Older brother The relationship of the stars Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf was always more than a showmance, and on Sunday they did official things, tying the knot in an intimate affair of black tie.
"Our wildest dreams came true today: we are married!", The stars of reality, who also await their first child together, tell PEOPLE exclusively. "Being surrounded by our closest family and friends and sharing this special day with them was everything we always wanted. We are very fortunate to have met in the most unconventional way, but we did it. We find ourselves forever in the other and we can not wait to start this new chapter of our lives. "
Nickson, 33, and Graf, 27, exchanged Joey de Hamra Diamonds wedding bands and swore they were written in front of less than 100 guests (including Older brother the students Mark Jansen and Elena Davies, and An incredible race cost Conor Daly) during an outdoor ceremony at The Chateau Le Dome at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.
"Fall in L.A. is so beautiful, so I wanted to be dancing under the stars all night," says Graf. "I wanted it to drip flowers, chain lights and many and many candles. I wanted him to look very romantic. Like a dream
As a special touch, two seats were left empty for the loved ones that the couple had lost: their brother Dylan and his late father.
The groom wore cowboy boots with his suit, while the bride wore a silk dress with a dramatic train designed by Mark Zunino, who wore a bouquet of black orchids and wore the bulk of his baby. The flower girl Paisley (6-year-old Nickson's daughter from a previous relationship) wore a pink dress and a wreath of flowers on top of her hair, but everyone else at the bridal party was dressed in black, along with The guests.
"I know that's very untraditional, but I like the quaint feel of it all," Graf says of the bold choice of color.
Older brother The head of casting Robyn Kass officiated the wedding. "We wanted it to be someone who was part of the special process that even brought us here," explains Nickson.
"I am delighted to have officiated at the wedding of Jess and Cody," Kass tells PEOPLE. "I'm so happy for them."
Once they said "I do", it was time for the party, and the newlyweds made sure that their friends and family were well fed with a donut wall that doubled as a table of seats, dinner was offered at Texas Road House (Nickson's favorite restaurant). an installation of popcorn, a cake four feet tall by Frost It Cakery and early morning pizza from Big Mama & Papa & # 39; s. (In addition to an open bar Mixologist based on plants that serves all but the pregnant bride).
Angelica Marie Photo photographed the issue, which was planned by Amber Events and with rentals from Papillon Rentals and White Lilac Rentals, and XO Bloom flowers. Leo Cabal was the cameraman.
For their first dance, the couple approached "Shut Up and Dance" by Aaron Watson.
"He sang it to me when we were in the Older brother "Home, and we danced in it, and, it always sat in the back of my mind as one of our special moments," explains Graf.
The couple met during Big Brother 19 in 2017 and went on to win season 30 of The amazing career.
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"There was a long time in our relationship where everything we knew about each other, the outside world is also new," says Graf about his time in Older brother. "If you were a live feeder, there were no secrets. It was not until we finally had some time alone outside the house where we could begin to get to know each other beyond what everyone else knew, and I think that was very special. "
Whats Next? First, a honeymoon at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora, before settling in their new home, currently undergoing renovation, in the home state of Nickson, Texas. And, of course, your baby on the way.
"In five years I'll be in the baby, probably number three and exhausted, and hopefully it's still pretty," jokes Graf.
"I mean, no matter what we do, we're both going to succeed in that," adds Nickson. "So, I just do not know what those things are yet, but whatever it is, we're going to be successful, and we're going to have a good, healthy and strong family."