Derek Hough is officially a married man as it has been revealed that he tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Hayley Erbert, this weekend.
They wed during a beautiful ceremony in northern California on Saturday and the bride, 28, gushed about marrying the Dancing With The Stars judge, 38, to PEOPLE.
The brunette beauty recounted how they said their ‘I Do’s’ in a magnificent forest of Redwood trees.
‘We’re in a redwood forest, but we got married right in front of this mother tree that’s surrounded by all these smaller trees,’ Erbert explained.
Adding, ‘They drop all the seeds, and it plants kind of like an army of children to protect the mother. The symbolism of it was beautiful.
Hayley concluded why the imagery of the trees was so meaningful to her. ‘We’re here, planting our seeds to grow our family,’ she said.
Wedding bliss: Derek Hough is officially a married man as it has been revealed that he tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Hayley Erbert , this weekend
Couple goals: The pair dated for eight years before tying the knot in August 2023
According to the outlet, the dancing couple exchanged vows in front of 106 guests.
‘He’s definitely going to cry. I know that for a fact,’ Derek’s wife joked before the ceremony.
She added that, ‘Honestly, both of us. We’re going to be a mess!’
The rehearsal dinner was just as elegant as the ceremony itself, with the wedding guests being wined and dined in Carmel first for a welcome dinner, followed by a rehearsal dinner the next day, with many details planned by the brunette beauty herself.
She described her custom duchess satin gown, designed by Georgina Chapman from Marchesa, as ‘classic’ and ‘timeless’.
The professional dancer exchanged vows with her famous, blonde-haired beau, who wore a Tom Ford suit for the wedding ceremony.
Richard Walters himself recorded a special new version of his hit song, Unconditionally, for the Instagram influencer to walk down the aisle to.
A-listers in attendance included Frieda Pinto, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Shawn Johnson, Nina Dobrev, Shaun White, Robert and Kym Herjavec, Alfonso Ribeiro, and of course, Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough.
Forever starts now: The couple are both professional dancers
Taking their love to new heights: The World of Dance judge popped the question to his longtime love last year, taking her on a helicopter ride for the epic proposal
Golden goddess: Derek’s talented wife actually planned her own wedding ceremony, according to a People report; seen in March 2022
The Ballas Hough Band lead vocalist explained that it was important for the both of them to have their ceremony somewhere in nature.
‘We want to be around trees and plants and Northern California kind of spoke out to us. We just want people to experience this place that we love, this nature, but also, it just feels incredibly romantic,’ the ballroom dancer noted.
Recognizing that guests might expect them both to perform for their first dance, Derek explained, ‘For us, it feels more special for us to not perform. To be on the floor with each other, to listen to music, and just be in the moment.’
The couple’s first dance was set to Forrest Blakk’s Fall Into Me.
Recognizing the weight of his marriage vows, Derek stated, ‘It’s so interesting what a small sort of piece of metal can do to your whole persona and your whole outlook on everything, where all of a sudden it’s sort of like, oh, I have this promise that I carry with me all the time…And to want to be a man to live up to that promise daily for that person and for yourself and for others, it’s a powerful thing.
‘It’s a beautiful thing. So for me, I’m excited to continue to aspire to be that man each and every day for her, for our animals and for our future family.’
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