Nearly a decade after they met, singer Miley Cyrus and Australian actor Liam Hemsworth are married.
The pair wed on Sunday night in a private ceremony at their new home in Franklin, Tennessee, with just a handful of friends and family including the groom’s brother Chris Hemsworth to share the joy.
After a friend who was at the ceremony posted photos suggesting Cyrus and Hemsworth had tied the knot, the bride confirmed the news herself via a handful of black and white images on her social media accounts on Wednesday night (US time.)
“This is probably our one millionth kiss,” she wrote on an intimate snap of the pair, wearing formal clothes and brushing lips.
Within two hours, the Instagram post had racked up more than 3.4 million likes and kept climbing.
Cyrus, 26, captioned one photo of the pair – with Hemsworth’s arms wrapped around her waist as they embrace in front of a fireplace decorated with roses and baby’s breath – with the date, December 23 2018.
Shortly after, Hemsworth, 28, posted an almost identical image to social media, with his face nuzzling into his wife’s neck: “My love”.
For the service, Cyrus chose a Vivienne Westwood ivory silk satin corseted draped gown which is available made-to-order at the designer’s London and New York boutiques for $12,159.
The Hunger Games star Hemsworth teamed his black suit and tie with a box-fresh pair of white sneakers.
His kicks were in keeping with the particularly low-key nature of the big day.
Forget rivers of Cristal: on Sunday, photos and videos posted to the Instagram story of the groom’s surfer friend Conrad Carr showed Hemsworth and brothers Chris and Luke doing a “shotski”.
Bobbing about in the background were red ‘Mr and Mrs’ helium balloons.
Another photo showed the happy couple about to cut a small cake plonked on a wooden crate next to a plate of cupcakes. Miley’s mother Tish Cyrus is also in the photo, wearing jeans.
On their own Instagram stories, Cyrus’ sisters Noah and Brandi posed with Carr in front of the balloons, which looked to be the only wedding decorations apart from the fireplace flowers.
As per Tish’s look, the dress code was clearly casual: a teary Noah, 18, wore a high-necked black jumper and Brandi, 31, went for a shiny off-white top.
The fuss-free big day comes after a tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship between the stars, who met and fell in love in 2009 on the set of coming-of-age romance The Last Song (for which Cyrus earned a Golden Raspberry nomination for worst acting).
Two years later Hemsworth proposed with a Neil Lane ring with a 3.5 carat diamond, but the pair split in September 2013 and Cyrus embarked on her Wrecking Ball, twerking and tongue-poking-out phase.
They rekindled their romance in late 2015, with Cyrus flying to Byron Bay to spend New Year’s Eve with Hemsworth’s family, including Chris and his actress wife Elsa Pataky.
In March 2016, Miley bought the house next to her boyfriend’s in Malibu and things were fully back on, including dinners with Liam’s parents Craig and Leonie Hemsworth and more holidays to Byron Bay.
In November, Hemsworth shared a photo of “my sweet girl” on Instagram on her birthday:
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The couple lived with their seven dogs, two pigs and two miniature horses in Malibu until November, when their house burned down in a California bushfire.
The upside of losing their house, Cyrus told radio host Howard Stern weeks ago, was it made the pair closer.
“So actually, Liam, I’ve never loved him more for this. I call him my survival partner now,” Cyrus said.
“That is why you pair up with someone, for survival, and he was so incredible.
“He got all the animals out in his truck. He put two pigs in crates, which, I can tell you, is so hard.”