Vernon Kaye and Tess Daly are one of the most famous couples in the entertainment industry, and they just celebrated 20 years of marriage.
The Strictly Come Dancing host Tess, 54, and Vernon, 49, married on September 12, 2003 before going ahead to secretly renew their vows in 2013 to mark their 10th wedding anniversary.
The celebrity couple, who are parents to daughters Phoebe, 18, and Amber, 13, celebrated their emerald wedding anniversary by sharing a series of photos from their big day on social media, where they paid tribute to each other.
Let’s take a look back at Tess and Vernon’s 2003 wedding and vow renewal…
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Tess and Vernon married in 2003 after first starting dating in 2001. Vernon popped the question in a romantic proposal on Christmas Day at Tess’s parents’ house.
Recalling the early days of their romance, Tess, a mother of two, told Fabulous magazine:
“The whole thing was really instantaneous, because we immediately had such a blast together.
“I couldn’t imagine having more fun with anyone else.
It was pretty explosive, I’m telling you. (Photo: Daily Mirror)
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The famous couple’s wedding took place at St Mary’s Church in Horwich – Vernon’s birthplace – and their reception was then held at Rivington Hall Barn. Tess and Vernon traveled between the two places in a Volkswagen camper van with the words “Just Married” written on the back window.
Celebrities attending the event included Big Brother’s Brian Dowling and T4 presenter John Sarpong. Entertainment at the couple’s reception was provided by DJ Brandon Block.
(Photo: Daily Mirror)
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Tess wore a strapless wedding dress by Marina Adano, complete with crystals and sequins, along with a veil, tiara and Jimmy Choo shoes. Meanwhile, Vernon wore a white Alexandre Savile Row suit, paired with a pink shirt.
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In 2013, Tess and Vernon renewed their vows by celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary – this time with their daughters, Phoebe and Amber, in attendance.
Vernon organized the entire ceremony in the south of France, and Tess knew nothing about their second wedding until the actual day. The presenter recalled his romantic surprise for his wife while on the show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! forest, Tess then shared a snapshot from the day on social media.
(Photo: Tess Daly/Instagram)
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Vernon recalls explaining their second wedding:
“We did it, we did it in France, about five years ago,” Vernon recalls. “I booked a weekend at our favorite hotel in the south of France and spoke to her hairdresser (Tess) at the time and said I needed four dresses.”
He continued: “She didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card with congratulations on your second wedding day and said we would renew our vows.”
She said: I have nothing to wear, so I said to her: You say so… choose one.’
“We went to the front desk and her mother, my parents, my kids and my brother were waiting, and she was like, ‘Oh my God, we had a beautiful day,'” Vernon added.
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Tess and Vernon celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary in September 2023, with each paying tribute to their other halves on social media.
Tess sweetly wrote: “I can’t believe it’s 20 years ago today! Always @vernonkay,” while Vernon wrote: “20 years!!” With three red heart emojis.
(Photo: Instagram/Tess Daly)