Fleur East has unveiled the stunning strapless wedding dress she wore during her ‘perfect’ Moroccan nuptials with long-term love Marcel Badiane-Robin.
The former X Factor star, 31, tied the knot with her beau earlier this month against the magnificent backdrop of the Atlas Mountains in front of guests including Harry and Sandra Redknapp, Vas J Morgan and AJ Odudu.
The Sax hitmaker has now released the first image from the couple’s fairytale ceremony in this week’s HELLO! magazine, and revealed she even took to the mic to perform during the lively evening reception.
Newlyweds: Fleur East has unveiled the stunning strapless wedding dress she wore during her ‘perfect’ Moroccan nuptials with long-term love Marcel Badiane-Robin
The happy couple, who have been together for nine years, described the nuptials as ‘the best day’ of their lives.
Explaining how she felt to have married Michael, Fleur said: ‘I’m just excited to call Marcel my husband.
‘Our wedding was perfect. The weather was amazing, the skies were so clear, every single guest was invested in the day and all got on with each other.’
‘The love in the congregation was overwhelming. I’ll never forget the feeling. I took in every single second of it.’
Wedded bliss: The former X Factor star, 31, tied the knot with her beau earlier this month against the magnificent backdrop of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
The I’m A Celebrity star looked jaw-dropping in a strapless gown by J’Aton Couture which featured an intricate beaded bodice and a dramatic, ruffled skirt.
Describing the moment he saw his wife to be for the first time, Marcel explained: ‘When I saw Fleur in her dress I felt like the luckiest man in the universe, not just the world…She looked so beautiful, I just want to do it all over again.’
For the evening reception, Fleur decided to let her hair down and changed into a white bridal jumpsuit by Raine and Bea.
And the star admitted that although it wasn’t planned, she grabbed a mic and belted out her biggest hit to her guests, before serenading her husband with an Alicia Keys number.
Sing it: Fleur, who looked incredible in a strapless, ballgown, revealed that she even took to the mic to perform her hit song Sax during the lively evening reception (pictured in 2015)
‘I actually ended up performing in the end’, Fleur confessed. ‘The DJ put Sax on and handed me the microphone! she I had a feeling that was going to happen.
‘Then he asked me to sing for my husband and I sang ‘If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys – it was the first song that came to my head! It was actually a really nice moment.’
Fleur also revealed that her pal and I’m A Celebrity co-star Harry Redknapp gave her a good piece of advice about married life and told her they key was that they remained good friends.
Fleur and Marcel first met in 2010 while they were both working in a nightclub but have mostly kept their relationship out of the spotlight.
Marcel is a fashion designer and has previously dressed the likes of Rita Ora and Jason Derulo.
Speaking in a previous issue of Hello!, Fleur said: ‘I think every girl grows up thinking of their wedding. I’m a huge fan of love and romance.
‘Marcel always laughs at me, saying I live in Disneyland and that I believe in fairytales!’
Marcel, who proposed during a trip to Tokyo in March, added: ‘There’s a big difference between a marriage and a wedding – and you’ve got to make sure you’ve met the right person.
Tip: Fleur revealed that her pal and I’m A Celebrity co-star Harry Redknapp gave her a good piece of advice about married life and told her they key was that they remained good friends
‘It’s a lot of work. You need a friend as well as a lover; someone who understands you and has the same vision as you.
‘It’s a long journey and if you’re going to commit, you’ve got to understand the full picture. And when you meet the right person, you know.’
Confirming their engagement after flying back to England earlier this year, she told Instagram followers: ‘I’ve literally just landed back in the UK from Japan and I can’t believe I can say that I’m engaged to be a WIFE!!
‘My boyfriend Marcel proposed to me while we were in Tokyo. What a trip to remember! You can read all about my surprise engagement shoot exclusively in @hellomag on sale tomorrow!
‘And you can meet the man that I somehow convinced to want to spend the rest of his life with me! So happy to share this news.’
Read the full article in HELLO! out now.
Happy couple: Fleur and Marcel first met in 2010 while they were both working in a nightclub but have mostly kept their relationship out of the spotlight (pictured in February 2016)