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Top 10 Celebrity Weddings Of 2016

Celebrity weddings are always exciting and intriguing, and 2016 has been no different. With this year drawing to a close, let’s look back on the top 10 celebrity weddings of 2016. The year of 2016 was no different to others as several celebrities from all around the world decided to take their vows and end their single status. In this list we have compiled some of the top celebrity weddings to have taken place in 2016.

 

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes wedding 2016

Ryan Gosling & Eva Mendes 

  1. Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes

Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are both known to be non-believers in marriage. Gosling, having previously dated Sandra Bullock and his ‘Notebook’ co-star Rachel McAdams, put those 2 high profile women behind him as he tied the knot to Eva Mendes.

Their wedding was a low-key affair with only less than 30 people in attendance. She has already one daughter from their first marriage.

Though there is a small age difference between them with Eva Mendes being 42 and Ryan Gosling, the younger, 35, only time will tell whether this age gap will help or hinder their marriage. Their entertainment was a mind reader and magician which inspired me to write this post and you can see my work here.

 

 

Danny Dyer and Jo Mas Wedding 2016

Danny Dyer & Jo Mas 

 2. Danny Dyer and Jo Mas

Danny Dyer, the EastEnders star decided enough was enough – after being together since they were 15 years old and it was time to tie the knot with his long term partner – Jo Mas in Chewton Glen Hotel in the New Forest.

In the middle of the 130 acre estate and wearing a flamingo inspired gown, and accompanied by Danny Dyer’s on screen EastEnders wife – Kellie Bright, their wedding was a conservative affair with their daughter taking on the role of maid-of-honor and their other daughter – a bridesmaid in front of 150 of their nearest a dearest.

 

 

Heidi Range & Alex Partakis wedding day photo

Heidi Range & Alex Partakis

3. Heidi Range and Alex Paertakis

Former Sugar Babe Heidi Range married her partner Alex Paertakis (whom she met in 2014 after being introduced by her personal trainer) is another lucky couple to join our list of celebrity weddings this year.

Arriving in Florence and then whisking their guests down to a secret location in Tuscany, Heidi looked gorgeous wearing a white Bardot neckline gown with a full skirt.

Not to be outdone, the bridegroom wore a classic black tuxedo.

 

 

 

Daniel EK & Sofia Levander wedding photo

Daniel EK & Sofia Levander married in 2016 in Tuscany, Italy

4. Spotify CEO Daniel EK marries Sofia Lavander 

In a ceremony officiated by Comedian Chris Rock and Bruno Mars as the couples’ wedding singers, Danie EK, CEO of Spotify married Sofia Lavander at a beautiful ceremony at Lake Como in Italy. Their wedding included guests such as Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and their two daughter.

Wearing a cream linen suit with blue shirt, 33 year old, Daniel married his fiancé who, herself was wearing a cream strapless gown covered in hand sewn floral embroidery with a pair of white satin peep hole shoes and simple pearl drop earrings. After the wedding they travelled to Rome, to meet the Pope.

 

 

Gregg Wallace & Anne-Marie Sterpini wedding photo

Gregg Wallace & Anne-Marie Sterpini

5. Gregg Wallace marries Anne-Marie Sterpini

MasterChef presenter, Gregg Wallace married for the fourth time to 30 year old Anne-Marie Sterpini, in a ceremony at Hever Castle in Kent. Gregg’s long time friend and celebrity chef co-host, John Torode played the role of master of ceremonies, whilst fellow TV stars, Lisa Faulkner, Marcus Wareing and Monica Galetti were also in attendance.

In a ceremony which offered several quirks to the day included Gregg’s brother arriving at the venue in an RAC van, having had his car break down on him.

Having met his third wide on Twitter and now Anne-Marie on twitter too (after she tweeted him about Rhubarb) let’s hope that this ‘twitter inspired’ marriage does not follow suit of the 3 before.

 

 

Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch wedding photo 2016

Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch

6. Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch

Jerry Hall and Rupert Murdoch and their 10 children from separate partners were all in attendance at this star-studded affair at St Brides Church on Fleet Street in London.

Guests included actor Michael Caine, Bob Geldof, Richard E Grant, Andrew Lloyd Weber and News UK Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks as well as less known names such as William Shawcross who is Murdoch’s biographer.

Wearing a light blue silk dress and flat shoes, former supermodel, Jerry Hall and media tycoon Rupert Murdoch held their wedding breakfast on the balcony of Spencer house in London’s St James.

 

 

Kimi Raikkonen & Minttu Virtanen wedding photos 2016

Kimi Raikkonen & Minttu Virtanen

7. Kimi Raikkonen marries Minttu Virtanen

Ranked as one of the top 10 celebrity weddings of 2016, F1 superstar, Kimi Raikkonen married underwear model, Minttu Virtanen (and much like many of our other celebrity wedding listed here) – it was held in Italy. Held in the Cistercian monastery –The Abbey of San Galgano, in Tuscany.

Wearing a low backed ivory gown and lace embroidery, Minttu brought her 19 month old son to the star studded ceremony, who like his father, was wearing a navy blue suit and crisp white shirt.  This is the F1 world champion’s second marriage, and intends make adjustments to this second marriage by possibly retiring from racing at the end of the 2017 season to give more time to his new wife and son.

Again similar to other famous couples on our 2016 list there is a significant age gap between Kimi (36 years old) and Minttu ( 29 years old). A close up magician performed for guests throughout the day.

 

 

Ciara & Russell Wilson wedding photo

Ciara married long term partner Russell Wilson  2016

8. Ciara and Russell Wilson

Pop star, Ciara and NFL Star, Russell Wilson tied the knot in July at Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England, after Russell popped the question to Ciara in the Seychelles.  This star studded event was attended by Kelly Rowland, Jennifer Hudson and other famous NFL stars.

Wearing a Cavalli Couture wedding dress, embroidered with floral motifs, Ciari looked stunning and she wed her new husband who was wearing a full black, Armani suit with white shirt. All of Ciara’s bridesmaids were wearing Michael Costello designed gowns. Ciari, who has a 2 year old son from her previous husband Future Zahir, is looking forward to creating a new family with her new beau.

 

 

Eva Longoria and Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston wedding photo

Eva Longoria and Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston

9. Eva Longoria and Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston

Eva Longoria, wed the Latin America media mogul – Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston in front of over 200 guests in the lakeside town of Valle De Bravo.

The altar featured a large white cross and the entrance to the venue was a rose covered archway and the main procession was covered in a canopy of fairy lights.

Wearing a sleeveless white gown and long white veil designed by her long-time friend – Victoria Beckham, the former Desperate Housewives star Eva, 41, and Pepe, 47, partied long into the night with the Beckhams, Ricky Martin.

 

 

Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish wedding photos

Kevin Hart & Eniko Parrish

10. Kevin Hart marries Eniko Parrish

Set in the exclusive area of Montecito, California, actor and funny man, Kevin Hart, married his long term girlfriend Eniko Parrish in August 2016 with Kevin’s 8 year old son – Hendrix playing the role of best man.

Wearing a custom Vera Wang lace mermaid gown and hand-embroidered French Chantilly motifs, Eniko changed into another Vera Wang dress for the wedding reception, Kevin and Eniko, enjoyed their wedding with friends, family and lit-up ferris wheel and merry go round as well as many other forms of entertainment.

Top 5 Magic Movies – Reviewed

Magic movies reviewed

Magic movies reviewed

WARNING: Contains Mild Spoilers

The movies that we know, love, and remember throughout our lives, all take a special place in our hearts. In the movie industry, there are not as many magic movies as we would like and therefore we aren’t able to get the similar experience that we would feel from a magic show, but in movie format. However, with the magic movies that have been released in the previous years I have taken a look at them and put together my ‘Top 5 Magic Movies’ list, which I feel are the best out there.

Note that the average ratings that we use are based on the IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and Roger Ebert, movie database websites.

#5 The Illusionist
Release Date – 18th of August, 2006
Average Rating – 79%

Some would rank this movie higher than I have, although my reasoning for placing it as 5th is down to how to the input of romance of the movie. While the movie itself is great and was adapted from the novel ‘Eisenheim the Illusionist’, the path of romance for this movie directed away from the magic.

#4 The Prestige
Release Date – 20th of October, 2006
Average Rating – 76%

The movie focuses on 2 19th-century magicians who are no longer together after a previous illusion went terribly wrong. This movie follows them as they battle it out to prove who the best magician among them is. While other magic movies focus on humour and the positive sides of magic, this movie focuses on it from a more dramatic and negative angle.

#3 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
Release Date – 15th of March, 2013
Average Rating – 57%

‘The Incredibly Burt Wonderstone’ brings a comedic value to the magic scene. The movie follows 2 retired magicians who are no longer friends, and brings them back together to reach the top of the magic industry once again. The comedic side of this movie is what makes it what it is, and without the comedic side of things the movie would not make my top 5.

#2 The Harry Potter Series
Release Date – 14th of November, 2001 -> 15th of July, 2011
Average Rating – 76%

While most people would disagree with me placing ‘The Harry Potter’ series as 2nd on my list, as most people would put this as their 1st, and while I love this series just as much as everyone else, I would still place it second to best. The only reason for me placing this series as 2nd is due to how ‘Now You See Me’ is simply an unbeatable movie. The Harry Potter Movie series takes the storyline directly from the book and has it performed exactly as we, the readers and viewers, would imagine.

#1 Now You See Me
Release Date – 31st of May, 2013
Average Rating – 57%

Regardless of the ratings, I believe that ‘Now You See Me’ is the best magic movie out there. Why? This movie takes not only magic, but action and crime, into a movie and gets the most out of them. Magic alone leaves its audience in shock, but this movie brings its fair share of comedic value and action. Think about a movie which has focused on a bank heist. A bank heist alone is a thrilling topic. Now think about a movie based on magic. Magic leaves its audiences on the edge of their seat. Combining both of these values would give you the movie, ‘Now You See Me’. While it has been criticized for its lack of suspense, the magical aspect of the bank heist brings true amazement to the viewers.

When we are watching movies, we tend to watch them while sitting on a seat. For this movie, you will only need the edge.

If you are looking for someone to offer magic or mind reading consultations on a movie or theatre production, please do not hesitate to contact Duncan on 07934 856 696 or email on magic@magicduncan.co.uk

 

Part 6: Astonishment, magic, meditation and controversy

Art of astonishment part 6

Art of astonishment part 6

To deliver magic which leads the participant down the path to the final goal of astonishment – the magician / performer /entertainer must truly believe in what he or she does and not trivialise it with crap patter, unfunny jokes or a plethora of card flourishes. The performer must be 100% confident and congruent with the magic itself.

Have you ever been standing a bus stop, totally immersed in one particular thought, one central point of focus? New people arrive but you do not see them. Sounds persist but you do not hear them.  Your mind has been so focussed on one thought that your sense channels shut down. At that moment they cease to function, and the mind has gone upwards beyond them . The mind has merged with the conscious state. You are left with a stillness of the mind (Except with that one thought you have been fixated on) – something likened to meditation. Fully conscious, fully aware but with magic where the prestige hits……there is not even that thought. You are left with that primal state of uncluttered purity of the mind. All competing thoughts, stress, worries, trials and tribulations dissolve into nothingness and the mind is still. Only when the external stimuli reawaken this moment of pure happiness do we come back to the ‘real world’ with a jolt and the conflicting views of the world come flooding back in as we seek to make meaning of what we have just seen.

Skilled meditators can live in this pure, undeniably state indefinitely. With magic, it is a short sharp shot.

I propose something controversial.

When you take a participant on a journey to the plateau of astonishment, when they reach that point of pure undeniable bewilderment, they will find a happiness, and peace so pure, so rich and un-adulterated, nothing else in the world matters.

Every person from every race, creed, religion and background leads their daily life wanting something. This may or not be something tangible but if you ask somebody what they want and really drill down to the very core of what they want – you will find peace.

“I want to be rich and wealthy”

And after that….

I want financial independence.

And after that….

A beautiful wide and healthy children

And after that….

Good friends, great family, feel safe and secure in my environment

And after you have that…..

Well….

I want to feel happy and content

And after that? (If you drill, and I mean really drill)

Peace.

No matter where the person starts or what they want, no matter how much they want it will all end in peace. We value peace above all else, but because it is not something that is tangible or bought or sold, it is not something that we think about – only when asked, (or quizzed and questioned for a book about bloody astonishment and magic) do we get to the crux of the matter.

So what exactly is this peace? Peace is when there are none of the aforementioned conflicting thoughts, ideas, or agitations. Peace is when the mind is still. To define the peace we also need to identify the movement.

When we were very young. Infants; and as mentioned the world was unfurling before our very eyes are intellectual mind was not engaged. We were merely sponges, absorbing the information from the world around us.

I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I enjoyed writing it – feel free to share it with your friends or tell your friends about it. If not, and you want to keep it for yourself, keep your eyes peeled for the next offering – part 7 I think we’re up to now 😉