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Derek Hough Marries Hayley Erbert in Fairytale Forest Wedding

Hayley Erbert and Derek Hough at Walt Disney Company's Coverage of D23 Expo 2022The Walt Disney Company via Getty Images

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Dancing With The Stars judge Derek Hough and troupe member Hayley Erbert are now officially husband and wife. The couple tied the knot on Saturday in a regal Redwood Forest in Northern California.

Derek Hough, Hayley Erbert Tie the Knot

Hough and Erbert spent the special moment in an intimate wedding ceremony featuring an “epic” barn dance party. The Monterey County venue was a fusion of regal and rustic, the perfect vibe for the couple’s extraordinary day.

“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 said. “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. We’re here, planting our seeds to grow our family.”

According to the DWTS judge, their wedding felt like a fairytale happening in “one of the most breathtaking places.” During their nuptials, the two exchanged both personal and traditional vows, with Hough’s brother-in-law as the officiating official.

Celebrity guests included Hough’s sister Julianne Hough and her co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, fellow dance pros and married couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson. Hough’s former DWTS partners were also present, including Maria Menounos, Shawn Johnson and Amy Purdy.

The Couple Will Honeymoon in Italy

Before their wedding day, the couple hosted a garden rehearsal dinner with their family. Describing the event as a “big love fest,” the party featured their family members delivering speeches for the couple.

As the two have formally begun forever, they are looking forward to continue their beautiful adventure together. Thus, for their honeymoon, Hough and Erbert decided to go to Italy.

“We’ve never been. I mean, I’ve been for a competition, but that was it. We’ve never experienced it properly. So it’s really great because it’s a place that we’re going to be able to experience together for the first time,” Hough said.

According to Hough, they will be hitting everywhere from Lake Como, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Rome, Tuscany, and Florence.

The couple went public with their relationship in 2017. Five years later, Hough and Erbert announced their engagement through a joint Instagram post.

“It’s only the beginning… the beginning of forever,” the caption read.

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