Monday, August 22, 2011


Beautiful bride Kim Kardashian was a picture of happiness as she prepared to exchange vows
with fiance Kris Humphries

Details of Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kris Humphries on August 20 are out!
The glowing bride wore an ivory strapless Vera Wang gown with fitting bodice, tulle skirt and epic train, holding a bouquet of white roses.

Co-maids of honour Kourtney (left), 32, and Khloe, 27, are also seen in their cream, strapless gowns with their brunette tresses down in loose waves

The bridesmaids -- sisters Kendall and Kyle Jenner, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian along with mommy Kris Jenner -- were dressed in Vera Wang too, each trying to upstage the bride, it seemed.

Family snaps: Kim's mother Kris Jenner also takes a moment before the ceremony to pose with her two daughters and Kim's half sisters and bridesmaids, Kylie, 15, and Kendall, 14

The ceremony, which was held at a private estate in Montecito, California, also the site of the cancelled Jennifer Lopez-Ben Affleck wedding, started at around 6.30 pm and lasted approximately 30 minutes.

Mr and Mrs Humphries reportedly spent $10 million on the wedding but won't have to pay a cent as they've already earned close to $17 million from the hoopla.

The couple has reportedly sold four-hour-long footage to E! for a whopping $15 million and the wedding pictures to People magazine for a cool $2.5 million.

In their arrival, all the guests were handed programmes, which included tributes to Kardashian's late father, famed O J Simpson attorney Robert Kardashian, and Humphries' late grandmother and grandfather.

'I so wish my dad could be here today to walk me down the aisle,' the New York Daily News quoted Kardashian's passage as saying.

'But I know in a way he is here, and I feel his loving presence all around me. I love and miss you, dad,' she stated.

Pastor Joel Johnson, who officiated the traditional Christian ceremony and has known Humphries for years, told the guests that he had asked the bride and groom to write down what they loved most about each other, before the wedding, which he also made them share.

The invited guests included Ryan Seacrest, who's also the producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Rob Kardashian's girlfriend Avril Lavigne and former Spice girl Mel B. Everybody stuck to the bride's request of black and white outfits.

Johnson revealed that the socialite said the NBA star puts a smile on her face everyday, and that he's the "yin to her yang" bringing calm to her life and the fun out of her.

Kourtney Kardashian's 21-month-old son Mason clearly stole the show as he made his way down the aisle in a miniature cream tuxedo.

The couple laughing with one another before the ceremony began

The 26-year-old basketball player, he said he loved his bride-to-be for her compassion, how she treats every day as if it's her last and how, the first time they met, all she talked about was her family. Humphries even whispered to his groomsmen while Kim made her way down the aisle and said that he was nervous.

Preening: As Kim gets ready for their big day, Kris Humphries also spruces himself up with the help of his male buddies

R and B singer Robin Thick sang Angels before switching to Al Green's Let's Stay Together for the first dance of  'Mr and Mrs Humphries' as husband and wife.

Lavish: The wedding could only be described as grand

The $ 20,000 wedding cake baked by Hansen Cakes was a replica of Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding cake.

Kim flashed her famous grin to her guests as she walked down the seemingly endless white and black carpeted aisle to classical music, while on the arm of her stepfather, Bruce Jenner

While Kim glowed in her Vera Wang gown and diamond encrusted tiara, she faced tough competition from statuesque step sisters Kendall and Kyle as well as mom Kris Jenner.
While Kendal wore an ornate Vera Wang gown for the occassion, Kris Jenner went a step ahead and got some work done on her face for the ceremony. She wore a majestic Vera Wang gown.

Apart from the E! and People deal, Kim's also pocketed $300,000 for the engagement announcement back in May and another $100,000 from OK! magazine for the bridal shower photos.

Just hours before saying her 'I dos', Kim tweeted: 'Anxious,excited,emotional 3words 2describe what Im feeling right now @KimKardashian I LOVE U tomorrow will b MAGICAL.'

She also posted a message on her official website: 'Today is the day! I can't believe it's finally here! Thank you so much to everyone who made this day happen!!!!!'

Kim's wedding will be aired in full on the E! network two-part special on October 9 and 10.

The new bride stepped out the next day with her husband wearing a tracksuit with Mrs Humphries emblazoned on it. The reality TV star looked fresh-faced yet a bit tired.

A long way down: The black and white carpeted aisle was endless on the grounds of the Montecito estate

Marriage and divorce 'up weight', says study

The study found getting a wedding ring on your finger - and losing it - could cause people's weight to rise

Both marriage and divorce can trigger weight gain, according to research being presented at the American Sociological Association.

There is an increased risk of piling on the pounds in the two years after a marriage starts or ends, according to their study of 10,071 people.

Newly-married women were at greatest risk of "large" weight gains.

Some gains may "pose a health risk", say the authors from Ohio State University.

The study followed people from 1986 to 2008 and monitored changes in body mass index (BMI) - a weight/height ratio measurement - and marital status.

The researchers compared the BMI of people who married or divorced with those who were already married or stayed single.
Even after adjusting the data for each person's health, education, employment, poverty and pregnancy - there was still an increased risk of weight gain associated with marriage and divorce.

These are significant changes in someone's life. It can change their living situation and the types of food they eat” 

- Helen Riley British Nutrition Foundation-

In women, marriage increased the risk of a small increase in weight (up to a three point increase in BMI) by 33%. There was a 48% higher risk of large weight gains (more than a three point BMI increase).

Newly-divorced women had a 22% increased risk of small weight gain.

Men were 28% more likely to have small increases in weight after marriage and 21% after divorce.
The report concludes: "All marital transitions act as a weight shock, encouraging small weight gains regardless of the destination marital state."

Lead author, Dmitry Tumin, said: "To some extent, marriages for women promote weight gains that may be large enough to pose a health risk."

Helen Riley at the British Nutrition Foundation charity said: "These are significant changes in someone's life. It can change their living situation and the types of food they eat.

"But different people deal with it in different ways and it can be positive for some people."

David Cameron says Libyan regime is 'falling apart'

David Cameron: ''The Libyan people deserve to shape their own future''
David Cameron: ''The Libyan people deserve to shape their own future''
David Cameron has said the regime of Col Muammar Gaddafi is "falling apart and in full retreat".

The prime minister said there would "undoubtedly be difficult days ahead", but the Libyan people were "closer to their dream of a better future".

He said the UK could be "proud" of the part it had played, but stressed the future of the country - and Col Gaddafi himself - was up to Libyans themselves.

Rebel forces have taken control of large parts of Libya's capital Tripoli.

However, the Ministry of Defence stressed that fighting was still going on in the Libyan capital and Nato operations - including those by UK forces on strategic targets controlled by the regime - were continuing.

Mr Cameron interrupted his holiday to return to London to chair an hour-long meeting of the National Security Council, attended by Defence Secretary Liam Fox and International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell among other ministers.

It is the second time his holiday plans have been disrupted this summer, having abandoned a break in Tuscany earlier this month due to the riots across England.
'No complacency'
The prime minister committed British forces to conduct aerial and naval missions in Libya in March, enforcing the terms of a UN mandate to protect Libyan civilians from attacks.

The decision was overwhelmingly endorsed by Parliament, and in a statement in Downing Street on Monday morning, Mr Cameron again said it was "necessary, legal and right".

Insisting that Nato's mission in Libya would continue as long as it was needed, the PM went on: "The situation in Tripoli is clearly very fluid and there is absolutely no room for complacency.

"Our task now is to do all we can to support the will of the Libyan people which is for an effective transition to a free, democratic and inclusive Libya.

A man waves a Libyan rebel flag in the town of Maia  
Some civilians have cheered rebels as they advanced on Tripoli
"This will be and must be and should be Libyan-led and a Libyan-owned process with broad international support co-ordinated by the United Nations."

The UK, France and the US have long called for Col Gaddafi to leave power and Mr Cameron again repeated that call, urging him to "stop fighting without conditions".

He said he wanted "to see Gaddafi face justice for his crimes" but insisted that his future would be up to the Libyan people, led by the interim political authority, the National Transitional Council.

Mr Cameron said he planned to speak to the council's leader Abdul Jalil later on Monday and would stress to him "the importance of respecting human rights, avoiding reprisals, and making sure all parts of Libya can share in the country's future".

He said Libyan assets in the UK would soon be unfrozen in order to help with post-conflict reconstruction, and the UK would be offering help with medical supplies, food provision and communications and utilities services.

He also said the UK would establish a diplomatic presence in Tripoli as soon as it was safe to do so.
Post-conflict planning
Libya's most senior diplomat in London has said rebel forces control more than 90% of Tripoli after they appeared to meet little resistance during a rapid advance on Sunday.

The International Criminal Court has confirmed the capture of Col Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam.
The best way for Libya to move forward is through a transition led and enforced by the Libyan people” - Ed Miliband, Labour leader
But fighting is continuing in a number of areas and Col Gaddafi is believed to still have thousands of armed followers in the capital. Mr Cameron said the leader's whereabouts were still unknown.

The BBC's political correspondent Ben Wright said there would be some satisfaction in Downing Street about the apparent collapse of the Gaddafi regime, given that Mr Cameron was among the most vocal supporters of foreign intervention in Libya.

However, he said No 10 would be mindful of uncertainty over how events could develop and be aware that a lot of work would be needed to stabilise the country.

Labour leader Ed Miliband welcomed developments in Libya, but also stressed the need to ensure a orderly transition "from popular revolt against Colonel Gaddafi to stable government without him".

"The best way for Libya to move forward is through a transition led and enforced by the Libyan people that learns the lessons of the past, including Iraq," he said in a statement.

"The priorities are public order, improved lives for the people of Libya and an inclusive, peaceful settlement led by the Libyan people. "
'Degree of humility'
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has given a speech in London about the wider Arab Spring, which has seen uprisings across the Middle East and North Africa.

He said such countries were "on the right side of history" and the UK would do all it could to help them - for example, offering practical support to create new political parties, prevent corruption, promote a plural press and register voters.

He also said countries would be given help to access to global financial markets, but only if they could prove their commitment to domestic reform.

The deputy PM said the UK should show "a degree of humility" about its failure in the past to speak out against repressive regimes like that of Col Gaddafi or President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

"We attended to these autocrats in the name of stability, accepting their corruption and economic mismanagement as its necessary price and satisfying ourselves with false promises and cosmetic reform," he said.

"We have learned from those mistakes."

Human rights groups believe about 2,000 people have been killed by Syrian security forces in recent months, and Mr Clegg again urged President Assad to step down, calling him "as irrelevant to Syria's future as Gaddafi is to Libya's".

The Lib Dem leader added that the decision to support military intervention in Libya "was not one the UK took lightly", particularly his party and others who opposed the Iraq invasion, but the country was now "on the cusp of freedom".
BBC News
During a period that spanned six decades, the Libyan leader Gaddafi paraded on the world stage with a style so unique and unpredictable that the words "maverick" or "eccentric" scarcely do him justice.

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