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TV3 star Alan in tears as he ties knot with Karl

WEDDING guests partied into the early hours of this morning to toast newlyweds Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick.

Even the deluge of rain couldn't dampen this momentous day.

Alan's co-star on Celebrity Salon, Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, was one of the last to leave and was spotted struggling with her stunning blue dress in puddles of rain early this morning after the party wound up -- and she had a laugh after getting into the driver's seat of a waiting taxi by mistake.

The happy couple tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony at the Unitarian Church in Dublin's city centre. Both wore designer dress suits and matching cravates -- Karl in charcoal grey and Alan in a lighter shade of grey.


"We are doing something that comes natural. This should be the normal thing in the world," Mr Broderick, a composer, said as the pair arrived in a chauffeur-driven Bentley at 2.45pm.

The rain stayed off long enough for guests to be photographed outside the church.

But there were waterworks at the ceremony as an emotional Alan (43) struggled to overcome the nerves on their special day.

"We waited 16 years for this day and we wanted to do it in Ireland," said the Ireland AM star. "I lost it totally during the ceremony. It was beautiful."

Taking a leaf out of the recent British royal wedding, two bridesmaids, Hughes's sister Doreen Freeman and Broderick's sister Ann Broderick, wore white and clutched pink and purple posies. Celebrity guests included RTE's Derek Mooney and most of TV3's big names -- Ireland AM's Mark Cagney, Sinead Desmond, Aidan Cooney and new mum Anna Daly, who looked radiant in a bohemian black dress.

Stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick performed a reading at the wedding along with TV3 producer Debbie O'Donnell.

The reception was at the Mansion House -- but the real party kicked off at 7.30pm, when 150 showbiz guests were invited to join in celebrations at the afters.

Friends ripped up the dancefloor when X Factor darling Mary Byrne and Eurovision singer Niamh Kavanagh took to the stage. The couple will honeymoon in the US.