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Couple Writes and Sings Thier Own Vows

“No Matter Where You Are” – Us The Duo (Live Wedding Performance)

This brings a whole new meaning to personalizing your wedding vows: Michael and Carissa Alvarado wrote and sang their own vows during their wedding ceremony.

The Alvarados, both singers, met after coming across each other’s YouTube profiles in 2011. Once they got together, they combined forces in a single YouTube account, and gained millions of fans through that and their six-second medleys covers on Vine. Under the name Us the Duo and using the hashtag #6secondcovers, they did renditions of Taylor Swift and Michael Jackson songs.

On Tuesday, the couple released a video of the self-penned and -performed musical wedding vows they sang at their 2012 wedding. The song, called “No Matter Where You Are,” shares a name with their first album, and was born out of a mutual love for each other — and for music.

“We always told ourselves we weren’t going to sing at our own wedding,” Michael says in the video. “But Carissa and I started writing this song together and we eventually realized it was our vows.”

The Alvarados debuted the live wedding performance video on BuzzFeed this week, and shared some adorable thoughts on their partnership. For instance, once they decided to get married, their relationship “went from ‘hoping it will work’ to ‘doing everything possible to make it work. This is when we wrote ‘No Matter Where You Are.'”

The music video, which was filmed during their actual ceremony, features perfect harmonies, stolen glances, some great folk-pop instrumentals, and utterly heart-warming lyrics, all against a gorgeous green ceremony backdrop. It’s no surprise that they’ve since booked a multi-city tour. With a romantic performance like that, we bet their first dance was simply amazing.

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This Engagement Ring Box Will Change Proposals Forever

For men (and women) who are nervous about getting down on one knee, they now have one less issue to worry about: hiding the ring.DSC_0001-770x511Vancouver-based designer Andrew Zo probably had pre-proposal worries in mind when he got the eureka moment and created the Clifton, an engagement ring case that conspicuously fits in your pocket. The Clifton is leather-bound, totally flat and works based on a pop-up mechanism which looks nothing like those bulky ring boxes we are all used to see.

“The discreet design allows the case to be easily hidden without showing much profile. At approximately 1cm thick, Clifton presents the ring with a delightful flower blooming effect when opened, enchanting the moment,” writes Zo on his website.ring1Zo told the Global News that his idea solidified during his studies at the Emily Carr University of Art three years ago. After speaking with his married friend, who said that the most nerve-wrecking part in proposing is hiding the ring box, Zo decided to take a shot at designing a hassle-free ring case prototype.DSC_0052It was first launched it 2011 under the name Packed Engagement Ring and renamed Clifton in 2014. Since his ring has gone viral on Reddit, Zo says he was overwhelmed by requests and stopped taking orders. Now you can sign up for a Clifton newsletter as Zo will start taking orders by October. The ring box price starts at $90.

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Family Wedding Album Appears in PEOPLE

When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went about planning their big day, they didn’t have to look far to find the perfect wedding planners: their six children. Angelina Jolie on the cover of PEOPLE David James/Getty Images
The intimate Aug. 23 ceremony – attended by just 20 friends and family members – was held in the chapel of Château Miraval, the family’s estate in the French village of Correns. The wedding – including exclusive photos of the ceremony, Jolie’s unique dress (decorated with her children’s artwork!) and the entire family’s celebration – is featured in this week’s issue of PEOPLE, in conjunction with Hello! magazine internationally.

Each child had a key role to play: Eldest sons Maddox, 13, and Pax, 10, walked their mom down the aisle; flower girls Zahara, 9, and Vivienne, 6, tossed petals gathered from the garden; and Shiloh, 8, and Knox, 6, served as ring bearers. The kids also helped write their parents’ vows. And Pax baked the cake!

“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter,” Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39, tell PEOPLE. “It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family.”

Even Jolie’s dress was an expression of her kids’ creativity: Luigi Massi, the master tailor at Atelier Versace, sewed dozens of designs from her children’s drawings into the dress and veil.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt's Wedding Courtesy HELLO Magazine

“Luigi is like family to me and I couldn’t imagine anyone else making this dress,” says Jolie. “He knows and cares for the children and it was great fun putting it together.”

Pitt wore a suit from his closet – with a tie borrowed from one of his sons because Pitt forgot to pack his. Zahara’s dress was designed by family friend Adama Kebe. Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, and Knox wore black suits (Shiloh’s included shorts and a top hat), and Vivienne wore a white dress from her closet. Jeweler Robert Procop, who designed Jolie’s engagement ring, created the couple’s wedding bands.

For Brad and Angelina’s complete wedding album, all the details of their big day and more of the couple’s interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Wednesday.

Angelina Jolie on the cover of PEOPLE
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