Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey were married Friday evening in a tropical island ceremony in front of just 35 friends and family, their reps confirm exclusively to PEOPLE.
"For us, this is just a stepping stone to do what we ultimately want and that’s to start a family together," Minnillo tells PEOPLE.
The pair, who became engaged in November, flew their wedding guests to the secret location as a surprise.
"Nobody knew where they were going," says Minnillo, 30.
Adds Lachey, "Our wedding invitations were in the form of a plane ticket. We told them they were going away and the attire was ‘island chic.’ It was all very vague."
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