Derek Hough Marries Hayley Erbert in California Forest Wedding

Dancing With the Stars pro-turned-judge Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert tied the knot in Northern California Aug. 26.

By Corinne Heller Aug 27, 2023 12:33 AMTags
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Derek Hough is set to return to Dancing With the Stars this fall a married man.

The pro dancer-turned-judge and longtime partner Hayley Erbert tied the knot in a ceremony in front of family and friends in a redwood forest in Monterey County in Northern California Aug. 26, People reported.

Hayley's brother officiated the ceremony, which took place in front of more than 100 guests, the magazine said. The bride, 28, wore a custom duchess off-the-shoulder satin gown, designed by Georgina Chapman from Marchesa, and a long veil, while the groom, 38, sported a black Tom Ford suit.

Per People, which also shared photos of the couple at the wedding, celebrity guests included the groom's sister and DWTS co-star Julianne Hough, plus her co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, fellow dance pros and married couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, Derek's former dance partners Maria Menounos, Shawn Johnson and Amy Purdy, actresses Frieda Pinto and Nina Dobrev and the Vampire Diaries alum's boyfriend and Olympian Shaun White.

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Derek and Hayley, a Kansas native, former gymnast and DWTS troupe dancer, met in 2014 when she joined him and sister Julianne on their Move Live Tour. They began dating the following year.

In June 2022, Derek confirmed their engagement publicly after proposing with a ring from Paris Jewellers.

"It's only the beginning," Derek wrote on Instagram at the time, "the beginning of forever."

On Aug. 25, a day before their wedding, the groom shared a special message for his partner and a video montage featuring the two, set to a new song he wrote and recorded called "Hold Back Time."

"I sat down at the piano, thinking about our relationship and the massive step of committing my life to you," he wrote on Instagram. "The amount of life we have already shared is pretty incredible. This video is a just a tiny snippet of what we've already experienced."

Derek continued, "Life seems to be moving so fast, I want to hold back time as much as I possibly can to savor each and every moment with you. I can't wait to continue building memories and a beautiful life with you, together."

Hayley commented, "I love you from the deepest depths of my heart. Thank you for choosing me in this life."

Look back at Derek and Hayley's road to marriage below:

October 2015: Hayley Joins Dancing With the Stars

Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert meet back in 2014 when she performed on his and sister Julianne Hough's tour. A Dancing With the Stars producer is impressed with Hayley and she is called to interview to join the show's troupe, getting the job the following year, according to the Hutchington News. Also in 2015, she and Derek begin dating.

July 2016: Derek & Hayley Step Out

The two begin going out to public events, including at the 2016 premiere of the Tony Robbins Netflix documentary I Am Not Your Guru.

September 2016: Creative Arts Emmys Governors Ball

The duo get glammed up for a star-studded night out.

August 2017: Red Carpet Debut

The dancers make their red carpet debut as a couple at the Television Academy's 2017 Choreography Peer Group Celebration at Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, Calif.

September 2017: Emmys Date

Hayley joins Derek as his date for the Creative Arts Emmys, where he was nominated for Outstanding Choreography for his work on Dancing With the Stars.

October 2017: Happy Halloween

The two attend the star-studded Casamigos Halloween Party.

November 2017: Christmas Tree Lighting

Hayley joins Derek as he hosts The Americana at Brand shopping mall's Christmas tree lighting event in Glendale, Calif.

May 2018: May the Force Be With You

The two attend the Hollywood premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

September 2018: Emmys After-Party Date

The couple steps out at HBO's post-Emmys celebration.

October 2019: They Are the Ones Who Hug

They aren't pumping the brakes as they attend the premiere of Netflix's El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.

February 2020: Oscars Party Date

The two pose for pics at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar viewing party.

November 2020: Disney Holiday Singalong

Feeling festive, they dance on the special to ring in the Christmas season.

August 2021: Respect Premiere

The two are all smiles at the premiere in Los Angeles.

August 2021: Emmy Winner

The partners appear at the Creative Arts Emmys, where Derek wins Outstanding Choreography for Variety or Reality Programming for his work on Dancing with the Stars.

March 2022: Oscars Party Dance

The two dance as they arrive at the 2022 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscars viewing party.

May 2022: Top Gun: Maverick Premiere

They look top tier on the red carpet.

June 2022: Engaged

Hayley flashes her engagement ring at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards.

June 2023: Elemental Premiere

The two get cozy at the launch of the Disney-Pixar film.

August 2023: Just Married and Honeymoon

The couple honeymoon in Italy following their Aug. 26, 2023 wedding in California.

December 2023: In Sickness and in Health

Derek was by Hayley's side as she underwent emergency skull surgery due to a burst blood vessel. "It was a time filled with uncertainty and fear, going from living our dreams onstage, to a nightmare in an instant," he wrote on Instagram over a week later. "Her recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle."

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