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Miranda Lambert & Blake Shelton

May 14

• The bride wore her mom's 1979 wedding dress, the groom wore jeans, and the guests at the Texas affair dined on venison the country couple-she's 28, he's 35-bagged themselves. "There was a little chic and a little redneck," said pal Neal McCoy, "and that's what they are."

Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo

July 15

They "toyed with the idea of having a big ceremony," says Lachey, 38, but the couple of five years opted for an intimate, luxurious affair on Sir Richard Branson's private Necker Island in the Caribbean. After capping the night with a dip in the pool and fireworks under the stars, the duo were already looking ahead to married life and-according to Minnillo, 31, who wore a Monique Lhuillier gown for the event-one of their top priorities: "to start a family."

Sinead O'Connor & Barry Herridge

Dec. 8

Nothing compares to a drive-through "I do": At a Las Vegas wedding chapel, the Irish singer, 45, cried as she exchanged vows with Herridge (a Dublin substance abuse counselor) in a pink Cadillac that complemented her strapless gown. It was "glorious," blogged O'Connor.

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Prince Albert II & Charlene Wittstock

JULY 2

At 53, Monaco's playboy prince finally said "I do," to South African swimmer Wittstock, 33, in a lavish $65 million affair. Toasting his bride, he thanked her for putting up with his "inconsistencies."

America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams

June 27

• The former Ugly Betty star, 27, was a beauty in an Amsale gown as she wed her longtime beau, 30, at an estate in Upstate New York. Tweeted guest Vanessa Williams: "America took our breath away."

LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian

April 22

• "Here's to new beginnings," the country star, 29, said of her Malibu wedding to Cibrian, 38, whom she met in 2008, when both were married. "Nothing's quite come easy in this relationship," said Rimes, "except for us knowing that we belong together."

Paul McCartney & Nancy Shevell

Oct. 9

The Beatle kicked up his heels at his afternoon nuptials to New York businesswoman Shevell, whom he wed at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall. The bride, 52, and groom, 69, both outfitted by McCartney's designer daughter Stella, partied with friends and family afterward. "It was just lovely and peaceful," Paul's brother Mike said of the big day. "Smashing lovely feel." As for his new sister-in-law, he added, "She is a charming lady... . She's one of us now!"

Shania Twain & Frederic Thiebaud

Jan. 1

The country star, 46, and Thiebaud, 41-who fell for each other after their then-spouses allegedly had an affair-exchanged vows on the beach in Puerto Rico. "I thought I could live the rest of my life without love, but I was wrong," Twain said. "I'm so glad I was wrong."

Chely Wright & Lauren Blitzer

Aug. 20

The country singer, 41, who came out last year, wed her 30-year-old girlfriend in Connecticut. Their first dance "was profound," said Wright.

Valerie Bertinelli & Tom Vitale

Jan. 1

• "I felt like an angel," the slimmed-down star, 51, said of her size-6 blue David Meister gown. Marrying her 50-year-old beau of six years in a sur-prise sunset ceremony "felt right," she said.