Ant McPartlin says he 'struggled to hold it together' as new bride Anne-Marie walked down the aisle

Ant McPartlin says he 'struggled to hold it together' as new bride Anne-Marie walked down the aisle

EMOTIONAL Ant McPartlin said he “struggled to hold it together” yesterday when his bride Anne-Marie Corbett walked down the aisle.

The telly star, 45, hailed his “beautiful” wife at their celeb-packed wedding in Heckfield, Hants.

Ant and best pal Declan Donnelly, also 45, were first to arrive for the showbiz wedding of the year at St Michael’s Church.

During his wedding speech Ant told guests: “When Anne-Marie walked into the church, I had to fight to hold it together as she looked so beautiful.”

His 43-year-old bride walked down the aisle in a £15,000 Suzanne Neville gown, with corseted bodice overlaid with a sheer floral embellished tulle, and a bouquet of white and purple roses with a small picture of her late father.

Her two daughters — from her previous marriage to ex-hubby Scott — performed readings, including Richard Bach poem The Bridge Across The River telling all about soulmates.

Dec spoke of how Ant was the “best friend a man could have” — and also read a prayer.

When Anne-Marie walked into the church, I had to fight to hold it together as she looked so beautiful.

Later, the 150 guests enjoyed a lavish bash at countryside estate Heckfield Place.

The newlyweds beamed as they waved to photographers and cheering fans.

The happy couple then shared a kiss before departing in a black Rolls-Royce.

Their beloved dogs — chocolate labrador Harley and maltipoo pups Bumble and Milo — missed out on the big day.

But they featured as detailed figurines on the three-tier cake by baker Chris Murphy from Tuck Box Cakes.

Earlier, Ant was jokingly urged to give best pal Dec a kiss by photographers as they posed under a floral arch.

The TV favourites had arrived at 12.40pm — both looking dapper in matching black suits.

And they timed their arrival perfectly, hopping out of a Mercedes minibus just as torrential rain passed and the blazing sun shone down on the church.

Beaming Ant skipped over to fans to say hello and told them: “Thanks for coming. Really nice to see you” before heading inside to await his bride.

Celeb guests followed including This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie, footie hero Frank Lampard and wife Christine, and married TV presenters Cat Deeley and Patrick Kielty.

Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams, sporting a light summer suit and shades, arrived arm-in-arm with former girlfriend Keeley Hazell, who wowed in a polka-style dress.

Alesha Dixon looked stunning in a figure-hugging pink number alongside her partner Azuka Ononye.

While the other guests had arrived in posh seven-seater vehicles, TV presenter Andi Peters strolled up the long drive to the church.

He joked: “I’m doing my bit for the environment!”


Funnyman and presenter Stephen Mulhern — who has appeared alongside Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway — rocked up alone wearing a light blue suit. He waved to fans as he shouted: “It’s my time! I’m getting married!”

Finally, at 1.05pm, beautiful bride Anne-Marie stepped out of a £300,000 Rolls-Royce Cullinan, a long veil flowing down the back of her designer dress.

Photographers and videographers hired by the couple shuffled in and out of the church before proceedings began.

And after a 40-minute ceremony, family and friends lined the front of the Grade II-listed building to throw rose-petal confetti.

The newlyweds shared a brief kiss before gentleman Ant helped his bride into their waiting Rolls.

As he closed the door behind her, he punched the air in celebration and gave a cheeky smile to the waiting crowd.

Phillip Schofield said of the ceremony: “It was amazing. Great fun, warm and beautiful.”

Dress to impress

By Joely Chilcott, Fashion expert

ANNE-Marie Corbett wore an asymmetric bespoke gown by bridal designer Suzanne Neville.

The frock included a corseted bodice with sheer one-shoulder tulle overlay — before flaring out into a princess-style A-line design and silk train.

With stunning floral appliqué on the top half, the dress drew attention to Anne-Marie’s smile.

Her sophisticated up hairdo was kept beautifully soft around her face with the veil pinned into her bun. Her classic make-up left her glowing. Delicate earrings were the perfect finishing touch.

David Walliams said: “Very romantic. They’ve a good sense of humour, they’re funny people.”

Guests said Stephen Mulhern played a star role in the ceremony, cracking jokes and telling tales of his friendship with Ant.

One added: “Everyone was in rafts of laughter and it gave the wedding a light-hearted feel.”

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