Fug or Fab the Strangely Copious And Accessible Wedding Photos: Anne Hathaway


Other than royal weddings, Britney’s nuptials with K-Fed where they had the Pimps and Hos tracksuits, and the time Melania Trump was in her gown on the cover of Vogue, I’m not sure we’ve ever really covered a celebrity wedding. In part, that’s because it’s incredibly unusual for us to have even ONE of our photo services provide pictures of them — usually, they’re either at a massive premium, or they’ve been embargoed because a particular publication is paying a boatload for exclusive rights. Not so here. At least three of our subscriptions — I stopped checking after that — had at least eight pages of shots of Anne Hathaway and her husband getting their formal pictures taken, and considering they were on a private estate in Big Sur, they could’ve flown under the radar with considerable ease. Yet there they are, standing on a dirt road cutting through a pasture, pretending not to notice a large cluster of snap-happy urchins dangling from a tree, or whatever. What I’m saying is, they seem not to mind the attention. It’s kind of sweet that they’re not hiding, and also kind of weird that somebody alerted the paparazzi. They had secrecy on their side, and then someone apparently went, “NAH, let’s invite some long lenses. It’ll be so much more festive.”

Anyway, I’m not sure what to say about somebody’s Very Special Day. Mostly, I just wanted us all to huddle around the faux-wedding album together and gossip affectionately the way people do when, in their hungover hazes, they gather around each other’s iPhones and compare snaps from the festivities and wonder why that one dude is holding a fork in all of them. Anne seems happy, and I hope that is true, and obviously nobody wants to take that away from her. Certainly I do not. I also think these photos — the ones taken down on the ground by the photographer she actually hired — probably looked incredibly striking. But as for the veil, well, I look at it this way: If you were at a friend’s wedding and you are terribly fond of her but you secretly thought she was hiding her surprisingly cute pixie cut with an overwhelming headpiece, you’d probably whisper to another friend, “I love her and I want her to be happy, but one day she might regret that from the neck up she looks like she escaped from the hospital after a head injury and married the dude who found her hiding in his barn.” And so it is here.

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  1. Kit
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    I think I love this dress and I’m hoping, one day to actually see a real picture of it, although I’ll be disappointed that Anne sold out if I do, so… conflicted.

    When I saw the pics over the weekend I also decided to hold my thoughts in abeyance about her head piece until I actually see a good, clear picture of it. It’s giving me a serious Swan Lake vibe though. lol

    • GFY Heather
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      I don’t think there is any way those paparazzi were there unauthorized or unbeknownst, so as selling out goes, that ship may have sailed. But I think it’s sweet in a way that she isn’t trying to hide.

      • Kit
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        I’m holding out belief that they WERE there unauthorized (‘cuz seriously, if authorized, wouldn’t they get a BETTER picture?). Maybe Anne knew they were there but decided not to do anything about it..

        (Perhaps I’m the one who’s being sweetly naive now though…)

  2. TaraMisu
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    I think the dress is quite pretty! Very ethereal… but that thing on her head. No.

  3. Other Emily
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    I like the dress. It’s fluffy and a little cotton-candyish, which is fun. Hate the headpiece. Did she do that because her hair is still short so she couldn’t have the classic updo? Fail. Just wear your hair.

  4. hollabc
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    In some shots, they skirt looks a bit see-through. Not scandalous in any way, she has legs, no big deal. I just found it a bit odd and not sure if I have ever seen that happen with a wedding dress before.

    • Caitlin M
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      It does look sheer-ish as lit (by Mother Nature, presumably), but I think that’s because it’s just several layers of fabric, which makes it look lovely and ethereal – as opposed to being a big poof of meringue the way similar styles so often are thanks to mega crinolines.

  5. Eliza Bennett
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    this entire shoot made me think Laura Ashley circa 1982, and lawdamussy, those shoes break my heart. But goodonya, Anne, handsome trainwranglers are hard to find. Mazel tov.

  6. MelissaW
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    I can see why she went with that headpiece – she’s got a lot of veil and that’s what it’s attached to since she can’t have it pinned into an updo or anything like that. But she’s got such a cut haircut right now and her dress is absolutely GORGEOUS (the wedding dress I’d love to have but I’d look like an overstuffed meringe) that the headpiece just weighs it down. I like the veil though, appropriate for the dress….what could that be anchored to with a pixie cut? (I’m sure my SIL would know, she loves these dilemmas)

    • kSto
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      Thin headband with a few baby’s breath on it. That’s what I did. Own the pixie.

      • Leah
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        Yep, a headband. I had a pixie for my wedding (and years before and after) and just a simple pearl headband was all I wore. That would have looked fabulous with this dress.

  7. ML
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    Liza, I just really REALLY hope you and Peter Allen can make it work, darling.

  8. Sandra
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    The headpiece looks nearly identical to the one my granny wore in 1934, so I can’t hate it too much. Not sure it goes with this particular dress. However, they look delighted with each other, which is what’s most important in a wedding album. I think the sunset is what’s providing the color here. The more particulate matter there is in the air, the more spectacular the refraction of the light. And I know from dusty dirt roads, believe me.

  9. Rebecca
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    The dress looks really pretty from what I can tell, I hope we get a decent picture of it eventually, though I doubt we will. And yes, thank you for pointing out that the headpiece looks like a bandage. I saw another pic of it this morning and was all, ‘HUH?! WHY?!’ about it.

  10. Edith
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    The dress looks lovely and the headpiece overwhelming, but I’m going to reserve judgment until I see clearer photos. That said, I saw that extended trailer / behind-the-scenes thing about Les Mis this weekend. I have never seen Les Mis, I have never heard the soundtrack, I have only the barest understanding of the story, but Anne’s “I Dreamed a Dream” killed me DEAD. I was weeping in the theater. So, yeah. I may have to see that….

    • Sajorina
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      I actually love “On My Own” form Le Mis, it gets me every time and can cry until I’m dehydrated! I’m totally watching this movie!

  11. Gine
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    I’m thinking this new “obviously tipped off the paps” wedding trend (see Natalie Portman’s, also) is a way for celebs to get the attention of having their photos out there without stooping to selling them to People or whoever, which has always seemed like a B-Lister-and-lower move.
    I do like the dress (I think….) but oh, that headpiece. I think the sleek pixie cut would’ve contrasted nicely with the princessy-ness of the dress, if we’d been able to see it. As is, she looks like everyone did at the last bridal shower I went to, when we had to play that stupid toilet paper veil game.

    • GFY Heather
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      I always like it when they sell their wedding pics and then donate all the money to charity.

    • Jane
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      They are having a big wedding. I’m sure they’re getting plenty of attention from the 100+ people attending.

      Having an official paparazzi shoot gives them control — let them get their pictures and get them out of there. That way the couple doesn’t have to worry about having the ceremony disrupted.

      It ruins the value of any unauthorized pictures that did get taken so the paparazzi don’t have an incentive to stick around. No magazine is going to pay big bucks for “one more” picture of the gown.

      While selling the pictures for charity is nice, there is nothing more tacky than selling them and keeping the money (a la Michael Douglas/Catherine Zeta Jones.)

  12. Ruth
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    Her head piece looks like earmuffs gone awry. Maybe a clearer picture would reveal that it was a chic headdress. Then again, I can’t complain. I went the full Fembot for my wedding day.

  13. amy
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    She’s going to look back and really, REALLY fucking regret that headpiece. What a shame. Everything else is very lovely. I wish her all the best, I really do. I just don’t understand how that head-bit was allowed to happen. :(

  14. Sandye
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    This reminds me a little of my Mother’s wedding dress from 1954. It was princess-y and float-y and was in a color called “pink blush.” A dainty pink tinted white.

  15. Kristen from MA
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    I can’t decide whose headpiece is worse: Anne’s or Lily Allen’s. I don’t understand how/why people think that these flapper thingies are flattering.

    As far as the color of the dress, i wouldn’t hate it if is in fact, pink, though it doesn’t compare to the brilliance that was Gwen Stefani’s dress (LOVED that!).

    • Sajorina
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      Gwen Stefani’s wedding dress is one of my favorite wedding dresses of all time!!! So FABULOUS!

  16. Melissa Hogan
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    I think she looks amazing and I don’t mind the thing on her head at all! There’s probably 8,000 yards of tulle happening there, but it seems very Anne! The paps were definitely in helicopters. And while that is horrible and I would put nothing past them, the chance that her security would not be able to suss out a pap in a tree is slim.

  17. Daffodil
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    Anne Hathaway has a certain style, and she wears the hell out of it. This dress and headpiece and haircut combo are SO NOT in her typical style. This makes me think, in a “Sinister Conspiracy Theory” way, that she knows the marriage is not long for this world. And that she is planning to get hitched to someone else in a shockingly short number of years. And that she doesn’t want us to think she’s the sort who marries around, so she staged this wedding in a not-Anne look so two or three years from now, when we see the pictures of Wedding #2, we will think, “Oh, well, this totally makes sense, as Wedding #1 was ages and ages ago, as evidenced by her pixie haircut and 1920s headpiece and foofy dress, and we can see why she is having a second wedding to someone else as that first marriage was from the dark ages. That Anne Hathaway is such a sweet and lovely woman.”

    Of course, I’m not saying this is what actually went down. But I am saying it makes a nice story to explain why she’s dressed this way. And if it happens to turn out to be true… well, you heard it here first.

    • Aj
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      OR — this marriage is going to last and these are fake, staged for the paps, pictures and the real dress has only been seen by her, him, and their guests … and pix of that dress are the ones on her piano. I like that story better although it’s just as far-fetched as yours..

  18. muserella
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    The dress looks epic and wonderful and I am sure she was gorgeous. Unfortunately, extreme choices in wedding “costume” typically end up looking…costumey and that is what we have here. A mad fusion of Laura Spencer (’80′s Luke wedding, of course) meets the vampire brides who crawled all over Keanu in Coppola’s “Dracula.” I wish one of Anne’s loved one’s would have counseled her a little more thoughtfully on this choice.

  19. Jen S 2.0
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    I like the dress a lot, and will like it a WHOLE lot if it indeed is pink. It’s not what I would wear, but it’s beautiful for her.

    I am BAFFLED by that head thing, though. Who let her out of the house in that? I love a long veil, but I …do not love the ski earwarmer on her otherwise-lovely head.

    As others have said, though, perhaps it’ll look different in non-fuzzy shots.

  20. Jennifer
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    I think it’s really really pretty, veil included. It reminds me of a fairytale. The Daisy Buchanan reference was right on, also Black Swan as others have pointed out. Maybe even think Snow Queen (veil = earmuffs?)?? I’m pretty much ready to swoon, becuase it looks so classic and ethereal. And I’m SO glad she pulled this off, because she doesn’t always– in my opinion she tends to the frumpy– but here, she looks divine. Mwah!!

  21. Lynne
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    Love the dress. Shame she had to get married immediately after having brain surgery. Seriously. What is that thing?

    • Kris
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      Thank you for that! Totally laughed out loud.

    • Helen
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      Brain surgery! Right? A headpiece of some kind is understandable, even natural and maybe a good choice with such a big dress. Unfortunately, THIS headpiece looks like soap-opera coma patient.

      Oh well. The dress, I do like, and it’s lovely that they look so happy and comfortable together. So yay anyway!

  22. Erin
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    Reads so 80s to me. I know the 80s are back in style, but remember how we spent the last 20 years making fun of the 80s looks? She has the potential to be so gorgeous and elegant – this is disappointing. But either way, wedding days are so happy so best wishes to them both!

    • Dinsdale
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      heh. When I got married in ’89 (so shopped for my dress in ’88), a bridal salesperson put a RIDICULOUSLY elaborate headpiece on me. I said “Hell NO!” as nicely as I could. Then she laughed and said, “Yeah, we actually call this one the Minnie,” as in Minnie Mouse. Went to a wedding a month before ours and the bride was sporting the Minnie! That look can go away forever.

  23. Mo
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    Heather, if I had the say, you’d go to heaven just for remembering Lucy Quartermaine’s red wedding dress (and that hat!).

    • Elbyem
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      GH fans, unite! Lucy is about to return! Hopefully, wearing a red dress.

      • ML
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        This made my day. If I can’t have Blair on GH, I want Lucy and I personally want her doing wild & crazy things with Todd.

  24. Lindy
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    I think the dress is a blush pink, which should be worn more, IMO. I don’t love the headpiece thing, either. She’ll have to wet and blow dry her hair between the wedding and reception if she plans to take the silly thing off, too.

  25. yeahandalso
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    the dress is OK, it sort of looks like her girls are a bit low in it though, and it seems a bit dated not quite modern, not quite classic. The headpiece is hilariously terrible

  26. halley
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    the pattern on the dress makes it feel very 80′s. I dont know about the headpiece. Heavy veils are hard with short hair, I probably would have gone a different way.

  27. Trace
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    The dress is lovely but the headpiece has a serious case of Oh Honey, No. It looks like Sadie Frost’s veil from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’m not sure emulating a vampire was the look Anne was going for…

    Also in photos 2 and 3 it looks like she’s married Niles from Frasier!

  28. Chasmosaur
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    Anne, sweetie – I know part of your iconic look is your gorgeous mane. Which you recently cut off. But you didn’t have to obscure the pixie, because it actually looks really cute on you…

  29. Prolixity Julien
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    If Valentino, the real Valentino Garavani and not the designers who now work for the label, designed something for you that you didn’t like, would you have the courage to tell him? I bet he could talk you into it.

    • Suzanne
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      You raise a good point. I’d probably trust in GV’s “vision,” even if it induced a poufy headache. I’m apparently in the minority not liking the dress — or the veil, but WTF do I know?!

  30. Selina
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    Oh I’m glad we’re talking about this. The headpiece reminds me of the one Julie Andrews had at the end of Thoroughly Modern Millie. In fact her whole pixie hair thing at the moment is Thoroughly Modern Millie. Maybe that time hanging out with the awesomeness that is Ms Andrews on The Princess Diaries rubbed off?

    As for the dress…. I don’t know. I love it. I hate it. I lovte it?

  31. Eurydice
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    At first glance that headpiece reminded me of Celeste Talbert in Soapdish – “I don’t feel right in a turban. What I feel like is Gloria fucking Swanson!”

    But, good for her and all the best.

  32. Vandalfan
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    From what I can see, I like the headpiece. The dress is meringue, but when else can one wear meringue? Now, that diamond pattern of the lace on the skirt seems kind of busy.

  33. Lauren
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    Although I am not a fan of it, I feel like she can carry off the headpiece.

  34. Karen Kellam
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    I had to vote for red just because of the Lucy Quartermaine shout out.

  35. kindakute
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    Just awful. The whole vibe is twee and dweeb get married. She is not pulling this off even remotely.

  36. buttercup
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    I…hate this. I’m sorry, I love our little Annie, but I cannot cosign on this.

    It looks cheap as heck. Like clearance rack at David’s Bridal cheap. And I realize headpieces are all trendy right now, but it just looks like she’s trying to cover the shame of her chopped hair.

    I’m so disappointed. When I heard she got married, I couldn’t wait to see the dress, but what a letdown.

    • Sajorina
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      My best friend got her wedding dress from the clearance rack at David’s Bridal and it is one of the most beautiful wedding dresses I’ve ever seen. Low budget doesn’t have to mean bad quality or ugly!

  37. mary lou bethune
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    I wish we had better pictures. The dress looks so beautiful and delicate and I am sure she was as gorgeous as it is possible to be. Reserving judgment on the hairpiece. Maybe she thought her hair cute was too severe and wanted to hide it??
    She is just so very lovely and he is too- all blessings to them.

  38. MKKS
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    My three year old just came into the room, pointed at the picture of Anne & said, “Mama! She’s a princess! Princess Aurora.” And I thought, “NAILED IT!” Then she asked to play Perry the Platypus, and now she gets to, for being so astute.

  39. Beka
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    Pretty sure that’s sand, babes. You can see beach grass on the side of the path and the type of trees in the picture are very coastal. That would explain why the paps had such access. And the amazing sunset!

  40. Sajorina
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    I love the dress, which reminds me a little of Katie Holme’s wedding dress, which I ADORED! I think it suits her, she is the Princess (now queen?) of Genovia after all! Oooohhhh, I so hope Julie Andrews attended this wedding! Anyway, I’m not a fan of long-trained veils, but this one seems appropriate since her shoulders, neck and arms are exposed! But, I’m not on board with the headpiece, I think it’s too busy and it’s hard to see her beautiful face shine with blissful glee!

    I’m so happy for her & wish her all the best, but if it was me, I would’ve waited until my hair grew at least into a nice bob before getting married… Wedding pictures are FOREVER and I wouldn’t want to regret anything about that day!

  41. Dinsdale
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    That last picture of him holding her train is really sweet. I’d love to see a close-up pic of the headpiece. it could look kind of Swan Lake-esque, but from these shots it definitely has a head-wound vibe.

  42. Donna
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    Did anyone else have trouble with the ad that kept taking over the screen (I’m on an iPhone)? It came up every single slide, ands sometimes twice each slide. Very frustrating.

  43. Valeria
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    The road where those photos were taken looks just like the hiking trails I use around Los Angeles — that site would have been covered with dried out thistle, wild mustard, and other weeds not to mention dusty.

    I feel sort of overwhelmed that Ms. Hathaway ruined that beautiful, delicate gown by walking even a short distance along that road. The bottom 1-2 feet of the skirt (and veil), must have picked up every dried out bit of something it touched and/or been torn as brushed up against the dessicated vegetation. They also must have acquired a serious frosting of dust.

    Why would someone spend a fortune for a exclusive designer dress just to treat it no better than a pair of worn out hiking pants ??

    • dee
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      She probably didn’t have to get it dirty until that very instant, I’m sure the hall would have been beautiful….And maybe she didn;t realize how dirty it could get walking down that makeshift road? In all fairness, she does seem like she was worrying about the hem and train in several of those photos.

  44. Deej
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    That thing on her head is mental. MENTAL!

  45. Susan
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    Absolutely beautiful, truly a storybook wedding dress. I have a thing for veils, the bigger and longer the better. I think everything works here, everything. I can’t imagine changing anything.

  46. Suzanne
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    I shall love you forever for the Lucy Coe Quartermaine mention. GH forever.

  47. dee
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    Could the pink have been due to a sunset? The material looks like it is very slightly rose-tinted.

  48. Guest
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    This is the most beautiful wedding photograph I have ever seen. It looks like they were married in heaven. Her gown literally took my breath away. I actually gasped! It is the most gorgeous wedding ensemble I have ever seen. Just…WoW.

  49. Ladyblahblah
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    Did she really get married on a dirt road? I mean, I love a wild, windswept overgrown kind of thingy, but this just looks like they took a wrong turn and ended up out by the Manson compound.

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