Aretha Franklin and her dearest longtime friend William Wilkerson (aka Willie) are engaged to be married. The iconic soul singer, 69, and Wilkerson are trying to figure out when they can tie the proverbial knot on Miami Beach, with an exclusive reception aboard a private yacht. They are looking at a date in June or July 2012.
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As for her wedding dress, he rep says that Frankllin is "considering Donna Karan, Valentino and the queen of wedding dresses, Vera Wang, to design her gown." Wang has designed the gowns Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson wore in Bride Wars.
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She also designed wedding dresses for Khloe Kardashian, Ali Larter, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Jessica Simpson, Elin Nordegren, Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, Sharon Stone, Uma Thurman
and Karena Gore.
Don't expect a tent dress. Franklin dropped 85 pounds last year after a health scare and now feels "fabulous."
Tweeted Franklin of the upcoming nuptials: "We're looking at June or July for our date and no, I'm not pregnant, LOL!"
We love you Aretha. R-E-S-P-E-C-T and happiness!