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ASHLEE & PETE
In the ultimate rocker wedding, Simpson, 23, and Fall Out Boy bassist Wentz, 28, tied the knot May 17 at her preacher father's L.A. home (her dad also performed the ceremony). Sister Jessica was the maid of honor at the gothic event – decorated with 10,000 black magic roses and featuring Wentz's English bulldog Hemingway as ring bearer. "Everyone was calling me Bridechilla because I was superchill," Simpson told PEOPLE. "But before we went out, I was like, 'Oh my God, I have my butterflies now!'" Six months later, the couple welcomed their first child, son Bronx Mowgli.
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MARIAH & NICK
Talk about a whirlwind romance! After dating just two months, Carey, 39, married fellow singer Cannon, 27, in a surprise April 30 ceremony at her Bahamian estate. The couple even got matching tattoos: His reads "Mariah" across his shoulder blades, while she has "Mrs. Cannon" inked on her lower back. "It was a love-at-first-sight thing," Cannon told PEOPLE.
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JENNA & HENRY
The writer and first daughter, 26, added another title to her resume – wife! – on May 10 when she wed longtime boyfriend Henry Hagar, 30, on her family's Crawford, Texas, ranch. Clad in an Oscar de la Renta gown, Bush traded "I wills" with Hagar at a lakeside limestone altar made specially for the occasion. A Texas-style reception followed, and guests ate grilled Rio Grande ranch flat-iron steak and crab parfait, and snacked on churros with chocolate. President Bush gave his seal of approval, telling reporters: "Our little girl Jenna married a really good guy."
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BEYONCé & JAY-Z
In a super-secret ceremony, Knowles, 26, wed her rap mogul boyfriend (real name: Shawn Carter), 38, in a posh New York ceremony April 4. Held at Jay-Z's 13,500-sq.-ft. penthouse, the event small but lavish, with only 40 guests – and 70,000 white orchids flown in from Thailand. Still, it wasn't until November that Beyoncé even acknowledged the union. She told Essence, "We always knew it would happen."
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ELI & ABBY
New York Giants star Manning, 27, traded in his uniform for a tailored beige suit when he married his college sweetheart, Abby McGrew, 27, on April 19 at the OneampOnly Palmilla in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Before the ceremony, the couple relaxed by the pool, enjoyed a sunset picnic buffet and putted around on the resort's golf course.
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JESSICA & CASH
Eschewing the traditionally lavish Hollywood wedding, Alba, 27, and her producer-entrepreneur fiancé Warren, 31, wed at the Beverly Hills Municipal Court on May 19. Wearing a long blue dress with her hair in a simple ponytail, Alba exchanged vows with Warren in front of a court staffer. "When I was a little girl, it was all about the princess fairy tale," Alba told PEOPLE of her dream wedding earlier this year. "But life is changing every day, and I'm just going with it." A few weeks later, the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Honor Marie.
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ELLEN & PORTIA
After almost four years of dating, DeGeneres, 50, and de Rossi, 35, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at their Los Angeles home on Aug. 16. Wearing Zac Posen and exchanging Neil Lane rings, the couple shared a vegan menu – including a red velvet cake! – at the reception. "The love we felt from the people surrounding us, and the love we have for each other, made this the most beautiful and emotional day," de Rossi told PEOPLE. "And one that we'll never forget."
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SARA & JAY
Sweet in a Vera Wang gown and escorted down the aisle by her three children, country singer Evans, 37, married former University of Alabama quarterback Barker, 35, on June 14 on a Franklin, Tenn., farm. Keeping with a cozy country theme, the guests dined, family-style, on fried chicken and mac and cheese.
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TIMBALAND & MONIQUE
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NICOLAS & CARLA
Less than four months after his divorce, French president Sarkozy, 53, and supermodel-turned-singer Bruni, 39, wed in a 20-minute civil service at the presidential palace on Feb. 2. "They had the air of being very emotional and in love," said Francois Lebel, the mayor of Paris's eighth district, who performed the ceremony.
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JEWEL & TY
Following a 10-year-long courtship, the singer, 34, and Murray, 38, a rodeo champion, eloped in a hush-hush ceremony on Aug. 7 at the Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. Afterward, the bride (in Monique Lhuillier) and groom (in jeans and cowboy boots) called their parents to break the news and watch a beachfront fireworks display. "It felt like we were the only ones in the world," Murray told PEOPLE.
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IVANA & ROSSANO
In a luxe, $3 million ceremony, Trump, 59, exchanged vows with Italian model-actor Rubicondi, 36, on April 12. The ceremony, held at ex Donald Trump's Palm Beach club, Mar-a-Lago, boasted Neil Sedaka serenading the couple, a feast of lobster crepes, stone crab, rack of lamb and Chilean sea bass, and a $1 million diamond band sparkling on the bride's finger. Still, the May-December couple wasn't meant to be: They announced their split Dec. 1.
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SUZY & MATT
After a high-profile courtship – they met in 2005 while contestants on NBC's The Biggest Loser – Hoover popped the question to Preston in another public forum, the Today show! But only 10 family members were in attendance when the couple, both 30, married on Sept. 19 at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica. Said Hoover, "This was a little piece we could have to ourselves."
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TIA & COREY
"You can tell they're really in love," wedding planner Robyn Goldberg raved of actress Mowry, 27, and actor Hardrict, 28, who wed on April 20 at Four Seasons Resort the Biltmore Santa Barbara. Mowry's twin sister Tamara – with whom she starred on the WB hit Sister, Sister – served as maid of honor and wore an aubergine Tadashi gown, while the bride said her vows in couture Kevan Hall.
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