fact that her Adult World character sported a less-than-flattering look. "I have no makeup on, it looks like I cut my own hair

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  • Are Wedding Bells in Bachelor Runner-Up Lindsay Yenter's Future?

    by Lauren Frankfort

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    It looks like there may be more Bachelor wedding bells in the near future! Now that Sean and Catherine have tied the knot, The Bachelor's season 17 runner-up (yes, that's Sean's ex) Lindsay Yenter has her sights set on marriage, too.

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    The reality TV contestant told Wetpaint.com that she and her boyfriend of nearly a year may be planning a wedding soon. In an interview with the entertainment site, she hinted at what's to come: "We're not engaged yet but this year is going to be a big year for me-we may have already gone ring shopping..."

    That's not the only milestone she and her boyfriend have met together: The two have an adorable dog and just bought a house in San Diego (just look at that aww-inducing photo of the three of them, above, and their insanely cute matching Christmas PJs, below!).

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    Surprisingly, Lindsay credits Sean

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  • Expert Secrets for Getting a Wedding-Ready Body

    by Brides Staffer

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    Brides-to-be: If you're slimming down before your wedding day, take a look at Victoria's Secret-and not just for the wedding night lingerie ideas. Instead, consider the amazing, bikini-ready bodies of its models! If you've ever caught a glimpse of the winged "angels" at the Victoria's Secret fashion show or peeked at the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated, you've seen the work of personal trainer Justin Gelband. Candice Swanepoel, Kate Upton, and Irina Shayk are just a few of the models he slims and trims with his signature mashup of mixed martial arts, boxing, yoga, and Pilates. "I've trained with Justin for so many years that he can get my body in shape in three to four days," says Swanepoel, a Victoria's Secret regular who also walked in the Michael Kors and Jason Wu fall 2012 shows. "He's really motivating."

    Brides are some of Gelband's favorite-and most motivated-clients. "I had one

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  • See Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici's Neil Lane Wedding Rings!

    by Lauren Frankfort

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    We loved watching last season's adorable Bachelor couple, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, get married this past Sunday-and we took in every gorgeous wedding-planning detail. (Not to mention the star-studded guests, and of course, tearful ceremony.) But one thing that was easily missed while vows were exchanged was a good look at the couple's custom Neil Lane wedding rings.

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    Now, we can see them up close! Catherine's diamond-studded rose gold wedding band is a stunner, to say the least, and is perfectly complemented by Sean's two-tone rose gold and white gold wedding band.

    We're not surprised by the choice of metals, considering that rose gold is an emerging trend in wedding jewelry-even last season's Bachelorette and current bride-to-be Desiree Hartsock is rocking a two-tone, platinum and rose gold engagement ring!

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