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
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.”
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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.