Their relationship made international headlines when it was announced last year, after two years of dating in secret, and was shortly followed by a romantic, down-on-one-knee proposal at Lavender Bay on Sydney Harbour.
Lachy read Emma a little poem, the ring box came out, they both cried. Awwwh!
As a gesture of courtesy, Lachy called the founding Blue Wiggle, Anthony Field, before he proposed. Anthony’s response was: “Lachy, I’m not your dad!”.
On Saturday 9th April 2016, the happy couple tied the knot in a late afternoon ceremony at Hopewood House at Bowral, in the beautiful NSW’s Southern Highlands.
Almost 200 close friends and family of the couple attended, including all The Wiggles, past and present, with the exception of Greg Page, who had a prior commitment.
Her six bridesmaids also wore Suzanne Harward floor-length latte coloured gowns, with each of the women wearing a simple headpiece of a single row of silver pearls. There were also two flower-girls in matching beaded tulle tutu-style, latte-coloured dresses.
Lachy and his six groomsmen, including fellow Red Wiggle, Simon Pryce, wore suits by Arthur Galan.
Along with other bagpipers from his army days, Blue Wiggle Anthony Field wore a full regimental highland uniform to play the bagpipes for Emma as she arrived, and again when Emma, Lachy and the rest of the bridal party left the ceremony.
Both Emma and Lachy’s wedding rings have Emma’s signature bow engraved and each are set with nine rubies, to signify the date of their wedding.
Emma and Lachy’s wedding cake had a subtle nod to The Wiggles, with Emma’s signature bow made from icing and a pale yellow and purple used to signify their Wiggles’ colours.
Special guest was friend Ben Elton who wrote the lyrics for a song that Lachy surprised Emma with during the speeches later in the evening.
After a dinner full of special performances, poems and speeches, the guests danced long into the night with music by The John Field 10 piece band, led by John Field, brother of Blue Wiggle Anthony and Wiggles Managing Director, Paul Field. With so many talented musicians in the room, different guests came up to perform, including original red Wiggle Murray Cook and the groom himself, Lachy Gillespie.
Lachy says seeing Emma for the first time was the favourite part of his day: “Seeing Emma was the most magical moment of my life. Everything else just seemed to melt away.”
For Emma, she summed up their wedding with just a few short words; “Lachy. Love. Laughter. The best day of my life.”
More about The Wiggle’s newlyweds
Emma Watkins is a trained ballerina and has been dancing since she was just four years old. In 2010 she began performing with The Wiggles as a variety of different characters, and in January 2013 replaced founding member Greg Page as the Yellow Wiggle. Read our interview with Emma Watkins, talking about her burgeoning career in The Wiggles.
Lachlan Gillespie is a WAPAA graduate, singer and musician, who replaced founding member Jeff Fatt as the Purple Wiggle. To find out more about his blossoming relationship with Emma, read our interview with Lachlan Gillespie here.
Stay tuned for another Wiggly wedding soon – Red Wiggle Simon Pryce proposed to his long-time girlfriend (and former Wiggles’ dancer) Lauren Hannaford in Paris on New Year’s Eve. They plan to marry late this year or early 2017.
It’s already been a big year for The Wiggles, who are also celebrating 25 years of entertaining children worldwide. Congratulations to all from The Be a Fun Mum team.
Wedding photography by Lara Hotz.