Maksim Chmerkovskiy may be biased, but he knows a good wedding when he sees one. The newly married Dancing with the Stars pro dancer told Us Weekly his July 8 wedding to Peta Murgatroyd was the best wedding he has ever been to in his life. Chmerkovskiy told Us he wasn’t involved in the nitty gritty details of the weekend-long wedding extravaganza, which was held at Long Island’s gorgeous Oheka Castle, but he was extremely happy with the final result.
“I was so low-key about this wedding in terms of the colors and how it was going to be and what it was going to be,” Maksim told Us. “I was mostly on the financial side of things, but it was unbelievable. It was the best wedding I’ve ever been to.”
Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd shared photos from their wedding with the magazine and dished on all of the details. The newlyweds revealed that after a 30-minute outdoor ceremony on the castle’s lush grounds, 300 guests retreated to the main ballroom at the castle, which was covered in white floral arrangements. Guests dined on a five-course meal, while a 15-person band played during the reception.
Peta Murgatroyd wore a Karen Sabag Couture ball gown and heels she bought during a 2012 trip to the Ukraine, her very first visit to the country where Maks lived until his teens. Chmerkovskiy wore a white Tom Ford tux for his big day.
The star-studded bridal party included plenty of Dancing with the Stars alums, including bridesmaids Sharna Burgess and Rumer Willis and groomsmen Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy. Maks and Peta’s 5-month-old son, Shai, served as “prince of honor.”
And since there were so many pro dancers on hand, it’s no surprise that Maks and Peta’s reception included a dance-off.
“We always end up in a circle,” Murgatroyd dished.
“All the dancers crowd around and everyone gets a turn at going into the circle. It was completely lit. Everyone was just having the best time, it was such a big celebration.”
According to Us, Chmerkovskiy and Murgatroyd’s close friend Greg Havio performed the 30-minute ceremony that the couple wrote themselves. The ceremony mixed the couple’s two cultures and included Peta performing the Jewish tradition of walking around her groom seven times.
Of course, the icing on this wedding cake was a cameo by a rainbow, which appeared in the sky moments after Maks and Peta exchanged vows. The image dominated social media, and now Chmerkovskiy reveals the stunning sight stopped everyone at the wedding in their tracks.
“A giant rainbow came out,” Maksim said. “People lost their s**t!”
After the lavish weekend, which included a fancy Friday night dinner party and a Sunday brunch and pool party, several members of the wedding party posted to social media to echo Maksim’s sentiment about how fabulous the wedding was. Sharna Burgess wrote that she was still floating on “wedding overload,” while Tony Dovolani described the celebration as a “dream wedding.”
Indeed, the wedding was fit for a king and queen — or at least for Dancing with the Stars royalty.
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