Well, another fairy tale celebrity wedding is in the books. Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough married her Canadian hockey player beau Brooks Laich in an outdoor ceremony on Saturday near Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The 29-year-old hoofer and her 34-year-old athlete, who most recently played with the Toronto Maple Leafs, were a picture perfect couple. After soliciting advice from fans to help her choose her wedding dress, Julianne opted for the custom strapless Marchesa gown. She went traditional with a lovely double-tiered, cathedral-length veil and accessorized with simple stud earrings by Lorraine Schwartz. Brooks rocked a classic tuxedo by Brooks Brothers.
Julianne was walked down the aisle by her father, Bruce. The couple’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Lexi and Harley, served as ring bearers for the ceremony. Friend and bridesmaid Nina Dobrev told PEOPLE Magazine that “I’ve never seen a man look at a woman like that when they said ‘I Do.’ It took my breath away.” Another wedding guest told E! News that the bride “had a huge smile on her face and looked giddy with excitement. When she met Brooks at the front of the aisle, she was ecstatic. The ceremony lasted 15 minutes and at the end, paper confetti shot up from all sides in the air. People were cheering and whistling. Julianne raised her arms in the air as they were announced as Mr. and Mrs. Brooks and Julianne Laich.”
Julianne, who said she wanted her wedding to be an “an intimate affair for close friends and family,” shared her big day with 200 guests, including Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul and fellow DWTS-er Mark Ballas. Interestingly, Julianne was wed the same day as her former Dancing co-stars Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who were married in New York. Side note, I had over 200 guests at my first wedding, and I hardly felt it was intimate. But, I guess for a celebrity wedding it is a small group, right? Julianne told People, “I don’t think I ever really necessarily dreamed about my wedding as a kid. But I know I will always cherish and remember it for the rest of my life.”
Both the ceremony and the reception were held outdoors and it seems that, unlike my ex-husband, Brooks wanted to have some input in the wedding plans. Says Brooks, “It was really important to me that we had our ceremony outdoors. Julianne and I are very adventurous and free and wanted the setting to be in nature.” Guests were surrounded by blooms and lovely foliage and dined on gourmet fare. The evening ended with dancing and a fireworks display. Sounds like a great evening. Congrats, you two.
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