Flip or Flop's Christina El-Moussa is a married woman! According to People, the HGTV star wed Wheelers Dealers host Ant Anstead, 39, in an intimate wedding celebration at their home in Newport Beach, California on Saturday.
For the big day, the couple hosted a secret "winter wonderland" themed celebration, which included 70 of their closest friends and family members. The newlyweds perfectly pulled off the secret celebration by telling their guests to meet at their home, where a charter bus would then transport the group to see the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. But when they arrived, they were surprised when they walked into a "rustic romance" style front-yard wedding ceremony at the couple's home.
“We wanted to make it about the kids,” Anstead told People. “It’s the six of us. We’re a blended family so it was really important for them to be a part of it.”
El Moussa, 35, has a daughter Taylor, 8, and son Brayden, 3, whom she shares with her ex-husband, Tarek El Moussa. Anstead also has a son and daughter of his own from a previous marriage: Amelie, 15, and Archie, 12. The couple made sure that their new family of six was a big part of their nuptials.
During the ceremony, the two exchanged wedding rings from jeweler Randall Scott Fine Jewelry & Watches. According to People, the bride chose a stunning platinum band that held 16 emerald cut diamonds, which adds up to 8.5 carats. The groom, meanwhile, opted for a simple black band for his ring finger.
The bride wore a stunning lace gown by Ines di Santo that featured a mermaid silhouette and lace embellished detachable illusion sleeves, which made her "feel beautiful." She complimented her ensemble by wearing her blonde locks in relaxed, loose curls and wore a natural makeup look.
“I knew I wanted it to be romantic,” she told People of her gown. “We added sleeves to a dress that didn’t have sleeves, and we made them detachable so that I could walk down the aisle with this dress with long sleeves and lace and then take them off for the party."
“It’s classic and really beautiful,” she added. “Ant will be surprised, but he’s going to love it.”
For the reception guests enjoyed grilled filet of beef with a port wine demi; buttered red bliss mashed potato; mac and cheese with a panko crust; grilled asparagus and rustic rolls with butter. Following their feast, the newlyweds served a stunning naked white wedding cake made with strawberries and cream, decorated with a few simple white and pink peonies.
El Moussa said that she couldn't have pulled off the secret affair without the work of her friend and publicist, Cassie Zebisch. “We literally owe this wedding to her,” El Moussa said. “She pulled it off. She met with the vendors, she set up the catering. I wanted a Maestros theme, like a nice steakhouse. She did it all!”
However, she was worried that fans would find out about their secret plan and spoil the surprise. “Every day we were checking the internet to see if anyone found out,” she said. “Then the day we went to get our marriage license, the guy working was like hyperventilating, excited. We had to tell him this is a huge secret. No one knows.”
“It was just perfect for us. Everything we wanted," she said of her big day, adding that she plans to take her new husband's last name. “It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Christina Anstead. We couldn’t be any happier!”