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One of the best parts about getting married is going on honeymoon.

The stress of the wedding can finally be forgotten about, and it's your chance to relax with your new hubby or wifey. Bliss.

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But, have you ever wondered where the custom came from? We didn't either, until we read this earlier today.

According to Honeyfund, the tradition originated in the 19th century and consisted of the newlyweds travelling around together to basically visit family and friends who couldn't make it to the wedding. So, zero alone time.

It wasn't until the 20th century that honeymoons resembled the way they are today.

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And as far as the term 'honeymoon'? Well, a few possible theories show that way back in the 5th century, newlyweds would drink a honey-based alcohol, widely known as mead, after their first 'moon' together, as it was believed to be a sort of aphrodisiac which could help with conception.

So, there you have it.

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Former Desperate Housewives star, Eva Longoria, appeared on the red carpet yesterday just hours after arriving home from her dream honeymoon.

And the petite star – who recently married businessman José Bastón at a private ceremony in Mexico – had plenty to say about her big day.

She told E! News: “[It] was so magical.  We had so much fun as you can see from all the posts from everybody." 

"It was the funnest wedding I had ever been to.  I’m glad it was mine," she added.

 

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The actress’s friend, Victoria Beckham, played a special part on the big day as she both designed the wedding dress and helped the bride into it before she walked down the isle.

But the newlywed revealed to E! that when she first asked the former Spice girl to design her dress, she was a little reluctant.

Eva explained: “[Victoria] was like, ‘I don’t do wedding dresses’ and I was like, ‘I don’t want a wedding dress.  I want a simple elegant beautiful dress’ and I couldn’t think of anyone who would do it better than Victoria.”

In the end not only did Victoria design the bride's figure hugging gown, she also created two other dresses which Eva wore over her wedding weekend – busy lady!

After the celebrations, the 41-year-old actress – who has been married twice before – honeymooned in Hong Kong, Cambodia and Thailand with her partner of three years, an experience she described as “magical”.

 

#Honeymoon #Bliss

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It sure sounds magical to us!

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He married former police officer Dan Neal earlier this month in what was evidently a stunning ceremony. 

And with Rylan Clark returning to the day-job as a showbiz reporter on ITV's This Morning today, he offered viewers the very first sneak-peak snaps of his Big Day.

Surrounded by no fewer than 10 bridesmaids dressed in full-length white gowns, one image shows the happy couple signing the register together.

In another, Katie Price, Eamonn Holmes and Claire Richards from Steps are captured puckering up for a selfie. 

The 27-year-old reality TV star also told presenters Holly Willoughby and Phil Schofield that he and his new husband shunned a lucrative magazine deal in order to maintain privacy. 

Indeed, the day itself appears to have been refreshingly laid-back – with some key elements being left very much to the 11th hour.

"We left our outfits right to the last minute," Rylan admitted on air. 

"It was the one thing we forgot to do… and this amazing company made our outfits in two weeks! I drew up what I wanted and they made it.

"I literally couldn’t thank them enough."

As well as Katie, Eamonn and Claire, other well-known names in attendance included Amy Childs and Gok Wan.

He and Dan wed in his native Essex on November 7, surrounded by friends and family. They were engaged for a little over a year, with the former Mr Clark also now changing his Twitter handle to Rylan Clark-Neal. 

The couple have been dating since 2013, after Rylan interviewed the father-of-one on Big Brother's Bit On The Side

He and Dan honeymooned in the tropical island nation of the Maldives following their nuptials. 

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A young Co Down couple have drowned while on honeymoon in South Africa. The bodies of the 28-year-old man and 26-year-old woman were found on a beach at Plettenberg Bay yesterday. 

The Irish Mirror has named them as Lynette and John Rodgers. Heartbreakingly, they married at Ballygally Castle Hotel in Co Antrim just six days before their deaths.

Lynette was a physiotherapist from the town of Holywood, while John was from Ballygowan and worked for an office supplies business in Belfast. 

They arrived in South Africa on Tuesday.

The Plettenberg Bay area is a popular tourist resort, though it is also known for strong rip-current in the surrounding waters. Rescue workers said sea conditions at the time were rough, reports the BBC.

A local raised the alarm at about 6pm yesterday after discovering John's body in shallow surf on the beach.

RTE adds that two women strolling along the same strand found Lynette's body around 200metres away.

South African authorities state that doctors unsuccessfully performed CPR on the couple, also explaining: "It is suspected that they drowned. Sea conditions were rough with strong rip currents in the vicinity.

"Police have opened an inquest docket and although no foul play is suspected."

Lynette’s widowed mother, Eva Reilly, is now making arrangements to have the couple’s bodies returned to Northern Ireland.

A family friend told the Irish Mirror: “It’s such a sorrowful, terrible, devastating day," adding "they were both healthy, both decent swimmers and both very physically fit but the tide was just too much for them.

"Our dear Lynette and the love of her life John, died a day short of their first week of married life.

"In their wedding vows they promised to be by each other’s side in good times and in bad but they could never have imagined this."

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Back in 1997, Jennifer Lopez was on honeymoon with her first husband, Cuban waiter Ojani Noa.

During their time together, he shot ‘intimate footage,’ of his new wife – footage which the superstar, understandably, never wanted to see the light of day.

That’s not all, however – Mr Noa is said to have more than 11 hours of personal recordings from their year-long marriage.

Jen has spent much of the last six years (not to mention millions of dollars) legally fighting the release of these videos into the public domain.

But now Mr Noa’s legal representatives claim they have finally found a loophole.

“We are going to produce a DVD and also have a streaming release of the J.Lo home video footage,” Mr Noa’s business partner Ed Meyer stated this week.

“There is revealing video of her with a lack of clothing and in sexual situations, especially in the hotel footage from the honeymoon.” 

He added: “The videos contain salacious material and are going to shock her fans.”

According to In Touch magazine, the master tape of all the footage is being held by a court, but Mr Meyer says he and plenty of others have copies anyway.

Almost ten years ago, Ms Lopez also sued her former husband to prevent him from publishing a book about their relationship.

And in 2007, a permanent court injunction was issued forbidding Ojani from “criticizing, denigrating, casting in a negative light or otherwise disparaging” Ms Lopez. 

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They married a month ago in a luxurious three-day celebration, and although the pair have only just recently returned from their luxurious honeymoon – evidently Ronan and Storm Keating are in the mood for yet more celebrations.

The duo late last night took to their respective Instagram accounts to share further snaps from their Big Day, which took place at the five-star Archerfield House & Golf Resort near Edinburgh.

One particular pic shows Ronan, 38, and Storm, 34, at the back of a photobooth: she's holding a small guitar, while he can be seen with a layer of cream napkins on his head.

Crowded in around them is Ed Sheeran, who performed at the reception bash, as well as Brian McFadden (who dons a swimming cap) and Ali, Ronan's 10-year-old daughter from his first marriage to Yvonne Connolly.

For the ceremony, Aussie-native Storm had worn a bespoke Chantilly lace Steven Khalil dress embroidered with silk and organza petals.

And one of her snaps from last night also reveals her bespoke Upper Street ribbon-adorned sandals – which perfectly complemented her gorgeous gown. 

And proving it was very much a family affair, both the bride and groom posted touching photographs of them with members of the extended Keating clan. 

Ronan can be seen lining out with his wedding party – including teenage son, Jack. Meanwhile, Mrs Keating shared an image of her partying with her new sisters-in-law. 

As well as Jack's involvement, his daughters Missy, 14, and Ali were Maid Of Honour and flower girl respectively.

Even the family's pet pug, Aussie, got in on the action: she was ring-bearer and trotted along a petal-strewn aisle with the wedding rings tied around her neck.

In a previous interview with HELLO! the former Boyzone singer had explained how he persuaded Mr Sheeran to perform at the celebration: "Ed's a good friend and Thinking Out Loud is one of mine and Storm's songs," he revealed.

 

1 month tomorrow – how time flies! #SpecialMemories #HappinessIs #Wedding #MrAndMrsKeating

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"When we all caught up in New York City a couple of months ago, I sounded him out about doing it and he didn't hesitate. I was blown away.

"He is the most grounded, decent guy in the business and what a talent."

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Lana is not happy about this one!

The singer's new album Honeymoon was leaked online this weekend, a week ahead of its actual release date. 

Tracks popped up all over YouTube yesterday – but were quickly removed due to citing copyright claims. 

The leak follows an exclusive listening party for the new album which was held in US Urban Outfitters stores on Saturday. 

Urban Outfitters announced the listening party on their Twitter page: 

Honeymoon, the follow-up of last year's Ultraviolence, is set for release on September 18. 

For a preview of Lana's the album, watch here: 

 

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Last month Ronan Keating and Storm Uechtritz tied the knot in Scotland before jetting off on a luxurious safari honeymoon.

The pair took to social media recently to share some cute snaps of their first adventures as a married couple. As a result we’re all feeling a little bit envious and we are in agreement with Storm’s use of the #PerfectHoneymoon hashtag.

 

Honeymoon beach jumps – having the #TimeOfOurLives #MrAndMrsKeating @fregateislandprivate #Safari&Sea The hat's still on! #Prymal

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The duo spent their time at the Fregate Private Island which is called “a jewel of conservation” and a “true sanctuary” in the Seychelle’s according to the island’s website.

The island is home to hundreds of thousands of tropical birds and seven different beaches. One of which has been voted the “most beautiful in the world” on several occasions.

The island also boasts a private inland harbour and Yacht Club with a diving centre. Privacy is something of a specialty on the island and it is known for providing the ultimate in seclusion and security.

Taking to Instagram the newlyweds shared their love of each other, and their resort, with a series of photographs which included a peek as Storm’s very unique bikini.

The tiny white two piece sported a ‘Mrs. Keating’ monogram while Ronan, 34, said: “I feel truly blessed to call this girl my Wife.”

He also took the chance to thank well-wishes and fans with a heartfelt message:

“If there was a picture that summed up our Honeymoon it was this one. Two Very lucky creatures with each other's hearts in our arms. Thank you all so much for all your wonderful positive comments. Was fun sharing a few of our favourite pics with you all.”

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Following their high-profile wedding at the end of May, they jetted off to the paradise island nation of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. 

And while Michelle is today gushing about her and husband Mark Wright's experiences there – lots of great food, cocktails by the pool and spa treatments – she also says that one particular incident left her seriously shaken.

"I’m a nervous swimmer and I’d never been snorkelling before, so I was quite worried when we were given our snorkelling equipment on the first day," she explains in a travel piece she wrote for Mail Online.

She adds that while a braver Mark went off into the ocean, she opted to stay in the shallow water.

"Dipping my head under the water… I couldn’t believe the number of fish I saw – all so pretty, and they didn’t seem to pay any attention to me, so that gave me the confidence to venture a bit further, although I am very scared of sharks," she describes. 

However, later in the week she came face-to-face with a rather larger – and more terrifying – creature. 

"I was swimming along, trying to stick near the coral, and I was the first to spot one – a shark," she says. "It was about five or six feet long… I started flapping about, but no one could understand that I was screaming ‘shark!’"

Thankfully for the 28-year-old, the animal eventually "minded its own business and swam off."

"I was petrified, though," she adds.

She also says that she and Mark, also 28, wanted their honeymoon to be "perfect," stating: "It needed to be a place where we felt we had escaped from the rest of the world."

Although returning home to their Essex home last month proved tough. 

"Getting back to the UK was a huge blow," Ms Keegan recalls. "I had the holiday blues for about three weeks afterwards."

She and Mr Wright married on May 24 at the opulent Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, a 16th-century manor.

Hello! magazine exclusively covered the event, reportedly parting with €1.7m for the privilege. 

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The newlywed Wright couple obviously aren’t keen on sitting back and relaxing any longer.

Since their recent wedding one half of the pair has been experiencing something of a career boom.

Between her new gig as a blogger for Hello!, her successful Lipsy fashion line and her new gig with BBC series Our Girl, Michelle Keegan seems to be seriously going places.

But what about her husband, you ask?

Mark Wright, former Towie star and Strictly Come Dancing contestant seems to be taking a bit of a backseat career-wise – save for furiously keeping his social media accounts regularly updated.

 

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However, in between gushing over his lovely new wife, and photographing his over-the-top McDonalds order, Mark has managed to squeeze in his latest venture: just this week he launched his new fragrance range.

Mark has admitted previously that he has taken to stealing his former Coronation Street star wife’s beauty products. And apparently her moisturiser is one of his favourites.

No surprise then that Mark has also noted that Michelle weighed in on his final selections for his own fragrances. Speaking to Mail Online Mark said; “I trusted her judgement and choice of scent and I went with what she loved.”

We would trust her judgement too seeing as the one-time soap star seems to be on a winning streak since the pair married last month.

Mark has been collecting after shaves for years and the famously well-groomed reality TV star said he thinks that a man’s scent is most important.

Although, he has said in the past that he only takes 20 minutes to get ready for his day.

'I get in the shower, do my hair, get ready, apply my Sisley moisturiser and a spray of my new fragrance and I’m out the door.' 

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They weathered the hype; got through the Big Day itself with tears only of joy, and then enjoyed a sun-drenched two-week honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai.

And now it seems Mark Wright has firmly settled into a life of domestic bliss – so much so that he's ALREADY forgetting his wedding anniversary.

Taking to Instagram to part with a coveted never-before-shared image from their wedding day, in his caption he declared: "1 month today!! The happiest day of my life!"

Poor Mark, however, seems to be confused: he married Michelle Keegan, the 2015 reciprocate of FHM's World's Sexiest Woman title, on May 24… meaning his one-month milestone will, in fact, be celebrated on Wednesday.

Still, and while it's now back to reality for newlyweds, at least the groom appears to be as smitten as ever with his new wife.

And in the Instagram shot, the love-birds certainly look radiant. Holding hands as they turn towards the camera, the bride holds aloft in her left hand her beautiful bouquet of cream roses.

 

 

1 month today !! The happiest day of my life !!

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The response from their fans was gushing too. "I wish I looked this fit on my wedding day!' said one. Another stated: "So beautiful!!! Wish you all best !!! So happy for you both. X"  

A third fan said: "Nicest photo ever," while a further user reported: "U both look amazing, fave couple eva x".

Although the incorrect date was picked up on by others. "I thought they got married on the 24th?" asked a fan. "Thought u got married on the 24th may or something?" chipped in another.

Michelle's dress, which was custom-designed by Israeli fashion house Galia Lahav in conjunction with the actress herself, can be seen in the same photograph perfectly complemented by her veil: a stunning creation from Italian designer, Peter Langner.

Yesterday, it was revealed that the Manchester-native has landed a new television role: she will play Georgia Lane in the BBC1 drama, Our Girl

And on Friday, Michelle was put in contact with her doppelganger, Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui, by 98FM's Laura Holland.

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Stephen Fry and his husband, Elliott Spencer, have been forced to shorten their honeymoon because of homophobia.

The newlyweds tied the knot in January, and have been travelling around the world ever since.

The couple were enjoying their holidays in Honduras when they had to leave because of anti-gay sentiments towards them.

It is not clear exactly what incident occurred but the Mail Online reported that Mr Spencer said “we had a problem when we visited Honduras on holiday.”

“It was homophobia. I don’t want to go into detail, but we had to leave.”

While homosexuality is not a criminal act in the Central American country, it is believed that there is hostility towards gay people. Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Honduras.

The 27-year-old married the QI host six months ago in a registry office in Stephen’s home county before they began their traveling honeymoon.

Elliot opened up about the many trips he has taken with his new husband who is 30-years older than him. “Many of the countries Stephen’s been to before, but he likes to see them through new eyes with me,” the self-proclaimed comedian revealed.

“It has been an amazing experience,” he added.

Let’s hope that the newlyweds aren’t deterred and go on to have the trip that they deserve. 

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