By Amanda Martin
It’s almost that time of the year for holiday lights, family time, presents and, of course, mistletoe. Bridal magazines publish holiday specials, romance is thriving and a diamond ring makes for a great present, so it’s no shocker that ‘tis the season to tie the knot. Don’t be surprised this holiday season when your Facebook feed is flooded with news of engagements. And just like us regular folk, celebrities are quick to say “I do” during the holidays. Check out these five celebrity couples who got engaged during past holiday seasons:
1. Leann Rimes and Eddie Cibrian: This couple got together in 2009 while shooting the Lifetime movie Northern Lights. During that time, LeAnn Rimes was married to dancer Dean Sheremet and Cibrian was married to model Brandi Glanville, with whom he has two sons. After their extramarital affair was made public, Rimes and Cibrian became exclusive. "You had two couples whose marriages didn't work who really stumbled upon each other and fell in love," Rimes said in November 2010. Cibrian proposed to Rimes over the 2010 Christmas weekend with a 5-carat diamond ring. The couple tied the knot in April 2011 at a private ceremony in California.
2. Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied: Portman not only won the Academy Award for Black Swan but also met her fiancé, the film’s choreographer, on set. The couple got engaged during the 2010 holiday season and, with that announcement, they revealed Portman’s pregnancy. The actress gave birth to their son, Aleph Portman-Millepied, this past June. Although the busy parents have yet to get married, Portman continues to sport her $35,000 conflict-free, eco-friendly engagement ring.
3. Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth: Toth’s holiday proposal got Witherspoon, once married to Ryan Phillippe and mother of two children, to walk down the aisle for a second time. Toth, once a talent agent for the Creative Artists Agency where Reese Witherspoon is represented, is now one of the agency heads. After getting engaged in December 2010, Witherspoon said, “What I’m finding out is that it’s very comfortable to be with somebody who understands my career, but doesn't do what I do. He’s a great guy. He’s wonderful." The couple got married in March 2011 at Witherspoon’s country estate in Ojai, California.