American Dancer Derek Hough Marries Hayley Erbert In California Forest Wedding With ‘Epic Barn Dance Party’

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert are officially married!

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert tied the knot in Monterey County, California, on Saturday in front of 106 guests.

“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 says. “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.”

During their emotional nuptials, the bride and groom exchanged both personal and traditional vows, as Hough’s brother-in-law officiated the ceremony. Erbert wore a custom duchess satin gown, which she paired with a long veil, blusher and jewelry. “It’s all very just classic, timeless,” says Erbert of her dress.

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Hough wore a suit for the ceremony and Brooks Brothers for the reception.

After the couple exchanged vows, guests headed to the reception which was held in a 100-year-old barn. The vibe was “regal” but “rustic” decorated with chandeliers, florals by and stationery by Minted.

Plenty of the couple’s famous friends were in attendance to help celebrate their big day.

“When we were thinking about location we asked ourselves, ‘What’s important to us?'” explains Hough. “Nature was the first thing. We want to be around trees and plants and Northern California kind of spoke out to us. We just want people to experience this place that we love, this nature, but also, it just feels incredibly romantic.”

At the reception, Erbert changed into a lace dress with a tulle skirt and a detachable train, which was also custom made by Marchesa.

Hough and Erbert each had six bridesmaids and groomsmen, with Hough’s Dancing with the Stars costar Mark Ballas as his best man. Before the wedding, they embarked on an “epic” bachelor and bachelorette celebration.

“It was a six-day event, and it was full-blown. I mean, neon dance party, an escape room on a yacht, obstacle courses like Survivor. It was the most insanely epic thing,” Hough says.

For Erbert, getting to dance through life together is a dream come true.

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