CHRISTINA EL MOUSSA WED­DING

Af­ter finding love again with the Dis­cov­ery host, the Flip or Flop star gets mar­ried in a sur­prise at-home cer­e­mony

People (USA) - - CONTENTS - By EMILY STROHM

Most of Christina El Moussa and Ant An­stead’s friends and rel­a­tives thought they were gath­er­ing at the cou­ple’s New­port Beach, Calif., home to watch a boat pa­rade. But on Dec. 22, when they ar­rived to see rows of white chairs neatly ar­ranged in the front yard and rose pe­tals lead­ing to an el­e­gant flo­ral arch, the 70 guests be­gan to buzz with ex­cite­ment. An­stead, 39, slipped into place next to the pas­tor, cheek­ily quip­ping “Got ya!” to the crowd. As the band be­gan to play “Stand by Me,” a beam­ing El Moussa, 35, made her way down the aisle, join­ing her hus­band-to-be. “Sur­prise!” she ex­claimed. “We’re get­ting mar­ried!”

Plans for the cou­ple’s se­cret nup­tials be­gan nearly three months ago af­ter An­stead pro­posed to the star of HGTV’S Flip or Flop on the Cal­i­for­nia beach with cham­pagne and a di­a­mond ring. “We had an en­gage­ment,” he says. “We just didn’t tell any­one.” Only a few fam­ily mem­bers knew about their wed­ding in ad­vance. “It’s dif­fer­ent for us now,” says El Moussa. “We didn’t want all the fuss. Just a quiet wed­ding with­out all the drama and pa­parazzi.”

And for good rea­son. El Moussa’s messy split from ex-hus­band and show part­ner Tarek made her a tabloid fix­ture in 2016. “It was a crazy cou­ple of years,” she says. She met the English-born An­stead (full first name: An­thony), who hosts Wheeler Deal­ers on Dis­cov­ery’s Mo­tortrend Net­work, in Novem­ber 2017. “It’s like my life did a 180,” she says. An­stead, who split from ex-wife Louise in July 2017, couldn’t agree more. “We’ve both had chal­lenges, but ever since we met it’s just been an in­stant con­nec­tion.” Their blended fam­ily took a cen­tral role in their big day. El Moussa shares daugh­ter Tay­lor, 8, and son Bray­den, 3, with Tarek, 37, while An­stead is fa­ther to daugh­ter Amelie, 15, and son Archie, 12, with his ex. “It’s the six of us,” says An­stead. “So it was re­ally im­por­tant for them to be a part of it.” Tay­lor was the flower girl, Archie was the ring bearer, and Amelie walked with Bray­den down the aisle.

El Moussa, who’s chang­ing her last name to An­stead, and her hus­band are look­ing for­ward to their hon­ey­moon in Bora Bora—and feel­ing very blessed. “I am in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to have met her,” says An­stead. “She saved me .” adds elm oussa :“we saved each other.” •

HER RO­MAN­TIC WED­DING LOOKEl Moussa’s Ines Di Santo dress fea­tured a low back with but­tons and de­tach­able sleeves. She paired the gown she calls “classic and beau­ti­ful” with Ser­gio Rossi crys­tal puz­zle heels and car­ried a bou­quet of pe­onies. The cou­ple’s rings were de­signed by Ran­dall Scott Fine Jew­elry, with her emer­ald-cut eter­nity band to­tal­ing 8.5 carats.A La­bor of LoveEl Moussa’s long­time friend and pub­li­cist Cassie Ze­bisch (above) planned the cou­ple’s sur­prise nup­tials. “I was so happy to do this for them,” she says. “They are true soul­mates.”

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