PHOTOS: HGTV Star Tarek El Moussa Marries Heather Rae Young

Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young

Getty Tarek El Moussa and Heather Rae Young

Tarek El Moussa is officially a married man. The HGTV star confirmed on Instagram that he said “I Do” to his longtime love, Heather Rae Young, on October 23, 2021.

“WE’RE MARRIED!!!! Flipped her name for good,” the 40-year-old wrote.

His new wife added on her Instagram, “I married the love of my life today. My sweet man, my everything. Cheers to forever and then some.”

The couple first met on July 4, 2019, before getting engaged on their first anniversary. This is the first marriage for the “Selling Sunset” star and the second for El Moussa. He shares daughter Taylor, 11, and son Brayden, 6, with his ex-wife and “Flip or Flop” co-host Christina Haack.

According to People, the couple got married at a hotel near Santa Barbara. Young teased the location on Instagram in September, sharing a photo of the pair “in the exact place we’ll have our first dance as husband and wife.”

The 34-year-old donned “a fitted corset dress with French lace, long sleeves, and a keyhole back custom-made by Israeli designer Galia Lahav,” People revealed. She shared on her Instagram Story that her hair would be in a low bun. As for her new husband, the outlet reported that he wore “a black velvet tux with a skull-and-crossbone-print lining.”

When speaking with People about her big day, Young said, “We’re best friends, we’re true soulmates, and our love is so rare and so special. It’s the love I’ve always dreamed of my whole life.”

“I’m just excited to live this life with her,” the “Flipping 101” star added. “We’ve got the two babies, we have a family, and we have a very bright future.”

The couple’s first dance was to Old Dominion’s “One Man Band” at their reception, which according to People was “decked out in Old Hollywood-style decor, with a color palette of black, white, champagnes, and golds.”

The publication reported the couple was staying in California for a few days before jetting off for their honeymoon.


The Couple Shared a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Getting Ready for Their Wedding

Leading up to their ceremony, the couple shared a behind-the-scenes look at their preparations through their Instagram Stories.

Young revealed her makeup was done by Angie Martinez, who was also a guest at the wedding. The Netflix star also wore a custom Nadine Merabi loungewear set while getting ready before switching into a “Dress before the dress” by Le Laurier that she wore for photos.

She also showed off a bedazzled bottle of champagne, encrusted with “I do,” from her “Selling Sunset” co-star Chrishell Stause. Young added, “Been saving this one.”

Among those getting ready with the bride were her mother, mother-in-law and step-daughter, all of whom received custom robes from Le Laurier and clutches from Island to East Side.

Meanwhile, El Moussa was joined by Brayden and the other men in his life for a last-minute “Tarek” chant before greeting his bride.


The Couple Celebrated Their Rehearsal Dinner the Day Before the Wedding

On Friday, October 22, the pair celebrated their impending nuptials with a rehearsal dinner.

For the event, Young donned a white, sweetheart neckline cocktail dress from Galia Lahav with her hair in a braid adorned with white butterflies. El Moussa wore a floral navy-and-black suit.

“Ready to say “I do” Which is crazy,” El Moussa wrote in the caption of an Instagram post showing the couple gazing into each other’s eyes. “If you had asked me four years ago I would’ve told you I was never getting married again and honestly I didn’t even think I would find love.”

He continued, “Then one day Heather jumped onto my boat, looked at me, smiled and the rest is history. Thank god for that day. My life is so much better with you in it… now let’s do this thing!!”

The night included toasts from close family and friends, including Young’s father. She shared a snippet of his speech in her Instagram story in which he recounted her telling him “I’m going to wait for the right man.” He revealed six to eight months later she called to say, “Well, I found him.”

As his publicist, Eda Kalkay, wrote on her Instagram Story of the celebration, “So much love and laughter filling the room tonight.”

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