updated 04/06/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/10/2012 AT 12:00 PM ET
Talk show host Ricki Lake, 43, and her fiancé Christian Evans, 40, eloped on Sunday, tying the knot in a secret ceremony in southern California, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.
“It was a beautiful moment I will never forget,” Lake tells PEOPLE of her big day. “I wasn’t anxious or nervous. I was really relaxed and excited.”
After Lake’s 2003 split from her first husband, Rob Sussman, (with whom she has two sons, Milo, 15, and Owen, 10), she wasn’t sure she’d ever marry again.
“I didn’t think it would happen at this point in my life,” says Lake. But meeting Evans changed everything. “We just clicked,” she adds. “It just feels like he was the right one all along.”
For Ricki Lake’s exclusive wedding album and more details about her secret ceremony, pick up the newest issue of PEOPLE on stands Friday