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Bush generosity bringing outback Queensland bride's wedding dream to fruition

The kindness of strangers is allowing the wedding dream of a couple in outback Queensland to finally come true.

For the past three years, Gabrielle Connolly's family have been struggling with drought on their property at Mitchell in south-western Queensland.

The Connolly family had been hoping for the drought to break so they might have some money to pay for their daughter's wedding.

But with no end to the dry in sight, the bride's mother Madonna Connolly gave Stan Johnston a call.

Mr Johnston and other members of the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association have been providing drought relief to hundreds of families across western Queensland.

He said he knew plenty of people who could pitch in to help the Connolly family stage an outback wedding for little or no cost.

Wedding planner Stan Johnston with bride-to-be Gabrielle Connolly.
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"So they have set the date for the 10th of January," he said.

"They've had to destock. No cattle, [so they have] very little to help their daughter in the wedding.

"We've got the whole industry behind it."

He said one man was providing a penthouse at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast for the couple's honeymoon.

"A lady rang me up and said, 'look Stan, I'd like to do the wedding cake'."

"Then she said we've got to find out how many tiers they have - apparently they have tiers or decks or whatever they do."

Mr Johnston said he was putting a wide range of potential donors in touch with the bride.

"Kenilworth Cheese said they'd provide all the cheese - they even offered a wedding ring, but she's got a wedding ring," he said.

"We've got so much - quite a bit of wine, prawns - me brother's mate rang up and got enough prawns for bloody 140 guests.

"I got her to write a list and I'm sure we'll fill the list, I'm sure it won't cost them anything."

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Brides Show Short Wedding Gowns More of the Love

Helen Bradley isn't one of those women who fantasized about her wedding as a girl, so when the time came to tie the knot on the 10th tee of a golf course, she wanted to be relaxed, comfortable and economical.

A short gown was just right for her September nuptials, said the 27-year-old bank worker in Madison, Wisconsin.

"I had tried on a few long dresses and none of them felt like me. I'm a very practical person. My mom picked out the short dress from a sale rack and it's rare that I would like anything that my mom picks out," she said with a laugh.

Once the domain of older or remarrying brides, short gowns are enjoying a little more of the love, from luxury brands like Monique Lhuillier, Oscar de la Renta and Marchesa to more affordable offerings at David's Bridal, which has a bustling retail website and about 300 stores around the country.

The short looks aren't just stand-in dresses originally intended for bridesmaids or cocktail parties. Designers are offering a greater range of shorter styles as more brides break from tradition and personalize their weddings.

"A lot of people are doing more intimate settings, so a shorter dress just feels more appropriate. If they do the big wedding, some change into a shorter dress so they can dance and have a good time," Lhuillier said.

Exactly how short is up to the bride. There are minis, high-low hemlines (high in the front and lower in the back), knee lengths, tea lengths below the knee and so-called "transformers," where a long train or sheer skirt detaches to show off a short dress underneath.

Cheryl Hines
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Designer Zac Posen put his own sister in one of the convertibles ? in red ? for her 2004 wedding.

"Her huge train came off to become a mini and she took it off to Judy Garland's 'Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart,'" he said. "It covered the grandeur of the ceremony and the fun of the party."

Long gowns remain the clear majority of the $2.6 billion-a-year bridal gown market, noted Darcy Miller, editorial director for Martha Stewart's bridal site, But "more and more brides seem to be seeking no-fuss, lightweight and easier silhouettes," she said. Some "want a dress they can run on the beach in or travel with to their destination wedding."

At David's Bridal, 26 of the 75 gowns launched for spring 2015 are short, said Anne Acierno, executive vice president for design, merchandising and product development.

Posen creates luxury short looks but also includes a few in his Truly Zac Posen collection at David's Bridal. He said red-carpet trends influence some brides, and these days they're seeing more short, fancy dresses.

Among high-profile brides to go short recently were fashion "it" girl Olivia Palermo and actress Cheryl Hines, who married Robert F. Kennedy Jr. last August in a strapless, white, tea-length creation by Romona Keveza.

Vera Wang makes short gowns too, in a range of pricepoints that include her White collection for David's Bridal.

"I think you should wear what you feel most beautiful and most comfortable in, and also what is most you, most individual," Wang said.

Shorter dresses can be less expensive ? a huge factor for Bradley at her country club wedding before 125 guests. The reception was in a cozy room with a big fireplace, wood floors and sconces all around.

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Charles Manson: Wedding Day With Afton Elaine Burton Approaches For Notorious Serial Killer

Charles Manson is just weeks away from his expected wedding date, and plans for the 80-year-old serial killer to marry his 26-year-old fiance are continuing to draw controversy.

Manson announced earlier this month that he planned to marry Afton Elaine Burton, who was just a teenager when she met Manson and decided to move to Corcoran, California, to be closer to him.

Though Charles Manson and his bride-to-be have not publicly announced their wedding date, the ceremony is quickly approaching. The pair obtained a wedding license in early November, which gives them 90 days to be married.

Charles Manson: Wedding Day With Afton Elaine Burton Approaches For Notorious Serial Killer
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The idea of Manson — who was convicted for nine killings which took place in 1969 — getting married doesn’t sit well with many. On Sunday, cartoonist John Darkow laid into Charles Manson for his plans to marry, noting Manson’s violent past. Darkow drew a cartoon showing Manson sitting on a bench in a prison cell, saying, “At my age, why get married again? I thought, why not take another stab at it?”

Deborah Tate, whose pregnant sister Sharon was killed by Manson and his followers, said she finds the idea of him marrying “ludicrous” and “insane.”

“It’s always something with him,” Tate said.

Tate also criticized Afton Elaine Burton, saying that the 26-year-old is likely being duped by Manson.

“I wonder how long it will take for her to figure out this is just a con,” Tate said. “It makes me wonder what is missing in her life that she would want to marry an 80-year-old man. Is she a victim? Is she mentally deranged?”

Burton herself said the marriage is very real, noting that she fell in love with Manson when she was still a teenager and admires his philosophy of ATWA, an environmental viewpoint that stands for air, trees, water, animals.

“It’s the life on the planet, you know,” said Burton, who now goes by Star, in an August interview with CNN. “The Earth is a rock and everything else on it is ATWA.”

Burton said she knows many people will disapprove of her marrying Manson, but said she doesn’t care what others think.

“No. I don’t get into other people’s business. I don’t judge people. I don’t mess with people. I don’t lie to people. And Charlie’s the same way. You know, he just wants to be left alone, that’s all.”

Afton Elaine Burton and Charles Manson are expected to marry sometime by early 2015.

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