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Gone are the days when you had to wait for the wedding album to relive the memories of someone's big day.

With the dawn of smartphones, we can post pictures of the bride and groom live throughout the day, from the first moments in the church to the groom's mam boogying to I've Had The Time Of My Life at 2am.

But one professional wedding photographer has hit back at the use of phones, saying it ruins the magic of a couple's special day together.

After one particularly annoying incident at a recent wedding he photographed in New South Wales, Australia, Thomas Stewart took to Facebook to have his say.

"Look at this photo. This groom had to lean out past the aisle just to see his bride approaching," he wrote alongside one of his snaps. 

"Why? Because guests with their phones were in the aisle and in his way.

"In the past I should have been more specific with my clients in explaining to them why guests should be told no photos. Well, from now on, I'm going to make a pretty big deal about it.

"These same guests will get in YOUR way. You will miss moments of your own wedding day because there'll be an iPad in the way.

"Guests, you've been invited to this wedding to share and celebrate the love that two people feel for each other. They didn't invite you along to take photographs that they probably won't really look at anyway."

Overnight Thomas's photo and online rant went viral, and it currently has almost 90,000 like and 60,000 shares.

"I'm stoked with the attention my rant received; hey, even the negative comments are pretty funny to read," he said of the unexpected reaction.

Luckily for the bride and groom, Thomas did manage to get a few good Phew!


Maroon 5's Sugar music video was a huge hit with fans everywhere.

The video, in which the band crashed real life couple’s weddings with surprise performances pretty much melted hearts everywhere.

It also impressed NBC so much that the US network is turning it into a television series. 

The David Dobkin-directed video, which rounded up almost a billion YouTube views, featured the group surprising brides with a serenade at their weddings.

The director will stay on board to direct NBC's Untitled Adam Levine Show spin-off, with Adam stepping in as a producer. 

Each potential episode is going to feature a different celebrity surprising a fan at a significant life event.

Where do we sign up? Surely Beyoncé should be on hand the next time we successfully visit the ATM and see that coveted comma in our bank account?

Or maybe Ed Sheeran could be there to serenade us the next time we make it through our morning commute successfully before we’ve even had our first cup of coffee.

NBC described the series, saying:

"A couple about to get married suddenly discovers that a world famous recording artist is leading the house band. An Emmy Award-winning actor becomes an unexpected guest of a bachelorette party. 

Working with a team of improv experts who create the element of surprise, these stars give their fans a moment together they will never forget and turn their already special event into something extraordinary."

Adam currently works with NBC as a coach on The Voice and is also developing a song writing competition for the same network. He is also responsible for breaking the heart of this poor child with her marriage to a Victoria’s Secret model.


While many people enjoy the prospect of a good wedding, it is a celebration after all, you can struggle to convince your friends to go all the way just for the sake of a decent weekend away.

Falsa Boda is an Argentine event company that have identified this love of weddings. However, they know that plenty of twenty and thirtysomethings have something of an aversion to marriage.

The group of friends behind the venture came to the conclusion that plenty of their friends had never actually attended a wedding, despite loving the prospect of the wedding party itself.

They host fake weddings, and they have plans to bring them around the world.

All of the fun, with none of the commitment or need of a significant other. We’re already thinking  that this could go down a treat at home.

Falsa Boda organise events that mimic actual wedding ceremonies where guest pick the venue they want to attend and are then given a list of instructions.

These include most importantly the dress code and meeting points- because no one likes walking into big social events solo.

They even employ couples who act as a bride and groom to re-enact marriage vows in front of the guests.

There is also a wedding band. So rock the boat would be a given then, and a bar. Amazing.

Speaking to Buzzfeed, one of the company’s founders Mauro De Girolamo said the parties have all been a huge success with guests so far. They have now have plans to expand globally.

“Once, a group of guys came to a Falsa Boda​. They arrived a day before the party, pretending to celebrate a ‘Fake Bachelor Party’.

It consisted of picking a ‘Fake Groom’ and going from bar to bar celebrating and having fun all night long,” he added.

They’ve already had one international party in Moscow, Russia.

So, the next time you get a wedding invite for a couple you don’t ever recall meeting before don’t be so quick to ignore it. 

FALSA BODA from Trineo Eventos Creativos on Vimeo.



Vintage wedding wear might be having a moment, but Abby Kingston's decision to wear a dress that was over a century old wasn't a sartorial one.

The bride, who was raised in Pennsylvania, will get married next month in a 120-year old dress that's been worn by 10 other women in her family.

Abby's great-great-grandmother first wore the dress back in 1895, and from there it was passed down through generations, with its last outing in 1991.

And 24 years on, the dress required a lot of repair to make it wearable again. 

"The sleeves were disintegrating, the dress was filled with holes and the satin had turned an unattractive brown," local paper Lehigh Valley Live reports.

"I thought, 'It's just not possible,'" Abby told the paper. "I'm just not going to be able to wear it."

Luckily, after a whopping 200 hours of design work, the Victorian-era dress has been restored to its original glory.

To balance things out (and avoid further damage to the delicate dress), Abby will wear a new gown for her walk down the aisle, and will change into the family dress for cocktail hour afterward.

But it won't be in her care for long… as a 12th family member is already interested.



Fancy an engagement ring to rival Beyoncé or Kim Kardashian? Then you better look at making a move to Cork.

A new survey by Littlewoods Ireland has revealed which parts of Ireland are home to the big (and the small) spenders when it comes to popping the question.

According to the results, the Rebel County is the flashiest with the cash, with more rings costing over €3,500 sold down south than anywhere else. Dublin's not far behind, with couples there believing that eternal love should cost no more than €2,149. As for the other major cities, Galwegians spend an average of €1,449 and Limerick folks €1,199.

Of course, there's always going to be one county on the other end of the spectrum, with Westmeath natives spending an average of €729 on their sparklers. Cavan also lived up to their thrifty stereotype in second lowest place, spending an average of €899 on a ring.

As for the most popular style of ring, us Irish have simple taste – traditional white gold single stone solitaire rings are the most commonly sold type of engagement sparkler. Turns out we're less Kate Middleton and more Lauren Conrad when it comes to our choice of ring:

When it comes to saving and budgeting though, Irish women don't see flashy rings as a priority, placing house deposits and home furnishings far above engagement rings as a financial priority. Wise.

While we'd probably balk if presented with a ring costing hundreds of thousands of Euro, that doesn't mean we don't enjoy the odd "celebrity engagement rings" creep around on Google. Here are a few of our fave (outrageous) celebrity sparklers…

Scarlett Johannsen


Kim Kardashian


Blake Lively


Sofia Vergara




This really is the most romantic story you will hear all week. 

A married man in the US is planning a second wedding for himself and his wife, as she no longer remembers their special day. Jeremy Stamper's wife was left with amnesia 19 days after their wedding following a car accident in which her vehicle was hit by a truck.

Although she was incredibly lucky to survive, Justice has struggled in other ways since the accident, having been left with amnesia as a result of her injuries. As a result, the newlywed still cannot remember anything from about five weeks before her wedding to the day itself. Luckily, her doting husband decided to recreate the whole day to help her make brand new memories.

"She said 'I don't want you to be mad… but I do not remember the wedding.' I was heart broken and instantly said I would do it all again for her," the groom explained on the FundMe page he set up to raise money for a second big day.

On the anniversary of their first wedding, the two will get married all over again. 

Don't mind us, just something in our eye…



Weddings are great – you get to get all dressed up and celebrate your loved one officially tying the knot with their significant other.

However, nothing is perfect, and if there’s one thing that can cause confusion and concern during the lead up to the big event, it’s deciding on a present for the happy couple.

Well, we’ve tried to clear up at least some of the confusion with our guide on wedding gifting – enjoy!

How much money should I give?
This depends on your relationship to the couple and can range from €50 – €150 plus. It also depends if you’ve brought a guest, as then the wedding couple will be hosting for two people rather than one. The general rule of thumb is about €100 for a relative or friend and maybe should increase to €150,  if you’re really close to the couple.

Can I give a gift instead of money and if so, should I stick to the registry?
Giving a gift instead of cold, hard cash can sometimes seem like a better idea, as you may get lucky and find something that looks really expensive but actually isn’t (win!). But if the couple have a registry then it’s best to stick to it. It’s there for a reason after all!

Do I bring the gift to the wedding or can I send it after?
If you decided to buy the couple something rather than give them money, it can sometimes be awkward to bring it to the wedding as it might be big and awkward. It’s perfectly acceptable to give them their gift after the wedding too, so don’t worry about it.



Running late for the wedding and still have your hair to do? Don’t fret, these celebrity styles can be recreated in minutes and still look amazing!

Top knot

There is something so elegant, not to mention easy about a top knot. Camilla Luddington’s style is simply stunning.

  • Simply, flip your head upside down and gather all of your hair at the top of your head.
  • Pull it into a smooth, tight pony tail.
  • Twist the end of the pony around the base to create a bun.
  • Secure with bobby pins and spritz with a little hairspray to hold it in place.


The just-out-of-bed French braid

Cate Blanchett’s loose French braid is irresistible and definitely far from the typical wedding style.

  • Back comb the top of your hair so that it is not flat on your head.
  •  Simply plait your hair in a French braid but don’t pull it tight.
  • Secure the end with a bobbin.
  • To give it the just-out-of-bed look, simply loosen the plait by pulling it apart.
  • Spritz a little spray to secure it.


Easy peasy side plait 

Rachel Bilson’s side plait is beautiful and a great way to wear your hair down without it getting in your eyes.

  • Simply grab a section of hair on either the left or right side of your head.
  • Pull it into a loose braid and secure the end with a bobby pin.
  • No need for hairspray with this look!