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Thursday 16 August 2018

Lily has two reasons to smile as she announces pregnancy at wedding

Lily Allen is pregnant, it was revealed on her wedding day.

The Smile singer married Sam Cooper in an intimate country wedding yesterday, joined by fewer than 100 close family members and friends.

News of her pregnancy comes after she lost her second baby last November, when six months pregnant.

A visible bump seen under the singer's empire-line dress -- and her glowing appearance -- led onlookers to speculate that the 26-year-old may be expecting a baby.

The news was later confirmed by her wedding dress designer, Delphine Manivet, following online reports that Allen's new husband had broken the news to guests at the wedding breakfast.

Mme Manivet, who is based in Paris, said: "It's beautiful that she is pregnant, and I am very happy for her. She is very happy about that -- it is something wonderful."

Speaking of the vintage-inspired dress, which consisted of an underdress covered by a second, lace dress, she added: "You can see of course the little stomach -- it looked very cute with the dress.

"For me, and for her too, when you're pregnant you want to show that, but also be respectful, so the dress was perfect for her for that moment."

Allen looked radiant as she was escorted into St James the Great Church in Cranham, near Stroud in Gloucestershire, for the traditional wedding service.

The singer, who carried a bouquet of cream roses with peach and baby blue blossoms, smiled at well-wishers who had gathered outside the church to catch a glimpse of her before the ceremony.

She opted for a 1920s full-length veil with floral embellishments.



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Before the wedding, many speculated that Allen would choose a Chanel dress, but Mme Manivet had in fact been approached by the singer in January, having been recommended by a friend.

The dress, with its long lace sleeves and sweetheart neckline, echoed that worn by Kate Middleton for her wedding.

T4 presenter Miquita Oliver, a childhood friend of the star, was one of the bridesmaids. Allen's younger bridesmaids wore white dresses, while the older ones were in peach.

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