Olympic champion Jessica Ennis wore a winning smile on Saturday - as she married her long-term partner at a church in Derbyshire's Peak District. Bystanders in the picturesque village of Hathersage broke into spontaneous applause outside the Church of St Michael and All Angels as Ennis arrived to marry fiance Andy Hill.
Around 100 guests are thought to have attended the hour-long wedding service before heading off to a reception at an undisclosed location. Wearing a V-necked, sleeveless ivory silk gown with a ruffled tulle skirt and a full-length veil, the bride carried a small posy of cream and pale pink roses.
The Olympian wore a sleeveless ivory silk gown
Hill, a construction site manager, wore a dark grey morning suit, accessorised with a pink tie and handkerchief. Following the service, the newlyweds both smiled broadly as they posed for photographers outside the church, parts of which date back to the 14th century.
Ennis and her fiance, both from nearby Sheffield, first met while at school and are reported to have been together for around eight years. The 27-year-old athlete said last December that she was enjoying planning her "medium-sized" wedding and was "loving all the girlie stuff".
Ennis and construction manager Andy Hill
In a magazine interview published shortly after the couple announced their engagement in 2011, Hill told how he had proposed to the athlete at their Sheffield home on Christmas Eve. Ennnis, whose dress was initially shielded from view by a cloak, arrived with her parents for the ceremony, which was conducted by the Revd Katie Tupling, the priest-in-charge of St Michael's.
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