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Sunday 20 April 2014

I had a dance lesson to impress Jenny on our wedding day, says Ray D'Arcy

Ray D'Arcy and his bride Jenny Kelly on their wedding day in Tankardstown House, Co Meath.

NEWLYWED radio star Ray D'Arcy took dance lessons to impress his bride on their "unforgettable" wedding day.

The Today FM presenter swapped vows with long-term partner Jenny Kelly at a humanist ceremony at the end of August.

Family and friends, including fellow DJs Tony Fenton, Ian Dempsey, Matt Cooper and Mairead Farrell and comedian Tommy Tiernan were all there to witness the day.

The popular broadcaster, who was back on air yesterday after a three-week honeymoon break, said he loved every minute of his wedding day.

"Jenny looked amazing and it was an unforgettable day," he said. "It couldn't have gone better and thanks to everybody who sent cards and greetings and emails and wedding presents."

The couple - who have two children together, six-year-old Kate and baby son Tom -- met in 2005 on Ray's radio show where Jenny worked as producer and co-presenter.

The broadcaster opened up about his wedding day and told his listeners how he secretly had private dance lessons.

And the couple's daughter Kate and her cousins ended up joining in after they practiced their own moves for How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You by Marvin Gaye.

"I can't wait to see the video," Ray said. "I had gone and got a dance lesson and worked out a routine. The day I organised it Jenny, at the last minute, said: 'Will you mind Kate?'

"So Kate gets there and this woman Jane was teaching me a few movies to impress Jenny on the first dance. "Kate says 'Can I do it too Daddy?' so I include her after about 40 seconds.

"On the day of the wedding she told all her mates, as in her cousins, that she was doing a secret dance and they all wanted to be involved.

"Sadie and Willow and Darcy learned the moves and they joined me on the dance floor."

Ray also revealed how it has been the first time in 13 years that he has had a three-week break.

He said: "I've been off the radio for three weeks but I've been doing the Rose of Tralee."

(The Herald)

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