Category: Weddings & Engagements

Danny Gokey and Leyicet Peralta engaged, set to wed in January

Danny Gokey of "American Idol" fame is engaged to girlfriend Leyicet Peralta
Danny Gokey of "American Idol" fame is engaged to girlfriend Leyicet Peralta, with the wedding right around the corner: The two say they're set to walk down the aisle in late January.

The news was announced Sunday on the website for the Sophia's Heart Foundation, the charity the country singer started in memory of his late wife, who died in 2008. Gokey and Peralta said they shared their plans with friends and relatives recently.

Gokey popped the question in downtown Miami after he surprised Peralta with a romantic sunset dinner by the ocean, the singer's rep told People magazine on Tuesday. "After dinner, they went to the ballet, and finally Danny took her where they had their first date," Gokey's rep said. He serenaded her with "You Are So Beautiful," then asked her if she'd marry him.

The singer's first wife died just weeks before he auditioned for "Idol," having suffered complications after surgery to repair a congenital heart defect.

Gokey, known for his touching back story and edgy eyeglasses, finished in the top three during "Idol's" Season 8, when Kris Allen won and Adam Lambert was runner-up. Peralta now works with him on Sophia's Heart projects.

"No one can go back and start a new beginning," Gokey said Tuesday on Twitter, "but anyone can start today and make a new ending."


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Britney Spears is engaged to marry Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is engaged to Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is reportedly engaged to marry Jason Trawick, her former agent, and her beau since 2009.

"OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I've been waiting for," Spears said Friday on Twitter. "Can't wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!!"

That "one gift" was an engagement ring featuring a three-carat round stone and pave diamonds on the band, an insider told Us Weekly exclusively, describing the ring as "very traditional."

Trawick popped the question after a romantic dinner for his 40th birthday on Thursday night, Us said. The singer just turned 30. "This is something they've both wanted for a long time," said the source, who confirmed the engagement to the mag. "It's a way to cement their family." 

He reportedly surprised her after she'd given him his birthday gifts.

Spears has two sons, Sean Preston, 6, and Jayden, 5, from her two-year marriage to Kevin Federline, which ended in 2006. Trawick was her agent from 2006 until May, when he left William Morris Endeavor to start his own company.


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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland marries boyfriend Justin Miller

Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is married

Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles has tied the knot with her entrepreneur boyfriend, Justin Miller.

The country star and her new husband were married Saturday near the Smoky Mountains in Tennesee, People reported. 

Nettles, 37, wore Alexander McQueen (a la Kate Middleton, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) at an intimate chapel ceremony that included bandmate Kristian Bush. But the newlyweds will likely have to put their honeymoon plans on hold, as Sugarland will be performing at the Grammy Nomination Concert Live on Wednesday and and then hosting the CMA Country Christmas Special on Thursday.

Miller, a former model who appeared in the video for the band's 2006 single "Want To" (watch it below) and attended the CMA Awards with Nettles earlier this month, have been dating for about two years. Nettles' divorce from first husband Todd Van Sickle, a club owner, was final in March 2007.

But concerts, wedded bliss and thank-you cards aren't the only items on this newlywed's to-do list. Sugarland is facing a newly filed lawsuit over an Indiana State Fair stage collapse last August that left seven dead and more than 40 others injured.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 23 on behalf of 44 survivors and the families of four of the people killed, alleges that Sugarland "had supervisory authority and discretion" over the stage size and lighting system, among other concert-related aspects. The lawsuit said the duo "failed or refused to cancel the Sugarland concert despite inclement weather."


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Photo: Jennifer Nettles at the CMA Music Awards on Nov. 9. Credit: Harrison McClary / Reuters

Chaz Bono puts a ring on it, icing engagement to Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and Jennifer Elia

Chaz Bono and girlfriend Jennifer Elia have been engaged for a while now, but on a clear day recently in Seattle, the "Dancing With the Stars" contestant made it very official with the gift of a sparkling engagement ring.

The big moment will be shown Sunday night in the one-hour special "Being Chaz," a follow-up to "Becoming Chaz," the Emmy-nominated documentary that followed Bono's transgender process.

While calling the ring "gorgeous," "stunning" and "huge," a thankful Elia didn't have to say yes: The couple have been engaged for two years, but put off getting married until Bono's transgender process was complete.

Bono, who lasted six weeks on the most recent "Dancing With the Stars" cycle, revealed on the show's finale last week that since his elimination he'd been backstage each week cheering on the remaining contestants. On the finale, Bono did a number with partner Lacey Schwimmer and her father, Buddy Schwimmer, celebrating dancers of the not-so-slim variety; the routine was set to the tune "Big and Chunky" from "Madagascar 2."

Elia, who has said she's bisexual, told CNN's Piers Morgan in May that she finds her fiance more attractive as a man.

"Being Chaz" airs at 8 p.m. Sunday on OWN. The former Chastity Bono, child of Cher and Sonny Bono, was legally declared a man in May 2010. 



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Photo: Jennifer Elia and Chaz Bono at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in L.A. on Sept. 10. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Heather Locklear, Jack Wagner too darned busy to stay engaged

Jack Wagner and Heather Locklear

Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner reportedly called off their engagement last week because wedding planning was too time-consuming -- and because it was all too disruptive to their kids.

Locklear and Wagner, the "Melrose Place" lovers who brought the romance to real life in 2007 and got engaged in August, were spending so much time planning their big day that they had no time left for family, Jack told TMZ. The family-time commitment was complicated by the fact that they didn't want to do the blended thing, he told the site, because it would be disruptive to their too-young kids.

Wagner has two sons, 16-year-old Peter and 21-year-old Harrison, from his marriage to Kristina Malandro, which ended in 2006. Locklear has 14-year-old daughter Ava Sambora from her marriage to Richie Sambora, which ended in 2007.

(Hey, the "young" thing was his word, not ours.)

The two broke the news to their families on Tuesday, her publicist said, but no explanation was given at that time. Wagner said Monday that they "still love each other very much," however.

Guess nobody thought to get married like Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell did, at the U.K. equivalent of city hall? Though, OK, they did have a pretty cool reception, and that takes time to throw together.

No matter. If it ain't right, it ain't right. Just ask Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian.


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Photo: Jack Wagner and Heather Locklear on "Melrose Place" in 1999. Credit: Rob Brown / Fox Broadcasting


Stanley Tucci engaged to Emily Blunt's sister Felicity

Stanley Tucci and Felicity Blunt

Stanley Tucci costarred with Emily Blunt in "The Devil Wears Prada," and now he'll costar in life with Emily's sister: Tucci is engaged to marry Felicity Blunt.

Older sib Felicity was set up on a blind date with Tucci by her sis, and clearly things went well.

"Stanley is very happy with her," a source close to the couple observed.

Tucci's previous wife, Kate, died in 2009 after a battle with cancer. Stanley has three children from that marriage -- twins Isabella and Nicolo and daughter Camilla. 

Dates are unsure, but when the "I do's" are all done, Tucci will land Emily's husband, John Krasinski of "The Office," as a brother-in-law. 


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Photo: Felicity Blunt and Stanley Tucci are shown at Wimbledon in June. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images

Eva Amurri marries Kyle Martino; Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins host

Eva Amurri and Susan Sarandon

Eva Amurri -- daughter of Susan Sarandon -- has married former soccer star Kyle Martino, and here's betting the wedding-night lingerie was fabulous.

Amurri, 26, famously received Martino's proposal the day after a Maxim photo shoot that showed off quite a bit of the Sarandon offspring's skin. The photos recall Mom's "Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me" moment in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show," a song she performed while wearing a white bra and panties.

Sarandon and Tim Robbins -- with whom Sarandon split in 2009 after a 23-year relationship -- were hosts of the wedding, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Amurri's father is Italian filmmaker Franco Amurri, but Eva was just 3 years old when Sarandon and Robbins got together. The couple gave Amurri two brothers: Miles and Jack.

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The wedding party reportedly made a weekend of it, with cocktails, oysters and a scavenger hunt.  Interesting to note: Sister Helen Prejean officiated at the wedding ceremony, held in Charleston, S.C. Sarandon portrayed Prejean, the anti-death penalty activist nun, in the movie "Dead Man Walking."

Amurri, like Mom, is an actress. She's had a recurring role in "Californication" as the stripper Jackie -- in keeping with the underwear theme. "Stripping is not easy," Amurri says in a video on the Showtime website; she said she had extensive bruises and gained new respect for pole dancers. 

As she settles into life as the wife of a soccer-star-turned-broadcaster, Amurri has new projects coming out, including the Adam Sandler movie "I Hate You Dad," in which Sarandon also has a role.  There's no information on whether Amurri will be seen in her undies.

But it's not only lingerie that Amurri is fond of. She's a fashion fan, and she, her mother and her bridesmaids wore Lela Rose at her wedding.  Chances are good that Amurri took no advice on choice of dress from her mother, whom she dissed in 2008 for poor style sense.

"She is really very very very disinterested in fashion. ... She wears her gym clothes from when she comes back from the gym until night. Sometimes she puts a jacket over it if I really beg her to, but she doesn’t really care very much."

Luckily, Mom doesn't hold a grudge and throws a fabulous party.


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Photo: Eva Amurri, left, and Susan Sarandon at New York Fashion Week in early 2007. Credit:  Peter Kramer / Getty Images

Jessica Simpson is pregnant (on the record, not just in pics)

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Jessica Simpson is pregnant, the singer announced Monday on her website, bringing to an end weeks and weeks of willing suspension of disbelief by those who've been checking out her baby-bump pics online despite her lack of confirmation. 

"It's True! I'm going to be a mummy!" she wrote on her website, posting a picture of herself in Halloween-costume sexy-mummy garb, flaunting her not-so-secret mommy evidence. The !!!ANNOUNCEMENT!!! and link off Twitter very quickly crashed Jessica's website.

It'll be Simpson and fiancee Eric Johnson's first child. The singer and the former NFL player got engaged almost a year ago after dating for around six months, but her refusal to commit to a wedding date or other details got people talking in late September, though speculation that she might be pregnant had been going on for a while.

Johnson's divorce from his first wife was finalized a little over a year ago; Simpson's divorce from Nick Lachey was final in 2006, with Lachey remarrying in June, this time to Vanessa Minnillo.


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Robin Williams marries Susan Schneider in Napa Valley

Robin WIlliams married Susan Schneider in Napa this weekend

Robin Williams is once again a married man -- the comedian tied the knot with Susan Schneider on Saturday in California.

At Napa Valley's Meadowood Resort, the 60-year-old "Patch Adams" star met graphic designer Schneider at the altar before friends and family, People confirms.

The couple reportedly got serious in 2009 as Williams recovered from heart surgery. Schneider is the actor's third bride. He has three children from previous marriages: Zachary, actress Zelda and Cody.

Set against the fall foliage of the vineyard, the new Mr. and Mrs. Williams danced the night away , according to Zelda.

"The wedding festivities rage on but my tired feet are done. Think it's time to lay in the tub, eat M&M's and write," she tweeted.


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Photo: Robin Williams, right, and Susan Schneider in August 2010. Credit: Paul Buck / European Pressphoto Agency

Bijou Phillips, Danny Masterson marry in Ireland, not Iceland

Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson are married

This post has been corrected, as detailed below.

Actors Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson have finally tied the knot, after an eight-year courtship.

In the lush Irish countryside, the couple wed before friends and family in a castle with the landscape of Tipperary behind them, says People.

Masterson and Phillips got engaged in 2009, but as we told you last year, the couple hit a roadblock: Volcano Eyjafjallajokull. You heard us: That massive volcanic ash cloud that grounded flights and kept journalists tongue-tied also put the kibosh on the couple's planned nuptials in Iceland.

"I was going to get married in Iceland, but then it blew up. That volcano! We have to kind of postpone everything ... " Phillips told us at the time."It's hard for two actors to set a date, because a movie will come up or something, but it's harder not to date another actor. He totally gets it; he's like, 'I'll see you in a few months.' "

Eighteen months later and they're finally man and wife.

Masterson, of "That '70s Show" fame, had brother Chris as his best man. The bride wore a custom Zac Posen gown while her beloved went for a suit designed by Albert Hammond Jr. of the Strokes, part of a capsule collection for Masterson's Los Feliz boutique Confederacy.

Additional guests included actors Chris Mena and Ben Foster.

[For the record, 6 p.m. Oct. 20: This post originally gave designer Albert Hammond Jr.'s first name incorrectly as Alfred. Thanks to those who flagged it in comments.]


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Photo: Danny Masterson and Bijou Phillips in Honolulu in October 2010. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


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