Tuesday 27 September 2016

Declan Donnelly weds long-term love Ali Astall... and of course Ant is Best Man

Published 01/08/2015 | 14:34

Ant McPartlin (left) with groom Declan Donnelly before his wedding to Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ant McPartlin (left) with groom Declan Donnelly before his wedding to Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Vernon Kay waves to onlookers as he arrives with his wife Tess Daly to attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Bride Ali Astall arrives at her wedding to Declan Donnelly at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ant McPartlin (left) with groom Declan Donnelly before his wedding to Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ant McPartlin (left) with groom Declan Donnelly before his wedding to Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Marvin (left) and Rochelle Humes (2nd left) attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ant McPartlin attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Stephen Mulhern (centre) attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe (right) attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Alan Shearer and his wife Lainya attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Leigh Francis attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Leigh Francis takes a photograph to remember the occasion as he attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
(Left - right) Paddy McGuinness, Phillip Schofield and Leigh Francis attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle.
Jonathan Wilkes attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Jonathan Wilkes attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Tess Daly and Vernon Kay (right) attend the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Tess Daly attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ashley Roberts attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Jonathan Wilkes attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Holly Willoughby attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Father Dermott Donnelly (left) outside St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle, ahead of the wedding of his brother Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Ashley Roberts attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION

TV star Declan Donnelly has wed his long-term partner Ali Astall.

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The other half of Ant and Dec has walked up the aisle in a star-studded ceremony.

Famous faces on the guestlist included Holly Willoughby, Paddy McGuinness and Keith Lemon and his Britain's Got Talent boss Simon Cowell was unable to make the nuptials but reportedly sent a gift along with well wishes to the newlyweds.

Vernon Kay and Tess Daly, flew fresh from Brian Dowling's wedding in Wicklow on Thursday for the ceremony, while Rochelle and Marvin Humes were also spotted.

Ant McPartlin acted as Best Man for the big day, leading groomsmen, including Jonathan Wilkes, at the festivities.

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Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ant McPartlin and wife Lisa Armstrong after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Newly married Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall after their wedding at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Paddy McGuinness waves after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Phillip Schofield and his wife Stephanie Lowe (left) after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Leigh Francis (right) after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle.Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Stephen Mulhern (right) after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Marvin (left) and Rochelle Humes after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Tess Daly and Vernon Kay (right) after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Fearne Cotton after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Holly Willoughby after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Ashley Roberts after the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
A Rolls Royce Phantom carrying bride Ali Astall to her wedding with Declan Donnelly at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Dec's brother Father Dermott Donnelly officiated the service at St Michael's Church in Newcastle before their reception.

Hundreds of fans descended on the church keen to get a look at the A-list attendees, with gates erected last night to keep crowds at bay.

Bride Ali Astall arrives at her wedding to Declan Donnelly at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Bride Ali Astall arrives at her wedding to Declan Donnelly at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION

As for those who were invited, an insider told The Sun: "It's a lovely group of people who have been close to Dec and Ali for years. It felt right for him to go back to Newcastle because Dec is such a proud Geordie.

"The fact that he’s waited so long to marry shows how serious he is about marriage vows, but he has absolutely no doubts that Ali is The One."

Dec popped the question to agent Ali in November of last year with a ring estimated to have cost €100,000.

The couple have so far kept their honeymoon destination a secret, only dishing they would like to go "somewhere hot".

Holly Willoughby attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Holly Willoughby attends the wedding of Declan Donnelly and Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle. PRESS ASSOCIATION

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