Tim Tebow marries former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in ‘traditional’ ceremony in South Africa

Tim Tebow marries former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters in ‘traditional’ ceremony in South Africa
Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters and Tim Tebow (Getty Images)

American professional baseball player, former professional football quarterback and broadcaster Tim Tebow is officially off the market. According to reports, he and former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters tied the knot on Monday. It was a sunset ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa, and the couple exchanged vows they prepared for each other.

The night before the wedding, Tebow told People magazine that he was putting the finishing touches on his vows. “I want the vows to be perfect,” he said. “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.” 

The wedding ceremony was attended by around 260 guests. At approximately 5:30 p.m. South African time, per People magazine, Nel-Peters walked down the aisle in a custom-made gown from David’s Bridal accented by diamond and pearl earrings from Marion Rehwinkel Jewelry. The 32-year-old former NFL quarterback wore a tuxedo designed by Antar Levar. 

The traditional ceremony included elements from both American and South African cultures and traditions. “We’re both very traditional,” Nel-Peters told People magazine. “We wanted to look back at the wedding and see that it was intimate, elegant, and traditional. We definitely wanted it to be something that we could look back on and know that nothing was dated. We want to remember this day for the rest of our lives.”

The menu for the reception also included both American and South African cuisine, including steak, mussels, assorted cheeses, and pasta.

In the days leading up to the wedding, both Tebow and Nel-Peters encouraged their families, friends, and fans to make charitable donations, as part of their wedding registry. “Tim and I really wanted to use a registry platform that allowed us to add anything and everything for our new home along with the opportunity for our wedding guests to contribute to a charitable organization close to our hearts,” Nel-Peters told E! News.

“The Knot Registry helped us seamlessly create and manage all of our registries -- from cash funds and experiences to retail products and charities -- in one place,” she added.

Speaking to People magazine, Tebow said, “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 added, “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.”

Tebow had proposed to Nel-Peters in January 2019, less than a year after he confirmed he was dating the former Miss Universe in a July 2018 interview with ESPN. “She is a really special girl, and I am very lucky and blessed for her coming into my life,” he said then. “I am usually very private with these things, but I am very thankful.”  

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