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Between work-from-home orders, e-learning and simply living in a technologically driven world, it’s harder than ever for people to unplug. However, if you are a happy couple hoping people will unplug to focus on your special ceremony, don’t be discouraged – an unplugged day is still possible.

“The guest counts are smaller, but that doesn’t necessarily mean people’s budgets are smaller,” says Melody Lowry, director of events at a.companie event planning. “They are able to really get more of that dream wedding that they want, so we have the opportunity for an unplugged wedding where your guests walk in, they are greeted with Champagne, they are immediately hearing the sound of beautiful music that’s from a live musician. There is more about that overall food and beverage and venue experience that they don’t even think about pulling out their phone because they are so captivated by what’s going on around them.”

In addition to having an effervescent event, Lowry says a more authoritarian approach is to have your officiant verbalize the request.

“If it’s nondenominational or a spiritual ceremony that’s not in a church, you have a little more flexibility with what that script looks like,” Lowry says. “If you are in a church, most of the time, people aren’t going to have their phones out. Have your officiant come out, start the ceremony and just say a couple of quick announcements – one of them being that the bride and groom have invited you to be fully present and to kindly turn off your phones and cameras, to just enjoy the moment with them and be here with us. Hopefully, everyone respects that.”

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Another ‘huge’ Hasidic wedding takes place in NY despite officials sending orders to stop ceremony

A huge Orthodox Jewish wedding appears to have taken place in upstate New York Monday evening, despite officials sending a cease and desist order to stop the ceremony. 

Pictures taken by DailyMail.com show crowds gathering outside the Yetev Lev Synagogue in Kiryas Joel near Monroe. 

The state’s Health Department had mandated that the wedding be canceled – unless it could be limited to 50 people in each of two reception buildings and that guests wear masks and socially distance, the Middletown Times Herald-Record reported.  

But by Monday evening unmasked groups were still seen walking in and out of the large synagogue. White tarps from the top of the stairs to the floor blocked the view inside the venue.  

The huge gathering comes just one day after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a Brooklyn synagogue should be investigated over reports that it hosted a secret wedding with thousands of unmasked guests earlier this month.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio later confirmed that the Yetev Lev temple in WIlliamsburg has been fined $15,000 for hosting that event.    

Across New York state the number of people hospitalized with the virus has more than doubled from 1,227 on November 2 to 2,724 on Sunday; more than 26,000 people have died since the outbreak of the pandemic. 

The state has averaged nearly 5,500 new confirmed cases per day over the past seven days. Hospitals and nursing homes have reported 665 COVID-19 deaths in the state over the past 30 days — more than in July, August and September combined. 

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Pictures taken by DailyMail.com on Monday show crowds gathering outside the Yetev Lev Synagogue in Kiryas Joel

Pictures taken by DailyMail.com on Monday show crowds gathering outside the Yetev Lev Synagogue in Kiryas Joel

The state's Health Department mandated that the wedding be canceled and sent a cease and desist

The state’s Health Department mandated that the wedding be canceled and sent a cease and desist

But by Monday evening unmasked groups were still seen walking in and out of the large synagogue

But by Monday evening unmasked groups were still seen walking in and out of the large synagogue

The huge gathering, pictured Monday, comes just one day after NY Gov. Cuomo said a Brooklyn synagogue should be investigated over reports it hosted a secret wedding with thousands of unmasked guests earlier this month. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the Yetev Lev temple has been fined $15,000 for hosting that event

The huge gathering, pictured Monday, comes just one day after NY Gov. Cuomo said a Brooklyn synagogue should be investigated over reports it hosted a secret wedding with thousands of unmasked guests earlier this month. NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the Yetev Lev temple has been fined $15,000 for hosting that event

Guests spat on photographers' cars Monday evening, surrounding them and leading them out of the community

Guests spat on photographers’ cars Monday evening, surrounding them and leading them out of the community

It's unclear how many people were invited to the Monroe wedding and how many were expected to attend. DailyMail.com has contacted Yetev Lev synagogue for commen

It’s unclear how many people were invited to the Monroe wedding and how many were expected to attend. DailyMail.com has contacted Yetev Lev synagogue for commen

It’s unclear how many people were invited to the Kiryas Joel wedding on Monday and how many were expected to attend. DailyMail.com has contacted Yetev Lev synagogue for comment. 

Religious gatherings can be held indoors in New York, but they must take place in one room and at 50 percent capacity. Masks must also be worn and those who are not in the same household must maintain social distancing from each other. 

The synagogue in Kiryas Joel, a village of 26,000 that’s populated predominantly by ulta-Orthodox Jews of the Satmar sect, can accommodate thousands

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How to Plan and Create an Interfaith Wedding Ceremony

Marriage is the intertwining of two lives in many ways, including religious beliefs. With different religions come different wedding customs, which can leave couples of different faiths wondering how to best combine the two into a single celebration. Good news: There’s more than one way to pull off an interfaith wedding, and they all result in a celebration that perfectly encapsulates what is special about your unique partnership in the first place. 

What Is an Interfaith Wedding?

An interfaith wedding occurs when two people of different religious backgrounds blend their religious customs and traditions into one wedding.

“When you bring together your values and beliefs, you make a powerful statement about your solidarity, your bond to each other, and your commitment,” says Rabbi Judy Greenfeld. What’s more, the preparation process for an interfaith wedding sets the tone for everything that comes after, so it’s the perfect time to have conversations and establish expectations about how you’ll incorporate your respective faiths into the rest of your marriage. 

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Rabbi and Cantor Judy Greenfeld is the founder and spiritual leader of Nachshon Minyan, an alternative Jewish congregation and religious school serving Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.

Ready to start the journey of planning your interfaith wedding? Read on for tips on crafting the perfect ceremony. 

How to Create an Interfaith Wedding Ceremony 

Give your engagement more time. 

In many circumstances, your officiant doesn’t just preside over your wedding ceremony—they’re also available to offer spiritual guidance and counseling as you prepare for life as a married couple. This can be especially helpful for interfaith weddings, which may involve strong cultures and traditions on both sides. Allow yourselves the space to have the necessary discussions, which your officiant can help guide you through. “How will you raise your children? Which holidays are important? Give yourselves time to negotiate and to think about what you’re going to create for your family and future,” advises Greenfeld.

Make sure officiants connect ahead of time. 

If you’ll have more than one officiant performing your service, it’s ideal that they work together directly to build the ceremony. In Greenfeld’s experience, the best combined services are ones in which the officiants are able to alternate speaking. That takes prep work, but it’s worth it: a back and forth repartee will feel fully integrated, which is exactly how a marriage should be.

Ask your officiant to explain as you go. 

The joining together of two faiths in one marriage is a momentous occasion. Instead of being swept under the rug, it should be explicitly celebrated! The right officiant for your service will know to acknowledge the interfaith nature of your union at the top of the ceremony and will explain the symbolism behind and reasons for certain traditions, prayers, and blessings while they perform the rituals. Not only will that help everyone in attendance understand what’s going on, but it also gives the two families the opportunity to better recognize and appreciate any overlap between the two

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Vernon Kay secretly arranged a wedding vow renewal ceremony for Tess Daly

Vernon Kay has revealed how he surprised his wife Tess Daly by secretly arranging for them to renew their wedding vows.

Vernon, 46, and Tess, 51, said ‘I do’ again in the south of France five years ago.

The former Family Fortunes host asked her stylist for four dresses for Tess to choose from after booking a weekend away.

Asked on I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! if he’d ever renewed his wedding vows, Vernon said: “We have done, we did it in France, about five years ago.”

He explained: “I booked a weekend in our favourite hotel in the South of France and I spoke to her stylist at the time and I said I needed four dresses.”

His campmate on the ITV reality show Giovanna Fletcher asked: “So Tess did not know anything?”

And he replied: “No, she didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said ‘congratulations on your second wedding day’ and I said ‘we’re going to renew our vows.’



Tess Daly, Vernon Kay are posing for a picture: They've been married for 17 years


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They’ve been married for 17 years

“She said ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ and I said ‘you say that…pick one’.”

Vernon continued: “We went to the reception and her mum, my parents, the kids and my brother were waiting and she was like ‘oh my god – we had such a lovely day.”

Vernon and Tess, who have two daughters Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11, shunned the traditional showbiz wedding in 2003 by marrying in a local church before driving off in a camper van.

They opted for a down-to-earth ceremony at St Mary’s Church, in Horwich, the village where Vernon grew up.

Tess, from Birch Vale, near New Mills in Derbyshire, wore a white strapless dress by Marina Adanou and Jimmy Choo shoes while Vernon, from Bolton, donned a white suit by Alexandre Savile Row.

Among the guests were fellow TV presenters Brian Dowling and June Sarpong.

Crowds of well-wishers gathered outside the church in Chorley New Road as the couple headed for their reception at Rivington Barn, where DJ Brandon Block provided the disco.

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How to watch Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding ceremony in full

Nearly 40 years after Prince Charles and Princess Diana tied the knot, their wedding day remains one of the most talked about ceremonies of all-time.



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Most recently, the couple’s courtship has been memorialised in the latest season of The Crown, which charts pivotal moments in their relationship, from their first meeting to the day they said, “I do”.

Earlier this year, teaser trailers for the fourth season gave viewers a glimpse of actor Emma Corrin wearing a near-exact replica of Princess Diana’s wedding gown, but as far as portraying the actual event, The Crown showed little else of the ceremony.

If you, like so many others, found yourself cheated out of a royal wedding repeat, all is not lost as you can still watch real footage from Charles and Diana’s ceremony.

From when it happened, to why it wasn’t shown in The Crown and how to watch the wedding day in full, here is everything you need to know.

When and where did Charles and Diana get married?

Charles and Diana got married with a traditional Church of England wedding service on 29 July 1981 at St Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral, Alan Webster, presided at the service, and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie, conducted the marriage.



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The wedding took place just five months after their engagement was officially announced. Diana claimed to have only seen Charles 13 times between the start of their relationship and their wedding day.

Was the wedding broadcast on TV at the time?

The couple’s ceremony was shown on BBC and ITV. According to the BBC, the ceremony was watched by a global audience of 750 million people in 74 countries, with 28.4 million tuning in from the UK alone.

The BBC pulled out all the stops to ensure the widest possible audience on the day. Television coverage of the 11am ceremony began at 7.45am, presented by Angela Rippon and Peter Woods. Commentary on the carriage processions and marriage service was given by Tom Fleming and simultaneous coverage on BBC Two provided live subtitles for hearing impaired viewers.



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The couple’s ceremony remains the most watched royal wedding of all time, with 24 million Brits tuning in to watch Prince William marry Kate Middleton in 2011 and 18 million watching Prince Harry wed Meghan Markle in 2018.

The nuptials also drew crowds of about 600,000 to the streets surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Can you still watch footage of the ceremony?

Yes. While the BBC has collated its coverage of the day into a 3.5 minute-long film which can be viewed here, it is possible to watch the entire proceedings in full.

In 2017, the Associated Press (AP) released newly restored footage of Charles and Diana’s wedding day which has since been posted on YouTube in 4K.

The 25 minutes of video features original commentary and was

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An Authentic Xhosa Wedding Ceremony in South Africa

“We really wanted the day to be an authentic African celebration, strongly reflecting our respective heritages,” says bride Sandiswa Sotashe of her wedding to Kwabena Shange. She, a South African woman from the Xhosa tribe, and he, Jamaican, it was important for the couple to blend their cultures into a meaningful, one-of-a-kind nuptials. Although she admits, “It ended up being heavy on the side of Xhosa symbolism, to be honest, but Kwabena loved and appreciated it.”

They first met at a mutual friend’s party in 2009 (although didn’t exchange numbers until several months later!) and in November 2017, Kwabena proposed moments before a John Legend concert (“That night was the most beautiful we’ve ever heard John Legend sing,” she says). With a ring finally on Sandiswa’s finger, the couple began making wedding plans, with the first step to secure a venue. As it turned out, the venue search was the easiest task for the pair as Die Woud, a woodland wedding venue just outside of Cape Town, South Africa, was perfect. “When we visited Die Woud, we immediately knew we found our perfect backdrop and confidently called off the search.”

From there, Sandiswa and Kwabena’s wedding theme took form: “a festive African party characterized by singing, music, dancing, food, and drinking,” adding, “we requested guests to pitch up in their favorite African garb.” And, wedding formalities were kept to a minimum—that meant a unique processional, no first dance, and more!

Ahead, see more of Sandiswa and Kwabena’s Xhosa wedding, which they planned themselves (think lots of DIY!) and had Thunder & Love photograph.

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“I wanted a Xhosa wedding dress with a more modern design and silhouette,” says Sandiswa, revealing she took her time dress shopping. The ultimate winner was an off-white Duchesse satin creation by Asanda Madyibi with Xhosa beading and black stripes.

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She accessorized with a Xhosa headwrap and blue beaded jewelry.

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Kwabena’s outfit—a wrap skirt, traditional scarf, and beads—was much more authentic compared to the bride’s. His look was even made of Umbaco, a classic Xhosa fabric.

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Photo by Thunder & Love
Photo by Thunder & Love

But unlike traditional Western weddings, guests didn’t arrive before the bride, rather they escorted her from the parking lot to the ceremony space in an exuberant fashion. “In typical African style, they sang and danced me down the aisle,” explains Sandiswa, who was joined by her mother, brothers, aunts, uncles, distant relatives, and friends for the processional.

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Photo by Thunder & Love

I remember seeing so many joyful faces, some of them I didn’t even recognize, and thinking, ‘Oh wow, everyone is so happy! I think I can relax now.’

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She recalls, “The singing, dancing, and the African drums started as we made our way to the ceremony. On the way, the group kept growing and

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Kate Mara Says Jamie Bell Scrapped Their Wedding Dance ‘Literally the Week Before’ the Ceremony

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Kate Mara’s husband Jamie Bell takes dancing in public very seriously.

During a Thursday appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the A Teacher star, 37, shared a story that illustrated how much of a perfectionist Bell, who starred in Billy Elliot as a child, can be when it comes to dancing.

“He dances every day,” she said of her husband, with whom she shares a 1-year-old daughter. “But now that there’s kids, he dances like a dad. I’ll be doing my lesson and he’ll dance by the screen in the background. You would never know he was Billy Elliot.”

“If he was gonna do something it would have to be months of preparation,” Mara continued, before sharing that even after weeks of dance lessons, Bell insisted that they scrap their wedding dance at the last minute.

“For our wedding, for example, the most romantic thing he’s ever done for me so far, was for our wedding dance,” Mara explained. “I wanted to learn a swing dance with him because I love swing dancing. It took a lot of convincing because he hates dance lessons.”

“We spent about 4 weeks doing this swing dancing lesson and learning this whole dance and then literally the week before the wedding he was pacing around the room and I said, ‘What’s the matter,’ and he was like, ‘The choreography is just not good enough. We’ve got to scrap the dance.’” she said. “We didn’t do it for the wedding. We ended up slow dancing to our favorite Mexican song.”

RELATED: Kate Mara Reveals the 1 Rule Relationship Rule that Keeps Her Marriage to Jamie Bell Strong

The former Fantastic Four costars, who began dating in 2015, tied the knot in July 2017.

“We actually got married right across the street from our house,” Bell told television host James Corden the following year. “I literally woke up in my own bed and walked across the street, and we had our ceremony.”

“When we couldn’t find anything we just asked the woman who owns the house across the street, ‘Do you mind if we do it there?’ And she was like, ‘Yes, that’s amazing,’ ” he explained. “So we walked across the street and then when it was done, we spent the night on that property and we crossed the street and came home.”

Continuing, he added, ““Every day we come out of the house, we see the house we were married in, which is beautiful.”

A Teacher premieres on FX on Hulu Nov. 10.

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Hazlet Nursing Care Center Hosts Wedding Ceremony Amid Pandemic

HAZLET, NJ – When Wendy Donoughue and Anthony “Tony” Wasneuski met on the outdoor patio of Anchor Care & Rehabilitation Center in Hazlet last January, little did they know the pair would marry in the same spot nine months later.

Wendy, a self-described “Jersey Girl” and Tony, a native Staten Islander and former Soho art dealer, tied the knot at the Hazlet nursing care facility on Oct. 9 surrounded by friends and family during a quaint courtyard ceremony.

The wedding took place on the bride’s birthday and was officiated by Jesse Hynes, Esq. Facility staff assisted in all the details of the celebration, with music provided by nurse Zito Quiambao’s band BZ Signal.

Administrator of the Anchor Care & Rehabilitation Center Chaim Ribiat described the event as a ceremony that was as important for residents and staffers as it was for the happy couple:

“Our residents and front-line hero staff have experienced a great deal of heartache over the past several months,” Ribiat said. “The marriage of Wendy and Anthony came at the right time as it underscored just how contagious the positive spirit of two people can be and, in turn, the role
a loving community can play in making the plans of two individuals come true.”

According to Tony, the two became fast friends just before the start of the coronavirus pandemic, with Tony recalling immediately taking to Wendy’s good looks. Wendy says she loves Tony’s intelligence and their conversations.

“I never thought I would fall in love again,” Tony said. “Yet today, I can’t imagine being without my new bride. I love buying her presents and picking flowers for her.”

As for Wendy, she says she enjoys her conversations with Tony and making him laugh.

“Every member of the Excelsior Care Group family is devoted to providing the highest level of medical care and structured social activities to all of our residents,” said Isaac Wiener, Chief Operating Officer of Excelsior, a firm that manages Anchor Care.

“That said, Wendy’s and Tony’s wedding hangs a lantern on our staff’s commitment to embracing the needs, wants and desires of our residents and to providing a warm and friendly environment that allows each resident to live their lives to the fullest.”

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Aditya Narayan, Shweta Agarwal’s wedding festivities begin, see pic from their roka ceremony – bollywood

A picture from singer Aditya Narayan and his longtime girlfriend, Shweta Agarwal’s ‘roka’ ceremony was shared online on Wednesday. The couple recently announced wedding plans, after over a decade together.

This comes a day after Aditya’s social media post, in which he professed his love for Shweta. In his post, the singer had written, “I am the luckiest man alive to have found Shweta, my soulmate, 11 years ago & we are finally tying the knot in December. We are both extremely private people & believe that it’s best to keep one’s private life, well, private. Taking a break from social media for shaadi prep. See you in December. PS Kaha than a… kabhi na kabhi to miloge kahin pe hamko yakin hai (I told you that we were sure to meet).”

 

Previously, the singer had said in an interview to SpotboyE, “We’re getting married on December 1. Because of Covid-19, we can invite only close family and friends, since Maharashtra does not allow more than 50 guests to gather at a wedding.”

His father, singer Udit Narayan, had also expressed his dismay at not being able to host a lavish affair, and had said in an interview to Dainik Bhaskar that although he’d known Shweta for many years, he wasn’t aware that his son was romantically involved with her.

He said, “I have known Shweta for many years but only as a friend of my son. Aditya came to me one day and told me that he wants to marry Shweta. I just told Aditya that if something happens later, don’t blame the parents.” He added, “I wanted to celebrate Aditya’s wedding in a grand manner and call many people. But I will not go against the decision of the government. I hope that the situation will be cured by December so that I can enjoy my only son’s marriage.”

Also read: Aditya Narayan says girlfriend Shweta Agarwal was apprehensive after hearing ‘bad things’ about his reputation as a womaniser

Aditya in a recent interview recalled his earliest interactions with Shweta, and how she ‘rejected’ his advances. “I clearly remember she liked me for the first time when she saw me bonding with my family members, so she realised that I am a family man, and for me, relations matter. Because even she had heard bad things about me that main ladkiyan ghumata tha (I was a womaniser). So, I could understand her apprehension,” he told Times Now.

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Lily Allen bought her Dior wedding dress just hours before Vegas ceremony

Lily Allen has revealed she purchased her Dior dress just hours before her Las Vegas wedding to now husband David Harbour.

The singer, 35, who never announced her engagement, was originally planning on wearing a ‘Dolly Parton esque’ dress for the ceremony in September.

Speaking on the Sex, Lies & DM Slides podcast, Lily, who recently released her own sex toy, also admitted she felt like a ‘sexual facilitator’ for men in the bedroom during her twenties. 

Last minute: Lily Allen, 35, has revealed she purchased her Dior dress just hours before her Las Vegas wedding to now husband David Harbour, 45

Last minute: Lily Allen, 35, has revealed she purchased her Dior dress just hours before her Las Vegas wedding to now husband David Harbour, 45

Speaking about her wedding dress, Lily explained she went shopping for it on the day of the ceremony with her daughter.

She said: ‘Well me and my daughter had gone to a place called Beautiful Brides that morning, to go and try on rental dresses and we found one that was like very Dolly Parton esque, like massive sleeves and diamontes and stuff.

‘I was planning on wearing that, and then me and my daughter went shopping and we went into the Dior store and found this dress.

‘I was like, “What do you think of this?” and she was like, “well, I don’t think you’re leaving this shop without it”.’

Honest: Lily, who recently released her own sex toy, also admitted she felt like a 'sexual facilitator' for men in the bedroom during her twenties

Honest: Lily, who recently released her own sex toy, also admitted she felt like a ‘sexual facilitator’ for men in the bedroom during her twenties

Lily and David, 45, tied the knot at the Graceland Chapel in Las Vegas and were married by an Elvis Presley impersonator. 

Speaking about dating in her twenties, Lily admitted she had a lot of ‘fear’ around sex and sometimes felt like a ‘vessel’. 

She said: ‘I felt like a vessel for male enjoyment and I think that a lot of it is fear. I think that like, we think, as soon as you’re not convincing him that he is doing a good job, he loses his confidence and then who knows what the f**k could happen when that happens.

‘You can either turn to anger or concern or whatever, but it’s not going to be a pleasurable experience, yes it does all come from a fearful place.’

Asked how many sex toys she owns, Lily said she has quite the collection and keeps them all in her washing basket.

Decision: Lily was originally planning on wearing a 'Dolly Parton esque' dress for the ceremony in September, with Lily never revealing the couple were engaged

Decision: Lily was originally planning on wearing a ‘Dolly Parton esque’ dress for the ceremony in September, with Lily never revealing the couple were engaged

She said: ‘Oh my god, so many, so many. I actually have basically a washing basket, in my bathroom, that’s got two sides to it. It’s like a double wash [basket].

‘I guess you’re meant to put like your whites and colours in it, or your dry cleaning and something else and it’s actually just washing, and dildos. And it literally goes to the top. The one place I know my kids are never gonna look is the washing basket.’ 

Discussing her wedding further, Lily admitted she

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