Entertainment TV Ricki Lake Shares Photos from 'Perfect' Wedding to Ross Burningham: 'One of the Best Days of My Life' Ricki Lake tells PEOPLE about her wedding to Ross Burningham on Jan. 2, nearly one year after the couple got engaged By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Twitter Joelle Goldstein is a TV Staff Editor for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle oversees all things TV and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, Dancing with the Stars and America's Got Talent for "work". Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines and Aili Nahas Aili Nahas Aili Nahas is the West Coast Deputy News Editor at PEOPLE. She is also the TV deputy in Los Angeles as well as the Weddings Editor. Aili has spent nearly two decades in the entertainment industry and 12 years at PEOPLE. People Editorial Guidelines Published on January 5, 2022 01:05 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Laura Grier/ Beautiful Day Photography Ricki Lake is on cloud nine after marrying Ross Burningham! The former talk show host, who tied the knot with Burningham on Sunday, is opening up about her nuptials, telling PEOPLE exclusively that their wedding "could not have been a more perfect day." "It was truly one of the best days of my life," says Lake, 53. The "intimate" ceremony was hosted at the couple's home, with just a small group of their family and close friends in attendance, according to Lake. Though it had heavily rained for several days before the wedding, the weather ultimately cleared up by Sunday, which Lake says "felt biblical." Laura Grier/ Beautiful Day Photography Ricki Lake Is Married! Former Talk Show Host Weds Fiancé Ross Burningham: 'We Did It!' Laura Grier/ Beautiful Day Photography The actress notes that she and Burningham decided to move their wedding up to Jan. 2, selecting that particular date because it was the only day that their six kids could all be there. (Lake shares two children — sons Milo, 24, and Owen, 20 — with ex-husband Rob Sussman, while Burningham has four kids from a previous relationship.) The couple's big day was filled with meaningful details, including having their two best friends co-officiate the ceremony and Lake's other best friend doing her hair and makeup. For the ceremony, Lake and Burningham wrote their own vows. Making things even more special, each guest gave a speech at the wedding about Lake and Burningham's relationship and wrote heartfelt messages in their guest book later that night. A friend who first introduced the couple also created a book for them that sweetly recounted their entire relationship, including all of the original text exchanges that she shared with Lake and Burningham at the beginning of their courtship. Laura Grier/ Beautiful Day Photography Ricki Lake Is Engaged to Ross Burningham! 'Filled with Gratitude and Joy for What's to Come,' She Says Laura Grier/ Beautiful Day Photography News of the couple's wedding was first announced by Lake on Instagram Monday. "We did it! 1/2/22 Ross and I said I DO!" she wrote on the social media platform alongside three photos from the ceremony. The bride wore a golden orange dress and stood on a small stool as she shared her vows with her new husband, who was dressed in a black dress shirt and khaki pants. The pair's romance was first confirmed by Lake in December 2020. The star made the relationship Instagram official with a selfie of the two snuggled up together beside the caption, "LOVE." In February 2021, Lake exclusively revealed to PEOPLE that she was engaged to Burningham after dating for nearly six months. She later addressed their engagement on Instagram, calling Burningham "wonderful" and "my person." "I love him very much and I am so grateful I get to love and be loved so deeply by this stellar human," she wrote on Instagram. "Our next chapter is sure to be a good one. #heartopen #lifeisbeautiful #ibelieveinlove #thisis52 #selflove #nofilter #justhappy." Speaking with PEOPLE in February after their engagement, Lake said she and her fiancé were surprised to have found love with each other at this stage in life. "Ross and I literally pinch ourselves that we have found each other at this time in our lives," she said at the time. "Both of us, newly empty-nesters, we feel as if we are kids again. We are filled with gratitude and joy for what is to come."