updated 05/01/2012 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/02/2012 AT 1:05 PM ET
Good times never seemed so good for newlywed Neil Diamond.
“The wedding was incredible. I’ve never seen anything like it,” the 71-year old music legend tells PEOPLE of his April 21 nuptials to music manager Katie McNeil.
“It was great to have family there that I haven’t seen in years … and to meet the new Irish side of the Diamond family,” adds the singer-songwriter, who shared a photo from their big day via his Twitter account on Wednesday.
Diamond, 71, and McNeil, 42, who met in 2007 when he signed to the management company where she worked, celebrated their love with 225 friends and family members inside what the bride describes as a “romantic, enchanted garden atmosphere” created by wedding planner Mindy Weiss at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
“At the end of the night, we decided not to take the arranged limo waiting for us,” recalls McNeil, who wore a dress by Monique Lhuillier. “Instead I drove us home in my wedding gown, which barely fit in the little sports car – the lace was piled on Neil’s lap in the passenger seat. It was a hilarious sight. We laughed all the way home.’
For more on Diamond and McNeil’s wedding day, plus an exclusive photo from the nuptials, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday