Heather Rae Young and Tarek El Moussa kicked off their long-awaited wedding weekend on Friday with a rehearsal at the Paradise Springs winery in picturesque Santa Barbara.
The Selling Sunset beauty, 34, and the Flip Or Flop star, 40, were seen beaming at each other and packing on PDA surrounded by their loved ones, just one day ahead of saying ‘I do.’
As the pair decided to televise their nuptials in a December Discovery+ special called Tarek and Heather The Big I Do, camera crews were seen filming while they gathered amongst friends and family.
Ready to wed! The Selling Sunset beauty, 34, and the Flip Or Flop star, 40 kicked off their long-awaited wedding weekend on Friday with a rehearsal at the Paradise Springs winery in picturesque Santa Barbara
Name change: Heather was seen with a Mrs. El Moussa denim jacket for a festive kick as she celebrated her last day as an engaged woman
The couple had not divulged when they were set to tie the knot but Heather finally let the cat out of the bag on Instagram Friday.
The pair were seen arriving in a party bus before heading inside. For the day Heather opted for a red skirt set, and paired the look with nude Valentino heels.
Adding a festive kick she flashed an embroidered jean jacket that read ‘Mrs. El Moussa’ and a clutch with her soon-to-be initials ‘HEM.’
She smiled from ear to ear throughout the afternoon while mingling with their close circle and the two even seemed to prepare for their first dance tomorrow as he twirled her around.
Safe arrival: The pair were seen arriving in a party bus before heading inside
Taste test: Tarek was pictured pouring up several glasses of wine for them to taste
Cheers: Heather seemed to lead a toast as she held up a glass of red wine
Tasting: El Moussa was seen making a face as he sipped on some red wine
Tarek on the other hand cut a cool figure in jeans and a black tee with a leather jacket and was pictured pouring up several glasses of wine for them to taste including red, white and sparkling.
In customary fashion they made a toast and addressed the crowd, thanking their loved ones for attending.
Though they had originally planned to get married in Mexico, they decided to opt for the stunning coastal town of Santa Barbara instead.
The wedding is set to be a black tie affair but the location for the nuptials has not been revealed.
Loving gaze: Holding a glass of champagne in one hand Heather held on to her soon-to-be husband with the other
Crowd pleaser: Spirits seemed to run high throughout the day
PDA: The pair affectionately grabbed hands as they prepared to become Mr. and Mrs. in just one day
The couple spoke to ET about making the decision to film their star-studded wedding and even divulged details about the guest list and color scheme.
‘Blacks, golds, whites, champagnes … that’s the aesthetic of the wedding,’ Young shared adding that some pink touches could be expected.
‘When we decided to do a wedding special, it wasn’t an easy decision, because a wedding is so beautiful and intimate and private. So we actually went back and forth for months deciding,’ Heather said.
She continued to say ‘it was a no, it was a hard no,’ for a very long time before they started to think more about their lives as public figures and how they wanted to convey their love to the world.
Loved up: ‘People think our love is cheesy or maybe it’s not real. We really are so in love,’ she told ET
Getting some practice in! The two were keen to practice sealing their marriage with a kiss on Saturday
Getting the shot: Cameras were seen documenting every moment with the pair previously sharing they were on the fence about filming
Selective: They had previously said that absolutely none of their exes would be invited — which includes El Moussa’s ex and former co-star Christina Haack
‘And I think too that just showing the world our love and you know, it’s funny, I hear a lot, especially from my page, I don’t know if he gets it, but people think our love is cheesy or maybe it’s not real. We really are so in love.’
‘We want people to see the journey of our love and our wedding and bring people into our lives but it was a big decision, because our lives are out there so much.’
With regards to the size and scale of the wedding they had said that they had to narrow down the guest list because they wanted it to feel ‘very intimate.’
Heather revealed that they didn’t even give anyone plus ones and that as everyone invited was a ‘best friend’, seating charts were a point of stress.
El Moussa joked that he wanted to ‘put my friends together that don’t like each other and make them sit together, make it a real fun wedding.’
Chatting it up: The HGTV personality flashed a smile while toasting a buddy
Stirring the pot: El Moussa joked that he wanted to ‘put my friends together that don’t like each other and make them sit together, make it a real fun wedding’
Father of the bride? Young appeared with her father, who had given Tarek his blessing alongside her mom during a secret trip to see them before he popped the question
Fueling up: The attendees were seen nibbling on an arrange of passed hors devours
Bottoms up: She flashed her massive engagement ring while she and Tarek poured back champagne while speeches were made
They had previously said that absolutely none of their exes would be invited — which includes El Moussa’s ex and former co-star Christina Haack — and that all of Heather’s Selling Sunset castmates would be in attendance, minus Christine Quinn.
She had teased however that on the upcoming season of the hit Netflix show, viewers would get a more in-depth look at her relationship with El Moussa.
And with regards to the planning process the luxury realtor said she couldn’t relax as she wanted it to be ‘special’ for everyone.
‘I’m a perfectionist and I have high standards for things and I want everything to be perfect for not just me and Tarek, but everyone in our wedding and our moms and our sisters and the kids and, I want everyone to feel special, not just me.’
Bling: El Moussa popped the question to Young in July 2020 on their one-year anniversary, which they celebrated in Catalina Island
Countdown to forever: The marriage will mark Heather’s first and Tarek’s second
Type-A: ‘I want everything to be perfect for not just me and Tarek, but everyone in our wedding and our moms and our sisters and the kids and, I want everyone to feel special, not just me’ Heather revealed
In the spotlight: The public couple also thought that filming their highly anticipated viewers would give a more indepth look at their love which she has said has been questioned by fans
On camera: As the pair decided to televise their nuptials in a December Discovery+ special called Tarek and Heather The Big I Do, camera crews were seen filming
The marriage will mark Heather’s first and Tarek’s second, as El Moussa was previously married to Christina Haack from 2009 to 2018 and they share two children: daughter Taylor, 11, and son Brayden, six.
The tumultuous pair split up in 2016 following a number of bumps in the road during their seven-year marriage which included his stage 2 thyroid/testicular cancer, her fertility issues, and an ominous 2016 ‘suicidal’ incident involving police — prompting 11 deputies and a helicopter to show up.
Over the summer El Moussa blew up at Haack on the set of their show Flip Or Flop, where he in a fit of rage called her ‘crazy’ and a ‘washed up loser’ while calling Young ‘hotter and richer,’ per TMZ.
She had moved on to find love with Ant Anstead and recently got engaged to her boyfriend of four months Joshua Hall on September 20.
Proving they had put the past behind them, El Moussa and Young congratulated her: ‘We just want nothing but happiness for [Christina and Josh] and nothing but happiness for the kids.’
Tumultuous: El Moussa was previously married to Christina Haack from 2009 to 2018 and they share two children, but their tumultuous relationship ended in 2016 at which point she filed for divorce a year later