Cheryl Burke’s wedding to Matthew Lawrence went off without a hitch — if you don’t count the hamstring mishap. The Dancing with the Stars pro tied the knot with actor Matthew Lawrence at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California, but a reception dance move nearly landed the groom in the ER.
In an interview with People, the newlyweds revealed their first dance was to “Why I Love You” by MAJOR., but they scored far from a perfect 10. Lawrence admitted he was nervous about dancing with his bride, who is a two-time Dancing with the Stars mirrorball champion.
“Having to dance with Cheryl gave me the most nerves because she is such an accomplished dancer, and I’m not. 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!”
Ahead of the wedding, Cheryl Burke revealed that she had no plans to teach her future husband how to dance. Last fall, Burke joked to Entertainment Tonight that she was afraid her man “might run away” if she scared him off with her strict dancing techniques.
“We may never get married if I teach him how to dance!” Burke admitted. “I just turn into a different person when I’m teaching, so I’m a lot harder.”
While the dancing wasn’t perfect, the wedding was about as close to perfect as could be. Cheryl Burke told People it was “so cool” to see her Pinterest wedding come true, and Matthew Lawrence said when Cheryl rounded the corner to enter the ceremony, it was “magical” and something like a “perfect movie moment.”
The tented event featured twinkle lights, floral arrangements by Mark’s Garden, and a mirrored dance floor — the latter being the perfect place to showcase the groom’s not-so-smooth dance moves. After dinner and dancing, guests were served a five-tiered cake by Joanie and Leigh’s Cakes, then hit an after-party to feast on churros, quesadillas, and nachos as music by Angelo Pagan’s salsa band played. To cap off the night, guests were given custom monogrammed candles from Aroma 360.
The 200 wedding guests included some of Cheryl Burke’s former Dancing with the Stars castmates — including matron of honor Leah Remini, TV personality Jack Osbourne, former NFL star Emmitt Smith, Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi, and actor Joey Lawrence. Lawrence served as co-best man for Matthew, standing alongside their younger brother, Andy.
Check out some behind-the-scenes snapshots from Cheryl Burke and Matthew Lawrence’s wedding below.