People Staff
January 26, 2011 08:00 AM

What kind of bride-to-be is Reese Witherspoon? A focused one.

The actress, 34, hit Paris with three of her closest girlfriends for a whirlwind pre-wedding weekend on Jan. 20. Gearing up for her nuptials to showbiz talent agent Jim Toth, 40, Witherspoon – whose Parisian getaway included wedding gown fittings, says a source – has made it clear that she is eager to begin her new life with the low-key Toth.

“He makes her laugh,” an insider tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “She’s truly enjoying her life right now.”

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After revealing her heartbreak following her split four years ago from ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, 36 – with whom she shares custody of their kids Ava, 11, and Deacon, 6 – the actress has embraced finding love again with Toth.

“He’s a grown-up who’s really ready to take the next step,” says a Witherspoon friend. “He’s a family-oriented guy, and that’s all she ever wanted.”

For more on this story, pick up this week s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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