Wednesday 28 September 2016

In Pictures: Inside the Christmas wedding of Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley

Published 20/12/2015 | 17:24

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Philip Schofield and wife Stephanie Lowe arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Jackie Sinclair arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Frank Lampard arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Frank Lampard arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Frank Lampard arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Ant and Dec arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Piers Morgan and wife Celia Walden arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Petr Cech arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Jamie and Louise Redknapp arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Kelly Hoppen arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Piers Morgan and wife Celia Walden arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Ant and Dec arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Branislav Ivanovic arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Harry Redknapp arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Frank Lampard (left) arrives for his wedding to Christine Bleakley at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London where Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard were married Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Frank Lampard and Christine Bleakley tied the knot in a romantic ceremony in London this afternoon.

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The New York City footballer and popular TV presenter were joined by their family and friends for the intimate ceremony, just days before Christmas.

The couple flew back from the US earlier this week ahead of their big day and were spotted preparing for their big day in recent days.

The former Chelsea star's daughters, Luna and Isla, joined the couple for the nuptials.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Celebrity guests included John Terry, Amanda Holden, Jose Mourinho and fellow stars from the world of sports and showbiz.

Philip Schofield was spotted entering the church shortly before the ceremony began, while Jackie Sinclair and TV presenters Ant and Dec also arrived with their other halves.

Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Christine Bleakley arrives for her wedding to Frank Lampard at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Frank's football pals Arsenal goalkeeper Peter Cech and Chelsea captain John Terry were also pictured entering the venue.

Jamie Redknapp and his wife Louise looked stunning in black for the formal 'do, while Jamie's dad and former Tottenham manager Harry was also invited to the festive bash.

Ant and Dec arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Ant and Dec arrive at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Christine was spotted entering the venue in an elegant full-length gown, complete with lace trim and traditional veil.

The dress was detailed with buttons on the back and had a simple silk waistband, accentuating her trim figure.

Harry Redknapp arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Harry Redknapp arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

The presenter, who began her career in Northern Ireland, had her hair styled in an up-do.

The high-profile couple have been together for six years. Their engagement was announced in mid-2011.

John Terry arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
John Terry arrives at the wedding of Christine Bleakley and Frank Lampard at St Paul's Church in Knightsbridge, London. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Wild Ireland presenter Christine (36), who is also a former Strictly Come Dancing contestant, admitted in 2012 that she was in no rush to walk down the aisle with Frank.

Both steadfastly refused to succumb to any pressure to tie the knot throughout their four-year engagement.

But the former Chelsea midfielder, who won 106 caps for England, revealed in June he was finally "very ready" to marry the Newtownards woman, who began her TV career at BBC Northern Ireland.

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