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Nicole Richie's 'Magical' Wedding Night

Nicole Richie's 'Magical' Wedding Night

Originally posted 12/15/2010 08:00AM

Ever since she was a little girl, there were two things Nicole Richie wanted on the day she married: a show-stopper dress inspired by Grace Kelly's iconic wedding gown, and a real live elephant for good luck.

Both her wishes came true as she married Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden at her father Lionel Richie's home on Dec. 11.

They tied the knot in front of their children – Harlow, 2, was the flower girl, while 15-month-old Sparrow was the ring-bearer – under a tent transformed to resemble a French garden.

"It was magical," Richie, 29, tells PEOPLE. Adds Madden, 31: "It was the best night of my life."

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Nicole Richie Wedding Draws Family, Friends – and an Elephant! | Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden Wedding Draws Family, Friends – and an Elephant!

Originally posted 12/11/2010 11:30PM

Talk about a surprise guest.

After two children and four years together, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden invited about 130 close family and friends for their scheduled wedding Saturday.

But one attendee stood way out: a trained elephant was spotted being led into the Los Angeles estate of Richie's father, music superstar Lionel Richie, where two tents were set up for the ceremony on a warm evening.

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PHOTO: Christina Aguilera Tries to Keep New Love Interest Under Wraps | Christina Aguilera

PHOTO: Christina Aguilera Tries to Keep New Love Interest Under Wraps

Originally posted 11/08/2010 11:30AM

Christina Aguilera is rebounding – discreetly – from the collapse of her marriage to Jordan Bratman.

The superstar singer, 29, has quietly been seeing Matthew D. Rutler, a set assistant from her upcoming movie Burlesque – whom she tried to hide from the cameras Friday when they enjoyed a double date at SoHo House in Los Angeles with friends Nicole Richie and Joel Madden.

A friend tells PEOPLE that the relationship with Rutler started as a friendship, then turned into something more.

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Benji & Joel Madden's Sin City Party Night | Benji Madden, Joel Madden

Caught in the Act!

Originally posted 10/13/2010 06:00AM

• Benji Madden was partying at Sapphire Gentlemen's Club in Vegas in a skybox with three male pals. The rocker ordered rosé champagne and stayed for a few hours with four female entertainers. The next night, he returned with brother Joel and another friend. The group headed back to the skybox, this time ordering a magnum of champagne.

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Nicole Richie Throws Sparrow's First Birthday Party | Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie Throws Sparrow's First Birthday Party

Originally posted 09/05/2010 04:30PM

Nicole Richie may have parted from her past party girl ways, but she can still throw a good bash – especially if she's celebrating her son's first birthday.

Richie, along with fiancé Joel Madden and big sis Harlow, 2 ½, held a party for Sparrow Saturday. He turns 1 on Sept. 9.

About 50 guests, including actress Ellen Pompeo and her daughter Stella Luna, 11 months, and Sparrow's uncle Benji Madden, gathered in the backyard of the family's Hollywood Hills home and noshed on birthday cake. The backyard was decorated with red, green, orange and purple "Happy Birthday" balloons for the occasion.

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Couples Watch: Nicole & Joel Head Out for Rock N' Roll Beverages | Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

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Couples Watch: Nicole & Joel Head Out for Rock N' Roll Beverages

Originally posted 08/09/2010 06:00AM

• Talk about a healthy appetite! Nicole Richie and fiancé Joel Madden stepped out to the M Café in L.A., where they picked up a Green Day veggie juice, made with cucumber, kale, parsley and celery, and some iced coffees. And, an onlooker reports, they were dressed casually and in very good moods.

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Couples Watch: Nicole & Joel Head Out for Rock N' Roll Beverages | Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

Caught in the Act

Couples Watch: Nicole & Joel Head Out for Rock N' Roll Beverages

Originally posted 08/09/2010 06:00AM

• Talk about a healthy appetite! Nicole Richie and fiancé Joel Madden stepped out to the M Café in L.A., where they picked up a Green Day veggie juice, made with cucumber, kale, parsley and celery, and some iced coffees. And, an onlooker reports, they were dressed casually and in very good moods.

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Joel Madden: Our Wedding Won't Happen in June | Oscars 2010, Joel Madden, Nicole Richie

Joel Madden: Our Wedding Won't Happen in June

Originally posted 06/18/2010 01:55PM

Ever since Joel Madden and Nicole Richie got engaged, rumors have swirled about their wedding plans – but now the Good Charlotte rocker is clearing up at least one false report.

The couple are "absolutely not" getting married in June, Madden told PEOPLE Thursday at the Pampers "Dads on Diaper Duty" party in Manhattan. "We haven't even started planning," the rocker said.

Madden, 31 noted that he will be out on tour in the U.S. and Europe through most of the summer. But he and Richie, 28, are not in a rush to wed. Instead, they are concentrating on raising their family.

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Benji Madden Wins Celebrity Boxing Match

Benji Madden Wins Celebrity Boxing Match

Originally posted 04/04/2010 01:30PM

If music doesn't work out for Benji Madden, he may want to look into boxing.



The Good Charlotte guitarist fought former MTV host Riki Rachtman in a celebrity bout on Saturday night in Las Vegas. In only one minute and 40 seconds, the referee stopped the fight after Madden knocked Rachtman down three times.



After his victory, Madden, who was escorted to the ring by his brother Joel Madden, climbed the ropes of the ring to celebrate.



"Benji Madden just kicked my ass," Rachtman after the match. "I got wasted by the guy in Good Charlotte."



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Nicole Richie Finally Ready to Plan Wedding

Nicole Richie Finally Ready to Plan Wedding

Originally posted 03/09/2010 08:30AM

They waited until they had children to get engaged. So, perhaps it's only natural that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden's wedding planning has been a bit delayed, too.

But Richie is planning to fix that in short order.

"I've been on the road. I just got home, and so it's really going to be now that's the time for me to sit down and think about what I want," Richie says in an interview set to air Tuesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Asked if they've set a date for the nuptials, she replies: "Not yet, but soon."

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