Derek Hough marries Hayley Erbert: ” Derek Hough, the renowned judge from the hit show ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and his partner Hayley Erbert, who have shared both their lives and the ballroom dance floor, have now embarked on a new journey as a married couple.
Enchanted Vows in the Redwood Forest : Derek Hough marries Hayley Erbert
The joyous union occurred amidst the stunning beauty of a redwood forest in Monterey County, Northern California, on a Saturday. Surrounded by loved ones, the 38-year-old Hough and the 28-year-old professional dancer Erbert exchanged their vows. The enchanted forest provided the perfect backdrop for their fairytale-like celebration.
Susan Madore, Hough’s publicist, confirmed the wedding to USA TODAY, while Hough himself expressed, “It’s one of the most breathtaking places. It’s like a fairytale.” The majestic redwood forest symbolized their love’s growth as they stood before a mother tree encircled by its offspring, a poignant representation of their commitment to nurture their family.
Following the heartfelt ceremony, the festivities continued in a century-old barn, where guests rejoiced in the newlyweds’ happiness.
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A Journey from Dance Floor to Altar
Their love story traces back to their meeting on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2015 when Erbert joined as a dancer for seven seasons and four tours. Hough, a former pro dancer on the show, transitioned to the judge’s panel after securing the Mirrorball Trophy six times in the televised dance competition. Their romantic journey culminated in their engagement on June 2, 2022, a surprise orchestrated by Hough.
As they venture into this new chapter, the couple’s upcoming “Symphony of Dance” national tour, set to begin on September 28, promises to showcase their passion on stage. Hough will also return as a judge on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” in the fall.
Dancing Through Life Together: A Personal Wedding Dance
Their wedding dance, a profoundly personal moment amidst their professional careers, reflects their desire to share an intimate connection. Erbert conveyed their intention: “We perform for a living, so we just want this dance to be for us. We don’t want to perform for anyone else.” Hough echoed her sentiment, emphasizing the significance of being present in the moment as they sway together.
Their first dance as a married couple was poignant, set to the melody of “Fall Into Me” by Forest Blakk. Their dance began their harmonious journey through life with an antique mirrored floor and an ethereal fog filling the air.