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Love was quite literally in the air this week when whe two air stewards had their marriage officiated by Pope Francis during a flight to Chile.

Paula Podest, 39, and Carlos Ciufardi, 41, who have been together for 10 years, were both working as flight attendants on the Catholic leader's plane when the idea struck.

The pair, who have two children together, have been civilly married since 2010 and had been planning to hold a religious ceremony.

However, their plans were halted after the church they had planned to marry in was damaged in a earthquake.

After explaining their circumstances, Pope Francis offered to officiate their marriage there and then – 36,000 feet above sea level.

“What he said to us is very important: ‘This is the sacrament the world needs, the sacrament of marriage’,” Ciufardi told reporters.

“Hopefully this will motivate couples around the world to get married.”

A photo released by The Vatican shows a handwritten document, signed by the Pope, validating the couple's marriage.

Twitter users were quick to congratulate the happy couple and commend Pope Francis for his kind act. 

Talk about taking love to new heights…

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For some women, white lace gloves conjure little more than hazy memories of their Communion Day – a style move they don't intend repeating.

For others, the vintage element that a pair of gloves lends to a bride's look makes them a hugely sought after item.

But what design should you go for? Lace, pearl, long, short; the list is endless.

If you're toying with the idea of including gloves in your look for the big day, but have yet to settle on a style, why not cast your eye over the best that Instagram has to offer.

They're not for everyone, but hey, it's worth a look, right?

1. Bold, but delicate.

2.  With a hint of diamanté.

3. Opting for the longer look.

4. Distinctive, individual, quirky.

5. Then there's the fingerless option.

6. Then there's the really ornate…

7. Crochet FTW. 

8. A pearl and sequined delight. 

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Some brides will happily sacrifice comfort for style on their wedding day, and many others just aren't about that life.

In fact, the idea of feeling anything other than comfy AF on their big day is not something a lot of brides will entertain.

And that is where wedding pumps come in.

With countless brides opting to go flat on their wedding day, it's no surprise that Instagram is currently awash with thousands of stylish designs just perfect for the bride who's never even heard of 'car to bar' shoes.

And here is just a glimpse of our favourites…

1. We mean….

 

Easy on the eyes (and your feet!)#weddingflats @theyoungrens

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2. Yes. Just yes.

 

Wedding shoes that are both beautiful and practical. #badgleymischka #weddingflats @chantelgiongco shot for @allyson_wiley

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3. When you want to channel your inner ballerina.

 

#bridal #bridalshoes #bridalflats #wedding #weddingshoes #weddingflats #shoes #flats #balletflats #whitelace #whiteshoes #whiteflats

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4. If you're mainly here for the dancing. 

5. We can't get enough of these.

6. Use the sole as your 'something blue'. 

7. So delicate. 

8. Yes, please.

9. We'll take 'em.

10. And finally let's hear it for Mr Choo… 

 

: Cunningham Photo Artists| #weddingshoes

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Remember the last time you found yourself enduring a stilted conversation with a fellow guest at the wedding of mutual friends?

While the conversation itself may have been excruciatingly boring, it's pretty likely you understood what the other person was talking about, right?

The same can't always be said when you place an Irish person among a gaggle of Americans as one pair of newlyweds realised when they began planning their wedding.

Fearing that banter may be limited due to a 'language barrier', Patricia from Tipperary and Kyle from New York decided to compile a handy guide for guests which provides translations of  standard Irish phrases.

From 'what's the craic' to 'stop acting the maggot', Patricia and Kyle left no linguistic stone unturned as they prepped their guests for the celebrations ahead.

Uploaded to Imgur last night. here is the full list.

Married a Tipp girl yesterday (I'm from New York) and we had this guide to help the guests

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You know that fear you get as you rock up to a special event, PRAYING that nobody is wearing the same outfit as you?

 Every time I attend a wedding, there is that tiny glimmer of fear that someone will be donning the same dress as me.

How would you react if FIVE people were wearing the same dress as you? Because this actually happened recently. 

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Six women attended a wedding earlier this month, wearing the exact same navy dress from Forever New.

Seriously #awkward case of 'who wore it better' if you ask me…

However, the ladies were absolute trooper about the whole situation, and even posed for a photo with the bride. 

Don't they actually look like they're the bridesmaids? It was our first thought! 

One of these lovely ladies actually shared the picture on Forever New's Facebook page, and it has since garnered quite a bit of attention online. 

You really should start a bridal registry so that your customers can enquire whether anyone else has purchased one of your dresses for the same event. No we are NOT the bridesmaids just the guests. I think I deserve a gift voucher for all this advertisement.

The post has amassed over 40,000 likes on Facebook, with thousands commenting on the hilarity of the situation. 

This is taking twinning to a whole new level. 

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Every couple likes to put their own little touch on that special day. After all, most ceremonies follow the same old routine and the whole event can seem a little, dare we say, monotonous.

The white dress, the round tables, the first dance – it's nothing we haven't seen before.

Not to say these things aren't lovingly planned and perfectly executed, but wouldn't it be interesting if we mixed up the old formula every once in a while?

Enter Paige Kirk.

Determined to re-write the rules of wedding norms, the Australian bride opted for a rather untraditional bouquet for her and her bridal party.

While most brides choose to walk down the aisle with a bunch of roses or peonies in hand, Paige chose something much sweeter – a bunch of delicious white glazed doughnuts.

The unique bouquets where supplied by the good folk from Sydney based Dessert Boxes, and they were even on hand to capture the moment Paige surprised her bridesmaids.

 

The moment that the Bride told the bridesmaids that they'll be walking down the aisle with donut bouquets!

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But perhaps the most baffling part of this whole story – not one single doughnut was consumed during the ceremony.

Speaking to the BBC, Paige said: "We had plenty of goodies beforehand so we were too full too eat them."

Now, that's what we call willpower.

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Weddings are a stressful business, especially when people feel the need to offer unwanted opinions on everything from the flavour of the cake to the arrangement of the flowers.

And while most people know other people's wedding choices are none of their business, there are a select few who believe their take on someone else's big day is as important as the bride and groom's.

One person, who has left Twitter reeling, is of the opinion that a chosen bridesmaid should take a step back from proceedings, due to the fact she walks with a limp.

Yes, you read that right.

In a letter to 'Dear Prudence' on Slate, one user deemed it appropriate to suggest their daughter might reconsider her choice of bridesmaid on account of the woman's 'birth defect'

"My 27-year-old daughter and her best friend, Katie, have been best friends since they were 4. Katie practically grew up in our house and is like a daughter to me," the letter begins.

"My daughter recently got engaged to her fiancé and announced that Katie would be the maid of honor (Katie’s boyfriend is also a good friend of my future son-in-law). The problem is that Katie walks with a pretty severe limp due to a birth defect (not an underlying medical issue)."

"She has no problem wearing high heels and has already been fitted for the dress, but I still think it will look unsightly if she’s in the wedding procession limping ahead of my daughter."

Disclaimer: You may need to take a deep breath before reading on.

The writer continues: "I mentioned this to my daughter and suggested that maybe Katie could take video or hand out programs (while sitting) so she doesn’t ruin the aesthetic aspect of the wedding."

"My daughter is no longer speaking to me (we were never that close), but this is her big wedding and I want it to be perfect."

The letter concludes with a jawdropping finisher: "All of the other bridesmaids will look gorgeous walking down the aisle with my daughter. Is it wrong to have her friend sit out?"

And Twitter is officially dead.

Thankfully, Prudence wasted no time filling the writer in on the many, many reasons the letter could be deemed little short of a disgrace.

"I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around this letter. I encourage you to reread it and to ask yourself that time-honored question, “Do I sound like a villain in a Reese Witherspoon movie?” Prudence replied.

"This girl is “like a daughter” to you, and yet you want to shove her to the side of your other daughter’s wedding just because she walks with a limp," Prudence marvels.

"Your daughter’s wedding will be perfect with Katie as a full and honored member of the bridal party. A limp is not a fly in the ointment; it’s a part of Katie’s life."

And the clincher?

"It is not only wrong to have asked your daughter to consider excluding her best friend over this—it is ableist, and cruel, and it speaks to a massive failure of empathy, compassion, and grace on your part."

Well said Prudence, well said.

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Russell Brand, 42, married long-term girlfriend, and mother of his child, Laura Gallacher, 30, in an intimate ceremony on Saturday.

According to The Sun, the couple tied the knot in front of close family and friends at Remenham Church near their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxon.

A source close to the pair reportedly told the paper: “They wanted a very small, personal affair, with their daughter Mabel, family and close friends rather than a circus. It was a lovely occasion. Mabel was guest of honour.”

Guests at the service included Noel Gallagher, Jonathan Ross and Laura's presenter sister, Kirsty Gallacher.

Russell is said to have spent £2,300 to hire a New Orleans paddle steamer to transport guests to an Indian-themed wedding reception.

The pair, who have known each other since 2007, began their romantic relationship in 2015 and welcomed their daughter, Mabel, in November 2016.

The British comedian famously married singer, Katy Perry, in 2010, however their relationship quickly broke down leading to a speedy divorce in July 2012.

Once know for his womanizing ways, Russell has been keeping a low profile since becoming a father for the first time.

Previously speaking of fatherhood, Russell said: “It’s the most wonderful thing. To have something outside of yourself that’s more important than you. Other than West Ham United.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

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When you get engaged, you make a life-long commitment (for the most part, anyway) to love and cherish another human 'til death do you part.

If you fancy making a seriously permanent commitment to the love of your life, why not get engagement/ wedding ring tattoos? 

Yes, really.

This is something we stumbled upon recently, while on a social media binge (don't judge us!)

Countless people are saying 'I do,' with the help of some gorgeous ink to signify their love – and we're so into it! 

Check out some of our favourites:

The simple infinity symbol. 

 A hint of nature. 

vine wedding band tattoo

Are you and your beau big Harry Potter fans? See below. 

Harry Potter Ring Tattoo Meaning Always.

A very special date. 

wedding date tattoo on ring finger

These ones are just really cute. 

Husband and Wife Wedding Band Tattoos

Simple, yet effective (we're in love).

stickandpoketattoo: “ Matching wedding ring tattoos. Tattoo Artist: Ann Pokes ”

Say it with love. 

Expresad cómo os sentís. | 33 tatuajes de anillos de matrimonio imposiblemente dulces, a los que querrás decir: "¡Sí, quiero!"

'When your hearts meet forever.'

Is there any stronger way to tell your partner that you plan on being with them for the rest of your life than by ditching your wedding ring for a wedding band tattoo? We don’t think so. While divorces can... [ read more ]

Celtic symbols for the WIN. 

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We love the idea of a tattoo down the side of your finger! 

Wedding dates tattooed. When we get home from our honeymoon! I like the Roman numeral.

 

 

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Whether you're a bride-to-be, or just a lover of daytime television, Say Yes to the Dress is pretty much everyone's favourite guilty pleasure.

The international reality hit has paved the way for a number of spin-off series over the last few years, and now it's finally Ireland's turn to get in on the action.

RTÉ and television production company, Shinawil, have announced that the county's most famous wedding planner, Peter Kelly (AKA Franc), will present the first Irish version of the series, set to debut later this year.

The ten part series will be filmed in three blocks across August and September in a new couture section of Vows bridal store based in Blarney Business Park in Cork.

The boutique is stocked with lavish dresses from all over the world and cameras will follow 40 Irish brides, who have already been selected, as they try the various styles, colours, patterns and textures in an attempt to find the perfect gown for their big day.

Speaking about the upcoming series Franc said, “I am so excited to be presenting the Irish version of Say Yes To The Dress. As an international wedding planner I have travelled both home and abroad with my brides to find their perfect dress.”

“I could write a book on the amazing experiences I have shared travelling the globe from Hollywood to Paris, London to New York. I am really looking forward to the journey that I am going to take now with my Irish brides on their quest to find their perfect dress.”

That's our winter telly sorted.

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Paul O'Grady had secretly married his 37-year-old partner, Andre Portasio, in an intimate hotel ceremony.

The 62-year-old television presenter tied the knot in front of just 50 guests at the Goring Hotel in London earlier this month, however details of the nuptials are only emerging now.

According to The Sun, the wedding was attended by close friends and family including, actor Sir Ian McKellen and comedian Julian Clary.

Paul and Andre, a former dancer with the English National Ballet, enjoyed champagne and capaes on a private lawn following the 30-minute ceremony.

The pair got together in 2006 after Paul's previous partner, Brendan Murphy, died suddenly after suffering a brain tumour aged 49.

A source told The Sun: ‘Paul is as happy as he’s ever been to be married to Andre.

‘They kept the wedding to just their closest family and friends and had a big lunch afterwards to celebrate.’

Paul, who originally rose to fame as his alter ego, Lily Savage, has one daughter with friend Diane Jansen.

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Surprising a bride on her wedding day is risky business.

It takes guts to throw a spanner in the works of a day that has been meticulously planned from start to finish, but if you can pull it off, the results can be truly spectacular – we all remember Tom Flecther's wedding speech, right?

Well, another man who has managed to successfully surprise his blushing bride is former Irish rugby union player, Fionn McLoughlin.

Before travelling to Vancouver for his wedding last month, Fionn took Irish dance lessons in London so he could debut his new skills in front of his unsuspecting wife, Heather.

In a video posted to The Irish Post's Facebook page, four young dancers can be seen performing for guest before Fionn takes to the floor for a river dance style routine.

Upon his entrance, Fionn was met with a standing ovation and a look of complete and utter shock from Heather who danced who danced behind the head table as she cheered her hubby on.

We're not sure where he got those moves from, but he definitely gives Michael Flatley a run for his money!

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