On Saturday, the only breaking news Josh Elliott and Liz Cho were interested in was their own.
The two anchors – Elliott, 44, reports for NBC Sports and Cho, 44, for ABC – said “I do” in front of a small gathering of friends and family during an intimate ceremony in Montecito, California, on Saturday. This is the second marriage for both.
The ceremony took place in front of 70 close friends and family members in the garden of Villa Sevillano private estate with views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean in the background. The bride wore a rose petal-hued Ramona Kaveza silk gown, the groom a blue suit by Zegna and their friend and former colleague Sam Champion served as their lighthearted officiant.
“It’s going to be a great beautiful weekend in a great beautiful, place that means everything to us, with people that are just the fabric of our lives,” Elliott told PEOPLE ahead of the event. And the loving support couldn’t have come at a better time: Elliott’s mom suddenly died just three weeks ago after going into septic shock.
“At first we were really overwhelmed by the whole notion of the wedding,” Elliott said. Following such a tragic loss, “You don’t really care about what flavor taco to have at the rehearsal dinner. But then we realized it’s a great chance to cherish time with friends and family.” Adds Cho, “His mom would have said there is no way you’re canceling this on my account.”
Instead they honored his mother’s memory with “an empty chair at the ceremony and at the reception to make sure that she’s with us throughout,” Elliott said of their thoughts while planning. “She’ll be missed but in the best ways, she’ll be there.”
Elliott’s daughter Sarina, 6, and Cho’s daughter, Louisa, 8, both from their first marriages, served as maids of honor. Guests included their news colleagues Bill Ritter, Lee Goldberg, Tory Johnson, Will Reeve and Matt Ginella.
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Following the ceremony Cho slipped into a white cotton Roberto Cavalli gown before the newlyweds and their guests dined on four courses of fresh coastal cuisine then danced into the night with the help of a band and DJ.
Said Elliott, “It’s a celebration of our love.”