Valerie Bertinelli Dishes Details From Her Surprise Wedding

Valerie Bertinelli on the January 17, 2011 cover of People Valerie Bertinelli on the January 17, 2011 cover of People

Valerie Bertinelli is getting candid about her nuptials to longtime boyfriend Tom Vitale, an event guests didn’t even know was going to be a wedding.

“We wanted it to be a surprise,” Valerie told People. We didn’t want anyone bringing presents.”

The couple’s loved ones were invited to the New Year’s Day wedding at the couple’s cliff-side Malibu home by e-mail only being told the 50-year-old actress was hosting a “special event.”

The bride entered to Etta James’ “At Last” wearing a custom blue silk chiffon gown by David Meister and shoes by Jimmy Choo.

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“I do not know how to describe how I felt when she walked down the aisle,” Tom told the mag. “It just felt completely, totally right.”

“I heard the applauding, but I don’t remember a thing,” the actress added.

Before the guests arrived, Valerie told the mag she was able to relax and avoided becoming a bridezilla. She enjoyed a flaxseed waffle for breakfast, jogged on the treadmill, listened to Pink and gave herself an at-home spray tan while watching the Rose Parade.

Following the couple’s vows, guests enjoyed beef tenderloin, lobster and chocolate souffles.

Valerie’s “One Day at a Time” co-star, Pat “Schneider” Harrington, gave the couple a loving toast and was comically interrupted by the sitcom’s theme song.

The couple is planning a honeymoon in Italy this spring.

“I can’t imagine life getting any better than this!” the “Hot in Cleveland” star added.

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