DOG The Bounty Hunter’s daughter Cecily has set the date for her wedding to her fiancé Matty, The Sun can exclusively reveal.
The reality star, 27, also shared stunning private photos taken while she was wedding dress shopping, and said trying on dresses made her feel “like a queen” in a “fairytale.”
Cecily went shopping for the perfect dress with her best friend Credit: Cecily Chapman
Cecily announced she is planning to have a Christmas wedding on the beach in Hawaii – and is hoping she and Matty will be married by the same pastor who married her parents Dog and Beth Chapman.
“Yes I have set the date and it’s going to be 12/1/21,” she told The Sun.
“I’m super excited to announce that because it took us a while to agree on the same date.
“But we thought it would be nice to have a Christmas wedding in Hawaii on a white sandy beach.
Cecily tried several beautiful gowns on Credit: Cecily Chapman
But she says she still has not made her final decision on what to wear Credit: Cecily Chapman
“The ceremony is still up in the air, we still have to work out details such as who is going to marry us.
“I do have high hopes for our preacher who also married my parents, Tim Story.
“I’m inviting immediate family and friends from both sides depending on how the coronavirus is.
“We are still debating exactly how many people I can have and keep social distancing in place during the whole event.
“I’m praying that we can have as many people as we can, but I’m okay with having a small wedding if need be for safety reasons.”
Cecily and Matty have been engaged since Christmas 2018Credit: Cecily Chapman
Dog and Beth on their wedding day Credit: Getty Images
Cecily had originally planned to wear her late mom Beth’s wedding dress for her big day, telling The Sun it was the most beautiful dress she’d ever seen.
Beth died at just 51 on June 26th 2019 after a two-year battle with throat and lung cancer.
Now Cecily is having reservations about having such a stunning dress altered – so decided to go shopping with a pal to figure out her options.
“I’m having second thoughts about wearing my mom’s dress because there’s only one dress that’s super beautiful for her and it was custom-made to fit her body,” she said.
“I also don’t want to alter it to where [my sister] Bonnie Jo wouldn’t be able to wear it if she ever decided to and it might be best just to keep it for a keepsake to remember her by, like a piece of memorabilia.
Cecily’s dad Dog will be walking her down the aisle Credit: Instagram
Cecily is having second thoughts about wearing mom Beth’s dress Credit: Getty – Contributor
“But wedding dress shopping was really fun.
“I’ve got to say it didn’t feel real until I started trying on dresses and really getting the feels for getting married.
“I brought one of my best friends. I’m still unsure about the whole dress thing so I didn’t want to bring the girl gang – my bridesmaids – until I’m absolutely positive about whether I’m wearing my mom’s or not.
“But I did feel like a queen in every dress I put on. It was definitely exciting and worth going just to make it feel real.
“It was my first time ever trying on a wedding dress. It just gives you butterflies like a fairytale.”
The happy news comes after a tough time for Cecily, who has spoken openly about her struggles dealing with her mom’s death and what she described as the “worst year” of her life.
Cecily has spoken openly about her struggles to come to terms with Beth’s deathCredit: Instagram
She previously described Matty as her “rock”Credit: Cecily Chapman
Cecily and Matty, a plumber, got engaged on Christmas 2018, and have been living together in Hawaii.
She has previously spoken about how Matty was there for her when losing her mom plunged her into a deep depression.
The couple are now focusing on the future – and Cecily says Matty is also looking forward to the wedding.
“Matty is definitely excited also as we had made the date and are taking steps towards planning this wedding,” Cecily said.
“He was a little nervous when I left to go try dresses on but I think it’s because it hit him that it’s really happening.
“We both can’t wait and are looking forward to 12/1/2021.”