CNN's Ana Navarro Marries Al Cardenas in Miami Beach: All the Details!
Ana Navarro confirmed her engagement to Al Cardenas in October
CNN’s Ana Navarro has tied the knot!
Navarro, who frequently appears as a guest co-host on The View and is a political commentator for Telemundo, married Cardenas — a lawyer/lobbyist and former chairman of Florida’s Republican party — on Saturday, PEOPLE en Español exclusively reveals.
The happy couple said “I do” at a waterfront venue in Miami Beach, Florida.
“I feel full of love and surrounded by love,” Navarro tells PEOPLE en Español, which published the couple’s stunning wedding photos. “He treats me like I’m a princess, he treats me with so much love and respect… I like everything about him.”
Numerous famous faces attended the ceremony and reception, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon; actress Eva Longoria and husband José Bastón; singer Gloria Estefan; senators Mitt Romney and Bob Menendez; and anchors from The View.
Navarro — who wore a gown designed by Luis Escudero for Rene Ruiz Collection — says it was “so incredibly special” to have her pals on hand to watch her tie the knot.
“They’re my friends. They’re special not because they’re famous, they’re special not because they’re celebrities, they’re special because they’re special in my heart,” she tells PEOPLE en Español. “We’ve gone through good and bad, we’ve gone through ups and downs. I call on people like Eva Longoria, like Gloria Estefan, for advice, for support.”
Estefan, 61, says she and Navarro go back “decades,” and that her friend’s day went off without a hitch.
“I think they made an amazing team. [The wedding] couldn’t have been more beautiful,” the singer tells the outlet. “One of those special Miami afternoons that you know, the sun, the weather, could not have been better.”
Navarro also makes note of how important it was to have her mother and father travel in from Nicaragua to attend.
“My mom is in very frail health,” she explains to PEOPLE en Español. “That’s part of the reason why I did this so quickly, because I wanted her to be there.”
Last October, Navarro, 47, confirmed the happy news that Cardenas, 71, had popped the question.
“Yes, I have some happy personal news to share. And now, I have a wedding to plan!!! So much to do. So many options. So much to decide. Where do I start? #Bridezillatina 💍 👰🏻” she captioned an Instagram photo of her diamond sparkler on Oct. 11.
Following her “last New Year Eve as a ‘single lady,‘ ” Navarro shared her excitement about walking down the aisle in early January.
“Happy birthday, Al Cardenas. Can’t wait to say, ‘I do,’ ” she captioned a Jan. 3 photo of herself giving Cardenas a kiss on the cheek.
Cardenas gushed over his future bride to PEOPLE en Español just before the ceremony, calling the day a “marvelous, wonderful (and) fulfilling” one.
“We’re just a perfect match and she truly is my best friend,” he said. “She’s earned every ounce of my love. It’s just hard to express my happiness.”