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Mother with ASL stands to dance with son at wedding

<p dir="ltr">A wheelchair-bound mother has given her son an incredible wedding memory after standing up and dancing with him. </p> <p dir="ltr">Zak Poirier shared a heartwarming video of his mother Kathy, who has ASL, being held up by her other sons Nick and Jake to dance with him at his wedding.</p> <p dir="ltr">An emotional Kathy was wheeled to the dancefloor where Zak whispered something to her and she nodded.</p> <p dir="ltr">She was then lifted from her seat and grabbed onto her son as they danced to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw in front of a crowd of about 130 guests at Ever After Farms Blueberry Wedding Barn in Mims, Florida. </p> <p dir="ltr">Zak shared the footage to his Instagram and it has received almost 59,000 views since it was posted on April 29. </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cc6VH54obVf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/Cc6VH54obVf/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Zak Poirier (@z_poirier)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“We had planned it. The actual dance itself was spontaneous,” Zak Poirier told Fox News Digital.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We were both pretty adamant that we wanted to share a dance regardless of how long it was. By the time we got up there, we weren’t really sure how it would work — but it went perfectly, and it was great.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kathy said she was extremely nervous to have people watch her being helped but knew it was something she would do for her son. </p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s that this was such a milestone in one of my kids’ lives, and it wasn’t what I had envisioned,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was really emotional to have to accept the fact that I can’t stand or use my hands. And that people would be watching me. And I felt like I was going to be judged. But I knew I wanted to do it, and I wasn’t going to let anybody tell me I couldn’t.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But to be in the arms of all three of my sons was just beautiful. It just made me feel strong.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When the song was over, the pair received a standing ovation from the crowd. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Secret behind Harry and Meghan wedding photo

<p dir="ltr">Prince Harry and Meghan have celebrated four years of marriage with their wedding photographer sharing a little backstory to one of their photos.</p> <p dir="ltr">Fashion photographer Alexi Lubomirski was in charge of capturing the heartwarming and loving moments between Harry and the Duchess of Sussex.</p> <p dir="ltr">On their fourth anniversary, Alexi took to Instagram and shared one of his favourite photos with a secret of how it happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My photo from 4 years ago today! Happy anniversary H&amp;M,” he captioned the black and white photo of the loved up couple sitting on stairs. </p> <p dir="ltr">Alexi then revealed that the photo was in fact taken randomly after having completed the rest of their wedding photographs.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdwzbhkDxJi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdwzbhkDxJi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Alexi Lubomirski (@alexilubomirski)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">"The sun is setting right just over the top of Windsor Castle just behind them, it was just the most serene, beautiful light, they're in love, walking around this beautiful garden," Alexi recalled. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It was just one of those magical moments when you're a photographer and everything falls into place. I said 'just before you go in, sit on those stairs.'</p> <p dir="ltr">"[Meghan] just slumped in between his legs, and there was this moment where they were just laughing because they were joking about how they were exhausted and finally it's all over. </p> <p dir="ltr">“They just looked at each other and they were just laughing, and it was this just beautiful moment, and, when you are taking the pictures, you know you have something."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Kate and Will's rare moment of public affection goes viral

<p>A rare moment of affection between Prince William and Kate Middleton has gone viral online. </p> <p>The video, which was taken during the royal couple's engagements in the Caribbean earlier this year, shows Kate and William walking to an event holding hands. </p> <p>The poster of the video seemingly didn't know who they were as the caption read, "This couple staying in the Bahamas had 35 security guards."</p> <p>In the video, the poster says, "How you doin'? You look beautiful!"</p> <p>William and Kate greet him and she tells him to "have a wonderful evening", with the poster responding, "You have a great night as well!"</p> <div class="embed" style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: none !important;"><iframe class="embedly-embed" style="box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border-width: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; width: 610px; max-width: 100%; outline: none !important;" title="tiktok embed" src="https://cdn.embedly.com/widgets/media.html?src=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tiktok.com%2Fembed%2Fv2%2F7080676871557401899&amp;display_name=tiktok&amp;url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tiktok.com%2F%40mrjimmyrex%2Fvideo%2F7080676871557401899&amp;image=https%3A%2F%2Fp16-sign.tiktokcdn-us.com%2Ftos-useast5-p-0068-tx%2Ff0d5a614679a4d289b02430d13bfebc2_1648598556%7Etplv-tiktok-play.jpeg%3Fx-expires%3D1653354000%26x-signature%3D%252Fx3RLK0HQY0pRKlM8J0hdT%252FtEkc%253D&amp;key=59e3ae3acaa649a5a98672932445e203&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=tiktok" width="340" height="700" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div> <div class="embed" style="font-size: 16px; box-sizing: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; outline: none !important;">The comments quickly pointed out that the TikToker had just run into the famous couple, with one user writing, "Casually runs into the royal family."</p> <p>"Awww they rarely hold hands in public," another said, while a third agreed, "Lovely to see them holding hands."</p> <p>Others were surprised, with one user writing, "OMG they are actually holding hands!"</p> <p>"So interesting to see them holding hands, I've never seen them do that," someone else said.</p> <p>"Yes they do that, but not in front of cameras since they are on duty," one user pointed out.</p> <p>Others just marvelled at the pair, with many jealous that poster actually managed to spot them while on holiday.</p> <p>"They are a really great, sweet couple," someone else added.</p> <p>"Our future king and queen," one fan wrote.</p> <p>"OMG... that would be a dream come true to see them while on holidays," another said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: TikTok</em></p> </div>

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The real reason you’re not a grandparent yet

<p dir="ltr">How many times have you asked your child when they’re going to make you a grandparent? </p> <p dir="ltr">Too many times to count.</p> <p dir="ltr">But you may soon have an answer as to why you’re not a grandparent yet thanks to relationship expert Louanne Ward.</p> <p dir="ltr">The dating expert has shared the top six mistakes men and women are making that are keeping them single. </p> <p dir="ltr">The mistakes include:</p> <ol> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You expect a partner to be everything you ever wanted</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">When you expect something from your partner and it’s something you’ve always wanted it can almost always lead to disappointment. </p> <ol start="2"> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You see personality differences as negatives</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">“It is important to have differences and similarities,” Louanna explained.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CdVXIueJqza/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CdVXIueJqza/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Matchmaker | dating expert (@louanneward)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <ol start="3"> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You compare the person to past experiences or future dreams</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">“You are comparing the person to past experience you have had and the future experience you want to have, so you aren't actually present in the relationship,” she said.</p> <ol start="4"> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You are afraid of “settling” if they don't tick every box</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">Louanna explained that people would feel they are settling for a person if they don’t meet each of their criteria.</p> <ol start="5"> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You leave at the first time of trouble, not willing to work through it.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">“You leave at the first sign of trouble rather than working through conflict or challenges,” Louanna explained.</p> <ol start="6"> <li dir="ltr" aria-level="1"> <p dir="ltr" role="presentation">You don't give people a chance, and make snap judgements.</p> </li> </ol> <p dir="ltr">“You make a snap decision and judgement without scratching the surface,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">So what do you think?</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Woman makes a “terrible mistake” in the middle of her wedding

<p dir="ltr">A woman shocked a wedding crowd when she said she had made a “terrible mistake” just as the officiant finished his speech - and before the final vows. </p> <p dir="ltr">Becky Jefferies was ecstatic for her special day after postponing the wedding multiple times due to Covid. </p> <p dir="ltr">But she and now husband Sherif Fayed finally made it to the end of the aisle and were minutes away from being married - however, something just had to go wrong. </p> <p dir="ltr">Being ever so polite, Becky waited for the officiant to complete his speech before grabbing the microphone and announcing that she made a “terrible mistake”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Anyone in their right mind would have asked why she waited for the wedding to announce it – but it’s not what you would expect.</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, Becky had made it down the aisle only to realise at the end that she was missing half her dress! </p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CdLl9DLj6Ji/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CdLl9DLj6Ji/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Becky Jefferies (@jetsetbecks)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">"As soon as I realised what happened there was no question in my mind that I was going to grab the mic. I just wanted to wait until the officiant finished his speech," she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I also knew that my husband would have told me I was crazy for not stopping the ceremony if I hadn't done it."</p> <p dir="ltr">Becky shared the hilarious footage to <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@jetsetbecks/video/7094252391272320258?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1&amp;lang=en" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TikTok</a> which shows her looking behind at her wedding planner and mouthing something while also pointing to her waist.</p> <p dir="ltr">The officiant stopped talking when she grabbed the microphone saying: “Pause for a moment…I just realised when I got to the end of the aisle that I'm missing half my dress.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Maybe I could put it on now?” she asked the laughing audience. </p> <p dir="ltr">"I'm not kidding, two nights ago I had a dream that I did this, that I walked down the aisle without it."</p> <p dir="ltr">The video then cuts to show the wedding planner rushing down the aisle with the missing half of the dress and assisting Becky to put it on.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video has been viewed more than 28 million times and received a whopping four million likes. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Couple flip coin to see which surname they will take

<p dir="ltr">A very fair-minded couple decided that they would flip a coin in the middle of their wedding ceremony in order to see whose surname they would take on.</p> <p dir="ltr">Pearl Lee, 28, and Collin Hansen, 25, got married in March and it was only a few months prior to the wedding that they realised they were both the last to carry their respective family’s surnames. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair didn’t want to argue about the decision, and so instead they decided to leave it to fate on the day of the wedding.</p> <p dir="ltr">Come the wedding ceremony, the celebrant duly flipped a coin …. hailing Collin as the very lucky winner, and officially making them Mr and Mrs Hansen. </p> <p dir="ltr">A video was shared to <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@diaryofasolotraveler/video/7079776982254226734" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TikTok</a> showing the coin flip, with many sharing their own experiences when it came to taking a surname. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I know a couple whose families had a paintball match to decide! Winning side determined the last name,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wanted a random name but they said no. I’m Fischer, he’s Peeples. We got the green light to combine and change our names to fishpeople though,” another revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My maiden name is Back, my husband is Stolhand, I wanted us to be the backhands. He said no,” another shared.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Blackout bungle sees sisters marry the wrong grooms

<p>Two sisters have accidentally married the wrong grooms during their joint wedding, as a power cut caused a confusing blackout. </p> <p>The ceremony was happening in the village of Aslana in Madhya Pradesh state, India, when the unfortunate blackout wreaked havoc with the proceedings.</p> <p>During the confusion, the priest continued to read out the marriage rites, but accidentally confused the couples. </p> <p>The brides’ father Ramesh Lal suggested the priest may have been confused since the two women were both in red dresses with veils over their faces.</p> <p>When the mistake was realised, it was later rectified. </p> <p>Blackouts and power cuts have been more common in India, as unusually high temperatures continue to tear through the country. </p> <p>These surging temperatures have seen a surge in demand for energy, with many companies resorting to intermittent power cuts in order to cope with the demand. </p> <p>More than a billion people across south Asia are facing a record-breaking heat wave which leaves them "gasping in whatever shade they find".</p> <p>Temperatures in northern India<a id="mol-de96b2e2-d097-11ec-861e-fba9b27a3e26" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/pakistan/index.html"> </a>have spiked to 47C as neighbouring Pakistan suffered its hottest March for 61 years.</p> <p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in April, "Temperatures are rising rapidly in the country, and rising much earlier than usual."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Kate Hudson posts rare, STUNNING pic of Goldie Hawn

<p dir="ltr">Kate Hudson has shared a rare, stunning throwback photo of her mother Goldie Hawn holding her as a toddler in honour of Mother’s Day.</p> <p dir="ltr">The heartwarming photo shows the uncanny resemblance between the two from such a young age.</p> <p dir="ltr">Kate shared the beautiful photo to Instagram showing her as a toddler held by Goldie Hawn who is rocking a sexy, red dress and showing off her huge blonde curls.  </p> <p dir="ltr">Baby Kate is also in a red dress and showing her adorable curls. </p> <p dir="ltr">The love between the mother and daughter is on a whole different level with the pair living in the same street in the Pacific Palisades neighbourhood of Los Angeles. </p> <p dir="ltr">Kate has constantly praised her mother for shaping her into the woman she is today and for inspiring her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There's no doubt that I inherited her love for life and all of its experiences, big and small. But, she also passed down her love of fashion,' Kate said in Stuart Weitzman's Spring 2022 Live Every Moment campaign. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I feel lucky and blessed that I have a role model that I can call mom.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think…to be compassionate. I have a lot of fight in me by nature. I think one of the things my mom has taught me is to find compassion in everything that I do, kindness, and that family is everything, that how we raise our children is the true legacy for everyone and everything.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So, everything we put our hearts into is really just for our family.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Hours after sharing the photo, Kate shared a selfie of herself snuggled up with her own children.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdUZW1ZJzqp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CdUZW1ZJzqp/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Kate Hudson (@katehudson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“My brood, my hearts, my crazies! I do everything for these beautiful humans I carried and raised/am raising,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Mothers Day has been wonderful today. Wishing all Mamas out there a beautiful day! </p> <p dir="ltr">“To all that are missing their Mama’s today, I said a prayer this morning to all the Mama’s in the heavens! </p> <p dir="ltr">“In our family we still speak to the Heavenly Mama’s as they protect us, continue to send love to us and shower us with wisdom! Happy day to all.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram/Getty</em></p>

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"I am unmoored": Ashley Judd's sweet tribute to her late mother

<p dir="ltr">Ashley Judd has honoured her late mother in a heartwarming op-ed just a week after her death. </p> <p dir="ltr">Naomi Judd, one half of the duo The Judds, died at the age of 76 on April 30 following a battle with depression and mental illness.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My mama was an extraordinary parent under duress: She showed my sister and me the power of having a voice and using it, and there has been no greater lesson,” Ashley wrote in <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2022/05/06/ashley-judd-naomi-judd-mothers-day/96635010..." target="_blank" rel="noopener">USA Today</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It wasn’t supposed to be this way. I was supposed to visit her on Sunday, to give her a box of old-fashioned candy, our family tradition.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We were supposed to have sweet delight in each others’ easy presence. Instead, I am unmoored. But my heart is not empty. It is replete with gratitude for what she left behind. Her nurture and tenderness, her music and memory.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ashley and Wynonna teared up as they made an <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/entertainment/music/we-lost-our-beautiful-mother-ashley-judd-s-heartbreaking-speech" target="_blank" rel="noopener">emotional acceptance speech</a> at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction on the Monday following their mother’s passing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mum would probably talk the most,” Wynonna said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The sisters also quoted Psalm 23, a common hymn for funeral services.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My mama loved you so much and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in the last years, and please come see Pop,” she continued in reference to her stepfather and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland.</p> <p dir="ltr">“While this is so much about the Judds as a duo, I want to take a moment to recognise my sister, a GOAT.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wynonna then jumped in: “Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Naomi and daughter Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s.</p> <p dir="ltr">They produced major hits loved by fans all over the world including "Mama He's Crazy" and "Love Can Build a Bridge”.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Bitter groom sells ex-fiancée’s dress in angry post

<p dir="ltr">A bitter groom selling his ex-fiancée’s wedding dress has been called out for his nastiness in the ad in which he claims she cheated on him.</p> <p dir="ltr">Photos of the wedding dress were shared to Facebook Marketplace for just £5 ($A9) in which he then claimed he had a lucky escape. </p> <p dir="ltr">He labelled the dress size as “size fat” before giving viewers an idea of why the wedding was called off.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Wedding dress – would fit the larger lady, quite chavvy in style so would suit a cheap sl**per,” he wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s a size 12 I think – she was prone to lying so it’s possibly a 14/16.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Within the post, he accused his ex of cheating on him and he just wanted to get rid of the dress.</p> <p dir="ltr">Viewers however sided with the bride, claiming she was the one who had a lucky escape from his disgusting comments.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Somehow I think it’s she who had the lucky escape,” one wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This says more about him than it does her,” someone said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think it's a beautiful dress. She's probably the lucky one to get out of the relationship,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">There were a few people who sided with the groom who said he was probably venting after getting hurt.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Everyone thinking she had a lucky escape when it sounds like he was cheated on. Who hasn’t said crap about an ex,” one wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Maybe she broke his heart and he’s venting?” asked another.</p> <p dir="ltr">“All the ‘she’s had a lucky escape’ comments but if it was a girl trashing a guy’s car they’d all be hyping her up! Double standards,” another added.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Wedding photographer photoshops "crazy eyes" over blinking guests

<p>A bride has gone viral for sharing her hilarious wedding photos that had been photoshopped to "fix" the faces of people blinking. </p> <p>Anaya Ramos-Bridgeford, from Pennsylvania in the US, took to Facebook to celebrate her recent marriage with a selection of photos from her big day. </p> <p>However, most of the people in the photos, including the bride herself, had "crazy eyes" after the photographer had attempted to edit out the people blinking. </p> <p>Anaya admitted feeling "upset" about the photoshop blunder, but said she "couldn't help but laugh".</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fanaya.ramos.31%2Fposts%2F1076308886431509&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="758" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>"My photographer called to allow me to view my photos before he released them to our entire family to view. I noticed that some of the pictures looked ODD," Anaya said in the Facebook post.</p> <p>"I am so upset but can’t help but laugh. I’ve been laughing all day."</p> <p>The now viral post has racked up much online attention, with a flood of comments praising the woman for sharing the hilariously altered pictures. </p> <p>One person said, "Thank you for sharing. I didn't know this was a thing but holy moly."</p> <p>Another said, "I see this a lot. Hire a pro, you won't regret it."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Facebook </em></p>

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Human Nature singer reveals his secret to a successful marriage

<p dir="ltr">The singer of Aussie band <em>Human Nature</em> has opened up about his 23 year marriage. </p> <p dir="ltr">Andrew Tierney has been married to his wife Heather for 23 years, admitting that the success of his marriage stems from forgiveness. </p> <p dir="ltr">He said the inspiration came from seeing elderly couples who remain together after several years of marriage.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It's not all going to be great times," he told <a href="https://honey.nine.com.au/latest/andrew-tierney-human-nature-childrens-book/6821ab0d-f15f-426c-b25f-0c1e9f3a2eff" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9Honey</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I remember reading something about, if you ever see an elderly couple and they are still in love, your first thought should be what have they forgiven each other for. That's the secret, forgiving, and to keep loving.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Andrew confessed that it wasn’t smooth-sailing from when the pair tied the knot, with Heather fearing he would put his music career ahead of the marriage. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Nobody's perfect, we all make mistakes. There was one time when Heather thought I would chose my career over her, there have been so many things, but we have chosen to love each other through it all and forgive each other.</p> <p dir="ltr">"You've got to be there for each other. When you say your wedding vows you say 'for better or for worse' and it's getting though the 'worse' that actually keeps people together."</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair wed in 1999 and share a daughter Violette Faith, who was born in November 2016.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Nurse who lost both legs to Russian landmine gets married in hospital

<p>The first dance is a big moment for any bride and groom, but it was even more special for Oksana and Victor.</p> <p>Oksana lost both her legs on a Russian landmine in March, in their home town of Lysychansk, located in the Russian-occupied eastern Ukraine region of Luhansk.</p> <p>The explosion didn't injure Victor, although they were together at the time, but the bride lost both of her legs as well as four fingers on her left hand.</p> <p>Oksana underwent four surgeries and was later evacuated to Dnipro to recover and prepare for prosthetics, and eventually to Lviv, in the west near the Polish border.</p> <p>As she waited for the next part of the healing process, the couple, who have two children together, took the opportunity to wed in a Lviv hospital last week.</p> <p>“Life should not be postponed until later, decided Oksana and Victor, who in six years together never found time for marriage," Lviv Medical Association said, sharing video of the couple's special moment.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">❤️🇺🇦 Very special lovestory.<br />A nurse from Lysychansk, who has lost both legs on a russian mine, got married in Lviv. On March 27, Victor and Oksana were coming back home, when a russian mine exploded. The man was not injured, but Oksana's both legs were torn off by the explosion. <a href="https://t.co/X1AQNwKwyu">pic.twitter.com/X1AQNwKwyu</a></p> <p>— Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine - Ukrainian Parliament (@ua_parliament) <a href="https://twitter.com/ua_parliament/status/1521194382682202113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 2, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>The footage was also shared by Ukraine's Parliament, which wished the couple well in their new life together. The sweet dance shows the groom carrying his new wife in his arms as she buries her head in her husband's neck.</p> <p>The couple are said to have wed at a local registry office before the hospital reception took place. Oksana is set to travel to Germany for further treatment.</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter </em></p>

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Couple spends just $500 on gorgeous wedding

<p dir="ltr">A woman has been applauded for spending just $500 on her wedding. </p> <p dir="ltr">Kiara and Joel Brokenbrough from California tied the knot in a beautiful, intimate wedding organised just two months before the big day. </p> <p dir="ltr">Sharing the footage to <a href="https://www.tiktok.com/@kiarabrk/video/7073611867482033451?is_copy_url=1&amp;is_from_webapp=v1" target="_blank" rel="noopener">TikTok</a>, Kiara revealed everything in total, from the dress, the tux, cake, make up, cost a measly $500. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Our goal was to just be as minimal as possible and to spend the least amount of money as possible,” Kiara told Good Morning America.</p> <p dir="ltr">She said she didn’t want to spend excessively on her dress either, which cost only $47 from fast-fashion website Shein. </p> <p dir="ltr">"I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a dress because I had the mindset that I’m gonna wear this [once] for a few hours."</p> <p dir="ltr">TikTok users were in awe at the stunning wedding ceremony and commended the couple for not going into debt at the start of their new chapter. </p> <p dir="ltr">“This is everything!!!!!!!! I’m not going broke to feed and entertain anyone I don’t hear from on a regular,” someone wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is definitely possible! You don't need to spend 20k on a wedding! Congratulations you looked stunning,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The wedding is just one day, people spending hundreds of thousands for what. Congrats madam you looked beautiful. I wish you both happiness,” another comment read. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Reader’s Respond: What were your parents like when they got older?

<p dir="ltr">We asked our readers what their parents were like as they grew older and some of your responses tore at our hearts. </p> <p dir="ltr">From dying young to living a long healthy life or not having the chance to know them, here are some of your most touching responses.</p> <p dir="ltr">Beverley Asmus - My parents were enjoying their empty nest when my dad inexplicably passed at age 60. My mum lived to 68. So we never got to enjoy or witness their old age. However, I can’t see them being any different from the kind, caring parents they always were.</p> <p dir="ltr">Helen Joan Harmon - My dad died aged 56 years, so never had the privilege of growing old. However, mum lived to 81 years of age and she was a great mother and grandmother.</p> <p dir="ltr">Margaret Hunter - My Dad never grew old. He died at 39. Mum was still active till she passed at 86.</p> <p dir="ltr">Susan Elizabeth Reid - My father died at 64, partly due to malaria that he caught in New Guinea during WW2. My mother didn’t really get over his death and became extremely depressed and eventually had dementia. I didn’t really know them as old people.</p> <p dir="ltr">Christine Hayes - Never got to know them at old age. Sadly, my father died in the Air Force in the UK in WW2, then my darling mother died of a stroke at age 49. I’m now 80.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bronwyn Halley - My mum and dad never got the chance to get old. Dad passed away from a heart attack at 55 and mum three years later with cancer at 49....I often wonder.</p> <p dir="ltr">Annette Boland - You never forget them! We have lots of treasured memories!</p> <p dir="ltr">Bobbie Briggs - Both passed at 71...younger than I am now...never seemed to be old...just tired...loved them to bits.</p> <p dir="ltr">Jill Harker - My dear dad never had that opportunity - passed away at 48! My mum lived until 92 - was pretty good up until the last couple of years!</p> <p dir="ltr">Diana Richards - They were the best. Did what they had to do teach us respect, manners, to treat others as you would expect to be treated. They did the best they could with what they had. Both sadly missed.</p> <p dir="ltr">Debra Rogers - My dad and mum never got that chance. Dad passed away at 41 and mum passed away at 56. I loved them both and still do. I would give anything to have them back. I was just 11 when dad left me and 28 when mum went.</p> <p dir="ltr">To leave a memory of your own, or to check out more of the amazing responses head <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/3338568396373423" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Bride charges extra for uninvited guests - but there's a catch

<p>A bride has shared on a popular Reddit forum that she charged one of her wedding guests for bringing two uninvited children to the reception.</p> <p>"It was a small wedding at a small venue that has a strict capacity due to fire codes," the bride explained the reasoning as to why the guest list was strictly kept to invitees only. "One of my guests showed up with her two children, who were not invited, not in the RSVP, and obviously not in the seating chart."</p> <p>"She came in, decided to seat them at her table, taking away the spots of my other guests who were actually invited," the bride continued.</p> <p>"A small commotion broke out when she refused to give those seats back, and the venue manager noticed and said that we'd be charged a fine for exceeding capacity, as stated in the contract."</p> <p>The bride says when she got the bill for the reception, which included the costs of the uninvited children, she sent it to the guest and asked that she pay.</p> <p>"She claimed that it is not her fault, and that I should have factored in unforeseen charges when budgeting for my wedding," the bride said of the guest's response. "And she couldn't find a babysitter, so she had no choice, and that I should be grateful she took the effort to attend my wedding anyway."</p> <p>Reddit users quickly sided with the bride, but there were some responses that had added nuances.</p> <p>"Your ex-friend is [the asshole]. Drop her like a hot potato," one user declared.</p> <p>"She definitely had a choice – she could have stayed home with her two kids. There shouldn't be unforeseen charges at a wedding, especially not ones involving people that were NOT invited.</p> <p>One user, however, said the bride had some responsibility for how the situation played out.</p> <p>"You should have kicked her out when she showed up with [plus two]," they wrote. "You let one guest take two other guests' seats. When a 'commotion' started, you should have booted her and the kids."</p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Bridezilla or brilliant? List of wedding rules hits the spot

<p>Kennedy Marks is neither engaged nor expecting to be any time soon. However, that has not stopped her from devising a super comprehensive list of exactly what will and will not happen on her wedding day.</p> <p>The 22-year-old from Devon in the UK has posted a now-viral video to TikTok explaining the rules she will expect guests to observe. The list is reasonably lengthy, with 13 rules to be precise.</p> <p>The list includes rules such as “no phones,” “don’t stress me out, ask my mum,” and no children “unless pre-approved.”</p> <p>“I don’t want children screaming during the ceremony, I don’t want children running on the dance floor when I’m trying to do my first dance because you’re at the bar,” she says.</p> <p>No “boring” people will be allowed, and anyone who has the gall to step on the dance floor during the first dance will be “dragged off and never seen again.”</p> <p>Other rules on the list include: No-one else wearing white (otherwise “a bottle of red wine will be poured on you”); not to automatically expect you can bring a plus-one; and no-one to make any “big announcements.”</p> <p>“Please, for the love of God, do not take the attention away from me.</p> <p>In a follow up video, Kennedy explained some more of her rules.</p> <p>“No rudeness to staff or you’re out, I want them to dance, I want them to have fun, I want them to have a good shift,” she says.</p> <p>“No phones at the ceremony, I don’t want all of my photos to be on phones, I want to enjoy the moment, let’s all embrace it.”</p> <p>The clip has surpassed almost 700,000 views and the reactions have been diverse. Some have applauded Kennedy for knowing just what she wants, while others have of course branded her a “Bridezilla.”</p> <p>“This is the list I needed,” one follower wrote.</p> <p>The full rule list:</p> <p>1. No-one else wearing white.</p> <p>2. No children (unless approved).</p> <p>3. Don’t assume an invitation for a plus-one.</p> <p>4. No big announcements.</p> <p>5. No-one to use the microphone unless approved.</p> <p>6. Don’t stress me out, ask my mum.</p> <p>7. No boring people.</p> <p>8. If me or (boyfriend) Rhys have never met you, you aren’t coming.</p> <p>9. No rudeness to staff or you’re out.</p> <p>10. No phones in the ceremony.</p> <p>11. Anyone on the dancefloor on my first dance will be dragged off.</p> <p>12. Guests wear whatever you’re comfortable in.</p> <p>13. Full use of my photographer after my photos.</p> <p><em>Images: TikTok</em></p>

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Woman’s heartbreak 20 years on

<p dir="ltr">A popular Facebook page that receives stories from readers about their bad, favourite or most memorable dates has broken hearts with a recent post. </p> <p dir="ltr">Alita Brydon, the creator of Bad Dates of Melbourne, shared a story from a reader who devastatingly experienced grief and loss.</p> <p dir="ltr">The storyteller notes that this happened to her 20 years ago, back when she was 29, and this is the first time she has shared the story publicly.</p> <p dir="ltr">Now 49, she is still grieving the loss of who she thought would be her forever partner. </p> <p dir="ltr">“When I was 29, I was living with my parents and feeling a bit lost. I spent a lot of time on the internet, in chat rooms, hanging out with interesting people from all over the world,” the story begins. </p> <p dir="ltr">“One day I was in the Scotland chat room, hoping to meet some locals before I planned a trip there - but it was full of Americans.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was chatting to a 45-year-old man from a small town in the USA who was sweet and funny. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We exchanged emails - and it all started from there.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She revealed that within just months of meeting online, the pair were spending as many hours as they could on the phone. </p> <p dir="ltr">He quickly became her best friend and confidante and vice versa.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, it was soon enough that she realised that she was actually in love with a man who lives halfway across the world and had never met him saying “I swore I would never do that”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The next year, he came to visit and we had a lovely two weeks together. The bond was true and real and I didn’t let him see me cry when I said goodbye,” she continued. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Pretty soon I was planning a trip to visit him for a good chunk of time, so we could figure out if this was the real deal.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On the plane “jumping out of my skin” excited to see the man she was in love with, the storyteller was ready to see him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I walked from the plane into the terminal looking for his face - but he wasn’t there,” she revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I headed to the baggage carousel - but he wasn’t there. He hadn’t checked into the airport hotel.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Coming up with possible solutions as to why he hadn’t showed up, unfortunately she settled on the fact that he changed his mind and didn’t want to see her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Had he changed his mind and decided he didn’t want to see me? That’s what I decided to focus on - the only thing that seemed the most logical. He'd changed his mind, chickened out.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Unsure of what to do, she tried calling his apartment multiple times but to no avail. She then made a deal with herself to call him one more time the following day then leave it. </p> <p dir="ltr">The following day arrives and she picks up the phone to call and someone finally answered, delivering the worst possible news. </p> <p dir="ltr">“They’d found him 30 minutes before and he was dead. He’d been making coffee for the trip to come and get me; and he’d collapsed,” she revealed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As it turned out, he had an undiagnosed heart condition. He went quickly and peacefully.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The man’s cousin drove to her to pick her up where she then took her to meet his kids who took her where he lived. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Everyone was so welcoming and so kind, even while dealing with their own grief. I stayed for three weeks before I went on my way. I knew he would want me to continue my trip - and that’s what I did. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Since then, I’ve found a new family through his. We’ve taken road trips together, and his brother and sister-in-law came to visit me a few years ago. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I still think about him a lot. His smile, his laugh, his dirty jokes. Our time together was short but it was just so special. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Since then, I’ve had my share of good and bad dates. I got married, divorced and now I’m happily settled with a lovely man I met on a dating app (that’s not a bad story actually). </p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ll never forget my American bloke though."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock</em></p>

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Tennis legend Pam Shriver opens up on "traumatic" affair

<p dir="ltr">Tennis star Pam Shriver has shared an insight into the “inappropriate” and “traumatic” affair she had with her coach as a teen, hoping her story will prompt tennis organisations to address the “alarmingly common” issue.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a378a0f4-7fff-9d01-33aa-4243bedd7673">Shriver wrote about her experience in a column for the <em><a href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tennis/2022/04/20/pam-shriver-exclusive-inappropriate-relationship-50-year-old/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UK Telegraph</a></em>, revealing how the relationship she had with her Australian coach Don Candy was “inappropriate and damaging”.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">This is not an easy story for me to tell, but it is time.</p> <p>You can listen to my story on the <a href="https://twitter.com/TennisPodcast?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TennisPodcast</a> - <a href="https://t.co/81m3Ryfwr4">https://t.co/81m3Ryfwr4</a></p> <p>You can read my story <a href="https://twitter.com/TelegraphSport?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TelegraphSport</a> - <a href="https://t.co/ckvTF4SSQQ">https://t.co/ckvTF4SSQQ</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZRHJMxPTjg">pic.twitter.com/ZRHJMxPTjg</a></p> <p>— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) <a href="https://twitter.com/PHShriver/status/1516753194893778945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 20, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Candy, who passed away in 2020, began working with Shriver when she was just nine years old and coached her when she went through to the final of the US Open at 16.</p> <p dir="ltr">She said she told the 50-year-old she was falling in love with him when she was 17, with the pair going on to have an affair.</p> <p dir="ltr">“My main motivation is to let people know this still goes on - a lot,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I believe abusive coaching relationships are alarmingly common in sport as a whole. My particular experience, though, is in tennis, where I have witnessed dozens of instances in my four-and-a-bit decades as a player and commentator.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Every time I hear about a player who is dating their coach, or I see a male physio working on a female body in the gym, it sets my alarm bells ringing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Shriver shared that she had “conflicted feelings” about Candy, and that though she wasn’t sexually abused, “there was emotional abuse”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I felt so many horrendous emotions and I felt so alone. The worst would be my anger and jealousy when his wife came to tournaments,” the 22-time grand slam champion wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was horrible. I can’t even tell you how many nights I just sobbed in my room - and then had to go out and play a match the next day.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Yes, he and I became involved in a long and inappropriate affair. Yes, he was cheating on his wife. But there was a lot about him that was honest and authentic. And I loved him. Even so, he was the grown-up there.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He should have been the trustworthy adult. In a different world, he would have found a way to keep things professional. Only after therapy did I start to feel a little less responsible. Now, at last, I’ve come to realise that what happened is on him.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Shriver wrote the her ability to form normal relationships had been “stunted” by the affair, which had been a “traumatic experience” for her.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The after-effects lasted far beyond the time we spent together. Our affair shaped my whole experience of romantic life,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though she suggested some possible solutions to the issue, Shriver said she doesn’t have all the answers.</p> <p dir="ltr">“By the time they graduate to the main tennis tour, many patterns have already been set,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And then there’s the coaches. The best way to protect their charges is to put them through an education process before they arrive on tour.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The same goes for other credential-holders: physios, fitness trainers and so on. The point has to be made very clearly: these kinds of relationships are not appropriate, and there will be consequences for those who cross the line.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-880a4695-7fff-b9d3-c532-a2b612c24e75"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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