Welcome to our virtual gathering to watch the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Wondering who will be among the congregation at Westminster Abbey? Here’s the list, as released by Buckingham Palace on April 23. As we begin, enter your thoughts in the comments area below. Are you as tickled as we are to see Joss Stone, Rowan Atkinson and Sir Elton John on the list? What do you know about the rest?

Selected Guest List for the Wedding Service at Westminster Abbey

The following are all confirmed attendees at the Royal Wedding as of 23rd April 2011.

Members of the British Royal Family:

  • The Queen; The Duke of Edinburgh; The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall; Prince Henry of Wales; The Duke of York; Princess Beatrice of York; Princess Eugenie of York; The Earl and Countess of Wessex; The Princess Royal and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Phillips;
  • Miss Zara Phillips with Mr. Mike Tindall; Viscount Linley and Viscountess Linley and The Hon. Charles Armstrong-Jones; The Lady Sarah Chatto and Mr. Daniel Chatto and Master Samuel Chatto and Master Arthur Chatto; The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester;
  • The Earl and Countess of Ulster; The Lady Davina and Mr. Gary Lewis; Lady Rose and Mr. George Gilman; The Duke and Duchess of Kent; Earl and Countess of St. Andrews;
  • Lord Downpatrick; The Lady Marina-Charlotte Windsor; The Lady Amelia Windsor;
  • The Lord and Lady Nicholas Windsor; The Lady Helen Taylor and Mr. Timothy Taylor;
  • Prince and Princess Michael of Kent; The Lord and Lady Frederick Windsor; The Lady Gabriella Windsor; Princess Alexandra, the Hon. Lady Ogilvy; Mr. and Mrs. James Ogilvy; Miss Marina Ogilvy; The Lady Saltoun

 

Members of Foreign Royal Families:

  • The Prince and Princess of the Asturias; The Crown Prince of Bahrain; Prince Philippe and Princess Mathilde of Belgium; The Sultan of Brunei and Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha; King Simeon II and Queen Margarita of the Bulgrarian; The Queen of Denmark; King Constantine and Queen Anne-Marie of the Hellenes; Crown Prince Pavlos and Crown Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece and Prince Constantine of Greece; Sheikh Ahmad Hmoud Al-Sabah of Kuwait; Prince Seeiso Bereng Seeiso and Princess Mabereng Seeiso of Lesotho; The Grand Duke and Duchess of Luxembourg; The Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Raja Permaisuri Agong of Malaysia; Prince Albert II of Monaco and Miss Charlene Wittstock;
  • Princess Lalla Salma of Morocco; The Crown Prince and Princess of The Netherlands; The King and Queen of Norway; Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq Al Said of Oman; The Emir of The State of Qatar and Sheika Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned; King Michael I of Romania and Crown Princess Margarita; Prince Mohamed bin Nawaf bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Princess Fadwa bint; Khalid bin Abdullah bin Abdulrahman;
  • The Queen of Spain; The King of Swaziland; The Crown Princess of Sweden and The Duke of Västergötland; Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand; The King of Tonga; The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Yugoslavia; The Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia

 

Dignitaries:

  • The Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda; The Governor-General of Australia and His Excellency Mr. Michael Bryce; The Governor-General of The Bahamas and Lady Foulkes; The Governor-General of Barbados; The Governor-General of Belize and Lady Young; The Governor-General of Canada and Mrs. David Johnston;
  • The Governor-General of Jamaica; The Governor-General of New Zealand and Lady Satyanand; The Governor-General of Papua New Guinea and Mrs Michael Ogio; The Governor-General of the Solomon Islands and Lady Kabui; The Governor-General of St Christopher and Nevis; The Governor-General of St Lucia; The Governor-General of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Lady Ballantyne; The Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Tim Matheison; The Prime Minister of The Bahamas and Ms Delores Miller; The Prime Minister of Barbados; The Prime Minister of New Zealand and Mrs. John Key;
  • The Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea and Lady Somare; The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia and Mrs. Rosalia Nestor King; The Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines and Mrs. Ralph Gonsalves; The Premier of Bermuda and Mr. Germain Nkeuleu;
  • The Premier of The British Virgin Islands and Mrs. Ralph O’Neal; The Premier of the Cayman Islands and Mrs. Kerry Bush; The Hon. Sharon and Mr. Rodney Halford (Falkland Islands); The Chief Minister of Gibraltar and Mrs. Peter Caruana; The Chief Minister of Montserrat and the Reverend Doctor Joan Delsol Meade; The Hon. John and Mrs. Vilma Cranfield (St. Helena)

 

Members of Government, Parliament and Devolved Administrations:

  • The Prime Minister and Mrs. David Cameron; The Deputy Prime Minister and Ms. Miriam Gonzalez Duantez; First Secretary of State, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Mrs. William Hague; The Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Hon. Mrs. Osborne; The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and Mrs. Kenneth Clarke; The Secretary of State for the Home Department and Minister for Women and Equalities, and Mr. Philip May; The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and Mrs. Jeremy Hunt; The Rt. Hon Ed Miliband, M.P and Ms. Justine Thornton; The Speaker of the House of Commons and Mrs. John Bercow;
  • The Presiding Officer of the National Assembly for Wales and the Lady Elis-Thomas;
  • The Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament and Mrs. Alex Fergusson; The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly and Mrs. William Hay; The Lord Speaker and Mr. Martin Hayman; First Minister of Wales and Mrs. Carwyn Jones; First Minister of Northern Ireland and Mrs. Peter Robinson; First Minister of Scotland and Mrs. Alex Salmond;
  • The Mayor of London and Mrs. Boris Johnson; The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor and The Lady Mayoress; Sir Gus and Lady O’Donnell; The Rt. Hon. The Lord Mayor of Westminster and Count Paolo Filo della Torre; Mr. and Mrs. Simon Fraser

 

Representatives from the Church and other Faiths:

  • The Most Reverend Gregorious, Archbishop of the Greek Archdiocese of Thysteira and Great Britain; The Archbishop of Canterbury and Mrs. Rowan Williams; Rabbi Anthony Bayfield; Mr. Anil Bhanot;
  • The Archbishop of Armagh, Cardinal Archbishop Sean Brady; Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, The Most Reverend David Chillingworth; The Right Reverend John Christie, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland; Mr. Malcolm Deboo President, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe; The Rt. Reverend Doctor Norman Hamilton; The Archbishop of Armagh, The Most Reverend Alan Edwin Harper;
  • Monsignor Philip Kerr, The Convener, Action of Churches Together in Scotland; Commissioner Elizabeth Matear, Salvation Army; The Archbishop of Wales, The Most Reverend Doctor Barry Morgan; The Reverend Gareth Morgan Jones, President of the Free Church Council of Wales; Cardinal Cormac Murphy-Connor; The Archbishop of Westminster, The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols;
  • Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh; Rabbi Alan Plancey; Imam Mohammad Raza; The Chief Rabbi (Lord Sacks); The Venerable Bogoda Seelawimala, Acting Head Monk, The London Buddhist Vihara; Maulana Syed Raza Shabbarm, Muhammadi Trust; Mr. Natubhai Shah, President, the Jain Academy; Dr Indarjit Singh, Director, Network Sikh Organisations (UK);
  • Canon Chirstopher Tuckwell; The Reverend Martin Turner;The Archbishop of York and Mrs. John Sentamu

 

Senior Members of the Defence Services:

  • Major General and Mrs. William Cubitt, Major General Commanding Household Division and GOC London District; Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen and Lady Dalton, Chief of the Air Staff; General Sir Nicholas and Lady Houghton;
  • Air Vice-Marshal the Hon. David and Mrs. Murray, Defence Services Secretary; General Sir David and Lady Richards, Chief of the Defence Staff; Admiral Sir Mark and Lady Stanhope, First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff; General Sir Peter and Lady Wall, Chief of the General Staff

 

Amongst the guests at The Wedding Service are all Heads of Mission in London representing countries with which the United Kingdom has normal diplomatic relations and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenants for the United Kingdom. These individuals will not be accompanied by their spouses or partners.

 

Other guests at The Wedding Service, who may be recognisable to television viewers or whom have an official link to Prince William or Miss Middleton include the names below.

Please note that this list is not exhaustive of any of the categories of guests – charitable, military, friends or any other category – invited.

All the following individuals have been invited with their spouses or partners if married or in a civil partnership:

Mr. David Allan

David Allan is the Chairman of Mountain Rescue, England and Wales. Prince William has been Patron of the organisation since 2007.

Major Tom Archer-Burton

Major Archer Burton was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Cavalry. He also led the Burnaby Blue expedition to southern Africa – an African community project supported by Sentebale, in which Prince Harry was involved.

Mr. Charlie Mayhew

Charlie Mayhew is Chief Executive of the Conservation Charity, Tusk Trust. Prince William and Prince Harry visited Tusk-funded projects in Botswana last year. The visit to Africa was the first oversees Royal tour that Princes William and Harry undertook together.

Mrs. Alison Moore-Gwyn

Alison Moore Gwyn is Chief Executive of Fields in Trust. In 2010, Prince William became Patron of The Queen Elizabeth II Fields, an initiative to protect and create hundreds of playing fields throughout the UK in honour of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The project is run by Fields in Trust.

Mr. Seyi (pronounced Shay) Obakin

Seyi Obakin is Chief Executive of Centrepoint. Centrepoint became Prince William’s first Patronage in 2005. His mother, Diana, Princess of Wales was also Patron of the Charity. Seyi slept rough with Prince William in London to highlight the issue of homelessness.

 

Mr. Peter Cross

Peter Cross is Chief Executive of the charity SkillForce, of which Prince William has been Patron since 2009. Earlier this month, Prince William officially launched the SkillForce Prince’s Award, in recognition of the contribution that young people make to their communities.

Miss Amanda Berry

Amanda Berry is Chief Executive of BAFTA. Prince William has been President of BAFTA since 2010.

Mrs. Ann Chalmers

Ann Chalmers is Chief Executive of the Child Bereavement Charity. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Julia Samuel

Julia Samuel is Chair of the Child Bereavement Charity and also a family friend of Prince William. Prince William has been Patron of the Charity since 2009. The Child Bereavement Charity educates professionals and supports families both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved.

Mrs. Tessa Green

Tessa Green is former Chairman of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Prince William became President of The Royal Marsden in May 2007 having undertaken two days of work experience there in 2005. The Prince helped out in a variety of departments, including medical research, catering and fundraising.

Mr. Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson worked closely with Prince William as Chief Operating Officer of theFA’s 2018 World Cup bid.

Sir Trevor Brooking

Sir Trevor is the Football Association’s Director of Football Development and is responsible for youth-coaching standards in England. Prince William has been President of the FA since 2006 and has met Sir Trevor on several occasions at FA events.

Sir Clive Woodward

Sir Clive Woodward is a former Coach of the England Rugby Team and the British and Irish Lions. Prince William was invited by Sir Clive to join the British and Irish Lions rugby team on their tour to New Zealand in 2005.

Mr. Gareth Thomas

Prince William met Welsh Rugby player Gareth Thomas several times in his role as Vice Patron of the Welsh Rugby Union.

Mr. Ian Thorpe

Prince William met the Australian Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe, on a visit to Australia in 2010. The Prince has since supported Mr. Thorpe’s charitable organisation Ian Thorpe’s Fountain for Youth, which focuses on improving health and education for children.

Mr. Barty Pleydell-Bouverie

Barty Pleydell-Bouverie led the Cycle of Life charity bike ride across Africa in 2008, which raised money for the Tusk Trust.

Rear Admiral Ian Corder

Rear Admiral Ian Corder is Rear Admiral of Submarines. Prince William was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of Submarines by The Queen in 2006.

Brigadier Ed Smyth-Osbourne

Brigadier Smyth-Osbourne was Prince William and Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer in the Household Regiment and acted as their military mentor. He was also Prince Harry’s Commanding Officer when The Prince undertook active service in Afghanistan.

Major William Bartle-Jones

Major Bartle-Jones was Prince William’s Squadron Leader in the Household Cavalry Regiment based at Windsor.

Wing Commander Steven Bentley

Wing Cdr Steve Bentley is Prince William’s Search and Rescue Force Squadron Leader at RAF Valley, Anglesey.

Sergeant Keith Best

Sgt Keith Best is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley, in Anglesey, North Wales. The Winchman was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Bravery in the Air after playing a major role in the rescue efforts in the Cumbrian floods in 2009.

Squadron Leader Paul Bolton

Sqn Ldr Paul Bolton is a colleague of Prince William’s at RAF Valley in Anglesey, North Wales.

 

Wing Commander Kevin Marsh

Wing Commander Kevin Marsh met Prince William through his service in the RAF.He will be one of the Path Liners outside Westminster Abbey on the wedding day.

Lance-Corporal Martyn Compton

Martyn is a Lance-Corporal in the Household Cavalry. He was injured in an ambush in Afghanistan in 2006, which put him in a coma for three months and left him with 75 percent burns.

Miss Holly Dyer

Holly is sister to 2nd Lieutenant Joanna Dyer, who was killed by a bomb in Iraq in 2007. Joanna was a close friend of Prince William’s at Sandhurst. In a statement released by Clarence House at the time, Prince William said he was “deeply saddened to hear the tragic news and he is very much thinking of her family and friends right now and they will remain in his thoughts and prayers.”

Mrs. Susie Roberts

Susie Roberts is the widow of Major Alexis Roberts, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2007. Major Alexis Roberts was Prince William’s Platoon Commander at Sandhurst. In a statement released at the time, Prince William said he was deeply saddened to learn of Major Robert’s Death. The Prince remembers him with ‘greatfondness and respect’.

Mr. and Mrs. Bryn Parry

Former soldier Bryn Parry and his wife Emma founded the charity Help for Heroes to assist wounded service men and women. Both Princes William and Harry are supporters of the charity and Prince William previously opened a new swimming pool at Headley Court in 2010, which had been funded by Help for Heroes.

 

Mr. Edward Gould

Mr. Edward Gould was Master of Marlborough College whilst Miss Middleton was a student.

Dr. Andrew Gailey

Dr Andrew Gailey is the Vice-Provost of Eton College and was Prince William’s Housemaster.

The Hon. Edward Dawson-Damer

Australian Ed Dawson-Damer is an ex-Irish Guards officer, who was Equerry to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in the 1980’s. He hosted Prince William for a section of his visit to Australia in January 2010.

Mr. Sam Stevenson

New Zealander Sam Stevenson was Prince William’s New Zealand equerry during his visit to the country in July 2005. At the time, Sam was a Captain within the New Zealand Defence Forces. During the visit, Prince William undertook official engagements representing The Queen in Wellington and Auckland at events to commemorate the end of the Second World War.

Sir John Major

Following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, Sir John Major was appointed a Guardian to Prince William and Prince Harry with responsibility for legal and administrative matters.

Mr. Rowan Atkinson

Actor Rowan Atkinson is a close friend of The Prince of Wales.

Mr. Tom Bradby

The journalist and news reporter Tom Bradby has known both Prince William and Miss Middleton for some time. He conducted their first joint interview together on the day their engagement was announced.

Mr. Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is best known as a travel writer, television presenter and adventurer and has met Prince William on a number of occasions.

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John is a singer-songwriter, composer and pianist. He performed at the funeral of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mr. and Mrs. David Beckham

Prince William, as President of the Football Association, has met footballer David Beckham on a number of occasions. They recently worked together as Ambassadors of England’s 2018 World Cup Bid.

Mr. Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton. He is a well-established filmmaker, who directed Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Revolver.

Miss Joss Stone

Joss Stone is best known as an English Soul singer and songwriter. She performed at the Concert for Diana at Wembley in 2007 and at City Salute in 2008.

Mr. Mario Testino

Photographer Mario Testino took Prince William and Miss Middleton’s official portrait photographs to mark their engagement.

Miss Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Tara Palmer Tomkinson is a friend of The Prince of Wales and his family.

Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen

Amateur jockey Sam Waley Cohen is a friend of Prince William and Miss Middleton.

Mr. Galen Weston

Canadians Galen and Hilary Weston are friends of The Prince of Wales and his family.

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  • Diane Vacca April 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    All right, I confess: I didn’t follow the wedding preparations, and I didn’t rise before dawn to watch the ceremony live. (I knew there’d be many opportunities to watch the reruns.) Since I record “Morning Joe” every day so that I can listen commercial-free as I go about my about my morning routine, I unintentionally recorded the wedding coverage. I’ve left my impressions and musings on my blog: http://dianevacca.com.

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  • Patricia Yarberry Allen April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am

    This was such a wonderful live-blog manned by Carla and Alex at our own http://www.womensvoicesforchange.org. I read it all and felt as though I were actually watching it live, though I was a sleepy head and not up at 4am.

    I loved the dress and the pagentry. The couple are mature and seem well matched.

    We wish them well.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Thanks for joining in. Have a great day!

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    And it’s over. Thanks for hosting this, Carla. It was fun! Pip, pip, cheery bye!

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Awwwwwww.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 8:05 am

    A sign in the crowd says, “True love really does exist.”

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 8:03 am

    The Countdown is terrible! Shame on NBC. And, shame on all the people complaining. HRH Kate is stunning.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:58 am

    It’s not all raves for the wedding. The New York Times reports: “A wave of disappointment washed over the bars of Old Compton Street with complaints that Kate’s dress is too plain, the maid of honor Pippa is stealing the show and Beatrice and Eugenie look like drag queens.”

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Same here. And NBC has the tackiest thing I’ve seen so far. A clock ticking off the second with the label “Countdown to the Kiss.” So tasteless.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Just waiting for the “Happy Ever After” kiss and then this commoner has to get to work.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:39 am

    An estimated 70,000 people watched the ceremony on TV screens in Hyde Park.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:29 am

    NBC says Kate’s tiara is one that the Queen Mother used to wear. It was made by Cartier

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 7:23 am

    You’re right. The “tradition” is only 30 years old.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:21 am

    If I’m remembering right, when Charles and Diana got married, it was a big deal that they kissed when they came out on the balcony with the family and the wedding party. But now all the newscasters speak about the balcony appearance as if it is intended solely for the couple to kiss.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Absolutely! What a wonderful way to spend a Friday morning!

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 7:07 am

    That was an amazing ceremony. Everything about it was beautiful.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Funny!

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:58 am

    NBC says that at one point William looked at his father-in-law and mouthed the words, “We were supposed to have a small, family affair.” Yes, news organizations had lip readers on the scene.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    “God save our Queen.”

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:52 am

    That’s cool. Everybody sing! Even the queen was singing.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 6:51 am

    There were people outside singing as well.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:50 am

    It’s nice to see the whole congregation join in the singing of the hymns. At my church, people are much more shy about the singing.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 6:49 am

    An heir and a spare, right?

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Seems like the church is eager for William and Kate to start a family. Children have been mentioned several times.

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  • Alex MacAaron April 29, 2011 at 6:43 am

    The little boys are lovely.

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I love the music!

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  • Carla Baranauckas April 29, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Yes, very appropriate and optimistic for a wedding!

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