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Ricki Lake & Fiancé Christian Evans Elope In A Secret Ceremony

Tue, April 10, 2012 1:32pm EDT by Add first Comment
Ricki Lake Married

Rather than celebrating their love with a big wedding, Ricki and her fiancé opted to elope in a secret ceremony — congratulations to the happy couple!

Keeping their big day as far away from the paparazzi as possible, Ricki Lake, 43, and fiancé Christian Evans tied the knot on Sunday, April 8 in a private ceremony in Southern California — we couldn’t be happier for the newlyweds!

“It was a beautiful moment I will never forget,” the talk show host told PEOPLE on eloping. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous. I was really relaxed and excited.”

After her first marriage with Rob Sussman ended in divorce, the former Dancing With the Stars runner-up didn’t think she’d ever marry again!

“I didn’t think it would happen at this point in my life,” Ricki said. But luckily things changed once she met Christian.”We just clicked,” she added. “It just feels like he was the right one all along.”

We’re so glad her new man was able to change her mind!

— Jennifer Velez