Dancing with the Stars' Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson Are Married
The couple, who got engaged in June 2018, said their “I do’s” in front of 200 of their closest friends and family, underneath a beautiful chuppah decorated with tibet roses, ranunculus, astilbe, lisianthus, garden roses and peonies all in whites and ivories.
“I want a classic, pure white look, with some greenery,” Johnson, 25, previously told PEOPLE of the floral arrangements, designed by Shawna Yamamoto Floral & Event Design. With an overall feel of a romantic modern garden, Chmerkovskiy and Johnson were surrounded by a lush garden filled with white ivory, dashes of greenery, candles of varying heights and modern gold touches.
Walking down the aisle to a string quartet, Johnson wore a classic long-sleeved Vera Wang gown with a slight mermaid feel to it and pieced it with a custom made crystal stoned headpiece and a long veil designed by Bridal Styles Boutique for the ceremony (she changed into a timeless white dress designed by Kleinfeld for the reception).
Meanwhile, the groom wore a custom made black velvet tuxedo designed by Brooks Brothers.
Johnson was joined by her bridesmaids: bridesman and former DWTS partner Adam Rippon, DWTS‘ Lindsay Arnold, friend Lani, So You Think You Can Dance pro Gabby Diaz and co-maids of honor, her sisters Stacy Johnson Bills and Jill Zenger.
Val stood beside his groomsmen, including best man and his brother Maks Chmerkovskiy, Nicole Volynets, Ted Volynets, Igor Drobyazko, Alex Samusevich and Eugene Livshits.
Chmerkovskiy and Johnson read their own vows and “incorporated a few meaningful traditions” that celebrates both of their family cultures, she said. The pair exchanged matching rose gold wedding bands from Jacob & Co.
In attendance were DWTS pros Hayley Erbert, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev and Brandon Armstrong. Also at the wedding were Nikki Bella and Alfonso Ribeiro as well as Chmerkovskiy and Johnson’s former partners Joe Amabile, Normani Kordei, Laurie Hernandez and Ginger Zee.
For the reception, guests dined on a crab and avocado salad, an entrée of braised short rib and dill crusted salmon, wilted baby kale and parmesan mashed potatoes. Dessert included hazelnut cheesecake cherry brulee, chocolate mousse fudge torte and caramel cheesecake crème brulee.
And there’s more cake: Vanilla Bake Shop in Santa Monica, California, created a dramatic five-tier wedding cake that featured handmade sugar rosettes, gold shimmer and a hand painted gold monogram that matched the dance floor. (Chmerkovskiy even had a custom flavor called “Milk Chocolate Hazelnut” with Valrhona chocolate pearls and yellow butter cake that was inspired by his love of Nutella!)
Meanwhile, the newlyweds enjoyed their first dance to “La Vie En Rose.”
“Mr. & Mrs. Chmerkovskiy 04~13~2019,” Johnson posted on Instagram Saturday.
In June, Chmerkovskiy proposed to Johnson in Venice, Italy, where he got down on one knee and popped the question with a diamond sparkler. Chmerkovskiy previously worked with Jacob Arabo of Jacob & Co to design Johnson’s rectangular cushion-cut diamond ring and secretly kept it in his backpack during the trip so Johnson couldn’t find it.
As for his decision to propose in the Italian city, Chmerkovskiy told PEOPLE that he’s known since he was a teenager that one day he would get down on one knee there.
“When I was 17, I visited Venice for the first time and thought it was the most romantic place in the world. I promised myself then that the next time I would come back to Venice was to propose to the woman I’d want to spend the rest of my life with,” Chmerkovskiy told PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. “Fifteen years later I kept my word. It was perfect.”
Chmerkovskiy added of Johnson, “My life has changed because of and I find myself to be the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. She’s awesome.”
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Published Date: Sunday, April 14th, 2019 | 08:45 AM