Rio Ferdinand marries former TOWIE star Kate Wright in emotional ceremony
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Rio Ferdinand has opened up about his "emotional" wedding to girlfriend and former The Only Way Is Essex star Kate Wright.

As part of a super-secret three day celebration – where attendees were requested to hand over their phones in order to keep everything as private as possible – the pair wed at the five-star D Maris Bay Hotel in Turkey. Mehmet Oktay, the Mayor of Marmaris, officiated the ceremony.

As part of an exclusive feature with OK! Magazine, the sportsman confessed to tearing up when he first caught a glimpse at his eight-year-old daughter during the luxurious event.

Rio Ferdinand marries former TOWIE star Kate Wright in emotional ceremony
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"I cried as soon as the day started. Seeing Tia walk up the aisle before Kate set me off. It was just so emotional. There was just no going back on the emotion, that’s why I had to keep my shades on!"

The 40-year-old also talked about how special it was for his sons Tate, 11, and Lorenz, 13, to walk 28-year-old Kate down the aisle.

"[It] was particularly poignant and we wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way," he explained. "They were so proud and they couldn’t wait to do that. They felt important."

Rio and Kate – who is the younger sister of TOWIE faves Jessica and Mark Wright – began dating in 2017 following the passing of Rio's first wife Rebecca Ellison two years earlier.

They got engaged in November 2018 when the Manchester United footballer popped the question while they were holidaying in Abu Dhabi.

"I hoped I’d get married at some stage, so obviously I’m very happy and excited about that," Kate previously told OK! Magazine.

"It hasn’t panned out exactly how I imagined when I was a kid. Like most young girls I had the typical fairy tale in mind, but this is my own fairy tale. I can’t complain at all. I feel very lucky."

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