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Leading up to their big day, Reese Witherspoon and her fiancé Jim Toth, an agent at Hollywood's Creative Arts Agency, donned their finest formal wear for the star-studded Vanity Fair Oscar soiree on Feb. 27. "He gets her and her world," a friend of the actress tells PEOPLE. "He's a family-oriented guy, and that's all she ever really wanted."
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AT FIRST SIGHT
Witherspoon and Toth were first spotted together having dinner at Italian eatery Locanda Portofino in Santa Monica, Calif., on Jan. 29, 2010, just two months after the actress ended her very public courtship with Jake Gyllenhaal. "They were having a lot of fun, totally getting along and laughing and talking the whole dinner," said a fellow diner. "Reese seemed very happy."
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SHOW OF HANDS
The low-key couple maintained a handy connection during lunch on April 24 in L.A., three weeks after Toth celebrated Easter with Witherspoon and her kids, Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7. "She wants them to get to know him," a source told PEOPLE of the actress's children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe. "She thinks he'll be a great influence."
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HOLIDAY IN THE SUN
The duo made July 4 a family affair when they brought Ava and Deacon (not pictured) with them to a holiday party in Malibu, Calif. "Reese can't stop gushing about how special Jim makes her feel," a source said, "and how great it is to have him around her kids."
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Catch me if you can! Witherspoon and Toth joined forces for one of their favorite activities on Sept. 3 – running! – in Santa Monica, Calif.
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Witherspoon received her star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Dec. 1, an honor she celebrated with her children at her side and Toth seated in the audience beside her parents, Betty and John. "He is not intimidated," a source told PEOPLE. "There's no competition."
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Now that's something to cheer about! After getting engaged over the Christmas holiday, Witherspoon flashed her 4-carat sparkler at a Jan. 4 L.A. Lakers game with Toth. "Jim knows Reese is the one for him," a source told PEOPLE. "It's what he's been waiting for. [Getting engaged] is a natural step for them."
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Settling into his soon-to-be role of stepfather, Toth accompanied Witherspoon and kids Deacon and Ava for some ice cream and shopping on Feb. 28 in L.A. "He's very down-to-earth and great with her kids," a friend of the actress told PEOPLE. "They've had a great start together."
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No bridezilla here! With only days to go before their nuptials, the casually-clad couple headed out for a carefree stroll on March 13. A source tells PEOPLE of the bride-to-be: "She's truly enjoying her life right now."
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