Former Strictly Come Dancing professional Katya Virshilas has married Danish dance champion Klaus Kongsdal at a chateau in the Loire Valley.

The humanist wedding ceremony in a candlelit cave in the grounds of the Chateau de Chissay features in the new issue of Hello! magazine.

Among the guests in attendance were Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood, professional dancers Brendan Cole, Kristina Rihanoff, Anton du Beke, Ian Waite and Matthew Cutler and former contestants Holly Valance, Anita Dobson, Nancy Dell'Olio and Joe Calzaghe.

Lithuanian-Canadian Virshilas told the magazine that she now wants to pursue an acting career.

"I've always said that in my 30s I want to become a really good actress," said the 28-year-old.

Revel Horwood said of Virshilas' departure from the show: "I found out about it in the newspaper actually. I rang her because I was really concerned and she was lying on a beach.

"I wanted to tell her that we are all on her side and she's still part of the Strictly family. I wanted to reassure her that she will still be on the next tour."