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Mike Fleiss married Laura Kaeppeler at his Malibu home on Sunday evening. The Bachelor creator, 49, and former Miss America, 26, have made it official!

Mike Fleiss and Laura Kaeppeler

Obviously, the ceremony was officiated by the reality show's host and the groom's longtime friend Chris Harrison, while Neil Lane designed the rings.

Laura's engagement ring is over five carats and features a central round diamond in a handmade platinum tulip design accented by smaller round diamonds.

Nice work Mike. And Neil.

Says Lane, the go-to jeweler of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, "It's great to see two people I really like so much in love. I wish them a lifetime of happiness."

Earlier in the weekend, Fleiss and Kaeppeler both Tweeted about the big day and the ceremony to come. "I'm the luckiest man on earth!!!" Fleiss wrote.

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Miss America Laura Kaeppeler knows a thing or two about beauty contests.

The 24-year-old Wisconsin native, who was crowned in January, isn't a big fan of the Toddlers & Tiaras / Here Comes Honey Boo Boo culture, however.

"There's a misconception that pageants are beauty pageants, but Miss America is a scholarship provider," Kaeppeler told E! News Wednesday night.

"We compete in talent and community service, so there's a lot more to it."

Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America

Laura says she only started competing in pageants two years ago, at age 22.

She said Miss America is "about being a well-rounded young woman and an empowered female" and that child beauty pageants are pure exploitation.

"I don't agree with those sort of programs," Kaeppeler said. "Because I don't think it's the child's want to do that necessarily and the child engaging in that."

"I think it may come from an outside source. I think if you're going to do something like [competing in pageants], you should do it because you want to."

Safe to say we know how she'd score a Here Comes Honey Boo Boo recap.

Your take: Should TLC yank Toddlers & Tiaras and the like?

 

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