When Strictly Come Dancing stars Janette Manrara and Aljaž Skorjanec tied the knot back in the summer of 2017, the daytime part of the wedding was intimate and very much a family affair.
But the couple were joined by a host of celebrity pals for the star-studded evening reception. And as you might expect, there was no shortage of celebrity guests waiting to take a spin on the gold-mirrored dance floor.
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Among these were It Takes Two host Zoë Ball, model Daisy Lowe, singer Louise Redknapp, presenter Frankie Bridge and her husband Wayne, Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid, and Strictly judges Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel Horwood.
There were also many Strictly dancers in attendance, including Kevin and Karen Clifton, Katya and Neil Jones, Natalie Lowe, Giovanni Pernice, Gorka Marquez, Oti Mabuse, Anton Du Beke, Chloe Hewitt and AJ Pritchard.
Janette’s wedding dress had been created by Julien Macdonald. The pair became good friends after Janette was partnered with Julien on Strictly in 2013.
The gorgeous silk wedding dress had a detachable overskirt and was embroidered with silk thread, feather-inspired motifs and covered in hand-sewn Swarovski crystals and lustre sequins. ‘‘The dress took more than 150 hours to create,” said Julien, “and is one of my favourite couture dresses I’ve ever made.”
“Her hair was done in a French twist style, but we kept her fringe down, just how she likes it,” he added. Aljaž calmly waited for his bride to arrive in The Brydon Room on the first floor of the Town Hall. Then an instrumental version of A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes started and the bridal party appeared and walked down the aisle.
When asked if anybody present knew if there was any reason Janette and Aljaž should not be married, they both turned round and stared at the guests, which prompted lots of laughter. And, when they were declared man and wife, Janette punched the air, shouting: “We did it!” as guests broke into a round of applause.
After the ceremony, it was time for Janette to do a quick change as she put on a plunging cocktail dress that had also been designed by Julien. Then, guests travelled across London again for the wedding breakfast at Janette and Aljaž’s favourite restaurant, Duck & Waffle. The