Maria Menounos just rang in the new year with a new ring on her finger—a wedding ring, that is. The TV host is officially married after tying the knot with Keven Undergaro on New Year’s Eve—on live television, naturally. In possibly the most extra (we say that admiringly) wedding of 2017, the couple wed just before midnight in the middle of Times Square. Oh, and Steve Harvey officiated.
There are few things less dramatic and just plain magical than a New Year’s Eve wedding. Midnight kisses are kind of part and parcel of the holiday, and getting hitched as the bell drops is a pretty romantic way to get hitch. But how about if you throw in a live television broadcast and a guest list of thousands? Yep, that’ll do it. However, Menounos, who hosts a New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square, didn’t originally intend to turn the city into her wedding venue until a producer on the annual show dropped the suggestion.
“When I started working on the Fox New Year’s Eve special, I sat with the producer to go over what we were planning,” Menounos explained to PEOPLE. The producer wanted to include a live wedding in the show, mentioning that they were still in need of a to-be-wedded couple. “She said, ‘Unless you and Keven want to get married.’ And I was like, ‘Ha, ha, no.’ I was nervous but I got in the car and kept thinking about it, and I was like, ‘Wait, this really is kind of perfect.’”
After texting Undergaro (because the groom should probably be clued in!), the New Year’s Eve nuptials were officially happening—with only two weeks to plan!
The wedding was kept as a surprise from most of the couple’s friends and family, making for all the more dramatic of a moment when Menounos appeared in the middle of Times Square in a stunning Pronovias lace wedding dress and said her unforgettable “I dos” in front of the thousands who had gathered to watch the ball drop and the millions watching at home.
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“I’ve always wanted it to be super intimate and even though this is the opposite, we can only invite our immediate family, so the pressure of who to invite is gone. This was just so perfect,” Menounos said of the anything-but-low-key nuptials.
Following their larger-than-life ceremony, the couple planned for a small reception later that night and a morning brunch on January 1st, according to PEOPLE.
“I’m excited to be able to call her my wife. It’s been girlfriend for so long that it will be nice to finally, finally be able to say ‘my wife,'” said Undergaro, who’s been with the TV host for nearly 20 years.
The bride summed up their whirlwind wedding, saying how New York City “is going to be such a special place” for them now. “This was not something that would have ever crossed my mind,” she said. “I just feel like God puts everything in our path.”