Vernon Kay and Tess Daly secretly renewed wedding vows 5 years ago

Tess Daly shares snap from when she and Vernon Kay secretly renewed their wedding vows after he reflects on their marriage on I’m A Celeb

Vernon Kay revealed that he and wife of 17 years Tess Daly secretly renewed their wedding vows five years ago.

The presenting duo originally wed in 2003 and have two daughters – Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11 – and Vernon talked about his marriage on Saturday night’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Tess then took to Instagram to share a never-before-seen snap from the day, of them posing with their children.

‘Special day’: Tess Daly shared a snap from when she and Vernon Kay secretly renewed their wedding vows after he discussed it on I’m A Celeb on Saturday

In the image, Vernon, now 46, and Tess, now 51, stand behind their kids, Tess looking stunning in a plunging cream dress.

Phoebe and Amber wear matching sparkling dresses and carry white roses, like their mother. Vernon looks sharp in a grey suit and tie.

‘So sweet listening to Vern recount the story of surprising me with renewing our vows,’ Tess captioned the image. ‘Here’s a picture from that special day ❤️’ 

Chatting to camp-mates Giovanna Fletcher and Jessica Plummer, Vernon was asked by Giovanna – who was discussing her marriage to McFly crooner Tom Fletcher – if he would ever renew his vows.

Secret ceremony: Vernon revealed that he and wife of 17 years Tess secretly renewed their wedding vows five years ago in France

‘We have done, we did it in France, about five years ago,’ he revealed. ‘I booked a weekend in our favourite hotel in the South Of France and I spoke to [Tess’] stylist at the time and I said I needed four dresses.

‘[Tess] didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we’re going to renew our vows.

‘She said, ‘I’ve got nothing to wear,’ and I said. ‘you say that… pick one!’

‘We went to reception and her Mum, my parents, the kids and my brother were waiting and she was like ‘oh my God!’

The big day: Vernon and Tess celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary on September 12. They wed at St Mary’s Church in Horwich in 2003 [pictured] 

Family: The presenting duo have two daughters – Phoebe, 16, and Amber, 11


Man and wife: ‘[Tess] didn’t know anything. I said I needed four dresses and I gave her a card and it said congratulations on your second wedding day and I said we’re going to renew our vows,’ Vernon revealed

‘We had such a lovely day!’

This romantic story moved Jessica, who said afterwards in the Telegraph: ‘It’s incredible that Vernon arranged in secret the renewal of his vows. It’s like a fairy tale!’

Giovanna also commented: ‘Vernon’s story is absolutely romantic and wonderful and thoughtful. I mean, Tom, if you’re watching…’

Tess and Vernon celebrated their 17-year wedding anniversary on September 12. They wed at St Mary’s Church in Horwich in 2003.

Their marriage hit a speed bump in 2010, however, when Vernon was caught sexting glamour model Rhian Sugden.

There goes the bride: ‘We had such a lovely day!’ Vernon said of the vow renewal

Just married: The pair are pictured after their wedding ceremony in 2003

Vernon pursued Rhian on Twitter, text and email for four months, with the blonde later claiming he also tried to set up a secret liaison with her in a hotel room. 

Afterwards, she assured Tess that they never met up alone and it was nothing more than a ‘close friendship and flirty messages’. She concluded with offering her ‘sincerest apologies’ and wishing the both of them happiness for the future.

Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to Tess on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after the saucy messages came to light.

He went on to promise live on air that he would no longer contact Rhian or the four other women he had been caught messaging at the time.

It was then revealed the pair had got back in touch in 2015 with Vernon sending hundreds of texts asking to ‘reconnect’ with the model.

Rhian claimed earlier this year that the scandal ruined her career.

The model, 33, lamented the fact that the presenter ‘got away with it’ after publicly apologising to his wife.

Rhian said it still ‘makes her feel sick’ that Vernon returned to his presenting duties afterwards and that she wishes she had never met him.

Talking to The Sun, the glamour model said: ‘He just got away with it. It ruined everything for me. I felt like I was going up and up with my career and then that came along. I wish I’d never met him.

‘He got to give an apology on the radio and just got to carry on, with Family Fortunes, ironically. It still makes me feel sick.’

Long-term love: ‘I booked a weekend in our favourite hotel in the South Of France and I spoke to [Tess’] stylist at the time and I said I needed four dresses,’ Vernon explained of the surprise [pictured in the early days of their romance]

Not without drama: Their marriage hit a speed bump in 2010, however, when Vernon was caught sexting glamour model Rhian Sugden

Apology: Vernon was famously forced to make a public apology to Tess on BBC Radio 1 back in 2010 after the saucy messages came to light [Vernon and Tess pictured in 2015]  

Rhian added that they met during a night out in Manchester and that there was an ‘attraction there’ for both of them. 

She added that ‘things stemmed’ from there until their ‘sexting scandal’ was exposed. 

Rhian emotionally added to the newspaper: ‘If I’d met this man, slept with him and had a full blown affair with him then I would understand the backlash. It was like I’d literally killed somebody.’

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! continues nightly at 9PM on ITV. 

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