It's taken 13 years to get there — but Eamonn Holmes will finally wed his long-term partner Ruth Langsford today.
The Belfast-born presenter and his fiancee are expected to tie the knot at a hush-hush ceremony this afternoon surrounded by friends, family and many names from the worlds of showbiz and sport.
The wedding is due to take place around midday at Elvetham Hall in Hampshire, a 19th century Grade 2 listed building on the site of a medieval manor.
The couple, who present ITV’s This Morning every Friday, tried to keep the date of their nuptials a secret but This Morning contributor Paul Ross, a close friend of the groom’s, let slip last weekend that he would be dashing off to the ceremony after his BBC Sussex show.
Holmes and Langsford, who have a son Jack together, hosted This Morning yesterday when they confirmed to guests Trinny and Susannah that their wedding was taking place this weekend.
It is understood they have signed an exclusive deal with Hello magazine. Guests have been warned not to take photographs on the day or to talk to the media about the wedding.
Among the guests expected to attend are Paul Ross, This Morning presenters Philip Scholfield and Holly Willoughby, presenter Jeremy Kyle and Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Northern Ireland’s own Darren Clarke is also likely to attend, accompanied by his partner Alison Campbell, as well as television presenters Gloria Hunniford and Christine Bleakley.
However, Bleakley’s boyfriend Frank Lampard will miss the wedding as England take on Germany in tomorrow’s World Cup clash.
Holmes, who was married before, popped the question to Langsford last March, after a 12-year relationship.
They bought a home together in Surrey in 2001 after Langsford became pregnant with Jack, now eight. Holmes also has three children from his previous marriage.
Speaking last month about the wedding plans, Langsford described herself as “a really rubbish bride-to-be” and said she had never been to a wedding fair, despite having to plan her big day.
“I’ve never been one of those girls who always dreamed about my wedding and knew the exact dress I’ll wear and how many bridesmaids,” she said.
“But then when he did propose I was really thrilled and couldn’t believe how different I felt and still do.”