Darren Bent’s footballing woes were kicked to one side when he married Kirsty Maclaren in front for 200 close friends and family members over the weekend.
The Aston Villa striker made the trip back to his native Cambridge for his big day, with the ceremony carried out at the city’s picturesque Ely Cathedral on Saturday.
Bent showed off his premier-league status by wearing a smart three-piece suit with white shirt and matching bow-tie after turning up in a Mercedes Maybach, but was completely outshone by his stunning bride.
Model Kirsty exuded WAG couture in a sweeping white, off-the-shoulder bridal gown that showed off her feminine curves as she made a memorable appearance at the cathedral in a Rolls Royce Ghost.
The newlyweds left the church together following the ceremony, with an exotic honeymoon likely to be on the cards before Bent comes back to the reality of finding a new club.
The 29-year-old has been capped 13 times by England, but missed out on a place at Euro 2012 after sustaining an injury while playing for Villa.
The model was previously engaged to Liam Ridgewell – a centre-half with Villa’s bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion – but dramatically ended their relationship eight days before their £170,000 wedding.
The former couple are parents to kids Luca and Eva Summer, who now live with their mother and Bent at a new home in Birmingham.
While Liam probably didn’t get an invite, another man who possibly missed Bent’s wedding is his cousin, shamed PC Richard Bent.
Since then, his career has been on the slide – with Villa boss Paul Lambert opting to leave him on the sidelines for the bulk of last season while the club struggled to maintain their place in the Premier League.
Newcastle United are said to be keen on snapping Bent up on the cheap, but his whopping £70,000 a week pay-packet could be an issue for Magpies chairman Mike Ashley.
Bent popped the question to Kirsty last year after they met through a mutual friend.
The Metropolitan Police Officer was suspended from the force last year on suspicion of stealing valuable items from dead victims of crime.
Various items were later discovered during a raid on his £35,000 London flat.
Sources later revealed that Bent was furious with his cousin for implicating him in the affair and admitted he was ready to assist the police in their investigations.
A friend told The Sun at the time: 'He is furious at being dragged into this mess. Richard said Darren had given him the valuables.'