Christina El Moussa is now officially Christina Anstead. The star of HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” made a beautiful bride in a wedding that she managed to keep off of everyone’s radar. She said “I do” to Ant Anstead, the car expert and co-host of the series “Wheeler Dealers.”
Given their mutual celeb status, it couldn’t have been easy to keep the wedding a secret. But with the help of some very tight-lipped folks, Christina and Ant managed to pull it off. They announced the wedding only after it happened, sharing a photo on Instagram on Dec. 23.
The “Flip or Flop” star posted a photo showing her in a beautiful wedding dress alongside her new husband with the simple caption, “About last night.”
The bride revealed to People magazine that not even her friends and family knew they were walking into a wedding. Apparently, the guests had been invited to the couple’s home to hop on a charter bus that would take them to see the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade. But little did they know they were actually going to witness a wedding ceremony instead.
And while Christina and Ant did manage to pull off an incredible surprise for everyone, they were definitely on edge, worried that people might find out in advance.
“Every day we were checking the internet to see if anyone found out,” she told People. “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.”
But, thankfully — the wedding went off without a hitch!
The exchanging of vows involved an intimate, “rustic” ceremony with the bride and groom’s children nearby. This is the second marriage for each of them, and they each share two children with their former spouses.
The bride described the wedding as “perfect.”
“It was just perfect for us. Everything we wanted,” she told the magazine.
Despite no longer being married, the pair is still working on their popular show together.
“I’m glad we made the decision to continue the show,” Christina told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was best for everyone. We’re presenting a unified front. We’ve got kids.”
A source told Us Weekly that Tarek is “happy for” his ex-wife and her new marriage.
“Tarek is happy for Christina and he’s moved on,” a source told Us Weekly. “But [he] still cares about her deeply.”
All’s well that ends well. Congratulations to the happy couple and their new, blended family!