“As a little girl, you dream of Prince Charming, and you always get disappointed because no one meets the expectations,” she says, “but he has surpassed it by far. He has been so kind and open.”
McCarthy makes special mention of how her new husband interacts with her son, Evan, 12, and how grateful she is to know Wahlberg’s own two sons, Xavier, 21, and Elijah, 13.
As McCarthy previously told PEOPLE, Evan later surprised her at the wedding reception with a “beautiful, spontaneous toast. He grabbed the microphone and said, ‘Can I say a few words?’ ”
She continued, “He was like, ‘I love my stepdad, I’m so glad for my mom, we’re going to make a great family.’ And it was really beautiful.”
Donnie Loves Jenny premieres Wednesday at 10:30 p.m. ET on A&E.