Dancing With the Stars ’ Cheryl Burke Marries Longtime Love Matthew Lawrence


Cheryl Burke (left) and Matthew Lawrence

Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix

Bust out those dancing shoes—Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence are married! The Dancing With the Stars pro tied the knot with her longtime love on Thursday, May 23.

The bride shared her first official photo with her husband, shot by amy & stuart photography, on Instagram, looking positively radiant in a breathtaking fitted, off-the-shoulder Romona Keveza gown that reportedly included a 6-foot-train. She paired the dress with Gianvito Rossi heels. She wore her dark, shoulder-length locks down with a sheer white veil that began halfway down her head. Her groom, meanwhile, looked dashing in a black tux by Garo Ashikian of Onik Design and a megawatt smile.

Burke's costar and newlywed Val Chmerkovskiy, who tied the knot with Jenna Johnson late last month, wished the couple a "lifetime and beyond" of happiness. Other DWTS alums, including Julianne Hough, Peta Murgatroyd and Erin Andrews also chimed in with well wishes.

The couple’s ceremony took place at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar Hotel in San Diego.

People reported that the dancer, 35, who lost her father in March 2018, was accompanied down the aisle by her stepfather, Bob Wolfe.

“When Cheryl rounded the corner [to enter the ceremony], you couldn’t have asked for a more perfect movie moment," Lawrence said in a new interview with People. "It was magical.”

The magical moment even lead the bride to shed a tear. "It was a tearjerker!” Burke said of the ceremony. “We were both crying. I was glad I [ told matron of honor Leah Remini] to put tissues in her bra. It came in handy!”

In addition to Remini—who threw an epic bridal shower for her pal back in March—Burke was supported by her sister Nicole and DWTS’s Kym Johnson Herjavec, both of whom were in the bridal party. As for Lawrence, he had famous brothers Joey and Andy Lawrence on hand as his best men.

After the ceremony, the wedding party and the rest of the couple's 200 guests joined them for a reception. The wedding was reportedly planned by Mindy Weiss, party planner to the Kardashians and plenty of other celebs. Burke said she saw her "Pinterest wedding come true," which apparently included a mirrored dance floor, twinkle lights and florals by Mark’s Garden. “Everything was perfect," she said. "My friends were telling me that it was one of the favorite weddings they’d ever attended.”

The couple shared their first dance to “Why I Love You” by MAJOR. Things obviously went smoothly for Burke, but for Lawrence, who doesn't have mirror ball trophy under his belt, the dance literally tripped him up. “Having to dance with Cheryl gave me the most nerves because she is such an accomplished dancer, and I’m not,” Lawrence said. “I messed up in every possible way. I almost fell on top of her and pulled my hamstring to prevent that from happening. But we pulled it off!”

The rest of the reception and the after party was filled with more dancing, a 5-tiered-cake by Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes, music by Angelo Pagan’s salsa band, churros, quesadillas, and nachos. “Everyone was dancing their butt off,” Burke said. “I had a blast!”

Burke gushed about her now-husband to People days ahead of their nuptials: “Matt brings out the best in me,” she said. “He enjoys every moment and that helps me appreciate life even more.”

It was a happy ending for the dance pro, who admitted earlier this month that she originally mistook the Boy Meets World star’s proposal for a breakup.

After her birthday came and mostly went without a ring (or even flowers!) from her boyfriend, 39, she was shocked when he rushed her outside to find a letter. “I thought, ‘Oh no, is this, like, a breakup letter? Or, like, what is happening?’” she confessed while appearing on People TV’s Chatter in May 2018. “He goes, ‘Just read it.’ And I open it, [it’s] fine print—my eyes are pretty bad—he’s like, ‘Just read it.’ So I bring it up to my nose, and it says, ‘Love you always and forever.’ And I turned around, he was on one knee and we were just very emotional.”

Burke and Lawrence first got together in 2007 after meeting on the set of DWTS. Though they called it quits one year later, they reconciled in 2017, with the actor going on to pop the question in May 2018.

The wedding was over a decade in the making, so it's fair that Burke is a little sad that it's over. “It’s bittersweet, because I’m really sad that it’s over," Burke said. "But at the same time, it’s calming. I feel like this is exactly what needed to happen for us.”

As for Lawrence, the "surreal" day is burned in his memories. “I’ll never forget walking into the reception tent and everybody was lined up, clapping for us,” Lawrence said. “It was like it was in slow motion. That is a moment I will never forget.”

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