MI­LEY & LIAM WED­DING

Af­ter fall­ing in love as teens, Mi­ley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth joy­fully tie the knot 10 years later at home in Ten­nessee Plus: more gor­geous celebrity wed­dings

People (USA) - - CONTENTS - By MELODY CHIU

When Mi­ley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth’s beloved Mal­ibu home burned down in Novem­ber dur­ing the dev­as­tat­ing Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires, four let­ters were left in the ashes: L-O-V-E. “It’s been a heart­break­ing few days,” Hemsworth cap­tioned a strik­ing photo of the rav­aged prop­erty posted to his In­sta­gram ac­count on Nov. 13. “This is what’s left of my house. Love.” Just six weeks later the Aus­tralian ac­tor, 29, and the Ten­nessee-born pop star, 26—who fell for each other as teenagers—proved love in­deed con­quers all when they ex­changed vows on Dec. 23 in front of their fam­i­lies and clos­est friends at Cyrus’s $5.8 mil­lion farm­house-style home in Franklin, Tenn. “They were both dev­as­tated af­ter the fire. They had planned to get mar­ried in Mal­ibu over the hol­i­days when all of their fam­i­lies were to­gether,” says a source close to Cyrus, who first be­gan dat­ing Hemsworth nearly a decade ago while they filmed the ro­mance The Last Song. De­spite the last-minute change of venue, the cou­ple pulled off the “small, pri­vate cel­e­bra­tion” they had al­ways hoped for, says the source. “Their wed­ding day was per­fect. Mi­ley is ec­static. She has been want­ing to get mar­ried to Liam for years.”

Their joy­ful at-home wed­ding was a dream come true, but the road to be­com­ing hus­band and wife wasn’t easy for the cou­ple. In 2012 the former child star of Dis­ney Chan­nel’s Han­nah Mon­tana—then just 19—gid­dily re­vealed that the Hunger Games ac­tor had pro­posed with a 3.5-carat di­a­mond ring from jew­eler Neil Lane. Less than a year and a half later, they called off their en­gage­ment fol­low­ing a tu­mul­tuous year for Cyrus. “When they got en­gaged the first time, they were just kids. They were madly in love, but there was no way they were ready for that kind of com­mit­ment,” says an in­sider in the cou­ple’s cir­cle. “Mi­ley had a lot of grow­ing up to do and wanted to break out of her Dis­ney im­age. Liam didn’t know how to han­dle it and was very frus­trated.” But af­ter­go­ingth­eirsep­a­rate­waysande­ven­datin­gother peo­ple (in­clud­ing Pa­trick Sch­warzeneg­ger and model Stella Maxwell for her and ac­tress Eiza González for him), they found their way back to each other by late2015.“mi­leyan­dliam’sre­la­tion­shipha­se­volved so beau­ti­fully over the past few years,” says a friend of Cyrus, whose breezy 2017 love song “Mal­ibu” was in­spired by her rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with Hemsworth. “They first grew as in­di­vid­u­als and ul­ti­mately evolved as a cou­ple. It speaks to their re­spect for one an­other.”

‘I call him my sur­vival part­ner now’ —CYRUS ON HEMSWORTH AF­TER THEIR HOUSE FIRE

For those who know them best, the emo­tional day re­flected ev­ery­thing the new­ly­weds hold close to their hearts: fam­ily, home and each other. stun­ning in an $8,600 draped and corseted ivory silk-satin gown by Vivi­enne West­wood, Cyrus—who shared touch­ing pho­tos from her wed­ding day three days later on her so­cial me­dia ac­counts—said

“I do” to her suited-and-sneak­ered groom (who slipped Neil Lane wed­ding bands onto her fin­ger) un­der an al­tar adorned with roses and baby’s breath. Guests, in­clud­ing the bride’s dad, coun­try singer Billy Ray, mom Tish and si­b­lings Brandi, Brai­son and Noah and the groom’s brothers Chris and Luke, popped cham­pagne and feasted on south­ern fare like hot chicken and a va­ri­ety of sweet treats while Cyrus and Hemsworth cut into a tiered wed­ding cake. And as the cel­e­bra­tion rolled late into the night, there was no short­age of par­ty­ing. Hemsworth’s surfer friend Con­rad Jack Carr posted a video of the groom and his brothers do­ing a “shot­ski” (yes, shots off a ski), and Voice coach Mi­ley danced joy­fully to Bruno Mars’s hit “Up­town Funk” in an adorable clip filmed by her hus­band and posted days later. “Mi­ley and Liam al­ways loved the idea of hav­ing a wed­ding at home,” says the source. “Mi­ley’s fam­ily al­ways loved Liam. Ev­ery­one is very ex­cited for them.” The wed­ding is the hap­pi­est of end­ings for the cou­ple—but it also marks a new be­gin­ning. “The tim­ing for their wed­ding makes per­fect sense,” says her friend. “They en­dured a painful loss, which deepened their bond.” Hop­ing to plant roots again in Cal­i­for­nia soon, “Mi­ley and Liam will look for a Mal­ibu house as new­ly­weds,” adds the source. “They both love Mal­ibu and can’t wait to live there again.” And though their busy work sched­ules may of­ten take them to op­po­site ends of the world, their new union has only fur­ther so­lid­i­fied their com­mit­ment. “They don’t have doubts about their re­la­tion­ship any­more,” says the source. “Af­ter years to­gether, they fi­nally fig­ured out how to com­pro­mise and re­spect­fully deal with each other’s differences.” With one of the tough­est years they’ve faced be­hind them, cyrus and he ms worth are em­brac­ing their fu­ture to­gether. “Mi­ley adores Liam’s sense of loy­alty and ad­ven­ture, and now her best friend is also her hus­band,” says her friend. “She’s so happy.”

Fam­ily Af­fair “This makes my heart so happy,” Cyrus’s mom, Tish (with Mi­ley and her dad, Billy Ray), cap­tioned pho­tos from the wed­ding on In­sta­gram.

Worth the Wait Cyrus and Hemsworth are “both at a place now where they want a qui­eter life,” says the in­sider of the cou­ple (above, cut­ting into their wed­ding cake while sur­rounded by fam­ily in a photo posted by Billy Ray). Right: Cyrus danced to “Up­town Funk” in a video filmed by her hus­band.

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