Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Wedding Was an Epic DWTS Reunion: See Who Attended
Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy said their "I dos" in front of 200 of their closest friends and family — including plenty of Dancing with the Stars alumni and pros
On Saturday, the Dancing with the Stars pros tied the knot in a romantic ceremony overlooking the ocean at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palo Verdes, California. They exchanged vows in front of 200 of their closest friends and family, including a number of DWTS alumni and pros!
DWTS pros Hayley Erbert, Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Sasha Farber, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Alan Bersten, Artem Chigvintsev and Brandon Armstrong all attended. Also at the wedding were Nikki Bella, Candace Cameron Bure and Alfonso Ribeiro, as well as Chmerkovskiy and Johnson’s former partners Joe Amabile, Normani Kordei, Laurie Hernandez and Ginger Zee.
Johnson was joined by her bridesmaids: bridesman and former DWTS partner Adam Rippon, DWTS‘ Lindsay Arnold, friend Lani, So You Think You Can Dance winner 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.
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And, of course, the crew was there to document the night, posing for selfies and flawless photos on Instagram.
The couple, who got engaged in June 2018, said their “I do’s” underneath a beautiful chuppah decorated with tibet roses, ranunculus, astilbe, lisianthus, garden roses and peonies all in whites and ivories.
Walking down the aisle to a string quartet, Johnson wore a classic long-sleeved Vera Wang gown with a slight mermaid silhouette and topped it with a custom made crystal 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.
Chmerkovskiy and Johnson read their own vows and “incorporated a few meaningful traditions” that celebrated both of their family cultures, she said. The pair exchanged matching rose gold wedding bands from Jacob & Co.
- For more on the wedding, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on stands Friday
The newlywed couple enjoyed a slow (not rehearsed!) dance to “La Vie En Rose.”
“All I wanted to do was slow dance with my husband,” Johnson, 25, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on stands Friday. “I’m sure many people expected a produced dance, but we wanted to keep it genuine and real.”
“All we wanted to do was take it all in and see each other,” adds Chmerkovskiy, 33. “We didn’t do any choreographed performance as many were probably hoping, but I did sneak in a little violin solo for her in there. I wanted to surprise Jenna and add a little touch of the violin as a metaphor for how I will serenade my love for the rest of her life. And her family never saw or heard me play, so bonus points for me.”
WATCH: Dancing with the Stars’ Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson Are Engaged!
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 [her,] and I find myself to be the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. She’s awesome.”
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