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The Wiggles star Emma Watkins marries fiancé Oliver Brian at intimate ceremony

Emma Watkins has walked down the aisle with fiancé Oliver Brian. 

The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside attended by 80 friends and family on May 1, with Emma sharing images to Instagram on Monday. 

The 32-year-old stunned in a Paolo Sebastian gown featuring sheer, short sleeves and a retro collar. 

Married! Emma Watkins has walked down the aisle with fiancé Oliver Brian. Both pictured 

The dress featured intricate glittering beading and a gathered waist before it flared out to a full skirt. 

Tones of cream, peach and soft pink could be seen throughout the soft, sheer layering and the skirt was floor length. 

The former Yellow Wiggle added a stunning veil adorned with flowers in colours that matched her gown – and revealed that she made the headpiece herself on the morning of the wedding. 

Happy news: The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside on May 1st, with Emma sharing images to Instagram on Monday. Pictured on the day they became engaged

Happy news: The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside on May 1st, with Emma sharing images to Instagram on Monday. Pictured on the day they became engaged  

For makeup, she chose romantic pink tones with a peachy lipstick in a matte finish, and wore her hair pulled off her face. 

Oliver, 33, looked dapper in a black tuxedo from The Bespoke Tailors, a white shirt and Edward Kwan bowtie, with flowers that complemented Emma’s dress pinned to his lapel. 

The new couple posed for photos in the sweeping countryside, after exchanging vows at a 100 year old estate.   

In her interview with Vogue Australia, Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding – inspired by the Jane Austen novel. 

Theme: In her interview with Vogue , Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding - inspired by the Jane Austen novel

Theme: In her interview with Vogue , Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding – inspired by the Jane Austen novel

She told the publication that the reception was a sit down lunch and the couple acted as their own emcees. 

The colour palette for the decorations was pink and peach, like Emma’s dress, and there was even a cake for their pet goats.  

Oliver tells Vogue that he was overcome with emotion when he saw his bride walk down the aisle. 

‘I was basically a mess, I was in shock when Emma got out of the car,’ he told the publication. 

Cute: She told the publication that the reception was a sit down lunch and the couple acted as their own emcees

Cute: She told the publication that the reception was a sit down lunch and the couple acted as their own emcees

‘I was fixated on you the whole way down (the aisle) – when your dad handed you over, it was a very beautiful moment. I was definitely overwhelmed and there were tears,’ he said to Emma. 

The pair shared their first dance to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sheep May Safely Graze.

When it comes to her dress, Emma said she wanted ‘soft tulle’ and something that had a ‘ballerina-esque background to it’.

‘I saw his dress I thought, “oh, it has a collar! I was like that’s so me. I’d never seen a dress like that,”‘ she said of her Paolo Sebastian gown. 

Aww: Oliver tells Vogue that he was overcome with emotion when he saw his bride walk down the aisle. 'I was basically a mess, I was in shock when Emma got out of the car,' he said

Aww: Oliver tells Vogue that he was overcome with emotion when he saw his bride walk down the aisle. ‘I was basically a mess, I was in shock when Emma got out of the car,’ he said

‘I’m quite eclectic and eccentric—I like colour. I was looking for something fun. When I saw the dress I thought, that is very me.’

She also picked a pair of Roger Vivier flats for her wedding shoes, in a deep plum velvet with rhinestone buckles. 

Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance. 

She shared the happy news in an Instagram post, posing alongside her Wiggles guitarist beau and flashing her diamond ring. 

Happy news: Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance. She showed off her ring in a series of Instagram photos

Happy news: Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance. She showed off her ring in a series of Instagram photos 

Emma captioned the image: ‘When life gets more sparkly’. 

She shared further photos from the proposal to her Instagram Stories, revealing it had occurred in stunning countryside. 

The performer was absolutely beaming as she showed off her sparkler in a number of images, including one where she cuddled up to her musician fiancé. 

One image showed Emma posing alongside a pony, showing the animal her ring, which he captioned: ‘Approval from the locals’. 

Emma captioned the images: 'When life gets more sparkly'

Emma captioned the images: ‘When life gets more sparkly’ 

Emma confirmed her relationship with Oliver in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar Magazine in December 2019.    

‘Yes, I’m in love and I feel very excited to tell you,’ she told the publication, describing their relationship as ‘new’ at the time.

She said Oliver was the ‘opposite’ to her in personality, but described their relationship as being ‘nice’. 

‘He’s a very calm and thoughtful person and I’ve always been interested in his mind and his take on life, and his morals,’ she explained. 

Together: Emma confirmed her relationship with Oliver in an interview with The Daily Telegraph's Stellar Magazine in December 2019

Together: Emma confirmed her relationship with Oliver in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar Magazine in December 2019

‘He loves talking about the environment and food production. It’s not very “Wiggly”, but it’s been nice for me to talk about things not just concerning ourselves, but people everywhere around the world.’ 

The pair took the next step in their relationship in April 2020, reportedly moving in together amid the coronavirus lockdown. 

In September, Emma and Oliver showed further signs their relationship was becoming more serious, as they brought home a new puppy. 

News of the couple moving in together came less than two weeks after Emma’s ex-husband, fellow Wiggles member Lachlan Gillespie, 36, announced his engagement to dancer Dana Stephenson.

'He's a very calm and thoughtful person and I've always been interested in his mind and his take on life, and his morals,' she explained

‘He’s a very calm and thoughtful person and I’ve always been interested in his mind and his take on life, and his morals,’ she explained

‘On Thursday night, Dana asked me to marry her at home under a fairy light sky and a very excited little boy in a beautiful bow tie,’ the purple Wiggle announced on Instagram on April 13.

Emma appeared to give their engagement her approval, commenting with three purple hearts on Lachy’s post.

She also congratulated Lachy and his fiancée Dana on the birth of their twins that same month. 

Co-workers: Oliver plays various instruments on The Wiggles, including guitars and banjo, and has previously joined the band on several of their world tours

 Co-workers: Oliver plays various instruments on The Wiggles, including guitars and banjo, and has previously joined the band on several of their world tours

During her candid interview with Stellar, Emma discussed Lachlan’s relationship with dancer Dana, a senior artist at The Australian Ballet.

After the dancer filmed scenes with The Wiggles last December, Watkins revealed she told a friend that Dana and Lachlan would be ‘perfect together’. 

In August 2018, Emma and former husband Lachlan announced their split. 

Split: Emma split from ex-husband and fellow Wiggles member Lachlan Gillespie (right) in August 2018

 Split: Emma split from ex-husband and fellow Wiggles member Lachlan Gillespie (right) in August 2018

The former couple – who joined The Wiggles in 2013 and started dating weeks later – had married in Bowral, New South Wales in 2016.

Despite their break-up, Lachlan and Emma have vowed to remain friends and still perform together in The Wiggles.

‘To be able to realise as a couple that we were going different ways and to stay as close as we are is a real testament, I think, to both of us,’ Lachlan said in a statement.

Moving on: Lachlan announced his engagement to dancer Dana Stephenson (right) in April last year, the same month that Emma moved in with Oliver in Sydney

Moving on: Lachlan announced his engagement to dancer Dana Stephenson (right) in April last year, the same month that Emma moved in with Oliver in Sydney 

‘I love her more now than anything and she loves me more than anything.’  

Oliver plays various instruments on The Wiggles, including guitars and banjo, and has previously joined the band on several of their world tours. 

Away from the group, Oliver and Emma’s ex Lachlan are in band The Unusual Commoners, alongside Anthony Field and David O’Reilly.

Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band. 

Stars: Oliver (second, right) and Emma's ex Lachlan (left) are in band The Unusual Commoners, alongside Anthony Field (second left) and David O'Reilly (right)

Stars: Oliver (second, right) and Emma’s ex Lachlan (left) are in band The Unusual Commoners, alongside Anthony Field (second left) and David O’Reilly (right)

She said her exit was so she could devote more time to her passions – including completing her PhD at Macquarie University.  

The performer revealed the Covid-19 lockdown made her reassess her priorities and realise how much she missed being at home.  

‘After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,’ she said.  

‘Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life.

Exit: Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band

Exit: Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band

‘For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.’

She continued: ‘I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the deaf community.’

Emma is passionate about sign language and raising awareness of Australia’s deaf community after growing up with her best friend having two deaf brothers.

Her PhD, which she has been researching for several years, focuses on the affective, artistic integrations of sign language, dance and film editing.

Schooling: She said her exit was so she could devote more time to her passions - including completing her PhD at Macquarie University

Schooling: She said her exit was so she could devote more time to her passions – including completing her PhD at Macquarie University 



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