Tim Tebow has married pageant queen Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in an ‘intimate sunset ceremony’ in her home country of South Africa.
The couple held their half-hour nuptials at the La Paris Estate in Cape Town, according to People magazine. It following a weekend of glamorous pre-wedding celebrations which he documented on social media.
Tim, 32, a devout Christian who vowed to stay abstinent until marriage, mixed tradition with a personal touch for his vows, wanting them to be ‘perfect.’
‘I want the vows to be perfect. I’m leaving in the traditional things like, ’till death do us part,’ but I’m also adding some of my own things to it,’ he explained.
Demi-Leigh, 24, who’s a spokes model for David’s Bridal, wore a custom gown by the wedding dress giant, and accessorized with Marion Rehwinkel Jewelery. Meanwhile, Tim suited up in Antar Levar.
The cake was left to the wedding planner to decide, but the only request made by the couple for dessert was a Keto-friendly cheesecake so that ‘Tim can stick to his diet.’
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The former Florida Gator two-time champion told People that there were ‘three things’ he was anticipating.
‘I’ve been looking forward to three things. The first moment I see her in her wedding dress, the first kiss, and the first dance together as man and wife. It’s such a special night.’
He continued, ‘I’ve been waiting my entire life for someone special, who I can spend the rest of my life with. I was waiting for the right person to come along. And now I’m marrying Demi. I can’t wait to see what our future holds. All of my dreams have come true. It was 100 percent worth the wait.’
Tim, who previously played for the Denver Broncos, New York Jets, and joined the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles for a few preseason games, took to Instagram Stories on Sunday to document the couple’s lavish rehearsal dinner.
The looked handsome in a burgundy, print suit layered over a black dress top. Demi-Leigh, who was crowned Miss South Africa 2017, looked mesmerizing in a strapless sequin, red jumpsuit complete with silver heels.
Guests included their close family and friends, as well as Pastor Louie Giglio of Passion City Church. Tim often speaks at the church’s large young adult conference that takes place yearly in Atlanta.
The couple, who became engaged last January, met in 2018 at Tim’s annual Night to Shine event, which is a ‘worldwide prom for people with special needs.’
Demi-Leigh’s younger sister Franje, who tragically passed away last May, was born with special needs.
‘So her sister has special needs, and we’ve had a Night to Shine in South Africa for the last few years and so she got invited to that and through that we connected, and then we emailed back and forth. And then texts and then calls and then all of a sudden we didn’t stop speaking…’
The positive role model said they both knew each other was the one about ‘the first or second time we hung out.’
Tim, who’s Christian beliefs have convinced him to remain celibate until marriage based on Hebrews 13:4, detailed how the couple kept to that promise.
‘It’s just a choice that we made that we both wanted to do that together, and just try to make it as special as possible.’
Prior to Demi, Tim previously dated Camilla Belle and Olivia Culpo.
The Florida native was born in the Philippines where his parents lived as missionaries. While there, mom Pam contracted amoebic dysentery and was advised to abort him, but she did not. They are pro-life.
Currently, the ESPN college football analysts is playing baseball in the minor leagues. The New York Mets have ‘extended a spring training invitation’ to him, according to ESPN.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Brittany Valadez