The couple has been legally married for five years but threw their first wedding ceremony this weekend in Mexico
Waka Flocka and Tammy Rivera renewed their vows in an extravagant beach wedding in Mexico on Saturday, five years after they legally married without a ceremony in 2014.
Sharing her excitement with PEOPLE, Rivera, 32, explains that the couple agreed to have a traditional wedding ceremony if they reached the five-year mark of marriage.
“I told Waka that if we made it five years I wanted my dream wedding,” Rivera tells PEOPLE. “Today my dream has come true. I am marrying my best friend and soulmate all over again. When God made Waka, he wrote my name beside his.”
For the ceremony, Rivera wore a stunning 2018 Zuhair Murad dress. She paired the look with her custom 5-carat diamond ring and 3-carat wedding bands.
“Eight years ago I remember chasing Tammy down, grabbing her by the arm,” the rapper, 32, tells PEOPLE. “I had to keep her purse so she wouldn’t leave me, and I knew then that she would forever be mine.”
Both Rivera and Waka posted snippets of the reception on their Instagram Story. Flocka posted a video of what appears to be Rivera’s daughter, Charlie, 13, dancing at the party.
“I never knew what love was until I met Tammy,” Flocka continues. “Today I am giving her a dream wedding that she always wanted.”
In an Instagram post last week, Rivera showed off her engagement ring.
“Jan 21st we will be married for 5 years!” Rivera wrote. “We always said if we survive 5 years we will do the whole traditional ceremony, The Rings, The wedding, The Dress THE WHOLE SHEBANG!! So I’m happy to announce we will be having a destination wedding the right way with our mothers by our side on Jan 19! Every since I seen the episode of Martin when him and Gina got married on the beach that was my dream wedding.”
The couple — who separated in June of 2016 in the wake of Flocka’s infidelity but eventually reconciled — have shared their relationship on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. They can also be seen in the current season of WE tv’s Marriage Boot Camp: Hip Hop Edition.
Speaking to Essence in October 2017, Rivera said, “One thing I can say that’s hard about repairing a marriage when it’s been broken is the trust part. Being able to trust them because once you’ve faced infidelity, it’s hard. Having a positive mindset really helped me because if you think nothing but positive thoughts then that’s what’s going to happen. But he changed completely.”
“I try to explain to people that it was so important for my child to see that during my separation with my husband that nothing was gonna change financially for her, so that made me step up and say, ‘You know what? I can’t allow my daughter to feel like, oh, when a man left…my life changed,'” Rivera said. “No, I couldn’t let that happen. I wanted her to know, nothing is a void. I wanted her life to stay the same, so that pushed me to stand up and everything that I was afraid to do.”