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Strictly star Cole waltzes up the aisle

Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole waltzed up the aisle - marrying his sweetheart Zoe Hobbs.

The dancer, who rose to fame as one of the professionals from the BBC TV dance show, swept his partner off her feet for a ceremony in front of friends such as Bruce Forsyth.

The couple posed for wedding photos in this week's Hello! magazine with stars such as Strictly host Forsyth and fellow professional dancer Anton Du Beke.

And Cole, who could not hold back the tears as his bride came down the aisle in a Peter Langner gown, told the magazine: "She takes my breath away."

New Zealand-born dancer Cole, 34, met the 29-year-old model at a birthday party for mutual friend Rick Parfitt Jnr a few years ago.

The ballroom star recalled: "She walked across, said hello and I nearly fell over. I literally stopped in my tracks."

He knew after their first date that his life had changed.

"From that day on, I thought about nothing else," he said.

Also posing with the couple for wedding photos in the grounds of Nether Winchendon House in Buckinghamshire were Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, dancer Erin Boag and Jo Wood, one of Cole's dancing partners in the BBC1 show.

Wood said: "I've never seen Brendan as a bad boy, I've just seen him as lovely Brendan. We've become really good friends."

Newlywed Hobbs said: "We had the most perfect wedding day either of us could have wished for."

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