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When Tess Daly and Vernon Kay met at a BBC Christmas party in 2001, their connection was instant.

Two years later, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here star Vernon got down on one knee on Christmas Day at Tess' parents' home in Stockport.

"I was so shocked and surprised, but I am truly over the moon," Strictly host Tess told the Bolton News at the time.

"It's the best Christmas present I've ever had."

They tied the knot on 12 September 2003 at St Mary’s Church in Horwich, Bolton – Vernon’s hometown – and held a reception at the nearby Rivington Hall Barn.

Vernon Kay and Tess Daly tied the knot in Bolton in September 2003
(Image: Andy Stenning/Daily Mirror)

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Tess looked gorgeous in a strapless A-line wedding dress by Marina Adanou, while Vernon went for a white suit by Alexandre Savile Row, which he paired with a pink shirt and patterned tie.

But sadly their honeymoon was marred by the devastating death of Tess' father from emphysema, just 18 days after he gave her away at her wedding.

"Honestly it was so difficult," she told the Guardian in 2010.

Tess and Vernon travelled between their wedding and reception by campervan

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"I miss him terribly because he was just such a strong role model in my life. The man by whom I judged all others, really, because he was such an honourable and moral person who would never harm another being.

"Just a positive, outgoing… a great guy really and a brilliant father and I do really wish he could have met his grandchildren. That's my greatest regret, that he never met his grandchildren. It doesn't get easier. You learn to live with it as a fact of life."

Tess and Vernon welcomed daughter Phoebe, 16, in 2004 followed by Amber in 2009, and Tess believes the key to their happiness as a couple is the fact they had the same style of upbringing.

"There's an unspoken understanding between us, because we come from similar stock. We come from similar families. We've been brought up in a very similar way, really," she previously told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I guess that's one of the reasons I always felt so comfortable with him."

As for what first attracted Vernon to Tess – who is five years older – he said he quickly realised the former model was way more mature than any other girl he'd been with.

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“Tess was the first proper woman I’d ever met," he told the Guardian.

And of the Tess' grown-up gesture that sealed the deal, he joked that it was all down to the type of bank card she used.

"She had a visa card when I was still on a student solo card," he quipped.

Want all the latest gossip straight from the jungle? Head on over to Mirror Online's dedicated I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here's Facebook page here.

*I’m A Celebrity continues tonight at 9pm on ITV