Jessica Simpson - Jessica Simpson's wedding was a family affair

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Jessica Simpson's family were the main focus of her wedding.

The 33-year-old singer married her partner of four years, retired NFL player Eric Johnson at a big ceremony on the 5th July in Santa Barbara, California and she was thrilled when their children Maxwell, two, and 12-month-old Ace - who were flower girl and ring bearer at the nuptials - got a standing ovation when they went down the aisle ahead of her.

She told PEOPLE: ''It's all about family for us.

''Before I walked out, I kept hearing all the applause, so my kids got standing ovations!''

Jessica also enlisted help from her mother Tina, and sister, Ashlee, who were both maids of honour, while her dad, Joe, officiated the ceremony and Eric's father, Stephen, was his best man.

Meanwhile, the groom admitted his heart ''exploded'' when he saw his bride for the first time on their big day.

Speaking about the wedding, Eric said: ''I saw my gorgeous wife coming towards me and she was crying.

''I think my heart was exploding a little bit.''

The moment, too, was overwhelming for the bride, who added: ''It's so surreal. This has been something we've wanted ever since we met.''

Altogether, 275 guests - including 12 bridesmaids and 11 groomsmen - watched the couple tie the knot at the San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, California.


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