“Dancing with the Stars” judge Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert are longtime partners in life and on the ballroom dance floor.
Hough, 38, and “DWTS” pro dancer Erbert, 28, tied the knot Saturday in front of family and friends in a redwood forest in Northern California’s Monterey County. People The newspaper reported. Hawke’s publicist Susan Madore confirmed the wedding in the US today.
“It’s one of the most breathtaking places,” Hugh told People. “It’s like a fairy tale.”
“We’re in a redwood forest, but we got married in front of this mother tree surrounded by these little trees,” Erbert said. “They drop all the seeds and it’s planted like an army of children to protect the mother. The symbolism of it was beautiful. We’re here, planting our seeds to raise our family.”
After the wedding, guests headed to the reception, which was held in a 100-year-old barn.
The couple began dating after meeting on “DWTS” in 2015: Erbert danced on the show for seven seasons and four tours. Before joining the judge’s table, Julianne Hough’s younger brother Hugh was a “DWTS” pro dancer who won the coveted mirrorball trophy a record six times on the televised dance competition.
The couple announced their engagement on June 2, 2022, with joint Instagram posts featuring dancers embracing amid white flower petals, 250 oversized candles and white feathers. The whole surprise engagement was set up by Hawke, who transformed the couple’s Los Angeles home.
“This is only the beginning… the beginning of forever,” the Instagram caption read.
He telegraphed the weekend nuptials on Wednesday with an Instagram post of his love song “Hold Back Time,” featuring an animated video of the bride and groom jumping off a dock into a lake.
In the song, Hough intones, “Don’t worry about the future / We fell in love and we won’t let it go.”
The pair will dance together on their “Symphony of Dance” national tour, which begins Sept. 28, and Hugh will be judging ABC’s “DWTS” this fall.
Erbert said of their first dance at the wedding Brides Journalism can be a personal moment in the midst of a professional life.
“We dance for a living, so we want this dance to be for us,” he said. “We don’t want to play for anyone else.”
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“We want to feel good and comfortable, but we don’t need to be perfect,” Hough told the brides. “It’s much less important to me than looking into her eyes while we’re rocking back and forth. I want to feel really present in that moment.”
People reported that the couple’s first dance was to Forrest Black’s “Fall Into Me,” which took place on an antique glass floor with a fog machine.
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