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Friday 2 December 2016

Sealed with a kiss as Christine and Frank make a perfect love match

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Irish TV star Christine Bleakley got an early Christmas present with her fairy-tale wedding to  ex-Chelsea soccer star Frank Lampard.

The 36-year-old Newry native looked stunning in an elaborate Suzanne Neville creation as she got hitched at St Paul’s Church in London.

She opted for a princess-style wedding dress with elegant long lace sleeves, a plunging neckline and a dramatic full tulle skirt.

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Wearing her hair in a simple side chignon, Christine looked the picture of happiness as she sealed the deal on her six-year-long romance at the celeb-filled bash.

Far from saving the pics for an exclusive magazine deal, the delighted couple posed for photos outside the Knightsbridge church as they shared a kiss, cheered on by fans.

Christine and the New York City footballer were joined at the ceremony by Lampard’s two daughters from his previous relationship with Elen Rivas, Luna (10) and Isla (8), who acted as flower-girls.

Christine’s bridesmaids wore full-length maroon dresses, also created by top designer Suzanne Neville.

Philip Schofield and wife Stephanie Lowe leave after the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge
Philip Schofield and wife Stephanie Lowe leave after the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge

Familiar faces from the world of soccer and showbiz descended on the venue to help the happy couple mark the black-tie affair.

Christine’s colleague Philip Schofield was there with wife Stephanie Lowe.

Anthony McPartlin attended with his wife Lisa Armstrong while his ‘I’m a Celebrity...’ co-star Declan Donnelly came with wife Ali Astall.

Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech was among Lampard’s former teammates in attendance, as was Chelsea captain John Terry and his wife Toni.

Also there was presenter Holly Willoughby, whose maternity leave on This Morning was covered by Christine. She looked gorgeous in a black, lack mini-dressed teamed with black heels.

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Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London
Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard leave after their wedding at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London

Jamie Redknapp attended with his wife Louise, who looked stunning in a navy ensemble.

However, there was no sign of just-departed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who worked with Lampard at the London club and had been invited. 

The couple celebrated their nuptials with a reception at the lavish Arts Club in Mayfair with chart-topper Ed Sheeran booked as their wedding singer.

The ‘Wild Ireland’ presenter – who was engaged for four years – previously told how she was in no rush down the aisle with Frank, who moved to America earlier this year and is worth an estimated €30m.

“We’re both very busy. We are very ready, we’re going to do quite a small and intimate wedding,” she said.

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